The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting

How to take mature whitetail bucks under the toughest conditions: heavily hunted public and timber lease lands.

ThePhilosophyOfBigBuckHuntingCoverThere has been nothing new written about Whitetail deer hunting in the last ten years. The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting is not a lengthy tell-all book on every facet of deer hunting. Rather, it is a concise compilation of the knowledge and tactics necessary to take pressured trophy bucks on public and timber lease lands. While writing The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting, author Rick DeStefanis trimmed away all the unnecessary clutter and fluff that fills most deer hunting books to create a clear presentation and distillation of the things that really matter.

Experienced and novice hunters alike will find this book takes their whitetail deer hunting skills to new levels. So, get out of that shooting house, get away from that food plot, and go down into the woods. Walk the beaver dams through the swamps, thread the new growth of clear-cuts, learn what really matters and how to take big bucks consistently. Read The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting and learn how to think like a big buck hunter.

Rick DeStefanis began hunting when he was nine years old with a 32 lb. Bear recurve and a handful of mismatched cedar arrows. He has well over fifty years of hunting experience, mostly on public and timber lease lands in northern Mississippi where he now lives. Although nearly sixty-five years old, Rick still hunts with bow, rifle, and camera, but admittedly shoots more with the camera nowadays. A few of his many deer and other wildlife photographs are featured on his photo page.

Paperback
available fromamazon
List Price: $12.95, 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper 152 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1456306687 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1456306685
BISAC: Sports & Recreation / Hunting

Some of Rick DeStefanis's Big Bucks Taken on Public Land

Some of Rick DeStefanis’s Big Bucks Taken on Public Land

Independent review by renowned Canadian hunter Othmar Vohringer:

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We all dream of hunting big bucks but some of us don’t know how to hunt old mossy horns while others, hunting on public land, believe that there are no big bucks where they hunt. Well, I’ve got good news for you.

Rick DeStefanis, a veteran public land big buck hunter of many years, is the author of a new book, The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting.

After reading the book from cover to cover there was no doubt in my mind that this IS the book many hunters have been waiting for. The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting is not your run of the mill book written by some celebrity hunter having the good fortune to hunt on managed land or go on guided trips to prime whitetail destinations. No, Rick does his whitetail deer hunting where ninety-five percent of all hunters hunt: on heavily pressured public land.

The wealth of knowledge Rick gathered in over fifty years of hunting pressured big bucks is represented in a book that is written in a language everyone can comprehend and without the usual hype common to other “big buck hunting books.”

The Philosophy of Big Buck Hunting contains 4 chapters, six key principles and over forty tips on hunting big bucks. It starts with the most important information every aspiring big buck hunter needs to know: “How a trophy whitetail hunter thinks.” If you want to hunt big bucks the road to success starts with you, not with what camouflage you wear, what scent you use or what rifle caliber you shoot. Trophy whitetail hunting is about a change in hunting philosophy and Rick does a great job of explaining what it takes to acquire the mindset of a trophy hunter.
(Review excerpt © Othmar Vohringer. Visit Vohringer’s blog to read the full review.)

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Taken on Corps of Engineer Public Hunting Land

Taken on Corps of Engineer Public Hunting Land

Whitetail Deer Hunting at its finest

Whitetail Deer Hunting at its finest

 

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Gomorrah Principle: A Vietnam War Sniper Story

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Valley of the Purple Hearts: Book #4 of my Vietnam War Series

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I Bid Farewell to a Friend Today.

Robert Cord Foster

1966 – 2021

I bid farewell to a friend today. I’m not quite sure what should be said, but one thing is certain: A writer’s responsibility is to face and recognize his friend’s departure with carefully chosen words. It is a responsibility owed to his friend’s family and to others experiencing the same grief.
Cord’s wife called very early one morning this week, and when she said, “This is Roxanne,” I knew at that moment what I faced—grief so deep that words would be but weak vessels to describe it. He had died in the crash of his crop-duster aircraft. I am fortunate in as much as God has blessed me with several such friends as Cord Foster, people closer to me than many of my own family. This long ago left me with the selfish wish that they might all outlive me. Cord did not.
There are so many things, so many emotions, so many thoughts I want to express, but the task exceeds my abilities as a writer. To know Cord—that is to truly know him beyond the grumpy old façade that hid his heart—was to know the man to whom Roxanne had given her heart. I knew that Cord Foster.
Roxanne called me from Cord’s cell phone. She was able to call because she is the kind of woman only Cord Foster could have loved. I say this, because Roxanne went to the crash site where her husband died only days before, searched, and found Cord’s cell phone so that she might call his friends. Think about the courage this took.

Cord’s wife, Roxanne, bids him farewell as ag-pilots from across the South do the missing man fly-over.

Cord’s Spirit Soars

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met Cord only a few years ago, but we have sat in the deer stand together, and watched the sun set on the Mississippi Delta, while sharing a flask of Evan Williams. We also shared a lot of personal thoughts on everything from God to our families, and our friends. Cord also helped me with the technical aspects of my soon to be published novel, something that now seems trivial compared to the reality of his loss. I’ll dedicate it to him when it’s published. It’s a weak gesture, but it’s all I can offer.
Many years ago, Cord, like his father, flew aircraft for the United States Department of State. His father flew in southeast Asia. Decades later, as a young man, Cord flew in South and Central America. They didn’t get to wear uniforms with ribbons and medals, and frankly, much of what they did in the service of their country was considered classified. I speak from a position of knowledge and my intent here is only to express to you, his friends and family, that Cord deserves no less respect than any decorated military veteran.
To say goodbye to a friend is never easy, but I say so with the knowledge that someday we hope to share with him again those same blue skies, tailwinds, and blessings we wish for all our departed friends. Cord, I say to you, and I say to Roxanne, you will be my friends always and forever.
Fly high.

Fly High

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