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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You may also enjoy my other books below:

Melody Hill: A Vietnam War Novel

Gomorrah Principle: A Vietnam War Sniper Story

Raeford’s MVP: Military Fiction with a Love Story

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

Tallahatchie: Southern Fiction and Dark Comedy

Rawlings, No Longer Young: A Western Historical Fiction Novel

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Okay, I am certain there have been numerous articles written in dog-world publications about the fad of creating designer dogs for the bored rich. I finally met both at the beach in Florida last week—the bored rich couple with their boutique dog. Properly trussed in a decorative harness with leash, the mutt was tethered to their Yeti cooler, which of course was well decorated with travel decals from around the US. To say the dog looked strange would be an understatement. On occasion, I’ve watched the grandkids with their little animal puzzles assemble such things: A unicorn head with a giraffe body and such, not that the dog had either, but the breeding process must have been similar. The dog’s head resembled something like a Brittany or a Cocker Spaniel, but its body was strangely tapered to very small hips which were covered with a wiry fur resembling that of a Schnauzer.

After studying the animal for a while, I decided to ask the obvious question: Why bring a dog to bake in the July sun at the beach? Just kidding. No, I didn’t, but I did ask what kind of dog it might be. The woman quickly donned a beach wrap upon my intrusion, which was actually a favor to the eyes of nearby beach-goers—not that I am a showpiece of human manhood myself, but just sayin’. The response from the dog was considerably less frosty as she furiously wagged her stubby little tail. The man answered my question with something that sounded like he was trying to say “Cockroach Cereal” with a mouth full of marbles.

After studying the dog for a moment I proceeded to put my foot in my mouth by saying, “Oh! She’s a mix.” And I suppose I could have offended them worse by kicking sand into their wine glasses, but calling the mutt a “mix” seemed to have done the trick. The woman’s lips parted and Mister Dog Owner’s cheeks grew noticeably flushed as his voice tightened to the tone of a blender trying to grind ice. “No! She’s a very popular breed in Souyuth Jawja (I think he meant to say South Georgia)…” but whatever he was saying was lost to my ears as I realized what an inept social klutz I had become.

The thought occurred to me to make amends and regain some social equilibrium by introducing a little humor. “Oh! I see. Yes, we have quite a few dogs like that where I am from. We call them full-blooded Mississippi Mutts.” Their faces solidified into something resembling crimson granite countertops as I tumbled miserably into the abyss of the totally gooberfied nerd world. “Nothing to see here, folks–move along, now.”  I wished them a good afternoon and continued scavenging for seashells.

Update July 2019: Hopefully, in a week or so, I will be announcing the publication of the second book in the Rawlins Trilogy, Rawlins, Into Montana. Rawlins into Montana book coverIn the meantime, I have begun work on the fifth book in the Vietnam War Series, tentatively titled The Birdhouse Man. There’ll be more to come on that later in the summer. As always, I humbly beseech you to write a review on Amazon for any of my books that you have read. It doesn’t have to be War and Peace. A single line is enough as long as it describes some facet of the story you particularly enjoyed.

 

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