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Old 08-17-2019, 10:50 AM   #1
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Getting into Hunting- Good book suggestions?

So I just recently got my hunter safety course completed and plan on starting hunting for white tails this season in the SW ADK area- I needed something to hold me over between trout seasons.
Unfortunately no one in my family is an active hunter, at least not in the ADK so I was wondering if there are any good introductory books to get started with. Ideally Iíd like to do some tracking so Iíll probably pick up Benoitís book but the reality is that Iíll probably end up doing more still hunting since my time is limited and canít just head out into the woods whenever we get a dusting of snow. Any good, general books that you guys would recommend?
Of course Iím open to any advice you guys have as well.
Iím 35 and no stranger to the backcountry, just never got around to getting my hunting license.

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Old 08-18-2019, 07:51 AM   #2
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Guide to Adirondack Deer Hunting by Alsheimer, Charles J., Watkins
A Guide to Deer Hunting in New York’s Six-Million Acre Adirondack Park By Dan Ladd (2008, 2010)
Also Type Adirondack Deer Hunting in the search box and a ton of U tube videos come up.
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Old 08-18-2019, 09:44 AM   #3
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Find someone that you trust and respect who hunts and ask them to take a walk in the woods with you. Ask them if they might take you out one or two times.....hunting is something that you do not master overnight...it takes years of experience to acquire the skills and knowledge. It helps to have a sponsor.
Don't hook up with someone that drives deer...that's not what you want to learn about. If you just completed HE you know that most shooting incidents happen during drives. If you plan to hunt from a stand, use a fall arrest system and safety line and haul line. The most common hunting injuries are tree stand and fall related. Do not cut corners.

Not a book but a good regular read that will keep you abreast of NYS hunting and fishing topics. Consider a subscription to New York Outdoor News (NYON). They often offer pretty good articles about hunting.
https://www.outdoornews.com/new-york/

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Old 08-18-2019, 06:03 PM   #4
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I would also recommend finding a mentor or hunting partner who has your same interest. Planning and preparing is a lot more fun when you share it with someone.

As for books and other materials I would suggest a book by the Adirondack Trackers: Stories as Told in Deer Camp by Jim Massett, Joe Dinitto, Steve Grabowski and Dave Williams. Go to their website or Facebook page to see when they will be giving a seminar on hunting the Adirondacks.

Another great resource are all the great books written by Bob Elinskas. Buy the first one and start there. They are entertaining and also full of great insight.

These books are available at most adirondack book stores like Old Forge Hardware, Charlie John's in Speculator or North Country Books in Utica. Amazon as well but that is not as much fun as browsing the shelves.

Be patient, set a goal and then make it happen.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:29 AM   #5
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only book I would recommend is beyond fair chase by tim posewitz
book about ethics of hunting
do not learn to hunt from a book
learn by spending time in the field
I rather spend years failing, than following a how to guide and getting a deer in first month
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions, and yes I plan to l arm most through trial and error. I work in the belly of the beast in NYC heavy construction so my time is somewhat limited. I enjoy a good book to hold me over when I can’t be up at camp.
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Old 08-19-2019, 03:38 PM   #7
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I agree. Nothing more enjoyable and relaxing than reading about hunting Adirondack whitetails as the season approaches.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:53 PM   #8
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Regardless of how you plan to hunt, consider this program...
http://adkhunter.com/2019/08/field-t...adult-hunters/

Meanwhile, the Adirondack Deer Trackers and Benoits are great sources. As is my buddy Todd Mead. But also check out these two Maine guys who are, in my book, among the best in terms of tracking and stalking Northeast bucks in the wilderness.

Randy Flannery: https://wildernessescape.com/maine-deer-hunting.html

Dick Bernier: https://bigwhitetail.wordpress.com/?...oMbJIKkb_mHx-I

These are all great deer slayers!
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:37 PM   #9
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Without a doubt in my mind the best beginners book is Steve Rinella’s Complete guide to hunting, butchering and cooking wild game. With that said you need to find a mentor or club, it will take years off the learning curve.
I really loved the Benoit book too but there’s a lot more to it than tactics. Good luck and enjoy the journey.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:55 PM   #10
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I agree on Steve Rinella from Meateater. His series of books cover everything.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:19 PM   #11
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Steve Rinella is probably the best ambassador for hunting out there today.
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Old 09-03-2019, 10:52 AM   #12
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I agree on Steve Rinella from Meateater. His series of books cover everything.
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Steve Rinella is probably the best ambassador for hunting out there today.
I'm a huge Rinella fan as well, and I agree he is a great ambassador for the community.

He has some decent books on the basics of hunting and food prep. However, I find that a lot of his knowledge and experience is focused on Western-style (mountain spot-and-stalk) hunts. And I don't mean that in a derogatory way as he is definitely skilled at his craft, and I believe he used to live and hunt in the Great Lakes area in his youth.

Eastern hunting, especially in tough terrain like the ADK's, is different from what goes on out west. Some books from some of the better known NY and northeastern hunters would serve the OP well.

Jim Massett and Joe DiNitto are two names that come to mind.
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