Pennsylvania Deer and their Horns

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Pennsylvania Deer and their Horns

20.00

Henry W. Shoemaker
New, Expanded Edition
w/ Part II Deer management into the 20th Century
Deer were so scarce during the early 20th century that someone could spend a week hunting in the mountains of Pennsylvania and never see a deer, let alone come across many if any deer tracks. Deer habitat was poor and food was scarce. Originally published in 1915, Mr. Shoemaker’s unforgettable book witnessed the turning point of events in Pennsylvania’s long deer management history. Beginning with the emergence of law enforcement protection, coupled with the introduction of new scientific game management techniques, the 20th century would usher in an era of renewed optimism and eventually lead to recovery in Pennsylvania deer numbers. Pennsylvania Deer and Their Horns is much more than just a book about the early whitetail years of Pennsylvania, it is also Shoemaker’s attempt to introduce Pennsylvania hunters to the other antlered animals whose ancestors have come and gone in Penn’s Woods. With over 50 great old hunting pictures in Pennsylvania Deer and Their Horns, Shoemaker is a master at mixing the folklore, history, and heritage of deer hunting in PA while describing those quaint pictures of hunts from our past. Shoemaker’s enjoyable walk across PA hunting frontier history and culture tells an exciting story. An artist with his pen as he paints descriptions of men, deer hunting, and places in time that have come and gone. But today, the 21st century deer habitat and deer hunting across Pennsylvania is changing. Now as we focus on our future, a new edition of this book and Part II of Pennsylvania Deer and Their Horns brings together noted experts in the fields of nutrition, deer science, and deer management to give us hope and direction on where to look for answers to help take our deer management into the 21st century. Part II of PA Deer is not meant to be a how-to book on deer management but was written to wet your appetite on the part you can play in making Pennsylvania deer hunting better. .“The killing of 1,000 wild stags in Pennsylvania in 1912 established a high water mark for the noble sport in this State in recent years. Probably fifty thousand hunters, more or less skilled, participated in the chase, a veritable army of annihilation.”

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