The American Deer Hunter is the result of a great amount of experience in hunting with an extraordinary degree of success. The content represents the determination to set down the hard facts and the effective equipment and means for stalking and shooting the white-tail and his cousins. The book is highly original in its presentation. It is in no sense a rehash of previous discussions or formulae. The author deals at all times with actual problems of locating, maneuvering, and shooting and with the guns employed.
The discussions are based on circumstances of reality in the relationships of deer, environment, hunter and gun, not on preconceived or synthetic situations.
Here are interesting and important data on deer habits and on speeds and gaits.
Here also is an extensive treatment of selection and care of weapons for deer hunting; the killing and dressing of game; and even on clothing for the deer hunter. All told, it has a wealth of material useful to both the veteran hunter and the novice.
The author of The American Deer Hunter killed his first deer when he was only 14 years old, with an old Model 73, 44/40 Winchester. During the thirty-four years since that exciting event, Sell has added greatly to this skill as a hunter and has accounted for many more trophies of his ability.
At present he lives in Oregon’s good deer country where he divides his sport between hunting deer and fishing steelheads. He manages to sandwich between his sports the creation of excellent articles for sports magazines. His days are made complete by fly-tying and re-loading ammunition for his deer rifles.