I got this to round out an order to get free shipping. After getting burned on another Krause deer book, I had low expectations and, boy, did it deliver! Dave Samuel and Bob Zaiglin are both well known and, hopefully, well trained deer biologists, so you would think this book would be cutting edge. Instead of that, it is very basic and barely skims over its topics. They cover the usual things like deer senses, calling, movement patterns, home ranges, rubs and scrapes. I was stunned that for some of their sources they used books, by hunters, that were 20 years old. These guys are biologists! They should have access to more detailed information than that. Also, what is up with the grade three reading level of the text? Was it their editor or Krause policy to dumb it down to a painful level of reading? Worse, the information was so poorly presented that it was confusing for lack of specifics. One puzzling omission involved the chapters on deer senses. Sight and scent were covered but hearing was not mentioned at all. Surely there was something to say about this, as it is a deer's primary sense for 360 degree threat detection.
The last three chapters deal with CWD, trophy hunting and hunting's future. While these were good topics, they were not what I was looking for in a book on, "deer behavior for hunting success."
Samuel said he lacked photos for the book and that is likely partly why he asked Zaiglin to coauthor, as all the pics are of Texas deer. There are a great many of them, all in color, but to hunters unfamiliar with Texas, which is the majority, they likely don't mean much. As a northern hunter myself, Texas deer bore me. The exception to the Texas pics is the cover. Why is that? Does Krause think they can con the public better with a northern deer on the cover? Also, are all the pics for what they assume is an illiterate readership? I hope not, because, if they are right, this book is a sad comment on the state of deer hunting.
Some of the information was of use but, unless you are new to deer hunting, the book is more rehash than new and I would say save your money.