Buck Tales is a compilation of three dozen short deer hunting stories by Joe Shead, former
managing editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. Joe’s writing captures all the emotions of
deer hunting. You’ll root for triumphant hunters shooting their first or biggest bucks and feel the
heartbreak when the big buck gets away. Laugh at the antics of accident-prone hunting partners,
and smile at the kinship of good hunting companions who would do anything for each other to
make the hunt successful. Sneak along as Joe unravels a buck track in fresh snow and feel the
sweat bead up on your forehead on a long deer drag in the big woods. Some of these yarns are
straight up how it happened while others take a thoughtful, introspective look at the sport we
love so much. Whether you’re a meat hunter or a trophy hunter, you’ll appreciate Joe’s
storytelling ability and feel like you’re part of his hunting camp.
Some of these stories have previously appeared in Deer & Deer Hunting, Outdoor News and
Northern Wilds, while several others have never before been published. In addition to these hunts
for white-tailed deer, the final chapter, Bull Tales, takes you to the Alaskan wilderness where
Joe’s week-long solo moose hunt turns into a 10-day struggle for survival. You’ll feel like you’re
right there with Joe as he strains to drag a fully loaded canoe down a shallow creek, shoots a
rapids with an entire moose aboard – in the dark – and makes a last-ditch effort to hitchhike to
his truck as he tries to pack out the bull moose he shot 20 miles from the nearest road!
These timeless tales can be read over and over again. Whether you’re reading curled up in front
of a crackling fireplace at home or from the deer camp outhouse, Buck Tales will have you
longing to go deer hunting!
Author: Joe Shead
Pages: 204 w/ B&W Photos