SHOTS AT WHITETAILS By Lawrence R. Koller.
Originally published by Little, Brown and Co., 1948. Third edition published by Krause Publications. 304 pp. Hardcover, $10; 800-258-0929; www.krause.com >> Larry Koller was a sublimely skilled all-around outdoorsman: a masterful flyfisherman who could also make a split-bamboo rod, an excellent shot with rifle, handgun, and shotgun, an accomplished gunsmith, and a fine outdoor cook. But he seems destined to be remembered for this definitive book on deer hunting, which has been around now for nearly 60 years. Koller, who did nearly all his hunting in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains of New York, was a naturalist and woodsman who could outthink just about any deer, and Shots at Whitetails is all as valid as the day Koller put it on paper. It also shows how immensely the sport has changed. There was no GPS, no scent-blocking clothing, no commercially produced tree stands, and almost no scopes. Koller regarded the .270 as too much gun for the average hunter, preferring instead the diminutive .250/3000. Shots at Whitetails is a relic of a bygone time, but it is still a marvel and a lasting monument to a great hunter and writer.