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Where Did The Deer Go? The Story of The Old World and New World Culture Clashes That Created The American Indians

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This book contains information most people, even deer hunters, did not know. The book explains how America once had plenty of deer herds, and centuries later, had very few deer , to the point of extinction, and then, in the 19th century, gained deer in abundance once again.

The book is filled with state maps depicting WHERE imported deer originated and WHERE the deer were placed. It even list the states that did not import any other sub species whitetail within it's borders, like South Carolina.

In the first chapter of the book, Rusty wants you to feel like you are there with him, in 1966 at age 11,  when a perfect racked, 8 pt buck jumped high, out of a thick honeysuckle patch and into an open soybean field..."Buck fever" was real for Rusty as he was frozen at first in his stance, gripping his heavy, bolt action Mossberg shotgun loaded with only 6 shot.

It was pure serendipity, that Rusty once ended up living in Bibb County, Alabama for a few years, where he searched out and discovered the first deer pens or "deer corrals"  that were used to hold the first, imported North Carolina deer, into Alabama counties. Later, Alabama, like many other states listed in this book, imported deer (plus other species of ruminants) into their states and the Lacy law that had previously been implemented in 1900, was heavy handed Federally reinforced, with Game Wardens, with immense power and amendments later added to the Lacy Law.

But this book is much more as it goes into the amazing culture clashes of newly arrived Europeans old the "old world" and the already established native Indian tribes in America and the fact (that many historians fail to mention)  of mixed cultures created that for decades, thrived together in the deepest south of America. However, President Andrew Jackson, "old hickory," with the support of the rest of the young Republic of America, put down the American with several bloody "Indian Wars."

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  1. Very interesting and relevant today 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2022

    Even tough book starts out as authors past, it ties in great with the rest of the book. Enjoyed reading and learning, easy to read too

  2. wow, cool book on where we were and where we are now as hunters 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Jan 2022

    surprising information for me as a hunter

  3. Lot of good new knowledge for me as a hunter 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Dec 2021

    The past teaches us a lot!

  4. Book has very good info I was unaware concerning Indian ways 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Dec 2021

    I'm 14 years old and this book opened my eyes to new knowledge. I am doing my book report in school on this book

  5. Got a great story here in my reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2021

    Bought the book ( and loved it ) because I'm an old now, ha ha, but around 30 yrs or so ago, me and my wife to be, ended up somehow on a hunt on the MS/Al south western line, was a higher end club that was unusual back in those days and they didn't run dogs. A tall guy walks that had been out scouting some new property this club took in that year. This member told me " just watch where "Rusty" goes tommorow and go kinda thatawa. The tall guy was Russell or Rusty Haynes, and this Rusty fella looked like the David Hasselhock actor and i think my girlfriend (who I later married) wanted to follow him too! Long story made shorter, it was a full moon and nobody shot anything, only seen one deer, it was warm too, but Rusty came in with a nice 9 pt that he shot at 8:30 AM, most of us was back by 10 AM. The fella that told me to go where Rusty went, said " that boy can scout a place and just know where the bucks travel routes are and where they bed." I recall walking up ( and looking up to Rusty, Im about 5 ft 9, soaking wet ) and talking to him while he was gutting his deer hanging up and I won't ever forget him telling me and my gal, " Ive about decided years ago the moon means nothing in deer movement " So he was ahead of his times because all you read now is that the moon means nothing to deer! But he seem to think barometric pressure does and i think people think that now too. Don

  6. Had fun reading this 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Nov 2021

    Was more informative in directions I did not anticipate The author is such a down to earth person as well!

  7. luv the deer import maps inside book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Nov 2021

    I hunt in Tn and had no idea of all this past history and where new deer were put and it makes sense to me now when I see different racks up near Land Between the Lakes area in Tn and Ky side

  8. I was surprised 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Oct 2021

    I sure learned a great deal about how deer evolved in the U.S. and especially the importance of the past history of not just deer issues but early mankind issues that effective deer in this great country, wow

  9. Great reading!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Sep 2021

    This book was way more than I bargained for. I was just expecting deer knowledge and I wanted to see the state maps of deer repopulation, but Mr. Haynes did a perfect job of telling what led up to WHY WE HAD DEER AND THEN WE DIDNT AND HOW WE GOT THEM BACK. I am 35 years old and had hardly any idea of the past reasons. I could not put book down

  10. Incredibly interesting!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Sep 2021

    It dawned on me after reading the first 7 chapters of this book, m wife actually pointed it out was I would read the book in bed to her, ( we are new Georgia transplants from Washington State ) how NON-JUDGEMENTAL Mr. Haynes is on writing the book. How he simply writes the happenings on America's influx on Europeans with native Americans and speaks in a tone, that providence, that is, God, had planned all this out, the advancement of the human condition. A good read, especially if you did not grasp the southeast and the Creek and Cherokee Indian tribes influence with early Europeans and how they got along, UNTIL Andrew Jackson stepped in

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