Book Review by Steve Sorensen

Buck Naked: The Straight Dope on Trophy Whitetails
by Jim Collyer

When a book arrives in my mailbox, unsolicited, I take a quick look and think, “Oh boy, another guy who thinks his whitetail insights are something special.”

“Oh boy!” is right – but this time I was very wrong!

buck-naked-book-cover-299x448It didn’t take me long to figure out Jim Collyer offers more than a hunting method, more than a how-to, more than a do-what-I-do approach to deer hunting. He offers a mindset, and when I started reading Buck Naked, I couldn’t put it down.

You won’t either because it contains secrets you’ve always wanted someone to reveal. Here are a few:

  • Is scouting really important? Yes – scouting means “evaluating the environment,” and you can’t understand deer in their world without doing that.
  • Do deer have a vocabulary? Yes – and it’s more than the vocal sounds they make.
  • Do some myths need busted? Yes – it might shock you that two of them are “hard work equals success,” and “big bucks are smart.”
  • Why are there more does than bucks? It’s not just because hunters are after the bucks.

The way Collyer answers these questions might seem surprising, but when you understand what he’s saying, a lightbulb over your head will turn on, and you’ll know he’s right.

Collyer approaches hunting with three principles:

  1. An understanding of yourself (self-mastery).
  2. An understanding of deer.
  3. An understanding of how to carry out a real investigation.

This third principle is vital, and what most hunters are lacking. In fact, the reason hunters don’t succeed more, Collyer says, is “Big bucks don’t want to be found; that’s exactly why they are so hard to find.”

So, to be a successful deer hunter, you have to draw on the Sherlock Holmes in you. Scouting is more than taking note of deer sign, or watching deer through binoculars. It’s real investigative work. It’s the foundation of successful whitetail hunting.

You’ll find plenty more in this 132-page book to help you avoid unfilled tags. Find out more about it at the author’s website,, where you’ll also find a link to ordering it, and the price is only $14.95.


About Steve Sorensen

steve-sorensen-head-shot-198x297Outdoor writer and speaker Steve Sorensen writes an award-winning newspaper column called “The Everyday Hunter®,” and he is the editor of the Havalon Sportsman’s Post. He has also published articles in Deer & Deer Hunting, Sports Afield, and many other top magazines across the USA. Invite Steve to speak at your next sportsman’s event, and follow him at

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