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Rusa — Rusa tim­o­ren­sis Aaron R. Grant

Field and Game - - BOOK REVIEW AND PRIZES -

We ar­rive a lit­tle late to this party but for read­ers who are as pas­sion­ate about deer as wa­ter­fowl this comes highly rec­om­mended by Peter Ryan, who de­scribes this epic tome as: “A tri­umph of re­search, some bril­liant im­ages and top lay­out.”

Aaron Grant is an out­door ex­plorer with a pas­sion for hunt­ing, pri­mar­ily deer, and his ex­pe­di­tions have taken him to more than 15 coun­tries in his search for rugged ter­rain, ad­ven­tures and chas­ing game.

Grant’s first book is the cul­mi­na­tion of four years of re­search and a life­time of ob­serv­ing and hunt­ing his lo­cal rusa herd.

Chap­ters in the book in­clude evo­lu­tion, ecol­ogy and habits, indige­nous ranges, the his­tory of in­tro­duc­tions of the species to Aus­tralia, New Guinea, New Zealand, New Cale­do­nia and Mau­ri­tius. Also cov­ered is in­for­ma­tion on how to judge a trophy rusa stag, the antler scor­ing sys­tems and never-be­fore-seen pho­tos.

Grant was in­spired to write the book af­ter not­ing the lack of avail­able and/or ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion avail­able.

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