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  ray-unknown-buck1  

Hi John,

Here's a couple of bucks I've gotten in the last yr. The muzzleloader buck was from last Dec. and was a 20 yd shot.

I got the one with my bow 2 nights ago from the same stand, a 15 yd shot. Thanks for the inspiration! I hope your having a good fall so far and good luck!!

Ray

 

 
  jason-hrelec-buck1  

Dear John,

Last year I heard about your books and DVD's for hunting pressured whitetails. I live and hunt in Pennsylvania where as you know and stated before it being a state to have very pressured whitetails. I do not have private land to hunt, therefore I spend most of my time hunting state land or farms that are open to public hunting. I watched all three of your DVD's after recieving them as a gift from my wife (who allows me to hunt). See we have three young children and I need to make the most of my time spent in the woods however brief it may be due to our increase in family status.

After absorbing as much detailed info as you gave in your DVD's I decided to get out there early in the Spring and start my pre-season scouting earlier than normal...which was usually July and August. I used your advice on focusing on last seasons sign, making ariel maps and locating bedding, feeding and travel routes on them. From there I was able to locate several treestand sites and focus my brief hunting time on them. As you can see it has paid off with in the first year! I was able to catch this 13 point buck traveling from his bedding area into an oak flat staging area prior to entering his main feeding site which was an alfalfa field.

I know for a fact that this particular buck was heavily hunted because of the number of stands that I saw in the area. I also used your adivce to pattern those hunters and avoid them. I found a place unmolested by other hunters closer to this bucks bedding area and got him before he passed the other hunters spots located closer to the alfalfa fields edge. Which those hunters whould have left their stands by the time this buck entered the field due to him being almost nocturnal. I can't tell you how great your DVD's were. They might not have famous hunters shooting 180" Boone and Crockett bucks in picked corn fields in the middle of the day but they gave me all in insite I needed to get this great "Pressured Buck."

Thanks again.

Jason Hrelec

 

 
  miles_whyte-buck1  

I just wanted to thank you John,

I live and have grown up in Massachusetts and the deer here are different from other states like West virginia and evan other parts of Mass. I live and hunt on an island thats less than 80 square miles and these deer im convinced are the most pressured deer in the world. I have hunted very similar to you before I bought your videos 2 years ago. I was rarely hunting a tree with a stand already set and usually setting one up that day with a lone wolf hang on on my backpack. It can be very affective but a it is a lot of work and is also noisy at times. After watching your videos over 20 times and absorbing your wisdom this year I shot the 2 biggests bucks I have ever shot in 14 years of bowhunting. and One of them i would have never shot had it not been for you im convinced of that. Thanks for KEEPING IT REAL and showing me how to kill evan the weariest of bucks.

sincerely,

Miles Whyte

 

 
  curt-beveridge-buck1  

John/Chris,

I noticed the section on your webpage that says you would like to hear how your books have contributed to buck kills.

This year I killed a buck during the rut in central Pennsylvania. The knowledge and skills I acquired from "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" and "Precision Bowhunting" were the reason for my success. Your books are the reason I shot this buck. Your books are very instructional, enjoyable, and most of all they inspired me to be a better hunter. I was fascinated by the stories of your hunts and wanted to experience hunts like that myself. Well, now I finally have, and I know there will be more to come.

Thank You.

Curt Beveridge

 

 
  eric_sponable-buck1  

John,

Hello!

I hope this email finds you well and with another successful deer season under your belt. I wanted to share with you my success this year using many of your techniques. The deer measures out to the low 130's, but the arrow through the skull makes it a unique trophy that I'll probably not see again! I didn't end up getting an ambush saddle this year, so I used my climbing stand along with the full scent-lok suit that you sold me and insulated rubber boots with the whole thing supplemented with the Grabber body/hand/toe warmers. Thanks to you, deer now fear me! ;-)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Eric Sponable

 

 
  reed-white-buck1  

Mr. John Eberhart

Afternoon. I really enjoy and respect your perspective and methods on bow hunting whitetails. Attached are photo’s of a buck I harvested with my bow in Pennsylvania in 2011. It was aged at least 4.5 years old and gross green scored approximately 139”. I saw him in 2010 twice but had already filled my buck tag and once in 2011 (walking from my stand at 60 yards) before I was able to get a shot 2 weeks later. I was hunting private land that is bordered by game lands and other heavily hunted ground. I consider every deer a trophy and consider this buck a trophy of a lifetime. However, I am interested in what your thoughts/opinion is on how this buck compares to a 150+ buck in the Midwest. I appreciate your time and please keep the great hunting info coming!

Thanks and have a good day!

Reed White

 

 
  sal-unknown-buck1  

John,

How are you?

This is Sal we spoke on the phone back in November when I first purchased my tree saddle. Since that day I have employed your tips and tactics that we talked about. I practiced almost daily in all different types of trees and hunting scenarios. Well needless to say on my 4 hunt with the saddle on Dec 11, I killed this beautiful 8pt!!! He came in like most bucks do on the wrong side of the tree, but with the saddle I was able to slowly walk almost 180 degrees around the tree to put a perfect shot on him. I just wanted to share this with you and say thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share your knowledge with me. The saddle will hopefully be last tree stand I ever hunt out of.

Thank you,

Sal

 

 
  pual-briggs-buck1  

Dear John,

I must say that after reading your books it gave me alot of insight into bow hunting. This is only my third season. Everyone at work that hunts thinks I am crazy for some of the things I do when I hunt. With your books and a little trial and error I have been able to do quite well. This year, only my third year, is just unbeliveably awesome with the attached picture being my real gem. Like I said everyone at work thinks I'm crazy, but if it were not for your books I wouldn't have done several things. I wouldn't have been thirty feet in the air, my scent control would not have been extremely meticulous, I mean he sniffed right where my pack lay down beforer I hoisted it up. And finally I wouldn't have been sitting in stand at 4:30 that morning, a full two and half hours before first light. I am just really pleased with the season so far and guess what, two weeks ago I saw another big buck, with a bigger rack then the one I already took. And also because of your book I saw him at 11:00 o'clock in the morning, when I went out at nine o'clock to my tree site. Thank you John and Chris and your whole family who I'm sure helped alot with the production of your books. It has really opened up the sport of bowhunting for me..

Sincerely,

Paul Briggs

- Taunton, Massachusetts.

 

 
  josh-unknown-buck1  

I just wanted to thank you guys for writing a book without a hidden agenda.

I read the book “Precision Bowhunting” and was able to obtain pieces of property within 10 minutes of my home and finally connected with a mature buck after committing to bowhunting all season 2 years ago. These 2 bucks where crossing funnel on a swamp between 2 bedding areas and where shot 20 and 25 yards from the tree I was in. The first deer is the smaller deer pictured and ten minutes after he came through the older, bigger mature buck came through the funnel tending does.

This needs to be a bowhunters bible, in my opinion, to taking deer with a bow. Thanks again!

– Josh

 

 
  dave-ferrianc-buck1  

Hello John,

Just wanted to thank you again for all of your advice and the article about out-of-state hunting. I shot this 10 pointer in Iowa after gaining free permission from a retired farmer. I did use the saddle, but do to thick cedar branches between me and the deer, I couldn’t get a shot. So I actually climbed down and stalked this deer after he bedded only 25 yards from me! It was a ripping windy day and I was able to put my tree between me and the deer (due to the saddle), climb down slowly and quietly, and shoot my best buck from the ground! Yes, I saw much bigger bucks on this trip, and next time I go, I will be more selective. However, I feel that I accomplished something that not many have and I’m proud of it and him! He misses P&Y (gross) by a few inches, but he weighed 222 lbs field dressed! Here’s what I learned from you that made this trip a success:

1. Hunting in a Saddle. The Saddle without a doubt allowed me to switch sides of the tree undetected and quietly unclip and climb down.

2. Hunting the middle of the day. I shot this buck at 1:45pm, but he came in and bedded around 12:45pm.

3. Hunting regardless of the weather. It was 30-35mph winds!

4. Asking permission, door to door. 160 acres to myself. Easier than I thought, outside of Michigan!

5. Thinking outside of the ‘box’. Thanks again!

Dave Ferianc

 

 
  stanskolfieldbuck  

John,

Your methods really work. I finally connected on my biggest deer to date this evening-this 8 pointer came walking out with about 5 minutes left of legal shooting time. Swung around to the opposite side of the tree, keeping the tree between myself and the deer. Drew back and connected on a 25 yard quartering away shot. 8 Pointer, on public land, in the Maine woods, during gun season. Thanks for writing those books and putting out the videos-they have helped tremendously!!! Best of luck this season.

-Stan Skolfield

 
  kennysbuck  

JOHN,

I had a very good year this year while bowhunting my home state of Ohio....I shot my biggest buck ever while using my tree saddle....a 150 " buck that is a main frame 10 pointer with 2 kickers, 19" inside and 24" main beams...I would have never gotten a shot off if I would have been in a hang on or a climber....I had to walk around the back side of the tree and lean out as far as my tree saddle would let me to pull off the shot...It was a perfect double lung shot at 30yrds. and I got to watch it fall not 80yrds from my tree....

Thanks

-Kenny

 

 
  gregsbuck  

John

My first Mature buck.

Thanks for the books and dvd's as it would have been impossible without the treesaddle and some different thinking.

Greg

 

 
  dylanbuck  

I shot this buck in Nov. 2010 in a primary scrape area. Though I didn't know it was such a hot scrape area when entering, as I went in 2 hours before light found a tree with the flashlight. I sat 3 days and saw him each day.

I just thought you'd guys would like to know.

Dylan

 

 
 

bartleybuck1

bartleybuck2

 

Hello Mr. Eberhart,

Earlier this year I ordered your books and dvds. I started bow hunting this spring out the frustration of not seeing many mature deer last firearm season. I have hunted deer most of my life, typically over bait piles sitting inside of a heated hunting shack.

After revieweing the information from your products, I learned a lot about whitetail deer behavior that I probably would have never learned before and/or would have taken me years of hunting to acquire by merely observing. I was able to gain permission to hunt an agricultural area (standing corn this year) that was bordered by a river, creek and abandoned railroad track. I researched to property via aerial photos, as well as, scouting the area on foot myself.

I set up some trees near funnels, fingers and corners of a standing corn field. During my last scouting trip for the year I found a primary scrape area with approximately 10 scrapes in the area. The scrape area was near a rub line that I followed for about 50 yards. This took place in mid September. I set most of my trees up as you prescribe - 25 feet in the air. I purchased an ambush saddle, tree steps and Scentlok clothing this year also.

On October 25th I decided to hunt the primary scrape area for the first time since setting up the tree. The farmer that farmed the property advised he was going to remove the standing corn later in the week. It was an afternoon hunt and just before dark I had a nice buck walk into one of the scrapes. I had previously passed on 13 younger bucks prior to seeing this one and decided he was what I was looking to harvest for my first deer with my bow. Thank god I was tied in at 25 feet because I was very nervous and sure I was moving around too much! Before I could get a shot at the buck he had moved back into cover. Being frustrated after the buck walked off, I heard something behind me and luckily for me there was a second buck that was coming in on the same trail as the first buck - but this one was a little bigger.

The buck walked to a different scrape and started working on it. When he was finished with the scrape I was ready for him. I stopped him by using the word "mat" and as you advised he did not spook stopping dead in his tracks. I shot him at this time and watched him run approximately 40 yards before falling over. I gave him an hour before going to get him and was pleasantly surprised when I found him.

I am a state police trooper and we have quite the competitive biggest buck contest at work with the many other officers in the area. After hearing my story and how I set up the property I was hunting, I found it quite amusing that my co-workers were so very interested in my newly acquired whitetail knowledge even to the point of me teaching them the "mat" doe bleat to get deer to stop on a dime.

I apologize for this email being so long but I wanted to let you know I believe you have information that truly works if it is applied - and the greatest thing is, it's specific for Michigan whitetail deer hunting not Iowa or some ranch. Many of the people I work with buy into the tactics and products they see on hunting shows that most times probably will not work in Michigan. I was one of those people until I bought your products, hopefully some of the people I have spoke with will do the same. I will not share you email address with anyone, if there is anything I can ever do for you do not hesitate to let me know.

Additionally, In October 2009 with all of my newly acquired whitetail information I was able to set a stand for my wife between a bedding and feeding area. She was whitetail hunting with a bow for the first time......in fact this was her first whitetail hunt with a gun or bow. I am proud to say she was able to shoot her first buck and made an excellent 25 yard shot. I was hunting with her at the time and was able to stop the buck by using the verbal doe bleat you prescribe. The buck ran approximately 60 yards before falling to the ground and dying. I am heading to southeast Iowa in 2011 to bowhunt whitetails and cannot wait to hunt in a not so pressured hunting state. Thanks again for the great products,

Charlie Bartley

 

 
  tomtaylorbuck  

Dear John,

Just wanted to thank you for putting out dvds and books that actually help you harvest big bucks.You tell it like it is.This is how most of us hunt.I attended your seminar at the Wi deer expo in 2009 and talked to you briefly after.The info you provide has contributed greatly to me taking the deer of my life this year! I shot this buck with my bow on Nov.2,2010.It was taken on my relatives land that I have been hunting forever.The land and surrounding area are fairly pressured and this buck was taken a hundred yrds from a major highway!My taxidermist thinks this deer is 8 1/2 years old!It has been officialy scored at 233 6/8 gross and a net of 226 1/2!!!There is a chance this buck might be the biggest taken with a bow in Wi for 2010!! It is the all time record for the county with gun or bow!

Thanks again,

Tom Taylor

 

 
  jeremysmolka-buck  

Dear John,

I have read both of your books and own 3 of your dvd's. They are all very informative and explain what is required to shoot mature deer in pressured areas. In 2010, I set up a location on a new property I got to hunt. I set up in a cluster of red oaks that were dropping acorns. I waited to hunt that stand until the short crops were down and the acorns were being hit hard. On October 22nd, I shot a 137" buck with my recurve from that location. That proved to me that I needed to adhere to your tactics when pursuing these mature bucks. This year, I set up a few early season stands and had yet to see a good buck. On October 9th, 2012, I followed your dvd that describes in season scouting. I located a area with a rub line that had a few scrapes along it that led to a soybean field that had already been harvested. I realized the buck was using this rub line as a bed to feed route. I hung a stand at noon for a SW wind that evening that would offer me a 17yd shot to the bucks travel route. I returned to that stand at 4:30pm the same day and prepared for a great sit. Around 7pm I saw the buck I was after. He was about 50 yds away with a small tree bent over like a bow with his horns making a rub. He angled right into my shooting lane at 17yds. I made the shot on what is around a 120" nine pt.

All of your information from books and dvds were contributing factors in me putting two mature bucks on the ground in Michigan. Thanks for helping average hunters like myself take it to the next level!

Jeremy Smolka

Alma, MI

 

 
  lazreyebuck  

Mr. Eberhart,

I took your advice to a T, and I couldn't have had a better trip! My buddy and I spent the first whole day scouting. I discovered that a lot of the swamps were flooded out this year. There was water in almost every swamp we found. Nov. 2 was our first morning to hunt. The attached pic. is the deer my buddy shot that first morning on a small oak island that we got to with waders. 2 mornings later I shot a 9 point that people have told me will go about 120". By far my best bow buck! That was also my buddies best bow buck ever. People have told us the deer will go around 140" but I dont know for sure. Thanks for the great advice and I hope you are having as good a season as we had.

Lazreye

 

 
     

John,

I bought your books Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails and Precision bowhunting. Since I have bought the books, I have shot two of my best animals and made a poor shot on one last year. I have been bowhunting for 20 years and didnt kill a mature animal for 17 of em! Since I have adopted much of the tactics and tips in your books the tables have turned. The most important change I made was switching over to a scent lok suit and becoming meticulous with scent control! I never had much faith in the products but results have proven them invaluable to a bowhunters arsenal! Here in NEPA there are lots of hunters and deer become conditioned to human scent and often will not snort you......theyll just back away or go up and around you! So I didnt realize I was being winded as often as I was. I will never sit a bowstand without rubber boots, a scent lok suit, hat/mask, and spray. I also shower with scent soap and use the deoderant and finally I spray down before leaving my vehicle. The hunts have been more exciting and the number of deer I see has increased dramatically. Thanks for all your valuable information...real eye opening stuff!

David Bowman

 

 
  thomastysonbuck  

John

I just wanted to thank you guys for all your books and DVDs. This is the second nice buck, I have taken in the last 5 years hunting the state of Michigan. Before I read your books, which I own all of them, I only saw 1 buck over 100 inches in 9 years of hunting. Now I see at least a couple every year and have been extremely close to shooting a couple more. This is all due to the knowledge that I have gained through your books. This buck came in down wind and was straight down wind when I shot him, he could not smell me because of a strict scent control regiment. The property where I shot him is 80 acres in kent county with about 15 different guys hunting it besides 4 from my family, it gets pounded especially on the weekends. Anyways he is 20 inch outside spread 18 inch inside. Just want to thank you guys so much, so many little things that you guys preach went into shooting this deer. I am still learning every year but you guys have help more than anything.

Thanks again Thomas Tyson

 

 
  paulwestbuck  

Hi John, Hope your deer season has been good. Bought both “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” and “Precision Bowhunting” some time ago from your website and just wanted to show you some results.

Shot this buck 11-09-2012 in Western PA (High pressure area to be sure, though on private property) in a staging area between 2 cornfields as he was intercepting does before they went out in the field for the evening. He apparently would only walk where he had observed a doe walk minutes earlier. Had I not watched the does without spooking all of them for 1 hour or so, I never would have seen this buck. He stayed well concealed until the does passed right by him, then he stepped onto the tractor trail the does had just used. He’d check them for receptivity, and when he determined they were not in estrous, he passed by me at 15 yards, still going nowhere the other deer had not traversed under his concealed supervision. Shot him through the heart and he was down in 40 yards, much to my relief.

Western PA is hunted hard with every deer weapon you can name. I have hunted it with a bow for 35 years and shot numerous bucks, but 2 pretty nice ones and then this one are the only whoppers I have killed.

I don’t watch hunting shows, am disgusted at what “hunting professionals” have made of bowhunting and the “hunting industry” is plain corny.

That being said, in complete opposition to the bevy of" “ professional deer hunting advice” out there, I have found your series of books to be real, practical, useful and IRREPLACEABLE parts of my hunting equipment that I have read, re-read, outlined, re-read again and compared my observations with after just about every hunt. The books are worn from use for good reason. This series of books is the only source that offers a mega load of information useful to the average bow hunter like myself.

Many thanks for offering this information. Some of it I knew. Most I didn’t, and since employing your tactics, I have been more successful and enjoyed deer hunting more than I probably ever have. These books have had a big impact on what Im doing out there and what Im not doing any longer. They have challenged me to be more insightful and thoughtful about how I go about things. Once in a while, a publication(s) comes along that really is truly vital to a bowhunter’s growth. “Howard Hill’s “Hunting the Hard way” is one. BPW and PB are the others. Great work John, Thanks again!

Paul West Butler PA

 

 
 

opening day big buck

trail cam with multiple bucks

 

Mr. Eberhart,

How are you? My name is Nick Jacobs and I am a recent college graduate that currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware. I wanted to write you an email to personally thank you for all you have taught me through your book Percision Bow Hunting: A Year-Round Approach to Taking Mature Whitetails and share with you the story of my 2009 Opening Day Hunt on September 1st in which I took my first White Tail Buck (a large 8 pointer in full velvet)!   Just last year I took up the sport of Bow Hunting White Tail Deer when an opportunity presented itself to be part of a Deer Management Program in the village of Granville, OH where I was attending Denison University. When I was 15 years old I received a PSE Baby G compound bow, but besides practicing shooting targets I had no experience with Bow Hunting White Tails. After being selected to participate in the Deer Management Program I dove right in and for the most part "learned by doing" during the 2008-2009 season. I was successful in taking two does during the season and immediately was hooked. From the moment I set out into the woods on my first hunt I knew that I was in for a lifetime commitment.

Following the season I finished up my academic work and graduated from Denison this past May majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Currently, I am involved in completing my secondary applications for Medical School, which I hope to attend in the fall of 2010. Besides my current Medical School commitments Bow Hunting has continued to be a passion of mine. After learning so much from being out in the woods last season I knew I had to continue furthering my education. As a result I purchased your book Precision Bow Hunting: A Year-Round Approach to Taking Mature Whitetails in May and began reading. From the moment I opened up the cover I could not put it down. I absorbed as much information as I could and following the completion of the book I began a Deer Hunting Journal for the upcoming 2009-2010 season.

I knew that moving home to my Mother's house, which is located in Wilmington, DE, during my year off was going to present a completely different hunting environment than the one I experienced out in Ohio, but I was excited for the challenge. My Mother's property is about 20 acres with a large field surrounded my woodland. There are some fairly steep ridges that run through the woods and a nice stream that cuts through the landscape. After I returned home from school last May I began surveying the land in preparation for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. My (no so early...) preseason scouting began in early June. I began by watching the field for a few nights with the hopes of finding some good entry and exit points. Just a few days prior I invested in a StealthCam system and after deciding on a good spot I ran down and set it up right across the stream in the bottom of my field. Being ever so anxious it only took about a week before I ran back down and grabbed it. I was able to capture some great shots, but one in particular really caught my eye. I got a picture of a monster 8 pointer that just happened to walk right by my camera with a few of his buddies. Looking closely at the picture I noticed on his right ear he had a small slit, which I believe could have been from some sparring or some other conflict. Needless to say I was excited already for the upcoming season and wasted no time getting back out in the woods to set up some trees. After reading your book I invested in an Ambush Saddle. I could not be more happy with the purchase, and again thank you for the advice. I have 4 trees currently set up and ready to hunt.

The tree that I took the buck from is located to the left of my field back in the woods a bit. There is a ridge that runs through the wooded area with large Oaks scattered about that are raining acorns down all over the ground. A small stream cuts through the woods intersecting this ridge and separates the Oaks from a bedding that I was able to locate in early June. On opening day I climbed out of bed around 4:30am after hardly sleeping at all due to the excitement of the upcoming Opening Day Hunt. I headed outside and geared up before slowly making my way out to the tree. I arrived at the tree and climbed up situating myself by 5:30am or so one hour before sunrise. It didn't take long for the action to start. At just about day break a lone doe walked by way out of range, but this didn't stop my heart from getting a workout in and the same feeling that I had missed so much during the off season was back. About an hour later at 7:30am another group of does (6 or so) walked right down the ridge heading strait towards me. I maneuvered into shooting position and reached for my bow. Within I would say about 40 yards or so one of the lead does stopped and immediately started scent checking the air and stomping her foot. The wind was blowing directly in their direction and it didn't take them long to pick up my scent. After a nice loud snort and a wag of their tails they ran off. I couldn't believe it. I was in my Scent Lok suit and sprayed before I went out, but it still didn't matter. I guess it is fair to say that no matter how technologically advanced some of our hunting gear maybe it can not rival thousands of years of evolution (the White Tails Nose). After they ran off I calmed myself down and continue to wait.

At about 9:30am my stomach began to rumble and I convinced myself that it was time for a little breakfast. Reaching over I began to pack up my back pack to head down out of the tree. With nearly everything packed except my bow a bit of movement caught my eye. I turned my head slowly and saw 2 young bucks walking down the same ridge that the group of does had earlier. I reached in my bag and grabbed my windicator chalk and sprayed a bit in the air. By some sort of miracle the wind had changed directions. I was sitting directly downwind of them. Again my heart began racing, but I settled back in and continued watching. As the 2 younger bucks continued down the ridge feasting on some of the acorns on the ground 3 more bucks became visible in the distance. They all continued down the trail. I grabbed my binoculars to get a better look at the bucks in the back of the group and when I caught my first eye full of the 8 pointer I did nearly wet myself. He was about 150 yards away and my heart began pounding uncontrollably. It didn't take long for the younger bucks to pass by my tree. The big 8 pointer continued to follow the trail taking his time of course. It seemed like an eternity, but finally he closed the distance. At about 30 yards he stopped for a second near one of the other bucks and they sparred a bit. Briefly sizing each other up and touching antlers. It was great to see this action. Both were still in full velvet so they didn't go at each other for very long. After the brief showing they continued walking directly towards my tree.

I couldn't believe it, but it was as if he was on a string. By now I had gotten myself into shooting position and picked out my lane. I was forced to turn with my back facing the tree in order to have a clear shot at the lane. I am positive that without an Ambush Saddle this shot would not have been a reality and the 8 pointer would probably still be out in the woods today. Watching intently I prayed he would keep coming down the trail he was on. There was a nice 6 pointer right in front of him that passed through the lane first. After the 6 pointer moved through the 8 followed him. As he approached the lane walking full stride I took a deep breath and readied myself. He continued on walking and as soon as he hit the lane I let out a BRRRRP! and to my amazement I stopped him dead in his tracks. He paused and looked around for a brief second, which was all I needed. I was already at full draw. Taking one more deep breath I put my 20 yard pin on his right shoulder. Slowly I squeezing my release and I watched the arrow fly. His massive chest swallowed my arrow and he took off. I knew I had hit him, but I was nervous the shot was a little low. Incredibly I am still shooting that the same PSE Baby G that I received for my 15th birthday. It is an incredible bow that even after 7 years still shoots straight and reliable. I waited a few minutes to let the nerves cool down a bit before I finished packing up my belongings. My heart was still racing a thousand miles a minute, but I tried my hardest to keep my composure and slowly climbed down out of the tree.

After returning back down to the ground I walked over to where I thought I had shot him and saw that there was frothy blood on the ground. I was still a bit worried about the shot placement, but from reading your book I knew that the frothy blood was at least a good sign of possible lung damage, so I marked the blood spot with a stick and headed back up to my house to wait it out. When I got back to the house I changed out of my Scent Lok suit and stored my gear before making some breakfast. I waited for what seemed like an eternity, but in reality it was only about an hour or so from the time I took the shot. Heading back into the woods I went back to the spot I had marked and started to follow the blood trail. Not more than 100 yards away the trail ended and there was my buck laying there waiting for me! I couldn't believe my eyes. I took a moment to survey the beauty of the animal and discovered that his right ear had the same slit that I saw in my trail camera photos!  After field dressing him I found that my arrow passed through both of his lungs and I was lucky enough to clip the bottom of his heart. He weighed in at just over 250lbs and the taxidermist said he was 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 year old. A truly amazing day for me, and honestly besides the little bit of luck involved I strongly believe that this trophy would never be making it to my wall without the techniques you have provided in your text. Thank you!


Sincerely,

Nicholas Ross Jacobs

 

 
 
mature whitetail buck
 

Hi John,

I have read both of your books and seen your DVD's and they have helped me with my bow hunting tremendously. I have been hunting whitetails almost all my life and had some luck but since reading your books my deer sightings and my harvest of deer has gone up. One example was a buck taken in October of 2008. On an evening hunt I was 20 yards off a well-used trail that the deer use to get to an alfalfa field. The wind was not in my favor but with my Scent Lok suit I thought I could still sit there and be undetected. A doe came by first and passed directly downwind, but she never smelt me. Sure enough about ten minutes later a buck came in and he was hot on the does trail. He offered me a twenty yard shot that I made good on and he only went about 80 yards before expiring. 

There are so many things that your books and DVD's have helped me with that there is to many to mention but I will mention a few. One is my Scent Lok suit, I now look at it just as I do my bow and will not hunt without it. Two is getting to my stand well before sunrise, often two hours prior. Three is scouting after the deer season has ended and preparing my stands in the spring and not doing it just before the season opens. I just want to thank the Eberhart family for all the help that they have given me through there writings and DVD's and I hope you will keep writing books and putting out DVD's because the information you give out is priceless to me.

Ed Clark, Flint,MI

 

 
 
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Deer John,

I am writing to thank you for your willingness to pass on knowledge that many hunters would keep to themselves.  Like your family, my family believes that hunting is a way of life.  We also do not hunt any pay to hunt managed properties, hunt clubs etc.  I spent my first 10 years being satisfied sitting on a field edge and taking the occasional year and a half old buck.  About around the 1999 / 2000 season I started to see less and less deer in my area of southern Jackson County (despite many articles saying different).  I started putting the pieces of the puzzle together as you describe in your books and DVDs, but I did not realize that is what I was doing at the time.  I moved to thickets and started hunting only scrapes in thick cover only because I got tired of seeing mainly year and a half old bucks in the short crop fields and on the scrapes surrounding them.  It was not until I read your book that the pieces of the puzzle came together.  I had already been practicing diligent scent control however you have reinforced my belief in carbon clothing  and keeping it clean and scent free.  The property that I have hunted for 20 years has a ridge with 2 clusters on white oaks between 2 short crop fields.  I have hunted this “primary scrape area”  for years and over the years I have most likely ran many nice bucks in to nocturnal mode.  After reading your books I hunted it Oct 1st and 2nd.  The scrapes were only being hit during darkness so I stayed out of the area until around Halloween.  I returned to find the scrapes dry so I unscrewed my steps and moved 40 yards to the new active scrape area and killed the 9 point that night. (PIC 1)  Hunting from an ambush saddle allowed me to make the change in set up in under a half hour.  Last year 2007, I came across a large track on August 10th . I had just acquired permission to hunt the small parcel and was looking to get an early season spot set up quickly.  I followed the track through a standing corn field in to a long narrow woods where there were multiple rubs and 2 scrapes.  I set up a location and did not return until early October.  After hunting the spot 5 times and the scrapes full of leaves now it was the end of October. I pulled my steps on a Saturday morning and headed lengthways through the narrow woodlot  about 300 yards away I found 1 very big scrape.  I set up a nearby tree and hunted it that evening.  No deer.  I used a stick to get all the deer tracks out of the scrape and came back the next morning.  Once the sun came up I saw his tracks in the dirt from during the night, but nonetheless I hung there until noon.   After assuming this buck was nocturnal I took a vacation day on Nov 2nd.  I was hanging in my saddle 2 hours before daylight and I heard grunting and cornstalks crashing.  I listened to a buck chase a doe past my tree and back in to the corn.  He chased her past me 3 times and then chased her in to the woods and everything got quiet.  I turned towards the corn and gave a loud vocal bleat.  The buck instantly ran past my tree in to the corn and this time he returned shortly after daylight to offer me an eight yard shot. The 10 point (PIC 2) was indeed the deer I had been hunting based on an abnormality located on his right hoof of his right front leg.  You have helped me in all aspects of my hunting and made me a more successful while pursuing mature whitetails in a very heavily hunted area.  I cannot thank you enough.  I have recommended your books, DVDs, and the addition of a tree saddle to many people because I firmly believe that they are all great tools for becoming a successful hunter especially in  heavily hunted areas.

Thank you very much and Good Hunting,

Gary Gillett II     Hanover MI.

 

 
 
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Dear John


I would like to start by saying thank you for so openly sharing your wealth of information and experience about mature bucks with whom ever has the sense to listen. Its very refreshing to hear someone who actually has something useful to say be free with it. I also want to let you know that im not writing this to be on your website-i would just like to let you know how much you have helped me. Im sure that i am no different then anybody else but if i dont tell you then you will never know.
I come from a farming family in southern vermont with not one family member who hunts. Talk about a hell of a way to start! Everything i learned has been through my own trial and error with mostly error. We have quite a bit of hunting pressure but im sure nothing like Michigan, seems like my biggest problem is actually finding a mature buck that will get your heart going. I could go out of state (which i do) but if i cant kill a mature buck in my own back yard (figuretivly speaking) where i can scout every day if i want, then what good am i? So i said this year im not leaving vermont until i kill a mature buck-It was a long season.

I passed on a 1 1/2 buck the first day of archery season (oct. 4), which i never would of considered last year and never had another oppurtunity until the day after thanksgiving. I had several encounters with bucks but wasn't able to close the deal. By that point I was looking for any legal bone at all to fill the freezer. I knew there was a mature buck in the area from the spring and summer scouting i had done and the buck sign i was seeing him lay down that fall. I had six trees hung that i had set up in the late spring early summer for the saddle which was new for me. I had scouted, set up, and hunted this 260 acre property exactly like i have read and watched in your videos. The few mistakes that i made the deer capitalized on and i knew it. This paticular property was not the only place i hunted but it was #1.

The buck that i took was not the biggest one that you'll see but he is mature. I took him at 2:30 in the afternoon scent checking a bedding area at 15 yards with my 30-06-im not a purest yet. Only because of the tree saddle was i able to get 29 feet up in the tree. last year I was 20 or so and deffinatly would of been picked off had i of been at the same heigth. From tree set up, to scent control, to dealing with other hunters, and most of all what i get from you is your intensity for the hunt. Its the whole picture-4 seasons. It seems like all the work is pre and post season. It takes determination to get out of bed 3 hours or more EVERY morning i possibly can to hunt.
I will be honest and say that i had given up for the season. I had hunted so hard for 2 1/2 months, out of sate as well to change it up and was exhausted, broke and humbled. I had spent every weekend of the spring and summer in the woods scouting and prepairing. "it just wasn't going to happen this year-wtf" Thanksgiving night i watched your 3rd dvd. Your intensity for mature bucks is awsome. I had to hunt the rest of the VT season (3 days) and i knew what would make a good all day stand. In hind sight i should of been hunting that tree the whole week. How quickly things can change.
I would like to thank you and Chris for your books and dvds. You guys have helped me achive my dream of a mature buck far sooner then i could of done myself. The hunt and all that it entails for big and mature bucks is an addiction and you help feed it. I have never written anybody before or even thought about it but what you have done for me, i wish i could do more. Hopefully i can help feed yours.

All the Respect
Jason Franklin

 

 
 
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It was November 13, 2004, two days prior to the Michigan gun opener. The morning was cold and clear and everything was covered in frost. I was hoping the bucks were still chasing does as they had been when I hunted the same location seven days earlier when I did not receive a shot opportunity at a very impressive buck. The stand was tucked in an oak at the convergence point where a dense woods, a creek bottom, and a finger of trees crossing through a tall CRP field came together. 
 
At 8 am I saw the same big buck from six days earlier, he was crossing the creek and heading straight at me at a rapid pace. When he was about 50 yards out I drew my bow and he stopped for a second and stared in my direction. Hopefully the small trees in front of me were enough to break up my outline. After a short pause he continued in my direction, and within several seconds offered me a 20 yard broadside shot. I carefully positioned my pin on his vitals and released the arrow. The shot looked to be perfect and I watched as he ran about 30 yards, stopped, stood for ten or so seconds, and fell to the ground. Though this may not seem to be an exciting story, keep in mind that it does not tell about my scouting and hunting methods and all the other unsuccessful hunts that season that lead up to this one textbook hunt. 
 
Two years after taking that buck I bought John's dvds and one of the books he co-authored with his son Chris titled "Precision Bowhunting". Although they were purchased well after that hunt and another successful hunt, I still credit those kills to John's techniques because I had always read his articles in Woods-N-Water magazine. The articles he wrote on proper post season scouting and not hunting your best rut location spots until the rut phases are what aided in the taking of the 2004 buck and the buck I took the next season from the same stand. The 2005 buck was a 2 1/2 year old six point with a 15 inch spread, maybe not a wall hanger for many areas of the country but definitely for where I hunt. 
 
That strategic stand location was set up because it looked like a good travel corridor for bucks when scent checking bedding areas. In April of 2004 I prepared the location for hunting during the rut, and I never stepped foot near it until the last Saturday in October, and on that day I hunted it nearly all day. The next time I hunted that tree was the morning of November 6th. On that day I saw the big buck at 1:30 in the afternoon just cassually walking through the woods. He was well out of range and would not respond to any of my efforts to call him in.  At 3:00 I climed out of the stand and went back to camp for a quick bite to eat and then headed  back out to another location for the evening hunt. While that buck did not offer me a shot durring midday, it proved to me that in pressured areas it can pay big dividends to hunt all day during the rut, it's like the mature bucks know when most hunters are in the field. 
 
The morning I ended up taking that buck it was only the third time during the entire season that stand had been hunted. When you stop and think about it the hunting methods the Eberhart's use are straight forward, simple and make sense, they just require dedication, adjusting your scouting schedule, your seasonal game plan, and putting in some extra time on stand during the right time of season. While many hunters refuse to change their hunting process, I am always willing to learn and try new hunting methods that make sense. "Precision Bowhunting" is definatly the bible for dedicated bowhunters in pressured and non pressured areas, I've read it twice from cover to cover, and still refer back to it through out the year.
 

Tom Currie

 

 
 
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John,

Thank you so much.  We have been watching your videos, reading your books, and taking notes.  The information you provide has been so helpful.  My son’s first time hunting with my husband and I (last weekend’s youth hunt) and he shot a 9pt buck !!!!

Wishing you a wonderful season…

Karen

 

 
 
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I purchased two books Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails and Precision Bowhunting written by the Eberharts.  As i am always looking to increase my bowhunting knowledge I was quick to read both of these books.  I couldn't help but take the advice on the ambush saddle after reading the results that the eberharts have had with these items.  There was another product that was highly recommended, Rivers west Ambush Jacket that i had to have as well if i was going to get the elusive buck that i highly sought.  After recieving the the saddle i was a little wary of using it as it comes across as hard to use at first. This thought was put to rest after watching the dvd and putting it on and getting into a tree to practice.   I practiced in my yard in the summer and got a feeling for the saddle, i was sure i could use this in some application this fall.

The time came after I had spotted a nice 10 pointer in a bean field that would come across a road from a dense bedding area off limits to hunting. I had the trail cam pics, and sighting to base the stand location off of. Only problem was getting a stand into one the few  sparse trees on the edge of the bean field.  I decided i needed the saddle to make this one happen, anything permanent in the tree would stick out like a sore thumb, plus i needed to get high in the tree to avoid being seen by the deer.

I put the steps in and set up in the tree Oct. 15th.  I hunted that night and had a spike come close but that was all for the evening.  I decided that i needed to wait for bad weather to get the deer moving sooner if i wanted to capitalize on that buck.  that day came one week later on Oct 22nd.   We were getting sleet, and snow along with high winds and everyone said i was crazy for going out to hunt.  But they didn't know i had the ambush saddle or the river's west ambush jacket to stay nice and dry on my evening sit.

A little after 6 the same spike i had seen one week earlier had come across the road into the bean field to feed.  I noticed that he kept looking back across the road into the thick brush.  Turning to look at what might be there I caught a glimpse of white and saw a deer standing just inside the thick tree line.  I couldn't tell if it was a buck or doe, but i knew that most of the time a larger buck will follow the smaller guys into the field at this time of year.  Sure enough he came into view and all i could see were tall tines!  While grabbing my bow i tried ot move slowly as to not alert the spike in the field.  the deer came in on my right side giving  me an akward shot if i were standing in a regular tree stand, but with the ambush saddle all i had to do was slide to my right and pivot my hips to get squared for the shot, amazingly easy in the tree saddle.  Now that i was squared for the shot i drew back and mouthed a bleat. the buck stopped perfectly broadside at 20 yards and i let the arrow fly. It hit perfectly and the 10 pointer only went 60 yards before piling up in the adjacent woods.

It was all possible due #1 to the ambush saddle, and #2 the Rivers west ambush water proof jacket, and #3 listening to your adivice to hunt in the rain.  I could not have been out in that weather without that kind of rain protection.  These products really work for real hunters in the real world. I learned alot from your books, and i can't thank you enough for helping us real hunters.

Jason Lybeck
Alexandria, MN

 

 
 
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Dear John
 
I just wanted to share with you the success that your book brought me in 2007. I killed my first mature buck this year and I can give most of the credit to you and your book.
 
It was a crisp November 2nd morning in St. Joseph County Michigan; I was in this stand, for only the second time all year, two and a half hours early. I was hunting on the edge of a large bedding area, in a funnel that led to another bedding/feeding area. Before day break I had a deer cross directly under my tree stand, I could not make out what it was because it was too dark. At about 8:30, I noticed two deer, one very large, running across a picked corn field to my east. The deer were a couple hundred yards away. I gave one sold grunt on my grunt tube and the deer stopped in their tracks. As I watched the deer intently I caught a glimpse of movement to my north. Only twenty yards away there stood a nice two and a half year old eight point. As I examined his rack I decided not too shoot, which about killed me!!! But I had seen several mature bucks on this property in the summer, and I knew that they would still be around. As the eight point passed through my shot lane, I had to do everything in my power not to shoot. He gave me a perfect twenty yard shot. I let him pass and as soon as he got out of range I was immediately second thinking my decision. I was crushed, but still excited to see such a nice buck. I then caught a glimpse of more movement, coming from the same direction of the eight point. As it appeared all I could make out was at least ten points on each side, and alot of stuff near the brow tines. As he made his way toward me, He stopped, twenty yards broadside, but not in a shooting lane. I then made a wrong decision to try and shoot through a hole; it looked as though I had a perfect hole to his vitals. I pulled back and let her fly. Well to make a long story short my arrow deflected off a branch and hit him in the neck. I was lucky that the arrow hit a main artery and the deer would have traveled about 60 yards, if I would not have pushed him, which is a story in its self. My father and I eventually found the deer, the biggest buck of my life. He has 13 points, and a twelve inch spread.  I would not have taken this buck if not for your book, "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails". Some things from the book that enabled me to get this buck were,
 
- Spring scouting
- Not over hunting a stand
- Early arrival to the stand
- Identifying funnels and bedding areas
- Scent Control
 

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The Eberharts,
 
Hello my name is Dylan Cole. I live and hunt in the highly pressured state of Pennsylvania. I own your books and DVDs. The information you guys provide is refreshing and truthful. I especially enjoy the chapter titled “the bow hunters attitude” in precision bow hunting. This was the first year I really committed to hunting larger bucks with my bow I saw more big bucks this season (4) than any other. I got serious about things such as: scent control, arrival/departure times, routes to and from stand locations to name a few. Focusing on those tactics not only increased my big buck sightings but they were much closer. People call me crazy for passing on smaller bucks or spending 13 hours on stand. I know my hard work will pay off in the long run. My goal for this season was to have a nice buck present me with a shot. On November 3rd I was fortunate enough to arrow the 5th buck to work a scrape near my tree that morning. I hope your season was as good as mine. Hopefully you will be hearing from me in years to come. Attached is two photos of my buck. Keep it real.
 

-Dylan P. Cole

 

 
 
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Dear John,

Bowhunting for whitetailed deer for me is more than a hobby each fall. Its a way of life and an obsession. I pour through endless books and magazines looking to soak up every bit of knowledge I can. The problem is these books all seem to have the same generic information. That was until a few years back when I picked up and read Precision Bowhunting and Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails. These books have advanced my bowhunting skills like no other bowhunting literature has before. I give alot of credit to these books in helping me take this beautiful Michigan 10pt on a 2008 MID-DAY late october bowhunt, as well as several other great bucks before in recent seasons. Hunters not spending time on stand during mid-day at certain times of the season are missing out for sure! These books will teach you that, I know they did me.

 
Thank You,

Doug Myers

 

 
 
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Dear John and Chris,

I just had to send you this photo of my 8 point I got on election day 2008.  I live in New Jersey which is an extremenly pressured state and have had to deal with other hunters on a regular basis.  I needed to really improve my tactics and have been hunting the same way for years with mediocre results.  Well last year, I read both of your books (Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails) and (Precision Bowhunting) and It opened the world of hunting up to me like I never imagined.  Paying attention to the details like scent control, wind direction, scrapes, rub lines and doing all my scouting at the end of last season really paid off!  This buck in the photo is my first nice deer with my bow.   I can't thank you guys enough for opening my eyes and preparing me for the challenge of taking a nice buck in a pressured area.  I'm so greatful!  Thanks again !!!

Chris Hendrickson
 
 
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Hey Guys, 

I have been sitting on the fence for a number of years after first seeing the ambush tree saddle,  not anymore.  I watched your dvd series and saw the versatility that they provide and thus used it to be successful this year on a big Ontario whitetail.  Thanks for helping me make the decision Chris

 

 
 

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John and Chris,

I don't know where to start to tell you how much you have helped launch my hunting success into a whole new world of the whitetail deer. I have always been successful at being able to tag a 1 1/2 and occasionally a 2 1/2 year old buck, but never could quite close the deal on a mature buck. Well, to tell you the truth, I wasn't even seeing anything over a 2 1/2 year old, until I bought your 2 books, "Precision Bowhunting", and "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails".  The number one contributing factor has to be the scent control; I thought I was doing a good job with my scent, using Scent Lok clothing, scent free soaps, and changing my clothes at the hunt site, but that just isn't enough, especially in this high pressured state of Michigan. But, it just wasn't the scent control, it is all the little things that totally makes the difference in success on those mature bucks. I have hunted all my life here in Michigan. I owe my hunting addiction to my Dad, taking me out hunting with him when I was just old enough to keep up. We would just go out and sit by a tree, and hope one would come by (gun hunting on the state lands of Kalkaska). It wasn't until I started archery hunting, that I realized the hunting skills I lacked. I started reading and watching everything I could get my hands on, but bar none, your books are the best out there. You explain in detail what it takes to get close to a mature whitetail buck. Not ever seeing a big buck while I was hunting, I didn't know if I would be able to handle all the excitement, rush, pressure, and basically lack of experience when one came in, but as you can see, I've done all right. The 3 deer that I have in the pictures have all been taken with my bow and arrow on state land in Illinois (It is different hunting there, than here in Michigan). They scored (gross) 163 3/8, 137, and this year (green score) 158 6/8, all in the last 4 years (I missed a year, due to loosing my job for 26 years and having to start over with vacation) . Plus, I got a 133 with my shot gun and a few in the 120's with my bow (not netting enough for Pope and Young) here in Michigan that are my biggest bucks I have ever harvested here. So, Thank You both so much, for your books and all that you write in magazines (it's the first thing I look for). God Bless, Rick Burd P.S. Chris, I see that you where glasses. I am now 47 years old, and have had to wear glasses for the last several years, and they are frankly. just a pain. I wear a Scent Lok face mask, but my glasses keep fogging up if I wear it over my nose, and sometimes even over my mouth depending how I breath. What do you do to keep your scent down from your head and breath, with out fogging up your glasses?

 

 
 
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John,

I reside in central NY and have been blessed to have a father who introduced me to bow hunting at an early age. Now at the age of 28 I pursue these animals with an intensity that I believe is only rivaled by my father. Always looking to learn more I purchased your "Hunting Pressured Whitetail Vol. II" DVD. My father and I watched and became students of the principles taught in your video. We always practiced scent control and always arrived to our stand and hour before first light. We shoot in the off season and scout frequently. However, in 2007 we made a pact that we would only harvest 2.5 year old bucks or better.  In our part of the state few bucks have the opportunity to make it past that first year, so this where you come in. We only have access to a few parcels of land and most if not all are frequented by other hunters. This obviously as you state in your video makes harvesting a mature whitetail even more difficult. But by looking for the the right sign and being patient enough to only hunt stands when the timing is right we were able to eliminate a lot of setups.  We took our scent control to a new level and even began to use other hunters and their setups to our advantage.  Well my father stuck to his guns and passed many 1.5 year old bucks and a few weeks into the season harvested the buck in the photo. He has lovingly taught me everything he knows and for that I am ever greatful. But more importantly we are continuing to grow as students of the sport and your video provided us with some great insight into just what it takes to be successful . Thank you and I hope you would consider adding this to your site.

V/R

Mathew Bryant

Father - Doug Bryant

 
 

 

 

John and Chris,

I have been hunting for 21 years with both bow and gun and had never before killed let alone seen a buck as big as the one I took with my bow in 2007. In the past three years I have taken 3 good bucks by Pennsylvania state land standards, and every year they just keep getting bigger, and without question I owe it all to you guys. After reading both of your books I ordered the DVDs and they aided in putting a picture to some of the areas you described in the books.

I live in Pennsylvania and primarily hunt state land in an area that literally gets absolutely hammered by hunters and as I stated, my success has been phenomenal since putting your hunting practices for pressured whitetails to work. It is amazing how something in life as simple as taking a few mature whitetail bucks can change the way your friends interact with you. I hate to sound cheesy but you guys have made my dreams come true and the least I could do is strongly recommend your books and DVDs to anyone who is serious about taking mature deer on public land or anyplace for that matter.

PS: my wife says I am much easier to live with now

Thanks 

Kevin Flaherty

 

 
 
 

After 25 years of bowhunting in Michigan (the highest bowhunter density per square mile state in the country), I finally fulfilled a goal of mine by taking a mature whitetail that qualifies for the Commemorative Bucks of Michigan (CBM) record book. The first 24 years I regularly shot 1 1/2 year old bucks, an occassional 2 1/2 year old, and mature does, hoping that some day the "big one" would walk by within bow range. Little did I know that to connect on a mature buck in Michigan, I needed to drastically change the way I hunted.

One day I heard a guy being interviewed on the radio who had shot over twenty Pope & Young bucks with his bow in pressured areas, and he said that if you hunt using similar practices as everyone else, there is no reason to expect anything other than similar results. I have to credit John Eberhart, who from that day changed the way I will hunt from now on.  I read up on everything John wrote about bowhunting in Michigan and how it differs from other states with less hunting pressure. I was shocked to learn that the ratio of Pope & Young bucks taken per licensed hunter varied so much from state to state. In 2004, 1 out of every 197 licensed bowhunters in Iowa entered a buck in the Pope & Young recordbook, Kansas was 1 out of 149, Illinois was 1 out of 297, Wisconsin was 1 out of 492, while at the other end of the heavily hunted spectrum Pennsylvania was 1 out of 3,308 and Michigan came in at 1 out of 5,166! No wonder you can't find any hunting DVD's filmed in Michigan, unless it's behind a high fenced enclosure. When you give over 700,000 hunters a two-buck limit and more than two weeks during the peak of the rut to use a rifle or a shotgun, it becomes easy to see why bucks that survive beyond their first set of antlers are going to be smarter and more difficult to kill than in other lightly hunted states.

Another thing I learned is that if you want to shoot a mature buck in the fall, you have to scout and set-up your treestand locations in the spring before new growth covers up rut sign from the previous fall. So, in March of 2006, I scouted a couple of locations that my daughters, Marie, Katie, Lisa and I had success bowhunting in the past. Next to the woods we knew well was a fifty acre field of autumn olive bushes, which are ten feet tall and very difficult to move through unless you're on your hands and knees. It is a know bedding area for deer, and they move through it with ease.

While scouting I discovered a lot of deer sign, but there were no trees that would accept a treestand, they were simply to small in diameter. That spring I purchased an Ambush saddle which is what John and his son Chris use when hunting from trees. I had read how John could hunt out of any tree that could support his weight with something that looks like a lineman's belt. You also see lumberjacks use a similar system, the difference is the saddle is a lot more comfortable for sitting in for long periods! Trust me, it's much more comfortable than your typical hang-on stand once you get used to it.

Now that I had more options with small trees, I put in my tree steps and cleared some shooting lanes. I was stoked! It was only March and I felt like I had the upper hand on the other people who hunted this property. I did the same thing at a few other locations, since my daughters and their husbands all had saddle too. I couldn't wait for the bow opener on October 1st.

There was something else that I learned that I had to keep in mind. If you set up a tree near a primary scrape area or in a bedding area, you must not hunt it until the pre-rut, which usually begins around Halloween in Michigan. In October when the mature bucks are primarily nocturnal, the does must be allowed to bed down and move through these areas without being spooked by people hunting or scouting. Once the pre-rut starts, you can hunt these areas in the morning, and John advises to get to your stand a minimum of 1 1/2 hour before daylight. I didn't want to hear that, since I am not a morning person. In heavily hunted areas such as where I hunt in Michigan, mature bucks are accustomed to when most hunters arrive in the morning, so they leave their feeding area to bed down prior to first light. I knew I had to get to my tree and be set-up and quiet well before any bucks moved into the area, otherwise I would spook them with my entry. By 10 am most hunters leave the woods, and that is when mature bucks get up and scent check for receptive does in their core area. Along with the full blown rut, the pre-rut is one of the few times during season that mature bucks move and expose themselves during daylight hours.

While hunting in mid-October, we noticed that some of the younger bucks were chasing does already. This seemed very early. Once it got close to Halloween, I was going to hunt my tree in the autumn olives as soon as we got a north wind. The north breeze came on October 27th. This was the day I had been waiting for all year, because this tree was in the nastiest stuff on the property.

It was my first time back to this spot since that day I set it up in March. The overgrowth from summer was incredible! Pushing my way through the braches and briars, often on my hands and knees, I made it to my tree and settled into my saddle for the day. When dawn finally arrived my heart was pounding, and I hadn't seen or heard a thing yet, but I knew the set-up and preparation had been done right, so my expectations were high. 

The first three deer I saw were bucks, and they were searching through what had previously been a secure area of cover. I let a six point walk right past me, which I had never done before. Later that morning a real nice eight point walked over to some thick brush fifty yards upwind of me where some does had been bedded down. I softly inhaled on my grunt call and that was all it took for him to turn and head in my direction. At fifteen yards and broadside, I took the shot and watched him disappear into the brush. Within a few seconds I heard him pile up. He had traveled only forty yards before expiring.

Had I not heard John on the radio and adopted his way of hunting, I probably would have ended up with the same old results. I can't wait until next Halloween.

Randy VanderVeen

 

 
 
 

John

I attended one of your field seminars last fall south of Fowlerville. The location was near where you killed Wheezer in 2000. Anyway, I’m a big fan of yours (we talked quite a bit at the session). I’ve read Chris and your books several times, watched your videos and recommended them to EVERYBODY that will listen. At the session you walked us through the woods and actually demonstrated the Trophyline Ambush Saddle along with other field techniques.

You recommended getting the saddle this year but probably not using it until next year (given all that needed to be accomplished to implement your techniques). When I saw your demonstration, I could not wait. I ordered the saddle and within 2 days of its receipt, was in the woods and dropped a huge doe with my bow.

Having read your books several times within the last 2 years and adhering to your techniques, I felt the Ambush saddle was the last piece of equipment I needed to do it the Eberhart way.

Following your books advice about saving certain areas strictly for the rut phases, I hunted one of my best spots for the first time of the season on November 2nd, 2007 and at a distance of 28 yards killed the largest buck I have ever killed and I have taken quite a few. He was a monster 12 point that dressed out at 211 pounds (waiting for score).

THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THIS BUCK WITHOUT YOUR BOOKS AND VIDEOS.

I believe you have changed the way I hunt forever. Attached are pictures. Thank you and keep writing.

John Pardington

 

 
 
 

John/Chris

I shot this deer on Nov. 21st in Ohio the day before Thanksgiving. He was following a doe and I shot him at 7 AM, 12 minutes into the legal shooting time. I arrived at the tree 2 hours before daylight. Before reading your books my normal arrival time would have been 15/20 minutes before daylight, and with my old arrival time I would not have gotten a shot at that deer. My treestand was in the middle of a red oak stand with a tremendous acorn crop and I’m sure those two deer were feeding close by me well before it began to get light.

 I found this spot with a little in season scouting and determined it was a primary scrape area since I found half a dozen scrapes and numerous rubs. The buck I shot was the 4th nice buck I saw in that area and had two other bucks within range of my recurve but couldn’t get the shot. I tried not to overhunt it, but it had the most activity and the most sign of any place I could hunt last year.

That one tip about getting to your stand early was worth the price of your books. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the heavy pounding of hooves while approaching my stand in the morning knowing I just busted a mature buck out of the area. It makes a long day even longer as I like to stay on stand all day, but when it produces results its well worth it. 

Thanks, Doug Fink

 

 
 
 

John and Chris

Thanks a ton for producing the literature you do. I feel it has really shortened my learning curve for harvesting (what I consider) trophy whitetails. Not many authors are willing to share both their success' and failures over the years, in order to help others in their pursuit.

 I've never had a problem harvesting 1.5 year old bucks with my bow, but I reached a point in my hunting career where I wanted to "raise my standards" and attempt to hold off for more mature deer. By committing to learning everything I can and diligent scent control, scouting, and seasonal focus, I've been able to harvest whitetails over 100" the last 3 Michigan bow seasons (102", 112", & 144").

I became drawn to your writings because I felt they pertained to me extremely well, as I hunt the extremely pressured areas of Southeast Michigan. My favorite Book is "Precision Bowhunting". The yearly breakdown is outstanding. I've learned a huge amount from my own faults and achievements, but never have I learned so much from a piece of literature as I did from yours.

Please continue to produce "real world" hunting writings, and I'll continue to follow your works with anticipation of greater improvements to my hunting regimen.

Thanks again,-Jason Crean

 
     

Testimonials and Reviews

COMMENTS

As a hunter that desires to learn more about the game we chase, their habitat and use of it, and new and different techniques to outsmart them to get close, and go undetected- I can't wait to read Johns next insights. John Eberhart is on the cutting edge of hard core hunting tactics and you too will learn a bunch reading John and Chris’s books. 

Greg Sesselman – Owner of Scent Lok

 John Eberhart is one of the most skillful, and intense bowhunters I know.  He also has the unique ability to be able to communicate that knowledge and passion with others. 

Mike Avery - Outdoor Magazine TV/Radio

When it comes to deer hunting and overall deer hunting knowledge, I know of few who are as Savvy as John Eberhart. John’s advise is to be adhered to whether you are a veteran hunter or beginner.  

Tom Nelson  (Host/ The American Archer TV Show)

BOOK TESTIMONIALS  
 
 "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" reviews

Hi John and Chris,

Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the great information you authored in “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails”. As an avid bowhunter for 15 years and longtime subscriber to the latest greatest hunting magazines and video’s, nothing I’ve read in the past comes close to “reality” and first-hand experience that you two have put into this book.

I owe a huge debt of honor to you guys for the great tips you provided in the publication, especially the section on hunting pre-rut active primary scrape areas. Just a couple of weeks ago (11-4-05 to be exact), I arrowed my first P&Y buck in Minnesota on highly pressured public land. He grossed 153 and 5/8 and weighed a whopping 224 lbs. dressed. The entire event was almost exactly as you described in the book as he came in during midday to scent check a secluded primary scrape area.

 Thanks again fellas and keep the books coming…I just started reading “Precision Bowhunting”. Best regards and Good Hunting! 

Brent Sipe   Minnesota

John and Chris,

After studying your book I believe anything else I read about whitetail hunting is going to be downhill from here! I like to consider myself a knowledgeable deer hunter but you have opened my eyes to so many other factors of the pursuit. Like most I usually did my scouting in August and September.

 For the first time in 15 years I can’t wait for this season to end so that I can start preparing for next season. This will be the first time in my hunting career that I will actually know what I am scouting for. You have written a book that finally tailors itself to the area and circumstances of hunting that I encounter and I want to thank you for that. Have a Happy Holiday and good luck with the remainder of the season. Thanks again for such a great book. 

Sincerely, Michael Alwine

10-2-2007  Dear John and Chris,

First of all, thank you for the incredible reading material you have provided me in "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails". I began reading it 3 years ago to my wife on our honeymoon and finished it before we landed back in the U.S. I couldn't put it down and have read it through several times since. I also want to tell you what a great job your videos did for me as well. I really got a first hand look at what you guys do to become successful. Watching them gets me very ambitious to get back out in the woods or just prepare for the next hunt or scouting opportunity. Thirdly, the Ambush saddle is a great way to hunt. I have pretty much gone to hunting exclusively out of it and can't tell you how much it has improved my comfort and ability to stay on stand longer.

Thanks again for all the help and sharing of your experiences and knowledge.

GOOD HUNTING

Ross Lexvold-Red Wing, MN bowhunter

11-29-2007      John,

I am so thankful Scent Lok was invented and you made the DVDs and wrote the books. I could tell from your detailed instructions, you had gone through what I had in trying to beat their noses. Your level of detail in everything convinced me you were credible and that’s why I dropped the dollars for a complete Scent Lok suit. Don’t worry about those idiots that don’t think they work, some people just can’t be taught and you can’t save the world. Many are listening to you and learning. Just go to Archery Talk and you will see you are well respected. 

I was absolutely amazed to be sweating inside my suit during a hot early season hunt and have a mature doe come up the hill at eye level with me in my Ambush saddle and head directly downwind. I just knew she would blow once she hit my airstream at less than 20 yards. She never batted an eye and just walked past to a persimmon tree at about 30 yards. At that point she was in my shooting lane and I drilled her. 

There were several other instances of deer being around me and downwind and they never knew I was in their world. These areas were simply unhuntable with archery equipment, until I used Scent Lok. With me being disabled, I was ready to give up on my passion of bowhunting, because I have not been healthy enough to go anywhere else to hunt.  

Your instructional books and DVDs have been such a blessing for me. You may never know what a difference you made in my life, but I just want to say thank you.  

I have a question. Is there any way to wear my suit in my truck and drive a mile down the road and hunt? I want to do it 100% right, when I go after the buck down the road.

 God bless you and thank you so much 

Greg Hanner  

11-18-2007 - John and Chris

I read your book "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" in 2005. I tried to make the leap from hunting 4 and 6 point bucks to mature bucks in 2005, I failed. I saw bigger bucks than I ever had using your tactics but could not connect because I didn't have the bowhunter set-up, I was still using my gun hunter mindframe. This is my third full season of only hunting with my bow and I don't believe I will ever go back to my guns, I love it. Well last year (2006) I tried again for a big buck, I only saw one mature buck slipping into a bedding area at 40 yards early in the pre rut. It was so close but 40 yards is 10 yards to long for me.

I hunt on a pressured military base so it can be pretty tough. Well this year I didn't give up and finally connected on my best buck with a bow...a nice 15 inch spread 8-point. Not a monster, but definitely a great buck for the place I hunt. I was actually reading both your books the night before I shot the buck. I read about staging areas and the rut. It was like a light went off in my head.

I decided to move my portable stand only 45 yards to a new spot in the area I was hunting, an hour and a half before first light. Then I remembered you talking about lightly rattling after first light...I hardly ever rattle, call, or put out scents because the deer get spooky really quick. But I knew a good buck was using this area because when I got up in my tree I was 10 yards from a huge scrape! How is that, I moved my stand in complete darkness based on your book and when the sun came up, a huge scrape is right below me.

Well 10 minutes after daylight I hit the rattle bag for only 20 seconds and very lightly. Two minutes later that 8-point came walking down on a rope to check the scrape, and I nailed him with my Muzzy! Before him I killed a 6 and two 7 points with my bow. He was by far my best buck.

Why am I telling you all this? Because I feel like you have been there helping me since I read your first book. It really changed the way I hunt and the work ethic I put into my hunting.

Thank You - Brett Tillett - Manassas, Va.

Dear John,

 John, I want to thank you for writing such an informative book. It is the best book I have ever read regarding hunting mature bucks. I truly believe reading your book has saved me from making years of mistakes while hunting.

Thank you, Todd Peterson

Dear John,

This book is a must have for any serious bowhunter. If you are a novice bowhunter this book is a must read. For experienced bowhunters, this book will help you fine tune your hunting tactics.

John covers the most important topics of bowhunting. Scent Control, Stand Placement, How to hunt Rublines, Scrapes and Staging areas, Using Decoys, Deer Recovery, and much more.

Forget most of the articles you read in magazines or the hunting videos you see on television. This book will add 15 years of experience to your knowledge of bowhunting.       
 Kimber     Oklahoma

Dear John,

 I've read many bowhunting books over the years. I thought that I'd heard it all. This book proves that I didn't. I was very surprised by the great info this book provides.

Rest assured this book is not for the weekend bowhunter, this is hard-core bowhunting.      
 

Meyerske      Washington, Pa.

Dear John,

Hello, I thoroughly enjoyed reading you book, "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails". It gave me great tips that enabled me to take my first mature buck with a bow, a fine 7 pointer with a 16 1/2 inch inside spread. I hunt in central New Jersey where there is a lot of deer hunting pressure.

I was wondering if you have any autographed 8 X 10 photos of yourself and or Chris with a nice whitetail buck for sale? I would love to add them to my collection.

Regards Mike Banko

7-4-2007 - John and Chris

I recently purchased a copy of "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" and must say that the book is a real eye-opener! I an from southeastern Pennsylvania where the whitetails are definitely pressured and there are more hunters every year!

Thanks to you and Chris for a great book, perhaps I will pick up the DVD's as well.

A fellow bowhunter,      Joe O'Connor      Willow Grove, Pa.

Dear John,

I just ordered an Ambush saddle from your website, because I was very impressed by its advantages and what you said about it in your book "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails", which is my favorite book. Can you give me any pointers or advice in using the saddle since you have been using it for so long?

Thanks again for the fine book. I believe the book, Ambush saddle, and time put in will give me the edge on the buck of I have been looking for. Hard work brings more appreciation when the buck of your lifetime is taken. Hopefully that will be the case.

William Pitts

Good day Mr. Eberhart,

I am an avid 20 year-old bow hunter from south eastern Michigan. Your book has helped me become a better hunter. “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” picked up where my father left off. Growing up in the woods I learned a multitude of things about hunting but was never very successful. Taking a mature deer was my only goal that could equate to success.

After reading your book, I started to understand better the ideas of controlling scent, and getting closer to the quarry. Problems with the techniques my father taught me now seem so obvious. So, with the changes in my habits I saw more deer closer this year than ever. I was even so brave as to let a nice eight-point (he had a broken G-2) walk to within three yards; then walk away unscathed. The buck never knew I was there.

With these new techniques I hope to have even more success in the upcoming season. Thank you for the knowledge and the teachings you have shared.

Sincerely Jesse J. Sieler

Dear John,

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I wanted to personally thank you for enhancing my hunting season this year. Through the years of wisdom and experience you have shared through your book, I was able to take a monumental leap forward this year in sightings of adult deer…specifically mature bucks. I had a total of 14 different mature buck sightings and my guess is that 6 of them were 3 ½ year olds.

I took an adult doe during an evening hunt on Oct. 2nd in a feeding area stand. I took a 2 ½ year old 8 point on Oct. 26th from a fresh rubline between a bedding and feeding area. And the coupe de gras was a 3 ½ year old 8 point (my largest buck to date) on Nov. 10th from an active primary scrape area.

I hunted from 13 different sites and never hunted any one more than 3 times. My routine during the magical time from Oct. 25th through Nov. 14th was to be on stand a minimum of an hour and a half prior to daybreak and hunt until at least 2pm. I saw an absolute giant at 11:14am on Nov. 9th. I also had a gorgeous buck pass under me before daybreak on Nov. 5th.

Nonetheless I am extremely happy with my results this year and have you to thank. I also had excellent result hunting in the rain this year as you predicted in the book. It is a wonderful feeling (as long as you can keep dry) seeing mature deer on the move in the pouring rain while other hunters are home sipping coffee.

It was a strange yet wonderful feeling to out of tags before gun season, it was a first for me.  Thanks again!  

Michael Davison

1-27-2008 - John,

I am enclosing two photos of the deer I was able to harvest last year. I realize you probably get lots of pictures from big name people, but for what it’s worth I want to say thank you very much for the information in your two books. I believe they had everything to do with my success this past season. I hunt in a very pressured area in Minnesota. We have certain parts of the state that are low pressure and some that are crazy. This is where I live and I do not have the finances or time to go on out of state hunts at this point in my life.  

I saw one of your articles in Bowhunter magazine once and thought I would order your book and am very thankful I did. I hunted in places I never would have hunted before on public ground. In Minnesota we can not leave tree stands up overnight so the hassle of hunting on public land way back did not appeal when I had to lug a stand in and out every time. Enter your advice on using an Ambush saddle, patterning other hunters, and hunting public ground. I left my steps in and wore my saddle (stand) in, and Viola! 

Thank you   Jeremy Waknitz

Dear John,

Just as the name implies if you are bowhunting whitetails in pressured areas this book is one of the best. There is something here for everyone but if you are a beginner this book is a must own. The author also has 3 DVDs on hunting pressured whitetails, they are the best instructional DVD's I have seen. I wish this book had been available when I started bowhunting.     

 KHH

Guys,

So much of what I read is like a fairy tale. Sometimes it's even good enough to make me believe and then after a few hours or days in the real woods (no fences and lots of other hunters), reality sets in again. This book doesn't promise any instance success or give any sure kill secrets like "rattle and grunt every ten minutes"...ever tried that one? This is real hunting. Get out there early, put the time in, and pay attention to the details. And there are a lot of details outlined in this book.

Bill Newville       Pa.

8-28-2007     Dear John, 

I live in Ironwood Michigan and am a very avid deer hunter. I have read thousands of articles and hundreds of books on deer hunting and your books are the very best I have ever read. I am so glad someone finally addressed what the average hunter has to deal with. 

Thank you for passing on your knowledge with the rest of us. 

Sincerely – Glenn Gauthier 

Dear John,

This was a great book. Finally someone got it right. Not all of us hunt on ranches where deer rarely see humans and are fed. This book gives advice on how to hunt state lands and other populated areas. I would recommend you read this book if you want to see more deer in the woods this year.

Michael Anzalone       Staten Island, N. Y.

Dear John,

 John, I really enjoyed your book “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails”. I watched the American Archer with Tom Nelson the other day on scent control. I wished I would have taped the show. I feel I need to take scent control and stand placement to the next level, because as you said, when hunting mature bucks in pressured areas, you are hunting a completely different animal.

I read lots of Archery magazines and you read one article and they say one thing and you read another and they say the opposite. Their articles are confusing. I think that many of those writers are blowing Hot Air. I’m sure your book “Precision Bowhunting” will be as informative as the other one. 

Thank you:  Scott Shane

7-25-2004 - Dear John,

This book is no B.S. I have read the book twice and referred back to it many times. It is a great book for good bow hunters that want to take their game to the next level.
I truly believe John is THE BEST whitetail hunter in the country. I say this because the bucks he kills are in Michigan, where an 80" whitetail is like shooting a 130" in many other states........and he does not own or lease property. He knocks on doors to gain permission the hard way.   

Justin L Wood      Sanford, Mi.

Dear John,

This is my first year hunting--I wanted to read up on some tactics and how to's of hunting. My husband has been hunting for 15 years and he has really enjoyed reading this book also. The writer either confirmed or shed new light on some things my husband has believed about whitetails. He has stated this is the best information he has ever read on bowhunting.

I learned a great deal from this book also. I no longer think my husband is crazy for being a scent free fanatic. I can proudly say I am now as well.

I truly believe any bowhunter looking to improve his or her skills could benefit from this read.   

Diane      N. Y.

9-11-2007 - John and Chris 

I am 32 years old and have 19 years of deer hunting under my belt, 10 of which have been with a bow. I have grown up learning to hunt in the heavily pressured state of South Carolina, where we have a 4 ½ month rifle season, allow dog hunting, baiting, and have no system in place to check in our deer or enforce the number of deer a hunter may take in a given season. It’s home and I love it here, but a true trophy paradise it is not. 

I have watched over the past 15 years as the so-called experts of the whitetail world take trophy after trophy on TV using techniques and methods that simply don’t work anywhere if there is hunting competition. While entertaining, the educational value is extremely low. I am an avid reader and have read many books over the past 12 years and have found them to be by and large, useless for the areas I hunt. 

I was looking on Amazon for a few new books and was drawn to yours because of your chapter “The Problem with Baiting”. It is a subject I have put a lot of thought into over the years, but have never seen anybody write anything about. Frankly, I was unfamiliar with your writings but thought I’d give your book a chance. I am really glad I did. It is far and away the most helpful, insightful, and honest book I have ever read on deer hunting. 

From the first chapter on the statistics of pressured states and P&Y entries, to the last chapter, I was thoroughly intrigued and learned more than I have form all the other books I’ve ever read combined. There is a lot to digest and I will need to read it several more times in an effort to take it all in. It was a truly thought provoking book that I have already recommended to several of my closest hunting buddies. Your methods and strategies are the first I have ever read that made sense for where I hunt. It really helped me connect the dots and give some structure and continuity to some of the thoughts and observations that I have made on my own. 

In closing, I hope I have not taken up too much of your time but I wanted you to know how much I appreciated the two of you writing an honest book about deer hunting. There are people like me who are constantly searching for quality writing on the sport we love.  

Thank you for such a great book

Sincerely – Stephen Lincoln S. C.

John,

I have to write and tell you that on the very first hunt after putting your hunting tactics together, my friend took the largest buck he or I have ever seen in South Carolina while in the field. The 11 point was on taken on opening day of our 2007 gun season after setting up in some heavy cover in an area that I never would have set-up in prior to reading your books.

My friend thanks you and I do as well. I have not been out yet due to work restrictions, but am eagerly awaiting.

Sincerely - Stephen Lincoln S. C.

Dear John,

My pleasure John and Chris. What a great book! I’ve been hunting deer for over 30 years and while I don’t consider myself an “expert”, I do feel I hunt harder and smarter than most.

Your book gave me a lot of insights and opened my eyes to some mistakes I’ve been making and some options I should be concentrating on.

Thanks for passing on your expertise.  Bill

Dear John,

This letter was addressed to Stackpole Books (publisher of the books).

Thank you for publishing “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails”. The book answers many questions I’ve had.

 Could you please have John contact me as to where I can find an Ambush Saddle. I want to learn how to use it and follow John and Chris’s plan.

John Horton  Fond du Lac, Wi.

John and Chris,

You guys definitely get credit for assists. I have taken four 2 ½ year old or older bucks from state land over the past two seasons since reading your book and putting your methods to work. In my previous 18 years of bowhunting I took only one mature buck.

I can’t say how much I owe you for my recent successes.

 I want to add that I use a mountain bike to get ¾ of a mile off the road and then walk an additional 3/8 of a mile like your son Jon.    

Michael Davidson

John,

I recently read your book, read a few of your articles in magazines, and saw you on the American Archer with Tom Nelson. I have to say that the info you and Chris put out in your book “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” was truly top notch. I can’t wait until bow season to apply some of the tactics I learned from your great read. I also took care of most of my scouting and tree preparation as you suggested back in April. I also heard you were working on a second book. Any idea when it will be available?  

Tom Lantis

Dear John,

Hey Guys, Great stuff you have here. I ordered the 3 DVD set earlier this spring and a copy of "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails".  I liked what I read so much that tonight I ordered a copy of "Precison Bowhunting". I guess an Ambush saddle might be next.

Keep up the great work, I've learned more about hunting in the past few months than in the previous 20 years.  Wish me luck getting a nice buck this fall.

Nick

“PRECISION BOWHUNTING” reviews

John:

I ordered your three videos last week and got them yesterday. Then I spent 5 1/2 hours watching them all, including the bonus features. In a word, they were outstanding!  I have both of your books as well, and the videos are perfect companion pieces for them.

Thank you for your time and effort to produce some of the most realistic big buck hunting instructional videos that I have ever seen!! I also really liked the capability to select a particular setup or technique scene - I don't recall seeing this feature in other videos. Your down-to-earth and practical advice, coupled with your very personable demeanor were a pure joy to watch!! And I think just as highly of your two books!!

Although I am a firearms deer hunter (muzzleloader and rifle) who lives in Virginia, but who hunts big woods in Maine and Nova Scotia, I prefer to stillhunt and track bucks like the Benoits of Vermont do (I have all of their videos and books) .... but I do a lot of "stump sitting" too, since this is the most productive way to tag a good buck. I am far from being an accomplished deer hunter, let alone big buck hunter, like you or the Benoits, however ... but I am trying to learn as much as I can about the crafty and elusive mature whitetail buck. The chase is what I live for in deer hunting .... and with each passing year the passion burns hotter and hotter (I'm a 48 years old guy who wasn't able to hunt while in the US Navy for 22 years - but have tried to make up with it since I retired in 2000).

I first learned of you a couple years ago via a magazine article you had written. Since then I have kept an eye peeled for anything by or of you, as I have gained a deep admiration and respect for what you do and how well you do it. And my hat is off to you for your willingness to share what you know with "average joe's" like me!!  Thank you very much for being so generous!!

Again, a hearty "well done" for the videos and books!!

Dave

P.S. Please convey my thanks to your boys Chris and John for anything and everything they had to do with the videos and books.

John,

This book and the Eberhart's other book "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" are the two best whitetail deer bowhunting books I have read - and I have read a lot of them. Most deer hunting books discuss tactics for hunting lightly pressured deer (i.e. large, privately managed farms or ranches with limited access or high-fence operations) that most hunters will simply never have the chance to hunt.

This book is different from other hunting books in that the Eberhart's explain their year-round system for consistently taking mature whitetail bucks from pressured areas in their home state of Michigan. I must say again that the Eberhart's bowhunting books are the best I have read. In fact, I re-read parts of their books before each hunting season.  

Mountain Man     Wisconsin

8-10-2007 - John,

I received your books on the 1st of August. I have read through the first book and am halfway through the second. What an eye-opener! I have been frustrated trying to decipher the difference between reality and hype in all the magazine articles I read. All the articles are great but the magazines rarely publish any good information that makes me a better hunter on public ground and the authors opinions rarely match what I am seeing in the real whitetail world.  

The scenarios you describe in the books are exactly how I see them playing out in the woods. I have hunted for about 6 years now and spent a good amount of time in the woods. I see plenty of deer from my stands but nothing mature. I realize now after reading your books all the mistakes I was making, arriving at my stands late, not sitting through midday during the rut phases, over-scouting during season, overhunting, and hunting the wrong types of sign at the wrong time of year. 

I have wasted a lot of time in the woods and your books have shaved countless hours off the time spent learning the lessons the hard way.  

Thanks for the time spent talking whitetails – Rob Finch

 12-10-2007 - John,

Hello from PA! We’re into the late season and the end of the post rut here in Pa. I have a question for you concerning cold weather attire. I have been looking at the Rivers West H2P system and notice that you use their products. My question is: Can the H2P system be used in the early season all the way through the extended late season? My cheap insulated camo coveralls just don’t cut it….burr! 

About your book 

I just picked up a copy of “Precision Bowhunting”. What a great addition to “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails”! I like the way that you and Chris laid out the entire year showing what to do month by month. I am excited to seriously begin something I haven’t ever done in my short bowhunting experience…scouting! Your book is like a how to on scoring big, mature bucks under normal hunting conditions! I am looking forward to using your tips and tricks and becoming a successful mature whitetail hunter. Thanks again for all of the great information! 

A fellow bowhunter  Joe O’conner  Willow Grove, Pa.   

Dear John,

John, I can easily tell you and Chris put your hearts and souls into your two books. They are the best two books in my collection. I have a ton of hunting books, magazines, VHS tapes, CD’s, and DVD’s….and yours are the best. They have more usable information than everything else I have combined. Thanks for all your hard work and for your inspiration.

I found your website and wondered if you have a package deal if all 4 DVD’s are purchased together.

Jack DeHaven

John & Chris,

I feel compelled to write this after just completing my 2nd cover-to-cover reading of your newest book, "Precision Bowhunting". I have a extensive collection (to say the least) of whitetail bowhunting books dating way back to the late 70's-early 80's, and dare say there are very few written I do not have or have not read since then. After enjoying immensely your 1st book, I knew this one would be well worth reading as well. What I found, may be the most informative, thought-provoking, and eye-opening whitetail hunting tactic book I have ever read. This book blew me away!!

Never before in one book has there been so much SOLID and INSIGHTFUL information about whitetail behaviors and needs and how to interpret these to the hunters advantage in planning and implementing a YEAR-ROUND hunting strategy. FINALLY, someone has put into words an explanation of just what it takes to remove the "luck" factor to it's lowest possible influence and give the hunter more control over his success than ever before.

We all knew the secret was "Hard Work"...we just never had a complete JOB DESCRIPTION before! My congratulations and thanks to you both on a tremendous gift to all whitetail hunters, bow & gun alike. This information if properly utilized, seemingly could not fail to make anyone a better and therefore a more successful hunter. I cannot WAIT to put what I have learned to work in my own pursuits! Continued success in business and in the field... I am really looking forward to viewing your new DVD's when they become available.

Straight Arrows Ron Newman

Dear John and Chris,

My name is Kevin and I live in NE Pennsylvania. I’m writing this letter to say “thank you” for your latest publication “Precision Bowhunting”, I also own your first book.

Today is Oct. 1st, and I just killed a 2 ½ year old 7 point over an active scrape area. While the buck isn’t the biggest as far as antlers go it was the way he reacted at the scrape area exactly in the manner you described in your books that was interesting.

There are actually 2 scrapes in the area and they are surrounded by perimeter cover. I watched a doe and her buck fawn come in and lick the licking branches and wait in the area for approximately 15 minutes before the buck showed up. Believe it or not I missed him twice within 5 minutes and he just walked off not knowing what happened.

Exactly 50 minutes later the doe and fawn came back and after 15 more minutes he returned as well. I killed him this time with a perfect 32-yard shot. He managed to go about 40 yards before crashing to the ground and expiring. Everything you described in your book about primary scrapes happened on this hunt. It is one of the few books that deals with public land (heavily hunted land) in depth. I also saw John on an American Archer show.

I really appreciate the knowledge & help you gave me in your books, it helped me understand deer behavior a lot more. Have you guys thought about a TV show, I think it would be great. Sincerely 

Kevin Flaherty   Pennsylvania

7-13-2007 - John, 

Just thought I would drop a line and tell you how much I am enjoying your new book, Precision Bowhunting. You were right when you told me in an E-mail that you thought this book was better than your first book Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails. I din’t think it was possible but you were correct. You really bring deer hunting and what it takes to be successful to a realistic level. Old-fashioned blue collared hard work in scouting and preparation. Something you hear very little about in other hunting books of secrets and getting trophy deer without much effort mentally. And you are absolutely right when talking about the difference in pressured deer and location. 

I sincerely hope that your bookwriting career doesn’t end with this book. I can’t read enough of your material and I am sure there are many others with the same sentiment. I would love to see you with your own show on the Outdoor Channel to show hunters the realistic side of bowhunting. The so-called experts hunting in trees that someone else has done all the legwork and scouting for is rather ridiculous. Keep up the good work as an educator in bowhunting. 

You have made great sacrifices over the years in your learning and education in the bowhunting field, and I feel it will greatly pay off in the near future. I am aware you did not do it for monetary reasons but because you love the woods and hunting. But as you have sewed into this passion, you will reap the benefits thereof.  

Thanks for sharing what you have learned. 

Bill Pitts

Dear John,

This book walks the hunter through the whole year, what you need to be getting done, when you need to do it, and where to do it. It’s all here, how, when, and where you should be hunting throughout the season. It rehashes some of their other book    "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" both of which I would recommend to any bowhunter.  

KHH

Dear John,

I read your book "Precision Bowhunting", what a great book. Thanks for keeping it "real", I have been looking for a book about what most of us hunters have to deal with and your book really spells it out.

Personally I can't stand watching hunting shows, where you know they are hunting non or lightly hunted deer. Sure they say 100% wild / fair chase, but it is quite obvious the deer see little if any hunting pressure. That is just not the situation most of us are in.

Thanks  Daniel Chervenka

Dear John and Chris,

I thoroughly enjoyed your book “Precision Bow Hunting”.  I’ve been deer hunting for the past 35 years, bow hunting for the past 25 and thought I knew quite a bit about the topic. But your book really helped me realize how much more there is to learn. 

Thanks again.  Henry A. Woida

A letter from Mark to a friend:

Knowing you are a died in the wool Bowhunter and always trying to get the razors edge on Big Bucks, you have to read this book!!

Probably the best book I have read on bowhunting in high pressured areas like we hunt in.   Mark

Dear John,

Thanks for taking time out of your schedule and writing such an awesome book.

If you are wondering why a guy who has never met you is so interested in spreading your story I’ll make a long story short. I am a first generation “self taught” bowhunter who feels betrayed by guys who shoot deer without truly hunting and then fill pages of my favorite magazines with generic techniques that work very marginally in heavily hunted areas like where I hunt.   

Ted Amirault      Cedar Springs, Mi.

Dear John,

Excellent book; easy to read, well organized, and insightful. No gimmicks or add-ons. Follow the straight forward practices to improve your odds. I used the knowledge for both bow and firearm hunting. I saw many more deer than in prior years. I purchased a copy for my son and a friend.  

Deer hunter  from Michigan

Dear Chris and John,

You guys have done it again. This is an incredible follow up to "bowhunting pressured whitetails". Their knowledge of the lore of the wood and the unique and creative take they have with hunting consistently shows their superior knowledge. They are all too happy to share that knowledge with those of you who are wise enough to purchase this book.
 

Daniel D. Maurer    Underwood  N.D.

Dear Chris & John and all the hard working people that put together this outstanding book!!,

Now I could use a lot of five dollar long headed words to describe your book; but I won’t to save me the embarrassment. However, I will say thank you very much for this “down to reality” book on bowhunting.

I do not endorse anything, but this book was very, very deep!!! Just what I needed to influence my nephew with the right stuff to make him a more successful hunter. 

Thanks.  Steven Withan

Dear John,

I just finished your book “Precision Bowhunting” and thought it was very well written.  I really liked the side-bar stories of hunts!  What I thought was going to be a dry read turned out to be quite an escape and I couldn't put it down until it was done!

Well done John and Chris and congrats on your successes which are simply amazing!

There was no name on this letter

Dear John and Chris,

 I am 20 years old and would like to start off by thanking you for the great books. They gave ma a great amount of new knowledge that I hope will lead to future success. My dad and I met you at a recent banquet where you gave a seminar on hunting pressured whitetails, I also picked up a copy of your book at that dinner. I started bow hunting at age 12 but have been in the woods on hunts with my father since I was 3.

I started hunting out of a tree saddle this year and also did not over hunt my locations for the first time, leaving them until they were ready to hunt as you suggest. I believe that these two factors helped me in seeing more bucks this year than in any of my previous years.

Even though I lost a 2 ½ year old 8 point to a low shoulder knuckle shot on Halloween, I am still very happy with my season. During gun season I went to one of my hunting locations and was surrounded by other hunters (I hunt state land). I ended up moving about ½ mile away in an area with much denser cover and more sign. I ended up taking an 8-point (my best buck to date) and attribute the knowledge of adjusting my location to your book.

This week I went to Borders and bought your other book “Precision Bowhunting”. It only took me 3 days to read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the article of yours I read in the national magazines. I think your books are easy to read and more importantly easy to understand and apply in the field. Thank you all so much. 

PS: This was my first season in a tree saddle and I just loved it once I got used to it. This one piece of equipment has significantly changed the way I hunt. Thanks for the tip on that as well. 

Adren M. Taylor

Dear John & Chris,

Just finished reading my new copy of “Precision Bowhunting”. Between that and “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” my hunting techniques have and will change forever. I have written you before but still wanted to tell you guys one more time that as a veteran and “fanatical” bowhunter as well, you gentlemen have redefined the term “hardcore deer hunting”. I have 35 years of archery hunting under my belt and have read just about everything ever published on the subject in addition to my own experiences in the field.

Never has my attention been captivated by anything other than my own interpretations of what I’ve seen and learned in the field, than it has by these two books. I doubt I will ever bother to read to read the so-called big name writers and film-makers CRAP again. I am loaning the books to a couple buddies of mine who I believe will understand as I do, what you are unveiling about real, fair chase, meat and potatoes, deer hunting, done with a passion and commitment. I will strive to reach the level of understanding you both seem to have. Thank you for re-invigorating me with the spirit of the hunter from days gone by, and the modern warrior. As soon as muzzle load season is finished here in Michigan, my 2006 deer season will begin, post season scouting that is.

Good Hunting Guys   Bradley Whiting

Dear John,

I just finished your book "Precision Bowhunting". How "not" to go forward and to observe and critique the norm, I think, is an often overlooked method of instruction. Instead of "do this, this, and this"; Precision Bowhunting went out of the way to explain why not to do that, that, and that. Your book really clicked with how I like to learn.

Thanks for a great resource. Wade Sutherlin

Dear John,  

I just wanted to say that your book is by far the best hunting periodical out there. I have read literally thousands of pages on the subject and your book is by far the most realistic, practical and detailed.  

Chad Haase

DVD Testimonials

“BOWHUNTING PRESSURED WHITETAILS” 3 volume instructional DVD testimonials

 2-8-2008 - Hey John,

I’m writing you to let you know that your videos are the best videos I’ve ever watched. My dad purchased all three of your videos. This is not something new as he has thousands (no exaggeration) of hunting videos from as far back in the day when videos first hit the market. He has every video known to man and it takes a lot to impress my father when it comes to videos. Dad kept telling me about this “Eberhart” guy. Finally I sat down to watch your videos and couldn’t agree more. I’ve watched these videos multiple times in the past few weeks and am now starting to read your books. Great/Awesome stuff. I guess it kind of really hits home with us because all we have here in south central Pa. to hunt is overcrowded public land. We’ve had some success in the past, but these videos really give us an edge.  

Actually I killed a 110-inch 8-point off a 4 acre plot thanks to your videos. Not a trophy to some but I earned this buck and we owe it to you! Everyone would love the luxury of having their own land to manage, but it’s just not a reality here in Hanover, Pa. The problem is, we love to hunt whitetails and instead of complaining about our situation your videos have given us the confidence and knowledge to continue to hunt on public land. Dad recently purchased an Ambush saddle from your website and I too will be looking to purchase one soon. I have a newborn due in July so I have to save up for these things ha ha. Anyway, keep up the great work and hope your scouting is going well! AWESOME INFORMATION!!! 

Thanks  Corey Zortman   Hanover, Pa.

3-12-2008 - Dear John,

I ordered your three videos last week and got them yesterday. Then I spent 5 1/2 hours watching them all, including the bonus features. In a word, they were outstanding!  I have both of your books as well, and the videos are perfect companion pieces for them.

Thank you for your time and effort to produce some of the most realistic big buck hunting instructional videos that I have ever seen!! I also really liked the capability to select a particular setup or technique scene - I don't recall seeing this feature in other videos. Your down-to-earth and practical advice, coupled with your very personable demeanor were a pure joy to watch!! And I think just as highly of your two books!!

Although I am a firearms deer hunter (muzzleloader and rifle) who lives in Virginia, but who hunts big woods in Maine and Nova Scotia, I prefer to still hunt and track bucks like the Benoit's of Vermont do (I have all of their videos and books) .... but I do a lot of "stump sitting" too, since this is the most productive way to tag a good buck. I am far from being an accomplished deer hunter, let alone big buck hunter, like you or the Benoit's, however ... but I am trying to learn as much as I can about the crafty and elusive mature whitetail buck. The chase is what I live for in deer hunting .... and with each passing year the passion burns hotter and hotter (I'm a 48 years old guy who wasn't able to hunt while in the US Navy for 22 years - but have tried to make up with it since I retired in 2000).

I first learned of you a couple years ago via a magazine article you had written. Since then I have kept an eye peeled for anything by or of you, as I have gained a deep admiration and respect for what you do and how well you do it. And my hat is off to you for your willingness to share what you know with "average Joe's" like me!!  Thank you very much for being so generous!!

Again, a hearty "well done" for the videos and books!!

P.S. Please convey my thanks to your boys Chris and John for anything and everything they had to do with the videos and books.

Dave

8-30-2007 - Dear John,

Just wanted to let you know that I have 100’s of video’s and DVDs of whitetail hunting, and finally someone (you) addressed what “real” whitetail hunting is all about and how to do it. I will be buying your sets of DVDs again in the future for my two sons for Christmas, they are extremely good. 

1-28-2008 - John and Chris,

Thank you guys so much for turning me onto the Ambush saddle. This is my first year using it and I absolutely love it. I shot this buck in southern Michigan on October 29th in an active scrape area from a tree that I wouldn’t have been able to hunt without the saddle. It is my first mature buck I have shot with my bow and I feel like you guys had as much or more to do with it than I did because of all you have taught me in the books and DVDs. You are TRUE bowhunters and you know how to translate your skills to other in a very unique way. Thanks again for all your help. 

Boone Cook  

2-27-2008 - Dear John,

I recently read “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails”, what an incredible read! I am from Pa and this book almost sums up hunting here to a T. I enjoyed the book so much I purchased the first two DVDs that go along with it. Post season and Pre season scouting were very enjoyable and as soon as the snow is finally gone here I am going to get to scouting! I have always been a summer/early fall scouter and this book and DVDs have shed a new light on things. Thank you for your time and effort.

You are spot on about game cameras. I witnessed this first hand last summer with it changing deer patterns. Not sure if I will be using it at all anymore.

 Sincerely  Brian Rute   

Great work – Barry Zortman – Hanover, Pa.


Dear John,

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I received your DVDs today!! I've already watched your first DVD (and plan to re-watch many times) and I am extremely happy with the visual opportunity you have provided. Along with your extensively informative books, it helps to fully understand your scouting/hunting process when it can be seen first hand through these DVDs. Thanks again for making them available. I definitely look forward to viewing (and reviewing) the remaining 2 DVDs as well as Archery Mechanics.

Thanks again, C.Murphy

8-7-2007 - Hello John,

I want to say that I have your books and all your DVDs and truly appreciate the information you have shared in them. What you say and write is right on the money as I have either experienced the same events or summarized them to be correct based on my knowledge. Thanks for keeping it real and for not going commercial like so many others. I refuse to watch the canned TV hunting shows anymore and only look for solid information. 

Take care and god bless – Sincerely – Brad E. Bishop

Dear John,

I recently watched your 3 DVD series, and they completely blow away anything else I've seen. I was growing so tired of watching videos that were 95% wacking deer and 5% instructional. Your set on the other hand is 100% instructional, and truly is something a hunter can get his hands on and have immediate success. I was happy to see that I do some of the same things you do, except you take it to a different level, and its obvious your commitment to the seriousness of becoming a bowhunter was instrumental in taking mature bucks. You have packed so much great information in this set. Taking the viewer right to specific spots and showing at the same time the terrain with a pointer was brilliant, and allowed me to understand the reasons you've picked a specific location as a hot spot, and helped me to visualize areas within my hunting areas that may have the same characteristics. Very well done and thanks for all your hard work helping folks become more proficient/efficient hunters.

Jeff Ford     Michigan

A letter from Jeff Ford after watching the DVD’s

John, thanks for the great advice given on the DVD’s. During post-season I found a scrape area back in some cover and cleared out a location. I left that location alone until November just as you advised. Two days ago I went there for the first time and had a buck go by me about an hour before daylight to bed. At about 11am he came back through with a doe, he was absolutely huge but he was out of range (about 60 yards).

Yesterday I snuck back into the area extra early (3 hours before first light) and adjusted my location closer to where the buck went the day before. I did not hear anything go through prior to daylight but at 11:45am in a 40 mph wind, a different big buck came through by himself making his midday rounds to scent check the area as you predicted. The high winds did not seem to alter his movements as he steadily went about his business.

Unfortunately for the 19 inch wide 8 point, he ran right into my Muzzy broadhead and died. How careless of him!! The entire hunt happened exactly like your book described and if you would have been there I would have considered having you tag him, but instead I did, but you get a big assist. 

Thanks  Jeff Ford    Michigan

8-27-2007 - Dear John Eberhart,

I had a chance to review volume I of your DVD series Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails. I was very happy to see that someone has finally put a video together on setting up locations and finding the right locations. There are so many video’s out there that show people shooting deer, but not explaining why or how they set up the location. It was very informative and I wait to check out volumes II, and III. 

Kindest regards – Curtis W. Sutton – Cheswick, Pa.

Dear John and Chris,

I bought your books last week and the salesman told me about your DVD’s. I bought vols. I & II and took them to Florida. I watched vol. I on the plane.  What a great video!  I was wondering when the vol. III would be available.  What a great video!

 Jim Knight

2-1-2008 - Dear John and Chris ,

I just received the first volume of your bowhunting dvd series and it is outstanding! I have been gun hunting in Michigan for probably 20 years with only moderate results, and started bowhunting last year. I have read your book “Precision Bowhunting” and trust your opinion. Are there any other books or DVDs that you would advise? 

Thank you  Rick Dennison  Blissfield Mich.

4-9-2008 - Dear John,

I ordered your three videos last week and got them yesterday. Then I spent 5 1/2 hours watching them all, including the bonus features. In a word, they were outstanding!  I have both of your books as well, and the videos are perfect companion pieces for them.

Thank you for your time and effort to produce some of the most realistic big buck hunting instructional videos that I have ever seen!! I also really liked the capability to select a particular setup or technique scene - I don't recall seeing this feature in other videos. Your down-to-earth practical advice coupled with your very personable demeanor made it a joy watch!! And I think just as highly of your two books!!

Although I am a firearms deer hunter (muzzleloader and rifle) who lives in Virginia, but who hunts big woods in Maine and Nova Scotia, I prefer to still hunt and track bucks like the Benoits of Vermont do (I have all of their videos and books) .... but I do a lot of "stump sitting" too, since this is the most productive way to tag a good buck. I am far from being an accomplished deer hunter, let alone big buck hunter, like you or the Benoits, however ... but I am trying to learn as much as I can about the crafty and elusive mature whitetail buck. The chase is what I live for in deer hunting .... and with each passing year the passion burns hotter and hotter (I'm a 48 years old guy who wasn't able to hunt while in the US Navy for 22 years - but have tried to make up with it since I retired in 2000).

I first learned of you a couple years ago via a magazine article you had written. Since then I have kept an eye peeled for anything by or of you, as I have gained a deep admiration and respect for what you do and how well you do it. And my hat is off to you for your willingness to share what you know with "average joe's" like me!!  Thank you very much for being so generous!!

Again, a hearty "well done" for the videos and books!!

Dave

P.S. Please convey my thanks to your boys Chris and John for anything and everything they had to do with the videos and books.    

Deer John and Chris,

I recently purchased your 3 volumes of instructional deer hunting video’s and was impressed. Up until 2000 I had been hunting whitetails with two teaching buddies. They have moved to southern Minnesota and we no longer hunt in Rum River State Forest. I managed to shoot 4 bucks and 2 does during those great years.

I then met a Mr. Cavenaugh who told me his bow hunting stories and I knew I had to try it. I didn’t see my first deer until about 50 hours of hunting. This year I made some adjustments and had 8 close encounters, several shots and near misses, like my arrow hitting small branches.

I was in a local Mills Fleet Farm browsing the DVD section and saw yours in the bow hunting accessories section. My first thought was, “probably another hunter trying to make a few dollars by selling video’s”. I read the title “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” and thought “that’s exactly my situation over in Hay Creek”. I read the back of the box and thought “this just may be exactly what me and my buddies need to be successful where we hunt”. I bought just the vol. II version, just in case I didn’t like it.

As I watched it I knew I had to go buy the other volumes and the books that were mentioned in the DVD. You were explaining and then showing on your white board exactly what your hunting situation was. Your explanations were BRILLIATLY PRESENTED. Now I know the answer to why did my partner see that buck in the pine forest at 11am on that sunny October day. He was scent checking his core area. I can’t explain enough how AWESOME YOUR VIDEO’s ARE. It has opened up a whole new meaning to me about whitetail hunting. Thanks for making them and I look forward to reading your books.

Sincerely  Mr. Hoeppner   Wisconsin

 11-27-2007 - Hey John,

I just wanted to let you know the Scent Lok suit you suggested has been nothing short of amazing this year!! It’s an answer to many prayers where I have had to hunt for years. It is as if someone flipped the on switch. I have taken 3 deer so far in an area I was only able to take one since 1987. No, I don’t have my big buck yet, but I shaved the brisket on one medium sized one. Should have had 6 deer but I am not perfect. My 40-pound compound is putting them down. Yeah for the sick and disabled hunters! 

Also, wanted to tell you my wife found some adhesive body warmers at Target for $1 each. They are Ace brand and look about the same in the pack, but I have not tried them yet. The Grabber’s have been running a bit more and work very well, just a little pricet, as you said. When your freezing, price is no matter. 

Hope you are safe, having fun, and successful in the thick brushy woods. 

Greg Hanner   

8-5-2007 - John and Chris, 

I recently got your DVD series and your book “Precision Bowhunting” and I want to thank you for publishing that stuff!!  Some of what you talked about I’ve already learned the hard way, but you guys have advanced my whitetail hunting by years. 

Once again, thank you 

Neil Christopher – Petrolia, Ontario

Hello John,

I have recently purchased the 3 DVD series “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” and I was very impressed.  

Extremely informative.

 Thank you, respectfully   Steve Turchin   

This letter was sent to Tom Nelson (Host of American Archer) at Wolf Creek Productions  studio.

I would like to thank Tom Nelson for his show and especially for introducing the archery community to John Eberhart. I live in southern Indiana in an area where attention to detail is required to take even does. After seeing John on Tom’s American Archer show a couple times I happened to see John’s DVD’s at a nearby MC Sports store. I bought Vol. III and was hooked on his techniques. Most of them I had been using for years, however his confidence in carbon suits coupled with his credibility will lead me to add that to my already fanatic scent control arsenal.

I almost fell out of my chair laughing when John took Tom through one of his new hunting spots to set up a location. Tom was reaching for a nearby rub that they were discussing and John quickly grabbed his hand to keep him from touching it!! Tom said he wasn’t going to touch it, but it sure looked like he was. But hey, at least Tom showed it and could probably laugh at it himself afterwards. That short segment told me a lot about Tom as well and how he wants his shows to be real. That took some courage to air and I salute Tom for that.

Anyways, thanks Tom for some good shows and for John’s tips. If you have John’s diligence in your hunting style and take it to your world class hunting spots, your shows are going to be even more incredible. 

Thank you      Greg Hanner

Tom Nelsons reply to Greg Hanner’s letter 

Hi Greg, thanks for the positive comments regarding the show, I truly appreciate that. John Eberhart is perhaps the most detail-oriented bowhunter I have ever encountered. Because of this he has been highly successful in his pursuit of trophy bucks in pressured areas. He is also a good all around guy who is only too happy to share his knowledge with others.

Thanks for watching THE AMERICAN ARCHER. Regards, Tom Nelson

“ARCHERY MECHANICS” Testimonials"

While the line of instruction drags at points, the producer/director is thorough regarding the variety of products shown and demonstrated. The descriptions fairly and equally spell out the pros and cons of the equipment and accessories shown and demonstrated. They do not play favorites.
The teaching portion of shooting is as good as any demonstration live or recorded I have ever seen. If you follow the demonstration provided on this DVD, you will have a lifetime sport you will really enjoy!

Watch it in small portions and you will learn a great deal about archery and archery equipment. 
Reviewer did not give name

Make sure you buy this DVD and watch it before you spend $100's of dollars on a bow and equipment. This DVD spells out very clearly how to go about choosing not only a bow but all of the basic equipment you will need & how to set it up. There is a really informative 15 minute section on shooting for beginners which I found invaluable. The narration is clear and concise as well as being easy to follow. 

Dave Dawber     Calgary Canada