“Even the deer could learn something from Jim Heffelfinger’s new book.”  Lee Allen, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, October 2007.


“ Jim Heffelfinger is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic newer generation deer biologists, which is evident from his extremely interesting and readable book ‘Deer of the Southwest.’  I highly recommend it to sportsmen and naturalists.”  Eldon “Buck” Buckner, Vice President—North American Records, Boone & Crockett Club.


“Jim Heffelfinger is fast becoming the authority on mule deer in the United States.  His seminars on deer are routinely packed. If you are a deer hunter you NEED this book.” Todd J. Rathner, NRA Board of Directors and Chairman, NRA Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee.


“Jim Heffelfinger has crammed a tremendous amount of information into this book. I found the book outstanding because of the width of coverage and the readability.”  Dr. Wendell Swank, former director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and author of:  “The Mule Deer in Arizona Chaparral” (1958).


the ultimate source for understanding the history, management, and issues facing this resource.  Jim Heffelfinger has solidified his reputation as the premier authority on deer in this region.”  Barry Hale, Deer Program Manager, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.


 “…a valuable firsthand tool for wildlife managers, professors, government agents, hunters, and every person interested in deer conservation and management on both sides of the border.”  Carlos Hugo Alcalá-Galván, Wildlife Biologist for Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas, y Pecuarias (INIFAP), Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.


 “Mr. Heffelfinger’s enthusiasm and dedication for natural resources has resulted in one of the most significant contributions to the field of deer biology and management in years. Presented in a clear and concise style, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource not only for the professional biologist, but the layman as well.”  Clay Brewer; Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Bighorn Sheep Program Coordinator; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


“…the book is a great read, jammed with contemporary and historical information that’s presented in a readable, understandable manner that the average outdoor enthusiast can understand.”  Arizona Republic (10/12/06).


“I’m not a hunter, but I enjoyed the dickens out of the book.  It will be appealing to anyone who likes the long-legged critters...it is the most readable biology book, I’ve seen in a long time.”  Jerry Turner, Mexia Daily News (10/20/06)


“This book is a must read for the professional wildlife manager and for the avid deer hunter.”  Paul Webb, Big Game Supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department (1978-83).


"Deer of the Southwest has a special place on my bookshelf--the one I keep for the books I refer to most often." David E. Brown, author of many southwestern books such as, The Grizzly in the Southwest, Borderland Jaguars, Aldo Leopold’s Southwest, Arizona Game Birds, and The Wolf in the Southwest.


“Very well written, comprehensive in scope, beautifully illustrated, it will remain the standard deer reference for the region for many years.”  Neil B. Carmony, author/editor of The Wilderness of the Southwest, Mexican Game Trails, Onza !, Tales from Tiburon, Man and Wildlife in Arizona & more.


“...a clear, readable, fascinating, and authoritative guide to the natural history, biology, and management of mule and white-tailed deer.  Even the deer could learn something from this well-done book.”  Bill Broyles, Southwest Books of the Year—2006. 


“Experts agree: Jim Heffelfinger’s ‘Deer of the Southwest’ is a must-have book…”.  Fair Chase Magazine, The Boone & Crockett Club, Winter 2006.


“...this detailed book will likely stand for a good while as the definitive work on the history and management of these two game animals.”  Mike Cox, Austin American Statesman (1/11/07)


“Beside his easy style, which combines scholarship with a respect for the less scholarly as well, the book has a lengthy list of readings, an appendix listing plants that grow in the Southwest and provide food for deer, and an epilogue confronting the future of the species.”  Jane Manaster, Southwestern American Literature (June 2007).


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Deer of the Southwest

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