The 2nd edition of Tracking Dogs for Finding Wounded Deer has a new 6" x 9" format, and comes in two versions - paperback and hardcover. There are 360 pages organized in 21 chapters and 6 appendices. The content has been revised and expanded. The 2nd edition includes more b&w pictures and an eight-page insert with color pictures.
In author's words:
Four completely new chapters have been added. Chapter 13, "Putting Down Wounded Deer", was inspired by a risky experience of my own, which made me realize that I had slighted a complex subject in the first edition.
Chapter 16, "The Tracking Dog in the Family", was the outcome of many conversations that we had with buyers of the book or of our puppies.
"Tracking Dogs for Guides and Outfitters", Chapter 17, grew out of conversations with many guides who were looking for appropriate dogs as leashed tracking was legalized in more new states, most notably Illinois and Alaska.
The handlers/guides of Tara Plantation, a 27,000 acre hunting preserve on the Mississippi near Vicksburg, contributed very significantly to my education. Tara already had established its reputation as the pioneer hunting preserve in the United States to use tracking dogs as a means of enhancing the hunting experience of their hunters, and wisely using the whitetail resources of the plantation.
That same southern trip that took me to Tara also allowed me to meet a number of trackers in Georgia. I had an opportunity to experience the terrain, the dense underbrush, and to test "Yankee" tracking leads which worked better than anyone had expected. My travels in Georgia made me realize what a diversity of dogs have been finding wounded deer there long before this book was ever written.
We have added a new Chapter 19 "Answers to Problems" based upon our telephone conversations and e-mails.
It was gratifying to review the changing state legislations and regulations for the chapter entitled "Regional Traditions". Clearly, the movement to legalize the use of tracking dogs has expanded dramatically since the first edition. There is no way that we will ever keep this chapter completely up to date because there are positive changes every year.
I hope that the readers of this second edition will communicate with me and suggest how the book can be further enriched in the future.