Hunting is a pursuit deeply rooted in human history, blending the thrill of the chase with a profound connection to nature. For avid hunters and those seeking to understand the allure of the sport, there's no better way to immerse oneself than through the pages of a well-crafted hunting book. Some detail the chase, others dwell more on the outcomes. Today, we take a look at a diverse set of hunting books that I really enjoyed.
I grew up an avid deer hunter in the north woods of Wisconsin. From a young age, opening weekend was something I always looked forward to. First and foremost, it was a chance to spend time with my dad, brothers, uncles, and cousins. As folks got older and getting together became more complicated, deer camp became the one weekend a year we'd all see each other. Stories were told, cards played, and scenarios rewound at the end of each day.
As a young hunter, I quickly learned that a "successful weekend" had less do with the actual hunting outcome and more to do with the people I spent it with.
Rather than just compile a list on deer hunting books, I looked to diversify the list below to go a bit wider. The ten books below are all unique in their own ways, and there's a little something for everyone. I hope you enjoy this list.
Must Read Books About Hunting
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game
Steven Rinella is an acclaimed hunter, writer, and television host, and his book "The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game" is a comprehensive resource for hunters. From scouting and tracking to field dressing and preparing game, Rinella covers it all. With practical advice and delicious recipes, this book is an invaluable guide for hunters of all skill levels. You can learn more about Steve through his website, and I also enjoyed the segment below.
The Old Man and the Boy
"The Old Man and the Boy" is a heartwarming memoir by Robert Ruark that explores the bond between a young boy and his grandfather, who teaches him the art of hunting. Set in the rural landscapes of North Carolina, this book vividly captures the joys, lessons, and traditions passed down through generations of hunters. It's a nostalgic and charming read for anyone with a love for hunting and family connections.
The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told
For a collection of exhilarating hunting tales from various authors, "The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told" is an excellent choice. Editor Lamar Underwood curates a diverse selection of stories that encompass different game animals, hunting styles, and settings. This anthology captures the essence of hunting through thrilling accounts and the art of storytelling.
Beyond Fair Chase
In "Beyond Fair Chase," Jim Posewitz explores the ethical principles that should guide hunters. This thought-provoking book delves into the concepts of fair chase, respect for wildlife, and the responsible stewardship of natural resources. It will challenge you to consider the deeper meaning and responsibilities associated with hunting.
The Mindful Carnivore
"The Mindful Carnivore" is a memoir by Tovar Cerulli, who shares his personal journey from being a vegetarian to becoming a hunter. Through his experiences, Cerulli examines the ethics of hunting, the complexities of food choices, and the connection between humans and the natural world. This book offers a unique perspective on the intersection of hunting and personal values.
The Wilderness Warrior
While not solely focused on hunting, "The Wilderness Warrior" provides an insightful account of President Theodore Roosevelt's conservation efforts. Douglas Brinkley explores Roosevelt's passion for hunting and how it shaped his views on conservation and the preservation of wilderness. This book offers a fascinating glimpse into the historical context of hunting and conservation in America.
The Beast in the Garden
"The Beast in the Garden" delves into the complex relationship between humans and wildlife through the lens of a true story set in Colorado. David Baron investigates the encounter between humans and mountain lions, exploring the impacts of urban sprawl and human activities on wildlife populations. This book offers a thought-provoking examination of the delicate balance between civilization and the natural world.
For bird hunters and dog enthusiasts, "Upland Autumn" is a delightful collection of essays by William G. Tapply. With vivid descriptions and heartfelt anecdotes, Tapply captures the essence of upland bird hunting, the bond between hunters and their dogs, and the joy of being in the field. This book celebrates the beauty of the uplands and the experiences that make hunting memorable.
Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails
For bowhunters looking to enhance their skills, "Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails" is a valuable resource. John Eberhart shares his expertise in hunting mature, wary bucks in heavily pressured areas. With strategies, tips, and real-life examples, this book offers valuable insights to help bowhunters increase their success in challenging hunting scenarios.
"Deer Diaries" offers a unique perspective on hunting through the eyes of a Maine game warden. John Ford recounts his encounters with hunters, poachers, and the wildlife he has encountered throughout his career. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of hunting enforcement and the delicate balance between preserving wildlife and upholding the law.
I hope you enjoyed the list and were able to find something appealing. If you have a book I should read, please let me know in the comments section below.
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John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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