Hunting may not be for everyone, but there are many books available on the topic. Some of the best hunters share their experiences and tips. There is a variety of books that look at hunting from different perspectives. They look at motivations, techniques, weapons, and more. Here are some must-read books about hunting.
Hunt High by Duncan Gilchrist
This book is for every hunter that wants to be a high-country hunter. For people who want to venture past the tree line, this book is a handy guide. Gilchrist has written many helpful books for hunters, but “Hunt High” may be the best. Another one of Gilchrist’s valuable works is “All About Bears”. Every hunter should read his books. It is a great read and valuable for hunting.
Just Before Dark by Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison is a well-known author from Michigan. His works include “Wolf”, “Legends of the Fall”, and “True North”. He has also been published regularly in Sports Illustrated during the 1970s. In “Just Before Dark”, Harrison compiles some of his best pieces. The pieces combine humor, depravity, and moral insight to keep the reader turning the pages.
My Life with the Eskimo by Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Stefansson lived and traveled with the Eskimos around Coronation Gulf and Victoria Island. His near-death experiences, starvation, and tales of Eskimo hunting techniques is a must-read. It is fascinating to read how the Eskimos do things and how their systems of taboo works.
The L.L. Bean Game & Fish Cookbook by Angus Cameron and Judith Jones
This is one of the older books on hunting. It was published in 1983 and is a handy guide for any hunter. Whether the hunter needs to guess the age of a wild animal or need help cooking squirrel, this book has it all. The Cookbook has been used by many hunters to guide their hunts and teach them how to cook whatever they caught.
Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan
“Boone” was written by one of the most famous American hunters. Any hunter worth his salt will know about and study how Boone did things. He has inspired and guided many new hunters for many years. His experiences and solo hunts make for great reading.
Heart of the Hunter: Customs and Myths of the African Bushmen by Laurens van der Post
Van der Post is an Afrikaner writer who lived and traveled with the Bushmen of the African Kalahari. The Bushmen were completely in tune with their environment. Hunting was part of their religion and their survival. There are few hunters better than the Bushmen. Every hunter everywhere in the world can learn from their way of doing things.
Whether beginner or veteran, every hunter should get a hold of some or all of these books. There is always room for improvement, and these authors have the answers. Hunters who want to take their game to the next level will benefit from reading these books and incorporating new techniques.