My Favorite Hunting Books

If you are like me, then you have a hunter on your shopping list, and you are always worried about the right gift for birthdays, father’s day, and even Christmas. This list provides you with reviews of my top five hunting books for hunters. Whether you are interested in hunting yourself, or looking for that perfect, but genuine gift, then these books are bound to satisfy your troubles.  If your hunter is not a reader, you could always consider a safety item that would help with hunting!

5 Great Books for Hunters

5. The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food
This book is simply fantastic and appropriate for both the experienced hunter or a beginner. Author, Jackson Landers, explores the idea of obtaining a natural food source, specifically deer, in a refreshing and new light. So many hunters today hunt for the fun of it, but with the advice and refreshing outlook provided by Landers, hunters will take pride in understanding how their kill provides for their families in other ways than entertainment.
Lander’s book provides readers with a new understanding of what hunting is all about. In our society, it is easy to view hunting as a vicious sport, a selfish reach for entertainment, a violent and unnecessary past-time. However, Landers portrays hunting in a new light. He makes the case that grass-fed prey are treated much better than the meat bought at Wal-mart, and he’s right!

4. Where the Red Fern Grows
Now, I know what you are thinking: A) Isn’t that a children’s book, and B) That is so not a “hunting” book. However, hear me out on this one. Where the Red Fern Grows is a classic hunting novel written by Wilson Rawls. Yes, this is usually considered a classic children’s story, but adults can greatly appreciate the subtleties of Billy’s coming of age, the true value of Billy’s hard work, and his passionate relationship with his dogs. This story is one that no hunter- of any age- should miss.

3. The Most Dangerous Game
Written by Richard Connell, The Most Dangerous Game is another great hunting adventure story that no hunter should miss out on. The story chronicles a 1920’s big-game hunter from New York, who gets trapped with no ship on an unfamiliar island in the Caribbean. The hunter is subsequently hunted by an aristocratic Russian, and the tale is as exciting as its storyline. This tale of a hunter’s love for his sport turned dark is one that is bound to keep any hunter on his/her toes.

2. Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter
Meat Eater tells the true story of Steven Rinella’s lifelong love for nature and the art of hunting. A love he developed early in childhood. Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan and his love for hunting was fostered by his own father’s experiences as a hunter. This true hunting story is sure to pull the heartstrings of even the toughest hunter.

1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins does a wonderful job chronicling the adventures of young hunger, Katniss Everdeen in this modern popular fiction novel. If you’ve seen the movie, but haven’t read the book then you really should give this great novel a try. Katniss has been forced to hunt illegally, with a bow might I add, for years to support and feed her mother and beloved sister, Prim. When an ugly turn of events forces her to volunteer for the Hunger Games, Katniss must use her skill with a bow to fight to the death for her life. This book is a great book for hunters as it is both entertaining, and exciting.

My Favorite Camping and Outdoors Books

When it comes to camping, hiking, backpacking, and survival, you can never be too prepared. This is one of those areas where you should always be practicing, learning, testing, and improving – the right information and knowledge could literally save your life when you’re enjoying the wilderness.

Some people think that all they need is the right equipment and they’ll be golden – use what the pros use, right? But what if you’ve got your down filled sleeping bags, your Coleman stove and lamps, the best family tent you can find for you and kin, and an emergency comes up that you are unprepared to deal with? You can have all the ‘stuff’ in the world, but if you lack the knowledge and know-how, you can be in serious trouble.

My Favorite Camping and Outdoors BooksNow, we obviously turned to books to help us improve our camping skills, and it would be a disservice if we did not share what we have come up with. From fires to picking the right location for your tent, there are important tips and tricks in these books that will give you the necessary base of knowledge and skills to survive in the great outdoors in many situations.

The Ultimate Camping Guide and Camping Tips

G.A. Iron Cloud writes this number one best seller that goes into great detail about numerous adventure styles from car camping to backpacking. There are tips about camping in general, advice about the right kind of gear to bring, checklist information, ideas for camping with pets, and more.

It is a very comprehensive book that is easily digestible with just over 100 pages. The concise tips and tricks laid out in these pages will definitely give you more ideas than you ever thought possible when it comes to getting the most out of your camping trips, and will also sharpen your knowledge and skills when it comes to survival and staying safe.

You can find the book on Amazon in paperback edition or for your Kindle.

100 Easy Camping Recipes

Lets now say that you have all the skills and knowledge in the world – you can stay alive in any situation!

Until you have to put together an edible meal.

That’s where this book comes in.

You will find a lot of recipes for different styles of cooking, including but not limited to:

  • Grilling recipes
  • Dutch oven recipes
  • Campfire cooking

You’ll learn to cook with all sorts of ingredients and in all situations so that you don’t wither away underneath your camping gear at the top of a mountain when you realize you don’t know how to prepare that delicious tin of beans you packed in the bottom of your bag.

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills

If you’re into backpacking and more serious backcountry outings, this is the book for you.

Princeton University’s Rick Curtis gives you over 400 pages of in depth info ranging from how to choose a group with whom to go backpacking to dealing with certain weather conditions.

This is your one stop shop for all things backpacking, and is as detailed and impressive as your checklist and kit right before you leave the beaten path for the one less traveled.

If you’re going camping and need to be fully prepared, check out these three books to get the most out of your experience and stay safe.