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.