Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Hunting & Fishing. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. MeatEater's Campfire Stories: Close Calls


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

Gather around for campfire stories with the MeatEater crew as they share 16 harrowing true tales of survival, grit, and misfortune in the great outdoors - an immersive audio experience from the host of the long-running Netflix series and top-ranked wilderness podcast.    In Campfire Stories: Close Calls , Steven Rinella invites seasoned hunters, anglers, adventurers, and outdoor professionals to share their tales of perilous adventures in the natural world, from run-ins with black bears and grizzlies to bad falls and severe hypothermia. With humor and heart, the storytellers describe how they survived disastrous encounters with weather, wildlife - and even a criminal cartel. Whether set in urban forests or atop remote Alaskan peaks, the tales in Campfire Stories: Close Calls are rich with lessons on how to stay safe in nature, delivered in a conversational tone that conjures the feeling of sitting around a campfire sharing adventure stories with friends. Campfire Stories: Close Calls features tales from MeatEater crew members Steven Rinella Janis Putelis Brody Henderson Garret Smith Seth Morris Maggie Smith and Edbo Genet with additional stories by Andy Bergin Buck Bowden Chad Converse Jerry Dunlop Greg Fonts Jake Grzyb Sam Lawry Greg Litzinger Joe and Joey Nowicki  Alex Reynaud Thad Robison Bobbie Scopa and Avery Shawler.

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hunting & Fishing, Fishing

                 

2. Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

Endure is the ultimate audiobook on the necessity of setting higher goals and expecting more from yourself every day - written by the man that Joe Rogan calls the “best bowhunter in the world”. At 20 years old, nothing great was happening in Cameron Hanes’ life. Living in a small town where dreams were dismissed and bouncing between the homes of divorced parents, he carried low expectations and no hope for a life of fulfilled potential. He wasn’t looking down the road, nor was he imagining ever being able to impact the outside world. Discovering bowhunting changed everything. For over three decades, Cam’s called himself an average guy who has experienced tremendous bowhunting success only through hard work and dedication. Endure chronicles the lessons he has learned and compels listeners to raise their expectations of themselves. If he can do it, anyone can. Cameron inspires us to have the work ethic, endurance, and resiliency needed to push our limits and break the barriers that keep us from our true purpose. From the unforgiving mountains to the rugged running trails to the thrill of extreme bowhunts, Endure takes us to places of risk, challenge, and adventure so that we can realize the impossible isn’t too far out of reach. Truly exceptional people don’t excel because of their outstanding abilities. They become exceptional because they’re obsessed with improvement. Greatness arrives when you keep hammering day after day. Showcasing the skills Cameron has used with the goal of becoming the ultimate predator, Endure redefines hard work and inspires listeners to cultivate the grit, discipline, and dedication needed in order to maximize each day of life. This audiobook isn’t about bowhunting. It’s about believing in yourself and becoming the best you can possibly be. A Macmillan Audio production from SMP

  • Author: Cameron Hanes
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hunting & Fishing, Hunting

                 

3. 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews. On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine, and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and blasted him west. When he washed ashore on January 29, 2014, he had arrived in the Marshall Islands, 9,000 miles away - equivalent to traveling from New York to Moscow round trip. For 14 months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes. He considered suicide on multiple occasions - including offering himself up to a pack of sharks. But Alvarenga never failed to invent an alternative reality. He imagined a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to toss him up on a remote, palm-studded island, where he was saved by a local couple living alone in their own Pacific Island paradise. Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life, and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival, an all-true version of the fictional Life of Pi . 438 Days is a study of the resilience, will, ingenuity, and determination required for one man to survive 14 months lost at sea.

  • Author: Jonathan Franklin
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Nature & Ecology, Ecosystems & Habitats

                 

4. Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 62 Parks (Travel Guide)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

They've been dubbed America's best idea for a reason: get inspired, get outdoors, and discover the wild beauty of the United States with Moon USA National Parks . Inside you'll find: Coverage of all 62 national parks, from the misty mountains of the east and the redwoods of the west to the glaciers of Alaska and volcanoes of Hawaii, organized by region Strategic lists and itineraries: Choose from lists of the best parks for hiking, wildlife, families, and scenic drives or make your way down the list of the top ten national parks experiences across the country The best outdoor adventures in every park, including backpacking, biking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, and more, plus detailed hike descriptions and trail maps marked with distance, duration, effort level, and trailheads National parks road trips with driving times and advice for linking multiple parks, interesting stops between them, and nearby attractions and state parks Comprehensive planning resources: With maps and transportation tips, you'll have the tools to explore each park or region individually, or visit multiple for an epic national parks trip Expert advice from former park guide Becky Lomax on how to avoid crowds , what time of year to visit, and where to stay inside and outside the parks, from campgrounds to hotels Know before you go: Find essential background on climate, terrain, wildlife, history, and safety precautions, plus practical information on park fees, passes, and reservations, including how to obtain and use a National Parks Pass Gorgeous, full-color photos throughout, plus a handy keepsake section for your national parks stamps and a detachable fold-out poster map Whether you're trekking to striking vistas, rafting a wild river, or camping under the stars, find your park adventure with Moon USA National Parks . For more in-depth information on a specific park, check out one of Moon's national parks travel guides.

  • Author: Becky Lomax
  • Publisher: Moon Travel; 2nd edition (October 13, 2020)
  • Genre: Travel, Specialty Travel
  • ISBN: 978-1640499188
  • Dimensions: 5.45 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches

                 

5. American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

From the host of the Travel Channel’s The Wild Within . A hunt for the American buffalo - an adventurous, fascinating examination of an animal that has haunted the American imagination.  In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds - there’s only a two percent chance of drawing the permit, and fewer than 20 percent of those hunters are successful - Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside and then raft the meat back to civilization while being trailed by grizzly bears and suffering from hypothermia. Throughout these adventures, Rinella found himself contemplating his own place among the 14,000 years’ worth of buffalo hunters in North America, as well as the buffalo’s place in the American experience. At the time of the Revolutionary War, North America was home to approximately 40 million buffalo, the largest herd of big mammals on the planet, but by the mid-1890s only a few hundred remained. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the West, Americans are faced with the challenge of how, and if, we can dare to share our land with a beast that is the embodiment of the American wilderness.  American Buffalo is a narrative tale of Rinella’s hunt. But beyond that, it is the story of the many ways in which the buffalo has shaped our national identity. Rinella takes us across the continent in search of the buffalo’s past, present, and future: to the Bering Land Bridge, where scientists search for buffalo bones amid artifacts of the New World’s earliest human inhabitants; to buffalo jumps where Native Americans once ran buffalo over cliffs by the thousands; to the Detroit Carbon works, a “bone charcoal” plant that made fortunes in the late 1800s by turning millions of tons of buffalo bones into bone meal, black dye, and fine china; and even to an abattoir turned fashion mecca in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, where a depressed buffalo named Black Diamond met his fate after serving as the model for the American nickel.   Rinella’s erudition and exuberance, combined with his gift for storytelling, make him the perfect guide for a book that combines outdoor adventure with a quirky blend of facts and observations about history, biology, and the natural world. Both a captivating narrative and a book of environmental and historical significance, American Buffalo tells us as much about ourselves as Americans as it does about the creature who perhaps best of all embodies the American ethos.

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences, Animals, Mammals

                 



6. The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An indispensable guide to surviving everything from an extended wilderness exploration to a day-long boat trip, with hard-earned advice from the host of the show MeatEater as seen on Netflix For anyone planning to spend time outside,  The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival  is the perfect antidote to the sensationalism of the modern survival genre. Informed by the real-life experiences of renowned outdoorsman Steven Rinella, its pages are packed with tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations.    Among other skills, readers will learn about old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies. This essential guide delivers hard-won insights and know-how garnered from Rinella’s own experiences and mistakes and from his trusted crew of expert hunters, anglers, emergency-room doctors, climbers, paddlers, and wilderness guides—with the goal of making any reader feel comfortable and competent while out in the wild.

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Publisher: Random House (December 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
  • ISBN: 978-0593129692
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.02 x 9.5 inches

                 

7. Long Range Shooting Handbook: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Precision Rifle Shooting


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

A portion of this book's proceeds will be donated to two military charities: the Special Operation Warrior Foundation and the Sua Sponte Foundation. This book is the complete beginner's guide to long range shooting written in simple every-day language so that it's easy to follow . Included are personal tips and best advice from the author's years of special operations sniper schooling and experience, and as a sniper instructor. This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be like a trusted resource at the range. If you are a brand new shooter, this book will walk you through the basics, help you make decisions on rifles, optics, and gear, and start you out with a solid foundation that will give you confidence as a new long range shooter. If you are an experienced shooter, this guide will be a resource and reference covering the principles and theory of long range shooting. Learning to shoot long range isn’t that difficult!    Once you understand the basics, you can start to master your technique and you’ll be hitting targets in no time.   The author has a series of online instructional videos known for their ability to take seemingly complex areas of long range shooting and breaking them down so that they're easy to understand. This book was motivated by the feedback from those videos. The handbook is broken down into three main categories: What it is/How it works, Fundamentals, and How to use it. "What it is/How it works" covers equipment, terminology, and basic principles. "Fundamentals" covers the theory of long range shooting. "How to use it" gives you practical advice on how to implement what you've learned so far to make you a long range shooter.

  • Author: Ryan M Cleckner
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (January 31, 2016)
  • Genre: History, Military
  • ISBN: 978-1518654725
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.75 x 9 inches

                 

8. The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for ANY Disaster


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for any Disaster is the new abridged version of the bestselling book The Survival Medicine Handbook . This unique medical book is meant to enable the average person to handle injuries and illness in situations in which modern medical facilities and professionals aren’t available due to a disaster. This book is written by America’s top medical preparedness experts: Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Their mission: to put a medically prepared person in every family for when medical help is not on the way. Using decades of medical experience, they address, in plain language, dozens of medical issues associated with surviving disasters and epidemics. The Altons also discuss the medical supplies needed to become a medical asset to your family and community as well as alternative and natural strategies for when pharmaceuticals aren’t available. Most medical books will send you to the doctor or hospital when an emergency happens. The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide assumes what might actually happen—that the average person could be left without medical help in a disaster. With this unique book, you’ll have a head start on keeping your family healthy in times of trouble.

  • Author: Amy Alton
  • Publisher: Skyhorse; Abridged edition (August 4, 2015)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hiking & Camping
  • ISBN: 978-1629147703
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches

                 

9. Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

“BEAUTIFUL. ... A lyrical companion to his father’s classic, A River Runs through It , chronicling their family’s history and bond with Montana’s Blackfoot River. ... Spectacularly vivid.” — Washington Post A New York Times "New & Noteworthy" Selection A "poetic" and "captivating" ( Publishers Weekly ) memoir about the power of place to shape generations, Home Water s is John N. Maclean's remarkable memoir of his family's century-long love affair with Montana's majestic Blackfoot River, the setting for his father's classic novella, A River Runs through It . Maclean returns annually to the simple family cabin that his grandfather built by hand, still in search of the trout of a lifetime. When he hooks it at last, decades of longing promise to be fulfilled, inspiring John, reporter and author, to finally write the story he was born to tell.  A book that will resonate with everyone who feels deeply rooted to a landscape,  Home Waters  is chronicle of a family who claimed a river, from one generation to the next, of how this family came of age in the 20th century and later as they scattered across the country, faced tragedy and success, yet were always drawn back to the waters that bound them together. Here are the true stories behind the beloved characters fictionalized in  A River Runs through It,  including the Reverend Maclean, the patriarch who introduced the family to fishing; Norman, who balanced a life divided between literature and the tug of the rugged West; and tragic yet luminous Paul (played by Brad Pitt in Robert Redford’s film adaptation), whose mysterious death has haunted the family and led John to investigate his uncle’s murder and reveal new details in these pages. A universal story about nature, family, and the art of fly fishing, Maclean’s memoir beautifully portrays the inextricable ways our personal histories are linked to the places we come from—our home waters.  Featuring twelve wood engravings by Wesley W. Bates and a map of the Blackfoot River region.

  • Author: John N Maclean
  • Publisher: Custom House (June 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0062944597
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches

                 

10. The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Hunting & Fishing - August 2021

From the host of the television series and podcast  MeatEater , the long-awaited definitive guide to cooking wild game, including fish and fowl, featuring more than 100 new recipes “As a MeatEater fan who loves to cook, I can tell you that this book is a must-have.”—Andrew Zimmern When Steven Rinella hears from fans of his MeatEater show and podcast, it’s often requests for more recipes. One of the most respected and beloved hunters in America, Rinella is also an accomplished wild game cook, and he offers recipes here that range from his takes on favorite staples to more surprising and exotic meals. Big Game : Techniques and strategies for butchering and cooking all big game, from whitetail deer to moose, wild hogs, and black bear, and recipes for everything from shanks to tongue.  Small Game : How to prepare appetizers and main courses using common small game species such as squirrels and rabbits as well as lesser-known culinary treats like muskrat and beaver.  Waterfowl : How to make the most of available waterfowl, ranging from favorites like mallards and wood ducks to more challenging birds, such as wild geese and diving ducks.  Upland Birds : A wide variety of butchering methods for all upland birds, plus recipes, including Thanksgiving wild turkey, grilled grouse, and a fresh take on jalapeño poppers made with mourning dove.  Freshwater Fish : Best practices for cleaning and cooking virtually all varieties of freshwater fish, including trout, bass, catfish, walleye, suckers, northern pike, eels, carp, and salmon.  Saltwater Fish : Handling methods and recipes for common and not-so-common species of saltwater fish encountered by anglers everywhere, from Maine to the Bahamas, and from Southern California to northern British Columbia.  Everything else : How to prepare great meals from wild clams, crabs, crayfish, mussels, snapping turtles, bullfrogs, and even sea cucumbers and alligators.    Whether you’re cooking outdoors or in the kitchen, at the campfire or on the grill, this cookbook will be an indispensable guide for both novices and expert chefs. “Rinella goes to the next level and offers some real deal culinary know-how to make sure that your friends and family will dig what you put on the table.”—Guy Fieri “A must-read cookbook for those seeking a taste of the wild.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition (November 20, 2018)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-0399590078
  • Dimensions: 8.31 x 1.1 x 10.26 inches