We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. There’s nothing quite like getting out into nature and testing your wits against the local wildlife. If your last few expeditions have ended with you coming home empty-handed, though, you might want to pick up one of these hunting books. Their pages are filled with tips and tricks for increasing your odds, as well as hilarious and heart-warming stories about the activity you love so much. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

10. Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia

For a lighter look at the hobby, check out Misadventures in Hunting, Fishing, and the Wilds of Suburbia. Besides often being hilarious, the stories also talk about the connection between man and nature, and how hunting can bring people of all ages and backgrounds together.


  • Quite touching at times
  • Great gift for dads
  • Author tends to ramble












Publisher Heavey, Bill
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Shooter’s Bible Guide to Bowhunting

Archers of all ages should leaf through the Shooter’s Bible Guide to Bowhunting. The history of the sport, the underlying engineering, and the best practices for tracking prey are all covered in these pages, ensuring that any and all of your questions will be answered.


  • Massive and jam-packed with info
  • Also covers crossbows
  • Little discussion of game behavior












Publisher Skyhorse Publish
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Death in the Long Grass

If you can’t afford to go on safari, then digging into Death in the Long Grass is the next best thing. You can follow along with the author as he stalks the five African man-killers: leopards, buffalo, lions, elephants, and even the fearsome hippo.


  • Tense and pulse-pounding narrative
  • Captures primal essence of the hunt
  • Some stories feel like tall tales












Publisher Books
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

7. Mantracking: The Ultimate Guide

A world-renowned tracker shares his secrets for reading signs, interpreting behavior, and even avoiding become prey yourself in Mantracking: The Ultimate Guide. It will also make you a great bounty hunter, if you ever decide to try your hand at the most dangerous game.


  • Teaches search-and-rescue techniques
  • Information is easy to absorb
  • Uses low-quality photos












Publisher Terry Grant
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Meat Eater

Nestled somewhere between an autobiography and a travelogue, Meat Eater documents one man’s life spent hunting in North America. The author spends as much time considering the ethics and impact of the hobby as he does regaling the audience with thrilling anecdotes.


  • Maintains a conversational tone
  • Honest and realistic storytelling
  • Filled with self-promotion












Publisher Steven Rinella
Weight 7.8 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

5. Hunting Big Mule Deer

For tips on bagging a notoriously wily animal, there’s Hunting Big Mule Deer. A veteran sportsman breaks down over 30 years’ worth of experience, allowing you to get a crash course in deer behavior. It’s like having your very own guide.


  • Ideal for trophy hunters
  • Doesn’t sugarcoat anything
  • Includes heavy-handed religious talk












Publisher Denning Robby
Weight 12.6 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told

As you might expect, The Greatest Hunting Stories Ever Told is a collection of tales involving exotic game, glamorous locations, and shots that defy belief. Beyond being entertained, you’ll likely glean a few new techniques here and there as well.


  • Good for younger readers
  • Quick and enjoyable read
  • Includes survival stories












Publisher Lamar Underwood
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. The Total Deer Hunter Manual

Regardless of whether you shoot a muzzleloader or a crossbow, you’ll pick up something from the pages of The Total Deer Hunter Manual. It includes tips on improving your aim, planning the perfect hunt, and tracking your prey over a variety of terrain.


  • Info is organized into brief nuggets
  • Filled with helpful diagrams
  • Covers animal behavior












Publisher Weldon Owen
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds, & Guns

A classic that’s been widely-read for decades, Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds, & Guns is sure to evoke feelings of nostalgia in older readers. The prose is tactile and evocative, and you’ll think you were at the author’s side during every step of his adventures.


  • Perfect for bird hunters
  • Captures a sense of camaraderie
  • Written with unique sense of humor












Publisher Hill Gene
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game

Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game is as close as you can get to an all-in-one guide, as it covers every aspect of the sport. Even if you have no plans to eat what you kill, the hunting section provides a solid foundation for beginners and experts alike.


  • Over 400 color photographs
  • Filled with delicious recipes
  • Includes equipment recommendations












Publisher Rinella Steven
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0