The subject of hunting has inspired almost as much writing as the subject of love, and it tends to be a lot more fun to read. Here’s a rundown of some of the best hunting books of all time – at least in my opinion – having to do with hunting. Since the list includes such disparate genres as cookbooks, history, biography, literature and how-to, you should not assume that they are listed in any meaningful order. Each is a must for anyone who loves hunting.
Hunt High, by Duncan Gilchrist
No, this is not a book about the benefits of smoking weed while you hunt. Rather, this book is essential reading for anyone who yearns to venture above the tree line in search of big game. Gilchrist, who died in 2002, worked as a forester in Maine and Alaska before turning himself full-time to hunting and writing. He published about a dozen excellent books on hunting, including the invaluable All About Bears and several works on mountain sheep, but Hunt High is arguably Gilchrist’s finest work. Drawn from high country experiences in places ranging from Alaska to Montana to New Zealand, it is packed with alpine observations, hunting strategies and camping tactics that will make you a better and more informed high-country hunter.