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10 Great Hunting Books for Under Your Tree

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There’s no greater gift than knowledge, and these great hunting books are filled with it.

Cabela's
Cabela’s

It’s gift giving time again and this year, consider giving the gift of knowledge with one of these 11 great hunting books.

Whether your hunter is a bowhunter, a rifle hunter or both, you can find a book that’s perfect for him, full of tactics and tips to help him all season long. If you have a young hunter, a great hunting book can give her a boost of confidence and renewed interest in the sport.

Watch this slideshow to see which great hunting books made the list.

1. The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Skills, Tactics, and Techniques

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The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Skills, Tactics, and Techniques is a must have in any hunter’s library. It covers the major game hunted in the U.S., with information for the beginner and the expert. Not only does it give you skills, tactics, and techniques, it gives you recipes, specs on gear and stories from some of America’s iconic hunters.

2. The Ultimate Guide to Traditional Archery

Cabela’s

If you’re interested in traditional archery, The Ultimate Guide to Traditional Archery teaches you everything you need to know. It has detailed instructions for both the novice and the experienced to make sure each gets the best bowhunting experience they can. No matter if you are looking to straighten your aim or you want to build your own arrows, this walks you through it step-by-step.

3. Elk Hunting Guide: Skills, Gear, and Insight

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Any elk hunter can appreciate the Elk Hunting Guide: Skills, Gear, and Insight. Based on 40 years of elk hunting experience, it doesn’t only cover hunting, it discusses outfitters, terrain, and recommendations on gear and equipment. The author uses his real life experiences to not only entertain you, but demonstrate the skills and tactics he provides.

4. Trophy Bucks in Any Weather

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In Trophy Bucks in Any Weather, you learn how different weather patterns effect deer behavior and how you can use it to your advantage. By the time you finish the book, you know what tactics to use and when so you can up your chances of getting a wall-hanger. The author takes his 30 years of being both a broadcast meteorologist and a hunter to teach you everything you need to know about hunting, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

5. The Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting

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If you hunt out west, you need to read The Hunter’s Guide to Long-Range Shooting. You learn how to find your most effective shooting range to increase both your accuracy and consistency when hunting where close shots are few and far between. The book discusses the different factors you need to consider when shooting long-range and covers equipment and ballistics, so you know how to make a kill shot, even when your 400 yards away.

6. Shooter’s Bible Guide to Bowhunting

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The Shooter’s Bible Guide to Bowhunting covers everything you need to know about bowhunting no matter if you use a compound, recurve or traditional bow. Designed for both the beginner and those looking to brush up their skills, this book discusses the fundamentals and advanced strategies and tips. It covers everything from sights and rests to quivers and triggers, ensuring you’re ready by the time archery season begins.

7. Predator Hunting: Proven Strategies that Work from East to West

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Predator Hunting: Proven Strategies that Work from East to West is a must read for anyone who hunts coyotes, foxes or cougars. The book discusses proven tactics and strategies to lure predators to you, no matter where or what you’re hunting. You’ll learn how to use decoys, calls, and tips regarding weather and what firearms to use, teaching you everything you need to know to start hunting nature’s predators.

8. Whitetails: From Ground to Gun

Bass Pro Shops

Whitetails: From Ground to Gun really is the ultimate guide to growing and harvesting whitetails. Written by some of the most success deer property managers in the country, this book teaches you all about the land that deer need and how you can help improve it to increase the health and quality of the herd. From feed plots to added nutrients, this book teaches you everything you need to know about property management.

9. The Pocket Deer Hunting Guide

Bass Pro Shops

Designed to be portable and easy to carry, The Pocket Deer Hunting Guide gives you basic hunting tips and strategies to help you when you need it most. From gun use to scouting techniques, this book is easy to read and easy to reference. It’s perfect for the young hunter or someone just getting started in the sport, but even the experienced hunter can learn something new from this guide.

10. Hemingway on Hunting

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Although it’s not a guide on hunting, Hemingway on Hunting shows the literary great’s thoughts and feelings on the sport and how it impacted him throughout his life. A compilation of different pieces, this book is not only an example of excellent writing, it gives thought and introspection of hunting from someone who learned to shoot by the time they were three. A classic read for any hunter.

Ernest Hemingway on Safari in Africa c1933” by unattributed – JFK-EHEMC. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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