This post was originally put up by Simon Clode back in 2013 and it seems more relevant now that we all have more time on our hands!!!! A few newer titles have been released by the modern hunting book suppliers including Kai-Uwe Denkers ‘About The Spirit Of The African Wilderness’ available from Trophy Room Books, and Robin Hurts ‘A Hunter’s Hunter’ available from Safari Press. Both of these books are destined to become hunting classics and if nothing else they should get us in the spirit for our next safari adventure!
Now to Simon’s original posting.
There are literally 1000’s of books on the market which touch on our sport, in one way or another. Be they on guns, rifles, wing-shooting or big game hunting the choice is far and wide. Here at Westley Richards many of us have collected books on our sport since an early age and are often showing off to each other the ‘rare book’ we have just managed to acquire. It seemed appropriate to ask a few other well known book collectors, writers and sellers what their 10 best books were, the ones they feel every sportsman should read and have in their library. I hope it proves informative and helpful.
Anthony Alborough-Tregear “Trigger” runs the gunroom and production at Westley Richards and has been collecting books on guns and hunting since the age of 15. His list is biased towards Africa and the hunting of Elephants to which he has now progressed after many years obsessively stalking Roe deer.
- African Rifles & Cartridges – John ‘Pondoro’ Taylor
- Modern Sporting Gunnery – Henry Sharp
- The End Of The Game – Peter Beard
- African Hunter – James Mellon
- The Maneaters Of Kumoan – Jim Corbett
- The Wanderings Of An Elephant Hunter – W.D.M.Bell
- The Adventures Of An Elephant Hunter – James Sutherland
- Travel And Adventure In South East Africa – F.C.Selous
- White Hunters – Brian Herne
- Elephant Hunters – Men Of Legend – Tony Sanchez Arino
Ludo Wurfbain is the owner of Safari Press in California who publish many books related to our sport. An avid hunter, wing-shooter and book collector, Ludo is also the publisher of the magazine Sports Afield which was founded in 1887.
- Death in the Long Grass – Peter Capstick
- Sunlight & Shadows – Gene Hill
- After Wild Sheep in the Altai and Mongolia – E. Demidoff
- Shikar and Safari – Edison Marshall (later reissued as The Heart of the Hunter)
- Horn of the Hunter – Robert Ruark
- Great Shots – Jonathan Ruffer
- Hunter- J. A. Hunter
- Karamojo Safari – W. D. M. Bell
- Man Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag - Jim Corbett
- Hunting and Fishing in Alaska – Russell Annabel (almost no fishing despite title, a GREAT book)
Ross Seyfried. Ross is my ‘go to man’ on anything guns, especially anything WR as well as ball and shot guns. A long time writer for Guns & Ammo, Ross now writes for amongst others the Double Gun Journal and various NRA publications, as well spending time guiding sportsmen. A collector of both firearms and books, Ross was unable to count 10 books and gave us 20!
- Wild Beasts and Their Ways – Sir Samuel Baker
- Maneaters of Kumaon – Jim Corbett
- White Hunters – Brian Herne
- Hunting Grounds of the Old World – The Old Shekarry (H.A. Leveson)
- Jock of the Bushveld – Sir Percy Fitzpatrick
- The Best of Sheep Hunting – John Batten editor, Amwell Press
- American Waterfowl Shooting – J.W. Long
- The Complete Wildfowler – Duncan & Thorne
- Hunting Tales of the West – Theodore Roosevelt
- The Wanderings of an Elephant Hunter – W.D.M. Bell
- The Rifle, Its Development for Big Game Hunting – Truesdell
- The British Shotgun vol. I & II – Crudgington & Baker
- Experts on Guns and Shooting -Teasdell-Buckell
- The Gun and Its Development – W.W. Greener
- History and Development of Small Arms Ammunition, vol. Three – George Hoyem
- Modern Sporting Gunnery – Henry Sharpe
- Hell I Was There – Elmer Keith
- Instructions to Young Sportsmen – Peter Hawker
- London Gunmakers – Nigel Brown
- African Rifles and Cartridges – John Taylor
- A Sportsman’s Sketches – Ivan Turgenev
- Experts on Guns & Shooting – G. T. Teasdale-Buckell
- The Hunters Road – Jim Fergus
- The Gun and its development – W. W. Greener
- The Language of Sport – C. E. Hare
- The Modern Shotgun – Major Sir Gerald Burrard
- Game Birds and Wild-Fowl of Great Britain and Ireland
- The Best of British – Vic Venters
- Shooting – Lord Walsingham and Sir Ralph Payne Gallwey.
- The British Shotgun – I. M. Crudgington & D. J. Baker.
Vic Venters is Senior Editor of Shooting Sportsman magazine and is author of Gun Craft: Fine Guns & Gunmaking in the 21st Century and The Best of British. A lifelong hunter and avid reader, he enjoys hunting wild bobwhites and ruffed grouse in the United States, and woodcock and snipe wherever they are found worldwide. Vic has also written for Fieldsports, The Shooting Gazette and Shooting Times in the UK, and The Double Gun Journal and Sporting Classics in the United States. For more information see his website: www.doubleguncraft.com. In his other life, he is a residential real estate developer and proud father.
- Making Game – Guy de la Valdene
- For a Handfull of Feathers – Guy de la Valdene
- Pheasants of the Mind – Datus Proper
- A Sportsman Looks at Eire. J.B. Drought
- Lock Stock & Barrel – Cyril Adams
- Shotguns Technicana – Michael McIntosh and David Trevallion
- Shotguns & Cartridges – Gough Thomas and Lucid, concise, almost always right.
- GT’s Gun Book – Gough Thomas
- The Old Man and the Boy – Robert Ruark
- Anything by Gene Hill, the last classic American essayist on dogs, guns and time spent afield with both.
Ken Halbert Those of you who know our still working ex-foreman, Ken, know that he retains a huge wealth of information on all things firearms and hunting as well a long time passion for both reading and collecting books.
- Elephant Hunting in East Equatorial Africa – Arthur H. Neumann
- The Adventures of an Elephant Hunter – James Sutherland
- The African Elephant and its Hunters – Denis D. Lyell
- Wild Life in Central Africa – Denis D. Lyell
- Savage Sudan. Its Wild Tribes Big Game and Bird Life – Abel Chapman
- Wild Sports of Southern Africa – Capt. William Cornwallis Harris
- Tiger Shooting in India – Lt William Rice
- Out in Africa – Andrew Holmberg
- Experts on Guns & Shooting – G T Teasdale Buckell
- Modern Sporting Gunnery – Henry Sharpe.
Simon Clode complied this list with grateful thanks to those who reacted so swiftly.
- Safari- Bartle Bull
- African Hunter- James Mellon
- Modern Sporting Gunnery- Henry Sharpe
- Experts on Guns & Shooting- Teasdale Buckell
- A Breath from the Veldt- J G Millais
- The Gun and its Development- W W Greener
- The Book of Antelopes- P L Sclater 4 Vol.
- After Wild Sheep in the Altai & Mongolia- E Demidoff
- The Modern Shotgun- Major Sir Gerald Burrard
- The Great & Small Game of Africa- H.A Brydon, Editor