A comprehensive small-game hunting guide, perfect for hunters ranging from first-time novices to seasoned experts, with photography by renowned outdoor photographer John Hafner
Steven Rinella was raised in a hunting family and has been pursuing wild game his entire life. In this first-ever complete guide to hunting—from hunting wild game to butchering and cooking it—the host of the popular hunting show MeatEater shares his own expertise with us, and imparts strategies and tactics from many of the most experienced hunters in the United States as well.
This invaluable book includes
• recommendations on what equipment you will need—and what you can do without—from footwear to cutlery to camping gear to weapons
• basic and advanced hunting strategies for all North American small game, including drive techniques, solo and group hunting, ambush hunting, the use of hunting dogs, and techniques for decoying and calling
• how to find hunting locations, on both public and private land; how to locate areas that other hunters aren’t using; and how to make competition work in your favor
• detailed sections on furred small game, upland birds, and waterfowl, covering the biology and best hunting methods for a total of thirty small game species
• comprehensive information about hunting wild turkeys in both the spring and fall seasons
• how to master the arts of wingshooting and rifle marksmanship, and detailed information about shot placement, ammunition selection, and field maintenance of firearms and archery equipment
• instructions on how to field dress and butcher your own small game animals for a variety of preparations
• techniques and recipes for both indoor and outdoor wild game cooking
Rinella (Meat Eater) replicates the tone and insight of his first wild-game cookbook in this useful second volume, covering smaller (and often more available) game such as rabbits, squirrels, and a litany of birds, including quail, pheasant, ducks, and wild turkeys. The book stands well on its own, covering the requisite gear and skills (patterning a shotgun, marksmanship, packing for a hunt, negotiating with landowners, etc.) that hunters need to develop in order to ensure a successful hunt. Tips on hunting each species are both practical and insightful and rightfully occupy the majority of the book; his coverage of turkey hunting spans 21 pages. Seasoned readers may feel tempted to skip Rinella's advice on gun care in the field, flight patterns, the art of duck blinds and camouflage, and the art of selecting the right shotgun, but the book's sum is far greater than its parts. Even a cursory skip through will likely offer a tip or two that readers may want to consider on their next hunt. Rinella rounds out the book with tips on breaking down quarry and a handful of recipes for hasenpfeffer, chicken-fried squirrel, corned goose breast, and a wild game p t . This guide is as valuable as a hunting dog.
Great book with no fluff
Excellent voice and knowledge. I feel much more ready for my first ever hunt soon (rabbit.) I even am excited about upland birds which I wasn’t before.