I have always been an avid reader and obsessed with books. Every once in a while, someone asks me what books I recommend for hunters, anglers, and conservationists. There are so many books I have enjoyed that I thought I would put together an ever-expanding reading list that has inspired me. Some titles here may not seem immediately focused on hunting and conservation, and that is true; however, every title here has offered me insights into my reflections on hunting and conservation and ideas that can be applied to explore these areas in new ways that I feel help us all better connect.


Berkes, Fikret – Sacred Ecology

Blakeslee, Nate – American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

Brusatte, Steve – The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

Brusatte, Steve – The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us

Carson, Rachel – Silent Spring

Demuth, Bathsheba – Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait

Flores, Dan – American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

Flores, Dan – Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

Francis, Richard C. – Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World

Fraser, Caroline – Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution

Geist, Valerius – Mountain Sheep and Man in the Northern Wilds

Gierach, John – A Fly Rod of Your Own

Godfrey-Smith, Peter – Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

Harari, Yuval Noah – Sapiens

Hoggan, James – I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up

Kolbert, Elizabeth – The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Kurlansky, Mark – Salt

LaDuke, Winona – All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life

Leopold, Aldo – A Sand County Almanac

Lopez, Barry – Crossing Open Ground

MacKinnon, J.B. – The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be

Maclean, Norman – A River Runs Through it and Other Stories

McCaulou, Lily Raff – Call of the Mild: Learning to Hunt My Own Dinner

Mooallem, Jon – Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America

Mowat, Farley – A Whale for the Killing

Mowat, Farley – Never Cry Wolf: The Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves

Nijhuis, Michelle – Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Peterson, David – Heartsblood

Rinella, Steven – American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

Rinella, Steven – Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter

Roberts, Callum – The Unnatural History of the Sea

Shapiro, Beth – How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

Shepard, Paul – Coming Home to the Pleistocene

Simpson, Leanne – Lighting the Eighth Fire: The Liberation, Resurgence, and Protection of Indigenous Nations

Streever, Bill – Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places

Thoreau, Henry David – Walden

Weymouth, Adam – Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North

Wilson, Edward O. – Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

Wulf, Andrea – The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World


Boyden, Joseph – Three Day Road

Boyden, Joseph – Through Black Spruce

Guthrie Jr., A.B. – The Big Sky

Harrison, Jim – Legends of the Fall

McCarthy, Cormac – Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Mowat, Farley – The Snow Walker

Owens, Delia – Where the Crawdads Sing

Proulx, Annie – Barkskins

Quinn, Daniel – Ishmael

Quinn, Daniel – The Story of B

Quinn, Daniel – My Ishmael

Rarick, Ethan – Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West