Unforgettable books..

WalkingBird

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In addition, for me it was "My Side of the Mountain", and the Sackett series of Louis L'amour books, especially "To the Far Blue Mountains".
I grew up in NY, and the My Side of the Mountain series was awesome to me as a kid, and now even. My Grandfather had the whole collectors series of Louis L'Amour that he passed onto me. The Sacketts were legends in my eyes as a kid. My favorite of his though has gotta be Last of the Breed, I've made it a point to read that at least once a year, and have done so for the past 13 years, and I'm always engrossed in it from cover to cover!

The only "hunting" books I had as a kid were the old North American Hunting Club collections. I loved the one's about hunting the west and Alaska. Nowadays, I've been enjoying O'Connors works and whatever I can find online, especially the stories out of turn of the century Africa
 

BluegrassBilly

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My well-broken in copy of...
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...given to me by one of my first mentors, who was ironically taken by cancer a few years later. F*** cancer.

Anything by the mad farmer, but in...
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... he wrote, "Some of the most memorable, and least regrettable, nights of my own youth were spent in coon hunting with farmers. There is no denying that these activities contributed to the economy of farm households, but a further fact is that they were pleasures; they were wilderness pleasures, not greatly different from the pleasures pursued by conservationists and wilderness lovers. As I was always aware, my friends the coon hunters were not motivated just by the wish to tree coons and listen to hounds and listen to each other, all of which were sufficiently attractive; they were coon hunters also because they wanted to be afoot in the woods at night. Most of the farmers I have known, and certainly the most interesting ones, have had the capacity to ramble about outdoors for the mere happiness of it, alert to the doings of the creatures, amused by the sight of a fox catching grasshoppers, or by the puzzle of wild tracks in the snow."

And not hunting related, but certainly inspired an awe of wilderness:
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mplane72

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I'm a big fan of Where the Red Fern Grows also Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Also, read a lot of Lious L'amour, Sacketts stories were my favorite.

My elementary school had a whole collection of books by this guy. I red them all multiple times and they had a lot to do with me becoming a hunter, my dad doesn't. When the school closed I went back and bought them all and saved them for my boys.

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kmott

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not looking to die by bill sampson





stories of hunting in Montana with his father and later stories of his own hunts
 

thusby

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Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa
Don't know how many times I have talked myself into, and back out of, an African safari as a result of that book.
 

119bowhunter

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Books? You guys are dating yourselves. Growing up in a canoe and wanting to be a "forest ranger", early /mid 70's reading for me.....
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And a fascination with the Rockies and the old fur trade
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Scrolling through this thread and saw your picture of the cover of "Runes of the North" never heard of it or read it but it looked like the perfect reading material for my upcoming fly-in fishing trip in Ontario so I promptly hopped on ebay and have a copy on its way...just hoping it arrives before we leave!
 
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