Recently I found something I had been looking for a while. In fact, for over three years I have searched it at least once every couple of months. When I found it, I jumped on it. So, I hear the question; “What is it?”
So, in order to help you get your library started, or to build on your existing library, here are some of the books I keep on my shelf:
Bowhunter’s Guide to Accurate Shooting by Lon E. Lauber
The Archer’s Bible by Fred Bear
Scoresheets and instructions on how to measure each of the North American big game animals.
An all inclusive book about whitetails. It goes over where to hunt them, when to hunt them, and their habits and activity.
The Perfect Shot-Mini Edition for North America by Craig Boddington
A record book that includes photos of record animals, as well as entries into the book, listing animal, owner, size, and area taken. If you want to go after a musk ox, you do not hunt in California. This book will show you where to go after the game you want.
Safari Club International World Bowhunting Record Book 1st Edition
Bowhunting Records of North Carolina 1st and 2nd Editions
Pope and Young Club Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America 1st and 7th Editions
Same as the B&C and SCI record books, except only bowhunting and only North America.
The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution of the United States of America
The three books remind me of why I have the freedom to hunt in this great land.
The Holy Bible
This book is the most important to me of all the others. This book not only establishes my freedoms, but my very existence. If there is ever a question, the answer can be found here.
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There are other books I intend on adding to the library. For instance, I would like to eventually add each edition of the Pope and Young Record Book. There are several books Teddy Roosevelt penned about hunting which I have in an e-book format that I would like to have in hard copy. To build a foundation, you just have to start. You would be surprised with the knowledge that can be shared and learned.
Bill Howard writes a weekly outdoors column for the Wilson Times and Yancey County News and the blog site Bill Howard's Outdoors. He is a Hunter Education and International Bowhunter Education instructor, lifetime member of the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, Bowhunter Certification Referral Service Chairman, member and official measurer of Pope and Young, and a regular contributor to North Carolina Bowhunter Magazine.