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Books to read in the blind?
Suggested books to pass the time at waterholes? Thanks!
I was always a Tom Clancy fan. Haven’t read any of his new stuff. Books are always better then the movies that are made from the books.
What do you like ? Sci-fi, fantasy, self help, hunting tips, hunting stories, biographies, history …..so many categories
Well this will depends on the type of reading you prefer. Historical, police, classic, etc. I like a lot the books from Wilbur Smith, They talk about Africa . And the books from Ken Follet and David Baldacci are also very good
I read what I can find in the leave a book take a book box in my neighborhood. Because they are free that way and I am cheap. As I have gotten north of 40 I find books with bigger print is better. Never thought a pair of readers would become required hunting gear, but it has.
1491 is awesomeness. As is 1493. Those will change your perspective!
I'm a pretty huge book nerd. Read a LOT on my Kindle on my phone.
To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace, by Clarence Anderson
Anything by John Sandford, the Prey Series and his new Letty Davenport book
The Godfather. by Mario Puzo. A classic that I re-read about every 18 months
If you like Native american history, try reading these books one after the other: Empire of the Summer Moon, The Searchers by Allen LeMay, The Searchers THe Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel.
Tell us what you like, I have a LOT more recommendations depending on what type of reading
Jack Carr’s books are an entertaining read.
"Shadows Over Innsmouth" (or any of the Lovecraft or Lovecraft themed collections)
Collection of short stories by Lovecraft and other contemporary authors following Lovecraft's Kthulu mythos theme.
It should fit your waterhole watching theme just beware of anything crawling out of that water.
Hope you find a few good reads and have a great hunt!
As mentioned jack carr, brad thor. Both military type CIA story lines.
Story of Navy Seal Adam Brown, called Fearless is amazing.
Mystery - anything by Preston & Childs.
Any of Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing’ series…Have Killing Crazy Horse for my road-trip later on…
Anything by Peter Hathaway Capstick.
Where the Crawdads Sing!! Don't see the movie, read the book!! Pretty incredible!! Shawn
Author C. J. Box
Joe Pickett novel series
Pretty much anyone who hunts will like these. I have read all of them
Another vote for CJ Box Joe Pickett series. Right up your alley if you are antelope hunting. There are 22 now, I believe.
I read alot of books but never have taken one hunting before. Curious if one of you guys were emensed in your book only to look up and see a critter.
when I hunt, I hunt,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I guess I fail to understand the young bucks today,,,, I think the issue is,,,, those from lets say, 35 to 50, are so wired,,,, family, little time,,, money spent, and on and on, they have lost the talent to just relax,,,, or for the most part, many never learned it.......................... I see this at alot of bear camps I have worked at, after I retired,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
I was bringing a guy out, 10 years ago and he said to me,,, any tips,,,, I said, yes I will be back an hour after dark, dont bring a phone,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ha ha
"I read alot of books but never have taken one hunting before. Curious if one of you guys were emensed in your book only to look up and see a critter."
I do audio books, that way I'm always looking out...
I enjoy reading. I enjoy hunting. I see no reason to not mix them. I've been doing it for 15 years and have never lost an opportunity due to reading while hunting.
Audible is great. Lots of tractor time for me this time of year so I can roll through the books. Jack Carr, have done a couple of Box’s books, empire of summer moon, killing Crazy Horse was great, legends and lies(Oreilly) trying to finish “endurance” now. My new hobby
I read on my phone with Kendal or magazines when sitting in a blind. Have rest on treestands and in blinds for as long as I have been hunting from them (over 40 years)… keeps me from just taking a nap!
I also recommend C J Box, and Empire of the Summer Moon, Blood and Thunder (Hampton Sides) or anything by Bill Heavy from 5 yrs ago or later. On second thought, his might make you laugh out loud which would be bad.
I have been enjoying CJ box on my phone in the stand or to fall asleep in the tent at night.
I do have a great appreciation for those guys who can sit still and quiet for hours on end. I am working on that and agree that we are all too far connected. It has become a lost skill that is good for the soul to just sit with your own thoughts. A few hours in my own head......that's some scary stuff there! lol.
Oh, another awesome read is “A Splendid Savage, The Restless Life of Fredrick Russell Burnham”. Absolutely spectacular!
Last year I was reading Marv Clyncke's book and looked up to see an antelope eyeing up my decoy from about 25 yards. Set the book down, pulled up my bow and shot the antelope... dead in 50 yards. Worked out great!
Unbroken, Undaunted Courage, Empire of the Summer Moon, Inventing Wyatt Earp
You guys must get to hunt antelope a lot more than me. I get so darn excited when I sit a water hole. I just look and look at all that goes on at a water hole. Magpies, birds of prey, bugs, small beasts, antelope and mule deer coming and going. Good luck to all going this year.
I recommend Bowhunter magazine as maybe you’ll read something that will help you become a more successful stand/blind bow hunter. Aside from that the Pope and Young publication the Ethic is a nice read as is Eastman’s Bowhunting Journal. I don’t know about you but I like to look at pictures about what I’m reading, so I go with magazines.
A Bible and reading glasses normally works for me.
Antelope hunts are long days in the blind. One August hunt in South Dakota I read a Stephen King novella collection each day.
If you like 'military' science fiction, this is a modern classic
Night Shift (Stephen King short stories. Shorts are nice on hunts).
Strange Weather (King's son Joe Hill... more short stories)
Some really good suggestions here, I’m set. Thanks and God bless!
Another vote for 1491. I also just finished "Men to match my mountains" and would recommend it to anyone interested in our western expansion, particularly the gold and silver rushes in Colorado, Nevada, and California, as well as the Morman settlement of Utah.
If you like CIA, spy type thrillers set in the cold war era check out Brotherhood of the Rose, Fraternity of Stone and League of Night and Fog by David Morrell. Easy reads and really entertaining.
Like history? This is the story of the father of the famous author of 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Christo'.
Now that I'm technologically updated, audio books only. I hunt all day. Before that, I read real paper books. I don't think I missed any shots, but .....
I could never do audiobooks on stand. For me hearing is a key part of hunting, even if all I hear is a bird chirping and a squirrel in the leaves.
Jack Carr series is amazing
Dana-I don't disagree. But, for me when the wind picks up in late morning, hearing takes a back seat to sight. So, I'll start listening late morning to early evening when the wind dies down. I also only use only one ear bud. It's either that or I'll fall asleep-guaranteed.
“Hunting Trips of a Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter” written by Theodore Roosevelt.in 1884. Tough dudes in wild country.
Jack Carr series is amazing
Have been hesitant to watch the show because the books were so dang good!!
I'm 73 years old and enjoy huntin', readin' and nappin'. I have indeed missed opportunities at game at times due to the nappin' and readin', but have had my share of success through the years and don't regret it. I have read quite a few of the books above and am also a Joe Pickett/C. J. Box fan. This past deer season I started "The Complete Novels of Charles Dickens" on my phone/Kindle app. Approaching a year of reading, when I can, I have completed 77% of the book. I'm committed to finishing before I get back to Joe Pickett, etc..
I download audio books from the library and listen on an Ipod. You can also download to your phone and listen with buds. That way I can keep my eyes up and watch what's going on around me. I go through about 12 audio books per month.
Fiction, John Sanford, CJ Box, Lee Child, Wilbur Smith, Stephen Hunter
Non-Fiction, I just finished AG William Barr's book, One damn thing after another great book, The Harbinger, Jonathan Cahn, The Righteous Mind and the Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt, Stealing America or anything else by Dinesh D'Souza. Geronimo, by Geronimo
Whoever O'Reilly is to killing
Anything by Pat McManus, Anything by PH Capstick, Aldo Leoupolds "Sand County Almanac ", "The Witchery of Archery " by Maurice Thompson, if you can lay your hands on "Two Years Before The Mast" by Richard Henry Dana, "On The Border With Crook" (author name escapes me at the moment*EDIT John Gregory Bourke-author ) or Francis Parkman's "The Oregon Trail" (all three true accounts of rich frontier adventures and long out of print) you'll be glad you did.
Just listened to the empire of the summer moon, fascinating story of the Comanche people and probably the places you like to hunt.
Usually I have a pocket Bible with me, sitting alone in the woods the written word comes more to life.
Another vote for Empire of the Summer Moon. A very fascinating read.
Yes on the Tom Clancy. BUT, be warned that you can get so engrossed in his books that you might forget that you’re hunting My first one I decided to read a chapter in bed at night. Next thing I know the alarm is going off to wake up. After about three of his books I said no more. I can’t stop reading them.
Quick Draw 1, read Larry Mcmurdy, Zek and Ned, Cherokee Indians in Ok., surprised there hasn't been a movie made. I read Quanah Parker when it first came out, good read.
I just download books on my Kindle to read. Don’t like anything to mess with my hearing while hunting.
It does come in handy when I go to sleep too. After the adrenaline from the day, I sometimes have trouble going to sleep. Reading at night in the dark gets me sleepy in a hurry.
I like a lot of fiction based on historical fact. Reading a series now called Prelude to Glory. It’s a fictional story with lots of historical facts. Takes place just before and during the Revolutionary War. Also, my favorite of all time is anything by Louis LaMore. However you spell his name. Lol
You have to get into audio books. You can listen while working out, shaving, driving, hiking and even while on stand as long as you don't rely on hearing to hunt. I probably listened to a book for 5 or 6 hours today.
We waste tons of time not really doing anything productive. I never listen to the radio and seldom watch TV. Get into audio books and start learning. I even listen to crap from leftist morons just to keep informed on what they are up to.
I’ve tried audio books. They put me to sleep pretty quick unless I’m driving. I mostly read at night an hour or so before bed and that helps me wind down. While hunting I read a paper back while sitting at a waterhole or during the hot part of the day. I’m still out in the trees just hanging around listening and waiting for things to pick back up. I should probably try audio again when I’m working out or working in the yard etc. I just hate having ear buds in my ear.
Jim Corbett's Man-eater books (or better, get the omnibus). Benard Cornwell's Archer/Grail series. Louis L'Amour Westerns, they're like snack food, one for the morning and one for the afternoon.
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Joe Pickett novels are very good reads. Author is cj boxx
The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell. It's the story of Heimo Korth and his family living in the Artic Wilderness. Fascinating!
Fearless by Eric Blehm I’m a bit of a nerd and reread the hobbit and lord of the rings yearly. For a genre that’s different than a lot of reads, Jo Nesbo’s books are great.
Someone mentioned Louis L'Amour, try 'Last of the Breed' for a good adventure/survival tale
Anything by Cormac McCarthy
DanaC "Last of the Breed " was his best imo. He took it to the next level.
I started reading this book when I was at Meekin's Air Service waiting to fly out into the Chugach. When I came back in, I borrowed it from Mike, read on the way home and mailed it back to him. I really enjoyed it.
Bowsiter's books Eyad Yeyhawi, "Crimson Arrows" Mike Neilson, "Class Dismissed: I'm Going Hunting!" "We're Gonna Need More Arrows" "Pig Tales and Other Hunting Adventures" "Birds, Bucks, and Boars"
"A Terrible Glory" very detailed book about Custer, before, during and after. ....Mike
If you enjoy humor try any book by Patrick Mc Manus or Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods."
Black Elk Speaks is interesting William Kent Krueger, Cochran O'Connor series Tony Hillerman, Navajo Police Jim Chee and the Legendary Lt. Joe Leaphorn
Life at full draw. Eastmans antelope hunting book(s)
I'm now reading Paul Doiron's mystery series starring a Maine game warden. He is a way edgier character than Joe Pickett, and Doiron is a better writer than C.J. Box. Very engaging stories.
C J boxx Joe Picket series Lee Child Reacher series Also some of Pattersons stuff, and have reread Team Yankee by Harol Coyle a few times. Warning; reading, and getting two engrossed in the storyline, and not lifting your head to look around enough could cost you an animal! I have seen more than one tail end of a whitetail buck walking away that I never saw or heard because my nose was in the pages. It's all good! LOL
If you want to read one to keep you awake and on high alert for your time in the blind, while in the tent trying to sleep and all other times while in the field then the “Purification Ceremony” by Mark T. Sullivan is an excellent read! Seriously it’s a great book but I’m not sure it’s appropriate for all readers to read while on a hunt. Those who’ve read it will understand.
I enjoy a good book while in the blind. Anything by Michael Connelly, Lee Childs and I love the westerns by Larry McMurtry.
If you've never read the Frontiersman by Alan eckert highly recommend it. Only book I've read 3 times!
The Alice Network is the last book I read, and I loved it. It's a historical novel based on a true story about two women - one is a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I, and the second one is an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. I finished it in one day. And if you're into classical books, I recommend you The Great Gatsby. Last week I finished it for the first time, and I regretted I hadn't done it earlier. I needed it to finish my Literature term paper. It was quite complicated to write on it, but after some time of struggling, my friend recommended me to look at here
and read a few The Great Gatsby essay examples, which really helped me out. I had enough information to write a paper, but those examples and the structure helped me to choose the most important info pieces and put them all into one paper. And those samples helped me to understand the plot and characters much better.
Louis lamour has cost me a quite a few critters in the past. You know , I don’t mind a bit.
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On KIndle as well.
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