The Bushcraft Guide to Hunting Tools

Learn to select the best tool for hunting in the wild.

| December 2016

  • Hunting Tools
    Selecting the proper hunting tool is imperative to wilderness survival.
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  • Bushcraft Field Guide
    "The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering & Cooking in the Wild" by Dave Canterbury features photos of plants to forage for, hunting tips and recipes to cook in the wilderness.
    Cover courtesy F+W Media, Inc.

  • Hunting Tools
  • Bushcraft Field Guide

The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering & Cooking in the Wild (F+W Media, Inc., 2016), by Dave Canterbury, is the ultimate guide to what to eat, where to find it and how to cook it. Canterbury gives readers who are heading on a day long hike or a week long expedition everything they need to survive and eat well out in the wild. This excerpt from chapter 12, "Hunting: Beyond the Basics," teaches the reader to choose the best hunting weapon. 

You can purchase this book from the GRIT store: The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering & Cooking in the Wild.

“For us, hunting wasn’t a sport. It was a way to be intimate with nature, that intimacy providing us with wild, unprocessed food, free from pesticides and hormones, and with the bonus of having been produced without the addition of great quantities of fossil fuel. In addition, hunting provided us with an ever-scarcer relationship in a world of cities, factory farms, and agribusiness — direct responsibility for taking the lives that sustained us, lives that even vegans indirectly take as the growing and harvesting of organic produce kills deer, birds, snakes, rodents, and insects. We lived close to the animals we ate, we knew their habits, and that knowledge deepened our thanks to them and the land that made them.”

— Ted Kerasote, Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

When it comes to hunting for small and medium game, nothing can match the versatility of the shotgun. There are lots of choices out there, so understanding a bit about the true possibilities will help you decide. I have settled on a single-shot break-open gun as my choice for many reasons I hope to explain here.

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