The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl

The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl

Posted by jack_miller | Published a year ago

With 682 ratings

By: Steven Rinella and John Hafner

Purchased At: $28.00

A comprehensive small-game hunting guide, perfect for hunters ranging from first-time novices to seasoned experts, with photography by renowned outdoor photographer John Hafner

Steven Rinella was raised in a hunting family and has been pursuing wild game his entire life. In this first-ever complete guide to hunting—from hunting wild game to butchering and cooking it—the host of the popular hunting show MeatEater shares his own expertise with us, and imparts strategies and tactics from many of the most experienced hunters in the United States as well.
This invaluable book includes
• recommendations on what equipment you will need—and what you can do without—from footwear to cutlery to camping gear to weapons
• basic and advanced hunting strategies for all North American small game, including drive techniques, solo and group hunting, ambush hunting, the use of hunting dogs, and techniques for decoying and calling
• how to find hunting locations, on both public and private land; how to locate areas that other hunters aren’t using; and how to make competition work in your favor
• detailed sections on furred small game, upland birds, and waterfowl, covering the biology and best hunting methods for a total of thirty small game species 
• comprehensive information about hunting wild turkeys in both the spring and fall seasons
• how to master the arts of wingshooting and rifle marksmanship, and detailed information about shot placement, ammunition selection, and field maintenance of firearms and archery equipment
• instructions on how to field dress and butcher your own small game animals for a variety of preparations
• techniques and recipes for both indoor and outdoor wild game cooking
I've hunted for 50 plus years, but I'm always open to new ideas. Through experience, I've certainly learned my way is not always the best way. To find a source of information that can help me do something quicker, cleaner and more efficiently is welcomed with open arms. This book provided me with a couple of methods of butchering that were better than my old way.

This book provides a wealth of information for those who are new to hunting and those who have not hunted for a long period of time. It covers a wide range of information from hunting gear, to shot placement on game, archery, game habitat, basic marksmanship, info on many different game species, recipes, and cleaning and butchering of the game. Though experienced hunters should know much of this info, there is still valuable insight that makes this book a worthwhile purchase, strictly my view. For those with little experience, this book is a jewel. If you have the bucks to purchase it, buy it. You'll be 100% happy you did. I cannot imagine that those looking for knowledge on this subject would be unhappy.

Whatever you decision, I wish you warm campfires, good friends, laughter, and the wonders of the great outdoors.

- seamus_kim

Steve Rinella is literally the most awesome outdoorsman, hunter, and angler of all time! His ethics and the way he carries himself are why I am such a huge fan. I feel like no other person, show, or book explains hunting like Steve does. As a huge fan of his show MeatEater, and being a small game hunter and angler myself, I had to have this book.

I changed a couple of my hunting techniques and even upgraded some of my gear, based directly on the information in the book. I found that I was more successful this hunting season because of it! I have already used some of the recipes for the upland game birds that I took this season and they were awesome!

Whether you are a seasoned hunter or brand new to the outdoor sport, this book is a must have. The wealth of knowledge in it is amazing to say the least!

I loved this book so much, that I ordered his other book, The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game, and will be going on a couple big game hunts later this year because of it!

- breanna_lewis

This guide is a great place to start for people looking to get into small game hunting. Admittedly, no one guide can contain ALL the information, but this one does a good job of covering as many bases as possible while translating hunting to a new audience. I like to call this guide "so you want to shoot a rabbit" and pair it with Hank Shaw's Peasant Quail Cottontail, which I call "So you shot a rabbit."

Happy hunting, stay ethical.

- teagan_howard

I am a fan of Rinella's from watching "Meateater" and listening to his "Meateater" podcast. I bought his first book "Meateater: Adventures in the Life of an American Hunter" and was hooked.

I bought this book via Kindle but after a once-through reading decided to buy the paperback version of it so my other family members could read and reference it too. Once I got the book in hand I re-read it and I'm glad I did. For whatever reason I picked up a lot more from the paperback than I ever did from the Kindle version. I guess it probably has something to do with the reference-book feel this book has and the ability to skip around and gather in the whole picture of what this book offers up. The Kindle format works really well for a novel or a mono-formatted book like a historical non-fiction.......this book is neither.

One thing I want to point out about Rinella..........his style of writing (and talking) and his methods, tools and attitudes towards the animals and pursuit really make sense to me. As a transplanted Mid-westerner now living and hunting in the West myself I can really identify where he's coming from on having to evolve from Midwestern traditions and methods about hunting to the Western US approach to the critters out here in the West. Until I'd read Rinella I hadn't stumbled across anyone that eloquently and accurately describes this transition.

- laney_ortiz

We ordered both of his books and expected there to be more recipes. There is interesting information in the book but if you are looking for recipes I would get something else.

- jaxton_cooper

I'm a fan of his show, so this was a good choice for me. My wife has little interest in cooking wild game, so I'm on my own with this stuff. Honestly the "hunting info " was very basic stuff, but for a beginner it would be helpful I think.
The cooking info was very good. I know a lot of guys that don't make good use of their harvested wild game, so this book will be good start for guys to learn how to .

- tyler_garcia

I purchased Volume 1, Big Game last year and since then it has become my bible. As a small game hunter I waited on purchasing Volume 2 but something Mr. Rinella said on his Meat Eater podcast made me realize my mistake. To paraphrase, you will get a lot more time and practice out of hunting almost all year round if you become a proficient small game hunter. So I purchased the Bible Vol. 2.

This volume is packed with so much information I didn't even consider when small game hunting, as well as techniques for hunting certain species that I previously stayed away from out of ignorance. If you want to become a better hunter, you need to purchase both volumes. Together they have set the benchmark in informative hunting material.

- kynlee_turner

Love this book. Gives you good technical techniques, good feedback from other hunters, personal insight from steve, and all the little things you would want to know. I would definitely consider this a must for any new small game hunter, but even the experienced hunter should read this because it's got so much valuable info crammed into it. What I appreciate about the author is he gives real world info such as personal gear choices and lots of info for hunters that aren't just doing private land. Breaks things down into categories by species, hunting techniques, gear, butchering, recipes.

- manuel_kelly

This book and its first volume are 100% USA centered, BUT being in the UK you can 100% utilise alot of the content, if you're into meat/ shooting / hunting / tracking or generally just the outdoors this is for you.

- everett_brown

Fantastic book, great photography, easy to read and absorb the information. First heard Steven Rinella on the Joe Rogan podcast and heard him mention his books. Being from the UK I am limited to small game hunting but both books in the series have opened up my knowledge that I can hopefully put to good use one day.

- nina_perez

Its not just for the serious "preppers" it also make a good reference read for the adventurous chefs.
I would have given it a 5 star if it was not so USA focused.

- danny_brown

A good read for anyone interested in cooking small game

- elisa_brown

Brilliant book, bought for my husband and he loves it.

- harper_jimenez

Such a great read, so useful as a reference book a must have for any Hunter or game cook

- prince_hall

Great book Would by again.

- santos_brooks

I bought volume 1 for kindle and regret it -- it is such a nice physical book. Like V1, V2 is an excellent collection of information carefully collected and curated by Rinella. Definitely the books I wish I'd had when I first started hunting. Plus, if you watch MeatEater and listen to the podcasts, you get the added bonus of being able to hear the book in Rinella's narration style so it is like having it as an audio book as well.

- nash_chavez

I've been a small game/bird hunter most of my life so I was familiar with a lot of the concepts in the book. It covered the basics well and introduced some techniques for hunting in terrain that I've never exploited before. The style of writing is relaxed and very enjoyable and is complemented well with pictures. I thought the butchering descriptions could have used a bit more detail but were otherwise good. The descriptions of the type of game animals and recipes were my favorite part and I'm looking forward to putting them to use this fall. I would definitely recommend this to anyone just getting into hunting before the season opens or for a more seasoned hunter looking for a good read or maybe some new insight & ideas.

- edison_turner

This book is very well written with a lot of valuable information. As an avid hunter I am always looking to improve myself and learn as much as possible and this book will not let you down. Steve Rinella is very knowledgeable and I enjoy his MeatEater TV show, podcasts and now his books. Keep it up Steve!

- kaylie_jackson

Best hunting, butchering, cooking reference I've ever seen, and I have quite a collection at this point. If you're even a little bit interested in the subject matter, just buy a copy. I promise you'll have to buy the other volume as well! The information is incredibly thorough, whether you're new to hunting and cooking wild game, or a seasoned pro. There's something for everyone, and the photos are downright beautiful. The instructions are clear and easy to understand. We're looking forward to putting this volume to use on our next outing!

- leandro_moore

I think that the book is best for the new hunter and seemed geared that way. The recipes, although good, seemed geared toward people who have already tried the basic game recipes and are looking for something new or ways to use parts of the animal that they may have over looked. I did learn lots for this book and attribute a large part of my success hunting to what i have read or listen to by Steve Rinella. I like Steve Rinella's works and think there is no better person to learn from. A great book that breaks down every aspect of hunting from gear to tactics to cooking.

- connor_parker

Although I am not a hunter, after reading through the first book, I bought the second one. The writing is very candid, easy to ready and there are lots of pictures. It's an excellent book with lots of info.

- ishaan_wilson

Very good book if you are a hunter that is new. I appreciated when Steve talked about animal ranges he also would mention Canada not just the US. Excellent reference for anyone starting hunting or even seasoned hunters. He writes modestly and doesn’t make the reader feel dumb from inexperience. Highly recommended.

- pearl_phillips

The only question that I have left is "Why doesn't everyone starting out get this book?" I'm a new hunter, and I got the book when I heard of it on Rinella's podcast. Since reading the book, I have recommended it to many other "newbie hunters" who also do not have the benefit of growing up in a hunting household. My son is reading this book as I write this. . .

- estella_gray

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