When getting started bushcrafting as a beginner, there is a tremendous amount of reading material. Some great, some not so much. It can be incredibly difficult to decide what to read.
If you are anything like me, reading is one of my favorite activities after a long day practicing new survival skills in the bush. Here are some of the books that I feel have helped me the most on my journey as a beginner bushcrafter until now.
Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival is widely considered to be one of the best bushcraft survival books ever written. Dave Canterbury is a renowned survival expert. He owns the Pathfinder School, which is regarded as one of the best survival schools in the United States. The beginner bushcraft survival book is based on the 5 C’s of survival. Cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages. He covers everything you can possibly imagine when it comes to wilderness survival tactics. From building out your kit, manufacturing tools and supplies, food collection, cooking and protection from the elements, it’s all there.
Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival is another informative beginner bushcraft survival book. Also regarded as one of the best wilderness survival books ever written. It includes many different wilderness survival techniques. Such as clear instructions, extensive use of diagrams, and a full color photo supplement detailing all the practical skills and knowledge essential for surviving and enjoying the wilderness. Includes basic instructions for lighting and maintaining a fire, chopping wood and felling trees, creating a warm shelter, using knives and axes safely, finding plants and animals important for survival, cooking in the outdoors, and making tools, ropes, baskets, and more from plant materials.
Another Dave Canterbury wilderness survival book. This bushcraft book goes in depth on how to find food while surviving. I have included this book because food and water are vital in any bushcraft or emergency survival situation. Practical and sized just right, for places where Google can’t always be summoned. Includes a guide to what’s edible for foragers and key illustrations, in addition to recipes. Jam-packed with everything you need to survive and thrive out in the backcountry. A great way to introduce someone into the world of outdoor cooking and trapping.
If you are out practicing bushcraft survival techniques, or in an actual wilderness survival emergency. This book contains everything you need to know. Short of going to medical school, this book covers most of the standard bushcraft first aid techniques you should know. Out in the woods or on top of a mountain, there’s no calling 9-1-1. Bushcraft First Aid teaches you how to be your own first responder. The authors’ years of experience and training will help hikers and backpackers deal with a variety of emergency situations, from cuts and burns to broken bones and head injuries. You’ll also learn what to pack and how to make bandages, dressings, and slings at a moment’s notice. As bushcraft experts, Canterbury and Hunt explain how to use plants as medicine to treat various conditions. Bushcraft First Aid provides the lifesaving information you need to keep yourself and your fellow hikers safe on the trail.
These are a few of the books on bushcraft that have helped me the most on my wilderness survival journey. I feel these will be a good start for anyone, and will get you ready to go practice your own bushcraft survival techniques.