I am very new to bushcraft, although I have a long history of being active in the outdoors. I live in Maine, which, if you aren’t aware, is one of the most outdoorsy states in the entire U.S. People around here practically live outside. Needless to say, I need to get up to snuff. I’m actively searching for the best bushcraft “bible” I can find. I’ve seen some titles on Amazon.com that appear to be fairly decent. These are:
– Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury
– Advanced Bushcraft: An Expert Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by Dave Canterbury
– The Ultimate Bushcraft Survival Manual by Tim MacWelch
– Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors Kochanski
– SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman
Basically, I’d like to know which one of these books is the best for a beginner. They’re all rated very highly. I know the second one says that it’s advanced, but I’ve heard that it’s actually not too bad for someone like me. Also, if there is a book that’s not on this list that you like, please let me know.
I recently ordered and received Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury and it looks decent. I haven’t gotten into it yet, but I honestly thought it would be somewhat larger. It’s more like a handbook. Not knowing the size of something is a risk we take when ordering books online. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from it, but unfortunately, I don’t think it’s the bible I’m looking for.
Any advice and a point in the right direction would be great. Thanks!
Here are a few photos of the Bushcraft 101 book I received. I bought it used and it’s in great shape.