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

Since it came out in 2015, The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl has become one of the most useful books in the hunting world just like its predecessor The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game did a few months before it. But what’s so special about this book that not only makes it a bestseller but also one that is loved by hunters – both novice and experienced?

Our quest for the answer to the question above is one of the things that inspired us to get a copy of the book ourselves to understand what makes it the small game and fowl hunter’s “bible”. And having just glanced at the book’s table of content and leafed through a number of its pages, we instantly began understanding why the book is a hit among hunters.

Below, we have prepared a detailed review on The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl in order to fully understand the numerous benefits this book has to offer anyone hunting furred small game.

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

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Equipment Recommendations

Taking the wrong equipment into the field is one of the reasons why some hunters end up with very unsuccessful hunts. In this book, the author lets his readers know which equipment and gear should be taken into the field and those that aren’t necessary in the field. His recommendations range from the best kind of footwear to wear to the best types of weapons to use.

Hunting Strategies

Not all hunting strategies are best for hunting every kind of small game. This fact, the author makes clear. He then goes on to reveal to the reader some of the most effective hunting strategies (both basic and advanced) that can be used to successfully take down a variety of North American small game. Some of the hunting techniques that Rinella talks about in his guide include ambush hunting, strategies for using hunting callers and decoys, and solo and group hunting.

How to find hunting Locations

It is a known fact that one of the biggest challenges faced by many a hunter during hunting seasons is finding a favorable hunting location. Being an experienced hunter himself, author Rinella tries to solve that problem for his readers by guiding them on how to effectively go about finding the best places to hunt on public and even private lands. Additionally, the book also shows the readers how to easily identify hunting areas that aren’t used by others as well as how to beat competition from other hunters and even make it work in your favor.

Information on 30 small Game Species

The guide has a number of sections that give detailed insight on as many as 30 different game species ranging from furred small game to waterfowl and upland birds. In addition to shedding light on their biology, the author exposes the reader to some of the best hunting techniques that can be used to easily take down each of the 30 game species.

How to Turkey Hunt

Anyone who has ever hunted for wild turkeys knows how challenging it can sometimes be. In his guide, Rinella helps readers to surmount the hurdles in hunting these wild birds with very detailed explanation on how to go about hunting them in both spring and fall – the two turkey hunting seasons. The author takes his time to shed as much light as possible on all the important things a hunter needs to know about turkey hunting.

Mastering Rifle Marksmanship and Wingshooting

Knowing how important mastering rifle marksmanship and wingshooting can be in ensuring success in the field, the author devotes a significant portion of the guide to teach the reader every important thing they need to know in order to be an excellent marksmanship and wingshooter for small game and bird hunting success. In addition to that, the book goes on to disclose to the reader comprehensive information on such valuable things as the right ways to go about maintaining firearms and archery gear on the field, how to properly select ammunition, and how to achieve the best shot placements so you can kill your prey as quickly as possible regardless of your weapon choice.

Field dressing and butchering small Game

Some hunters not only waste a lot of edible meat but also taint it simply because they lack the skills it takes to properly field dress game and butcher it. This guide contains very detailed instructions on the correct procedures for field dressing, skinning, and butchering small game animals for various kinds of preparations. If you haven’t mastered this art, then it is likely you are going to find this information very useful.

How to cook wild Game

Having showed the reader how to properly hunt wild game, field dress and butcher it, the author concludes the outstanding guide with comprehensive information on how to cook wild game by providing some wonderful techniques and tips as well as recipes for that. Why is this information important? It is necessary because wild game meat isn’t like the average meat you find in your local grocery store or supermarket, and cooking it the wrong way can often lead to unpalatable results.

400+ Captivating Full-Color Photographs

As if his words alone aren’t enough, the author goes ahead to add over 400 well-shot photographs from the noted American outdoor photographer John Hafner. These captivating photographs, which range from firearms to food to wildlife, not only complement and add depth to the texts, but also make the book a more interesting and informative read.

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Below is a list of some of the useful things this highly informative and entertaining hunting book contains:

  • Recommendations on the types of equipment and gear needed in the field for a successful hunt.
  • Information on the various kinds of hunting strategies, ranging from basic to advanced strategies.
  • The best ways to find hunting locations and how to find areas not used by other hunters.
  • Detailed information on 30 small game species and the most effective hunting methods for them.
  • How to hunt turkeys in spring and fall.
  • Mastering rifle marksmanship and wingshoting.
  • How to field dress and butcher wild game as well as excellent tips and recipes for cooking wild game.
  • Hundreds of full-color photographs brilliantly taken by the world famous outdoor photographer and TV personality John Hafner.


  • Some very experienced hunters claim the book doesn’t contain much information that they do not already know.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Who is the author of this book?

A. This outstanding hunting book is authored by Steven Rinella, who is one of the most renowned outdoorsmen and writers in the United States. Rinella, who was born and bred in a hunting family, has over the years written some of the bestselling hunting books in the United States. Away from writing, he is also known for hosting the popular American hunting TV series MeatEater.

Q. Who are the publishers of this book?

A. This complete guide to hunting was published by Spiegel & Grau in December 2015. Spiegel & Grau is a publishing imprint of Penguin Random House.

Q. What is the difference between this book and its volume 1 (The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game)?

A. The major difference between the two books is that while the first volume deals with how to hunt, butcher, and cook Big Game, this one deals with Small Game and Fowl.

Q. Will I get this book in paperback or hardback?

A. You can get it in Paperback or Kindle.

Final Verdict

So what are our impressions about this Steven Rinella penned bestseller? On the whole, we think the author did an excellent job loading the book with as much relevant information as possible about hunting, butchering, and cooking furred small game. And while it is true that the book contains some general information about hunting, it is also true that it contains a great deal of valuable information that is not only very rare to come across but that can also significantly enhance your hunting experience by making it more enjoyable and productive. The bottom line is if you are a hunter chasing after small game and fowl, adding this highly informative book to your collection of books is definitely worth considering.

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