Sheep hunting books - OK, not African hunting, but the intrepid sheep and mountain hunters of the world might enjoy these books.
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Sir Frederick Edward Shafto Adair, 4th Baronet (1860 - 1915) was a graduate of Sandhurst and Captain of the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade. He inherited and later sold most of the Adair Irish Ballymena estate to the tenants in 1904. He went on to live at Adair Lodge in Suffolk.
A Summer In High Asia: Being A Record Of Sport And Travel In Baltistan And Ladakh by Captain F E S Adair (1899). Big game hunting in the Himalayas for three species of sheep, ibex, bear, waterfowl, game birds, etc. An excellent work of high mountain sport.
Hunting The Land Of The Midnight Sun by Alaska Professional Hunters Association (2005) is a unique book containing 37 stories from dozen of members of the famous Alaska Professional Hunters Association.
Roy Chapman Andrews (1884 - 1960) was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. He is primarily known for leading a series of expeditions through China into the Gobi Desert and Mongolia. The expeditions made important discoveries and brought the first-known fossil dinosaur eggs to the museum. Due to his adventurous disposition and books, he has sometimes been described as the prototype of the fictional movie archeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones.
Camps And Trails In China: A Narrative Of Exploration, Adventure And Sport In Little-Known China by Roy Chapman Andrews (1918) written with Yvette Borup Andrews. This a narrative of exploration, adventure and sport in little-known China. Monkey and tiger hunting in Yunnan province in southwestern China. The couple witnessed some exciting political activity as well. Free eBook
Heart Of Asia: True Tales Of The Far East by Roy Chapman Andrews (1951). The author swears that these are all true stories of unusual experiences that occurred during his previous thirty years of exploration and travel. Free eBook
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Harry Anton Auer (b.1878) was a lawyer and big game hunter. His hunting in the Yukon was guided by the mysterious Morley Elbert Bones.
Camp Fires In The Yukon by Harry Auer (1916) is an account of the author's experiences hunting big game in the St Elias Range in the Yukon around the turn of the last century. Maps of the hunting routes included at the rear. Free eBook
The North Country by Harry Auer (1906) is an account of the author's trip to the Hudson Bay region, primarily by canoe, with chapters on bear hunting and fishing for trout. He includes numerous encounters with the indigenous peoples as well. Free eBook
Fifteen Years' Sport And Life In The Hunting Grounds Of Western America And British Columbia by W A Baillie Grohman (1900) covers North American game - bighorn, elk, goat, deer, moose and more. One of the finest North American hunting titles. Free eBook
All other hunting books by W A Baillie-Grohman
Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Robert Bairnsfather (b.1850) served in the Indian Army with the 14th Bengal Cavalry (Lancers)
Sport And Nature In The Himalayas by P R Bairnsfather (1914) was edited by F G Aflalo. The author states... "Many attempts I made to add really good head of Markhor to my collection, but somehow fate always seemed against me...True I soon bagged several of medium size without much difficulty, but, though I toiled my hardest, searching out every possible corner, my time was within three days of expiring before I even set eyes on one of the right sort."
In The Shadow Of Mount McKinley by William N Beach (1931) are tales and descriptions of the Mount McKinley area of Alaska. The accounts of hunting expeditions for caribou, bear, moose and mountain sheep are illustrated with both photos taken by the author and by paintings by Carl Rungius. Starting in 1922, the author obtained pack horses and guides to go into the largely undiscovered area around Denali in Alaska. The book describes the animals seen, missed and killed; the difficulties of traversing the rugged region, the weather, food and some characters.
An Illustrated Catalogue Of The Asiatic Horns And Antlers In The Collection Of The Indian Museum by T Bentham (1908) includes photos with descriptions of location where horns of Marco Polo and other wild sheep and goats, ibex, markhor, goral, takin, antelope, chiru, Tibetan gazelle, shou, Kashmir stag, Altai wapiti were obtained. Free eBook
Charles Boner (1815 - 1870) was an English poet and travel writer. He became the tutor to the two elder sons of John Constable, the painter. He then went to live in Germany with a tutoring post with the family of the Prince Thurn und Taxis. He later died in Munich.
Chamois Hunting In The Mountains Of Bavaria And The Tyrol by Charles Boner (1860) Free eBook
John Bird Burnham (1869 - 1939) was an American business man, traveller, explorer, conservationist and big game hunter. he became the editor of 'Field and Stream' and wrote many articles about game protection in the US. He advocated for protection and prudent, healthy harvesting of wildlife resources as two integral halves of a balanced conservation policy.
Rim Of Mystery: A Hunter's Wandering In Unknown Asian Siberia by John B Burnham (1929) is an account of a 1921 hunting trip in the north-eastern part of the Chukotsk Peninsula in search of the then unclassified Marco Polo mountain sheep.
Big Game Hunting In The Himalayas And Tibet by Gerald Burrard (1925) is a comprehensive work on big game shooting in the region, including advice on both stalking and still hunting. Each chapter combines the natural history of the game, the terrain where it will be encountered, and the author's own sporting adventures.
All other sporting firearms books by Gerald Burrard
Henry Alfred Byroade (1913 – 1993) was an American career diplomat. He was the US ambassador to Afghanistan from 1959 to 1963 when he undertook a hunt for Ovis poli in the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan in 1959, after obtaining special permission from the Afghan government.
Ovis Poli: The Marco Polo Sheep by Henry A Byroade (c.1965) is a private publication of 32 pages about the author's journey to the Pamir Range to hunt the Ovis poli, the Marco Polo sheep. After going as far as his vehicle could take him, he travelled for three days on horseback to get to the hunting camp in the Tuliboi Valley. He bagged two sheep, though not the massive horns he was seeking. He did find a long dead skull with huge horns which he took home but it did not count.
Alexander Douglas Mitchell Carruthers (1882 - 1962) was a British explorer and naturalist. He wrote many books and collected many specimens, some of which are still the only samples of those species in the British Museum.
Beyond The Caspian: A Naturalist In Central Asia by Douglas Carruthers (1949) tells of his travels and hunting experiences over several years in the great deserts and mountain ranges of Russian Central Asia and particularly of the animals and birds of which he was in search, many of which proved new to science. Carruthers hunted for a prolonged period of time in Central Asia and not only shot many sheep but also discovered a new subspecies of sheep (Kara Tau argali) for which he never got any credit. Free eBook
Unknown Mongolia: A Record Of Travel And Exploration In North-Western Mongolia And Dzungaria by Douglas Carruthers (1913) gives an interesting account of shooting in the mountains and on the plains, principally ibex, antelope, wild sheep, wild ass and a fleeting mention of tigers. Free eBook
The Desert Route To India: Being The Journals Of Four Travellers By The Great Desert Caravan Route Between Aleppo And Basra, 1745-1751 edited by Douglas Carruthers (1929). The four travellers were William Beawes, Gaylard Roberts, Bartholomew Plaisted and John Carmichael. Carruthers provides an extensive historical perspective in his introduction, an important contribution to understanding the great routes between Europe and Asia, the route through the Syrian Desert to Persia, being described in detail. Free eBook
A Beast The Color Of Winter: The Mountain Goat Observed by Douglas Chadwick (2002) is the first full-length book on the mountain goat offers a superbly written portrait of its life, habits and environment. Douglas Chadwick tracked mountain goat herds for seven years and his observations are richly textured and replete with fascinating and dramatic details. Kindle Version
Chinese Turkestan: With Caravan And Rifle by Percy Church (1901). In this book the author pursues maral (Asian elk), ibex and Siberian roe. The author and his hunting companion J V Phelps journeyed from Srinagar to Leh, through Yarkand and into the Tekkes Valley collecting Altai Wapiti. As well as being a good narrative of hunting, the book also contains excellent descriptions of the terrain and indigenous peoples. Free eBook
Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Patteson Cobbold DSO (1869 - 1965) served in the 60th Rifles in India. He was the first westerner to hunt and photograph the Ovis Poli or Marco Polo Sheep. In 1932 he changed his name to Ralph Patterson Sawle.
Major Charles Sperling Cumberland (1847 - 1922) served with the East Lancashire Regiment and in 1889, undertook a long expedition from India via Kashmir, Chinese Turkistan, the Pamirs and Asia Minor.
Sport On The Pamirs And Turkistan Steppes by Major Charles Sperling Cumberland (1895) is about the author's wanderings in search of sport which led him, with Captain H Bower, in 1889, over the Pamirs and as far as Kurla. A well-written book with excellent hunting descriptions of a variety of game including ibex, markhor, ovis poli and jeran deer. Free eBook
Charles Suydam Cutting (1889 - 1972) was a New York explorer, big-game hunter and financier. He was the first Westerner to enter the Forbidden City in Lahasa, Tibet.
The Fire Ox And Other Years by Suydam Cutting (1940) are the author's memoirs covering his travels over a period of 15 years. The first major trip took place in 1925 - an expedition with Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr to Chinese Turkestan where they hunted Marco Polo sheep. Includes trips to Ethiopia (1926), Assam (1927), Chinese Tibet (1928), the Galapagos (1930), Celebes (1934), Nepal (1937) and Upper Burma (1939). Most important of all were his three trips to Tibet in 1930, 1935 and 1937.
Henry Zouch Darrah (1854 - 1909) served in India as director of land records and agriculture and was the author of several books about Assam.
Sport In The Highlands Of Kashmir: Being A Narrative Of An Eight Months' Trip In Baltistan And Ladak, And A Lady's Experiences In The Latter Country, Together With Hints For The Guidance Of Sportsmen by Henry Darrah (1898). The author stalked markhor, red bear and ibex. After collecting numerous ibex, he moved to Sangtha where he hunted Ovis ammon, then on to Pobrang after burhel. In the Changchenmo Valley, he bagged yak, antelope and goa. His expedition continued to Leh where he collected urial and burhel. By mid-autumn, he hunted the grounds near Srinagar, bagging barasingh, bear and markhor. Free eBook
From The Tundra To Texas: The Art Of Ken Carlson by Tom Davis (1994). Included with this artist proof is a corresponding signed and numbered limited edition print of Dall Rams titled 'Pearls on the Mountain'.
Elim Pavlovich Demidoff, 3rd Prince de San Donato (1868 - 1943) was a member of an influential and wealthy Russian family.
After Wild Sheep In The Altai And Mongolia by Elim Demidoff (1900) is an account of the author's 1899 trips to Central Asia to hunt Ovis Ammon, the largest of all wild sheep and other exotic mountain game.
Hunting Trips In The Caucasus by Elim Demidoff (1898) is a must for the wild sheep enthusiast. The faithful account of three shooting trips, to three different parts of the Caucasus. The Kouban district to the NW of the Larger Laba river, towards the Russo-Persian Frontier betwen the Ararats ad Ordoubad along the famous valley of the Araxes, the last to the Kouban district-this time to the SE of the Great Laba. The author visited the area several times, specifically selecting these three trips for they were accomplished in districts richest in game.
A Shooting Trip To Kamchatka by Elim Demidoff (1904) In 1900 Demidoff, his wife Sophie and a companion of earlier trips, St George Littledale, hunted along the Pacific side of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Several journeys inland were made and numerous sheep and bear were shot after many frustrations. The land was so remote and devoid of humans that Demidoff remarked that the shooting of sheep was more collecting than sport as they seemed devoid of fear of people. Another indication of the remoteness of the land was the discovery by Prince Demidoff of a giant lake not found on any known map which he named in honour of his wife. All indications are that Demidoff and Littledale were the first sport hunters ever to collect these sheep, Ovis nivicola . The book deals exclusively with bears and sheep on the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.
Camp Fires Of A Naturalist: The Story Of Fourteen Expeditions After North American Mammals by Clarence Edwords (1893) covers travels to North America for its game. In the western US for antelope and deer, in the Rockies for sheep, goat and moose. Free eBook
Sir Thomas Henry Grattan Esmonde, 11th Baronet, (1862 - 1935) was an Irish politician and enthusiastic traveller, fisherman and big-game hunter.
Hunting Memories Of Many Lands by Thomas Esmonde (1920). Hunting sheep, moose, caribou, red deer, bear and deer. These hunts take place in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Romania and the US.
More Hunting Memories by Thomas Esmonde (1930) has a lot on angling in North America, some in Ireland and also buffalo hunting. Set in the years immediately after World War One, the author intersperses his sporting activities with lively observations on the history, current affairs, topography and personalities encountered in his ventures.
Belford Kinchant Featherstone (1898 - 1953) was a British officer who served with the 54th Sikhs in the Indian Army. Captain Featherstone’s journey to cross the Muztagh Pass was a private expedition undertaken while he was on leave and he was the only European in his party. He was killed in the crash of a BOAC Comet airliner in Hooghly, India in 1953.
An Unexplored Pass: A Narrative Of A Thousand-Mile Journey To The Kara-Boram Himalayas by B K Featherstone (1926) is the story of the failed attempt to cross the Muztagh Pass in 1922. The journey started from Srinagar, in Kashmir and ended just a few miles short of success at the New Muztagh Pass. The book includes some hunting for markhor and ibex. Free eBook
The Sportsman's Vade-Mecum For The Himalayas: Containing Notes On Shooting, Outfit, Camp Equipment, Sporting Yarns etc by K.C.A.J. (Major General J Burton Forster) (1891) details the equipment needed for sporting excursions to the Himalayas, including choice of firearms, skinning and curing hides, etc. The author also recounts his experiences of hunting black buck, oorial, deer, markhor, ibex, gooral, barasingh, thar, musk deer, bear and other game. Free eBook
A Sheep Hunter's Diary by Ronald S Gabriel (2014) is an account of thirty years of mountain hunting for ibex and sheep.
Mountain Sheep And Man In The Northern Wilds by Valerius Geist (2002). The author looks critically at the role of early and modern man as hunter and tells delightful stories about his own adventures in working with big-game animals. His splendid photographs capture his enthusiasm for the land and the sheep.
Mountain Sheep: A Study In Behaviour And Evolution by Valerius Geist (1972)
Wild Sheep Country by Valerius Geist (1993). Zoologist Dr Valerius Geist examines the behaviour of wild sheep. With chapters on sheep horns, breeding, interactions with humans and more.
Quest For Giant Bighorns by Duncan Gilchrist (1994) is an account of bighorn sheep hunting and management, with insights gleaned from decades of hunting.
Montana Land Of Giant Rams by Duncan Gilchrist (1990). The author was a well known big game hunter and guide and his works have become standards both as reference and for big game hunters. This was one of his most popular books - a compendium of Montana bighorn sheep hunting lore, including stories of the largest rams ever to live in Montana and guidance on hunting these trophies.
Hunt High: For Rocky Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, Chamois And Tahr by Duncan Gilchrist (1991) contains information on every state with a mountain goat population, how to hunt all alpine big game, the equipment and the quest for 200 point big horn rams.
Obsessed! Hunting Mountain Game In North America, Asia And Around The World by Hossein Golabchi (2008). There is no person who has hunted in the Pamirs for Marco Polo more than the author. Besides having numerous poli over 60 inches, he has hunted sheep in just about every conceivable place on earth, and he holds a number of world records as well as numerous top-ten heads. He has over 100 wild sheep hunts to his name. Whether it is the North American Grand Slam of Sheep, the huge argali rams of Central Asia, or the urials of his native Iran, Soudy has hunted them all, plus some, including most ibex and chamois. A phenomenal story of a single-minded obsession that has taken the author more than four decades to fulfill.
Addicted To Altitude: Confessions Of A Mountain Hunter by Mark Hampton (2011) are tales of high-country hunting for the wild sheep and goats of the world - from the Hindu Kush, Himalayas, Caucasus, Alps, Tien Shan, Altai, Red Sea Hills of Sudan to the Southern Alps of New Zealand and to the Rocky Mountains, Cassiars, Alaska Range and the desert mountains of the American Southwest.
Hunting The Alaskan High Arctic: Big-Game Hunting For Grizzly, Dall Sheep, Moose, Caribou And Polar Bear In The Arctic Circle by Scott Haugen (2008) Wonderful Arctic adventure and hunting.
Henry Lawrence Haughton (1883 - 1955) served in the Indian Army and was posted to the 36th Sikhs. He ended his military career as a Major General when he assumed command of the Kohat District.
Sport And Folklore In The Himalaya by H L Haughton (1913). Big game hunting in the Himalayas for markhor, urial, ibex and bear, with fishing for trout in Kashmir, shooting duck and snipe in Kashmir, and chapters on folklore of the region as well. Free eBook
Sir Henry Hubert Hayden (1869 – 1923) was a British geologist who worked in the Geological Survey of India and a mountaineer. During the course of his work, he was the geologist on the Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897–98 with the Tibet Frontier Commission of 1903 along with Francis Younghusband. After all their travel and hunting throughout Central Asia, Hayden and Cossen died in an avalanche while mountaineering in the Swiss Alps.
Sport And Travel In Highlands Of Tibet by Sir Henry Hayden & César Cossen (1927) is the account of the authors' hunting from northern to southern Tibet in search of blue sheep, gazelle and antelope plus other sheep species. They went into ovis ammon country and hunted but never saw any large rams.
Shooting Trips In Europe And Algeria: Being A Record Of Sport In The Alps, Pyrenees, Norway, Sweden, Corsica And Algeria by Hugh P Highton (1921). Hunting reindeer, elk, moufflon, chamois, trout, barbary sheep, aroui, gazelle and much more.
Sheep And Bear Trails: A Hunter's Wanderings In Alaska And British Columbia by John P Holman (1933). Dall sheep and grizzly bear in the Alaskan uplands. Chapters on hunting white sheep of the north, grizzly bears in the Atnarko region of British Columbia and mountain goat in the Kitlope River country.
Grand Slam Of North American Wild Sheep by Bob Housholder (1974) is a series of accounts and experiences on hunting for the North American sheep. Contains stories from noted sheep hunters along with their photos and descriptions of their hunting efforts. A must for the sheep hunting enthusiasts.
Ernst Karl Heinrich, Count Hoyos-Sprinzenstein (1856 - 1940) was an Austrian landowner, traveller and hunter. He made several big game hunting and photography expeditions to North America, Greenland, Africa, India and Mongolia, in the years 1881 to 1914. To distinguish him from his father, he was also called 'Ernst Karl the Younger'. A collection of his hunting memorabilia can be found in the Rosenburg Museum.
A Rifle In Mongolia: In The Altai And the Tian Shan by Ernst Count Hoyos-Sprinzenstein (1930) was later translated and republished in 1986 by Safari Press.It is an account of the author's 1911 hunting expedition into Central Asia, where he hunted for Altai argali and ibex in Mongolia and China. He obtained close to three dozen sheep and ibex.
Memories Of A Sheep Hunter by Rashid Jamsheed (1996). A magnificent work by a renowned sheep hunter, which includes the author's stalks after bighorn and wild sheep including argali (Ovis ammon), Marco Polo sheep, Fannin sheep, Desert sheep and more. He also includes hunts after elk, brown bear and moose in Alaska and Kodiak Island, ibex in Spain and the Himalayas, markhor, chamois and Maral stag in such venues as Mongolia, the Himalayas, the the Caspian Sea region, the Grand Tetons, Israel and Russia.
Big Game Animals Of Iran by Rashid Jamsheed (1976) is a great book on the big game of Iran written by someone who knew more about it than anyone else in his time and perhaps even to this day.
Sport And Travel In Both Tibets by Lady Minna Jenkins (1909). The author was one of the only Edwardian-era women who embarked on her own hunting expeditions. Animals hunted include blue sheep, Tibetan argali, gazelles, urial, barrasingha, ibex and markhor.
James Young Jones (b.1944) is a physician and keen American big game hunter.
One Man, One Rifle, One Land: Hunting All Species Of Big Game In North America by J Y Jones (2001) includes stories of hunting for the grand slam of North American sheep, all five North American bears, all 8 North American deer subspecies, all six of the caribou, three elk, four moose, the pronghorn, mountain goat, walrus, jaguar, and much more.
Another Rifle, Another Land by J Y Jones (2013) following up his last book, the author ventures beyond North America to hunt the big game of Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. It starts with high-altitude game such as chamois, Asian and European ibex, bezoar, tur and tahr. For those who like sheep and sheep hunting, included are two chapters on snow sheep, three on argalis, three on mouflon, three on urials, and two on blue sheep. Also included are the giant red stags and maral, the two subspecies of roe deer and the small miniature deer such as water deer and muntjac. There are chapters on gazelles and wild cattle, bears, wolves, and boars. In all, J Y Jones has collected 118 varieties of big game without ever having hunted in Africa.
Brigadier General Alexander Angus Airlie Kinloch (1838 - 1919) served in the British army in India. He was the grandfather of Uganda Game Warden Bruce Kinloch of 'Shamba Raiders' fame and an accomplished big game hunter.
Large Game Shooting In Thibet, The Himalayas, Northern And Central India by Alexander Kinloch (1885) describes his many hunting adventures together with accounts of the habits and haunts of the game involved. Includes much on the sheep, markhor and ibex. Free eBook
Travel, Exploration And Sports In Himalayas: Tales Of Large Game Shooting by Alexander Kinloch (1885) is the revised edition of two volumes 'Large Game Shooting in Tibet and the North-West' and had been the complete guide book for sportsmen, researchers, scholars, wildlife lovers and for all those interested in travels and exploration of nature. The book should also serve a guide book for the preservation of nature, history and specimens.
China Safari: An American Explorer In The Forbidden Pamirs by Robert M Lee (1988) is an account of Lee's memorable hunt for Marco Polo (and other) sheep before the country actually opened to hunting. A great picture of the rewards and hardships of hunting sheep in China.
Major General Donald Macintyre VC (1831 - 1903) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross when serving as an officer with the Gurkhas in the British army in India. He was also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Hindu-Koh: Wanderings And Wild Sport On And Beyond The Himalayas (1853-1854) by Donald Macintyre (1899). Reminiscences of travel and shooting in northern India and the borders of Tibet in the nineteenth century. Bears, wild sheep, Ammon rams, antelope, tigers, fishing for mahseer, tahr, musk deer, ibex, leopards, wolves, sand grouse, wild geese, elephants and lots more. Many interesting observations of the peoples and tribes of the region. A fascinating read, packed with interest and incident. Free eBook
Ovis Ammon: The Argali Trail by Jose Madrazo (2009). Madrazo has devoted his hunting career to the greatest sheep of them all, the Ovis ammon or argali. Pepe began his quest for Marco Polo sheep with a hunt in Tajikistan and since then he has taken multiple trips in his search for different argali, the kings of all sheep that have the longest horns, the most mass, and live at the highest altitudes. In the far reaches of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, he met furious snowstorms, non-functioning planes and other hard-to-endure conditions in his search for the Ovis ammon. The book is written as honestly as it happened and both failure and success are recorded.
Shooting In The Himalayas: A Journal Of Sporting Adventures by Colonel Fred Markham (1854). From 1846 to 1852 the author hunted throughout the Tibet and the Himalayas. He pursued ibex, markhor and Tibetan argali. His book is considered perhaps the first one written on hunting in the Himalayas.
The Bighorn Sheep by Joanne Mattern (2006) describes the physical characteristics, behaviour and life cycle of the bighorn sheep.
Marco Polo Sheep Hunt And Other Asian Experiences by Hamilton McCaughey (1962). This is a compilation of four letters written by Hamilton McCaughey to his family, relatives and friends, together with some pictures and maps. The author was granted special permission to hunt mountain game in Pakistan. He bagged urial in the Khar Mountains and procured a trophy Sind ibex in the hill country of southern Pakistan. Trekking into the Hunza - Chinese borderlands, he collected Ovis poli and ibex. He also hunted with the Maharaja of Kotah, bagging nilgai, leopard, lynx and tiger.
McElroy Hunts Mountain Game: Campfire Tales About Big Game Hunting On Six Continents by C J McElroy with Bill Quimby (2001) is filled with the variety of trophy hunting stories of which classics are made. Having started his quest for the world's mountain game in 1939, McElroy continued to hunt these animals (sheep, goats, ibex, chamois and more) on every continent until 1990.
All other C J McElroy hunting books
Wild And Fair: Tales Of Hunting Big Game In North America by Thomas McIntyre (2008). These original stories cover all North American big game from moose and bear in Alaska to sheep and mule deer in the Lower 48. It even contains a hunt for muskox.
Persia: Safari On The Summits by Ricardo Medem Sanjuan(1987) covers two very long safaris to Iran for virtually every game animal offered in the country. This Weatherby Award winner is a noted mountain game hunter and his stories are very interesting.
Argali: High Mountain Hunting by Ricardo Medem (1994) describes expeditions to Afghanistan, the Italian Alps, Nepal, Mongolia, North America, Pakistan and Kazakhstan in pursuit of sheep and other mountain game.
From The Himalayas To The Rockies - Retracing The Great Arc Of Wild Sheep by Richard Mitchell and Mike Frisina (2007) is an overview of the wild sheep of the world as well as stories by such famous sheep hunters as Jack Atcheson, Hubert Thummler, Duncan Gilchrist and others.
The Desert Bighorn: Its Life History, Ecology And Management by Gale Monson and Lowell Sumner (1980). There is quite simply nothing else around that can tell you anywhere near as much about desert sheep, by anywhere near so distinguished a crew of authors.
Across Asia's Snows And Deserts by William J Morden (1928) describes a sporting expedition in 1926 which covers Srinagar, Gilgit, Kashgar, Siberia and Peking. Morden's account of an expedition undertaken with James Lippitt Clark to Asia to collect specimens for the American Museum of Natural History. They searched for Marco Polo sheep (Ovis poli), hunted roe, gazelle and ibex in the Tian Shan. The expedition travelled along the Mongolian border and were captured, imprisoned, tortured and then released, finally making their way into Siberia and ending their journey in China.
Read 'Our African Adventure' by William & Irene Morden
Hunting Wild Sheep And Goats Around The World by George Latham Myers II (2017) includes hunting wild sheep in the Rocky Mountains, the Northwest Territories and the Chihuahuan Desert. The author also stalks ibex in Central Asia, the Dzhugdzhur Mountains in Siberia's Far East and on the Southern Alps of New Zealand.
Kashmir: The Switzerland Of India by Dermot Norris (1943) 'A Descriptive Guide with Chapters on Ski-ing and Mountaineering, Large and Small Game Shooting, Fishing etc.' This is one of the few guides to list all mountain game hunted in Kashmir - sheep, ibex, markhor and bear.
Captain John Nicholas Price Wood (1877 - 1962) served in the 12th Royal Lancers and travelled from India in 1907 to hunt near the borders of Mongolia and in Russian Turkestan.
Captain Charles Robert Eustace Radclyffe (1873 - 1953) was a British soldier in 1893 who was a keen big game hunter during his leave.
Big Game Shooting In Alaska by Charles Radclyffe (1904) is a must for the sheep and bear hunter. Excellent work and deservedly a sought after title. One of the rarest North American hunting books. Radclyffe was issued a permit by the Bureau of Biological Survey USA, to collect big game species in Alaska for the British Museum. Free eBook
Taking Your Chances In The High Country by Jim Rikhoff (1994) is an anthology of mountain hunting writings, mainly on sheep hunting, by well known hunters.
Hunting The World's Mountains by Jim Rikhoff (1984) is a collection of hunting tales of mountain hunting from Canada and Alaska to South America, Africa, China, Tibet and Iran.
All Jim Rikhoff's hunting books
East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon by Theodore Roosevelt & Kermit Roosevelt (1926) is a very important Asian sheep hunting classic. Ovis poli, ibex, wapiti and bear hunting in the Tian Shen, Mountains of Ladakh. Free eBook
All Theodore Roosevelt's other hunting books
Lionel Bickersteth Rundall (1890 - 1914) was killed while serving with the 1st Gurkha Rifles, just one day before his brother was killed in the First World War.
Those Were The Days: Thirty Years Of Hunting The Wild Sheep And Goats Of The World by Rudolf Sand (1992). The author was Denmark's most successful big game hunter, having brought back trophies from all regions of the world. This book is about his hunts in practically every place that wild sheep and goats can be hunted.
Unquenchable Spirit: Twenty-Five Years In Pursuit Of Adventure by Rob Shatzko (2014) the author's hunting adventures in North America form the basis of the book. There he has hunted moose, caribou, mule deer, and, most of all, lots of sheep. After hunting as much as possible in Canada, Shatzko tries his luck in Mexico, the United States, and two hunts in Central Asia for ibex and Marco Polo argali.
Charles Alexander Sheldon (1867 - 1928) was an American hunter and conservationist with a special interest in bighorn sheep. Frederick Courteney Selous accompanied Charles Sheldon and others on their expedition in the Yukon, giving his own account in his book 'Recent Hunting Trips In British North America'. Selous was interested in hunting caribou while Sheldon was after sheep. Like his close friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Sheldon was a driving force in the wildlife conservation movement, and his unflagging determination resulted in establishing the Denali area as a national park.
The Wilderness Of The Upper Yukon: A Hunter's Explorations For Wild Sheep In Sub-Arctic Mountains by Charles Sheldon (1913) is a record of field experiences while author was studying the colour variations of the wild sheep of Yukon Territory from point of view of a hunter interested in natural history. Most parts of the Territory are also the favourite abodes of moose and grizzly bears, and sometime caribou, black bear below timber-line, white goats who live exclusively in the humid belt of the Coast ranges. In the North, wild sheep dwell exclusively on high mountains, above timber-line, usually well back within the ranges. Free eBook
The Wilderness Of The North Pacific Coast Islands: A Hunter's Experiences While Searching For Wapiti, Bears, And Caribou On The Larger Coast Islands Of British Columbia And Alaska by Charles Sheldon (1912) includes accounts of Wapiti hunting on Vancouver Island 1904, bear hunting on Montague Island 1906, caribou hunting on the Queen Charlotte Islands 1906 and a woman's (Louisa Gulliver Sheldon) experience among the bears of Admiralty Island 1909. Free eBook
The Wilderness Of Denali: Explorations Of A Hunter-Naturalist In Northern Alaska by Charles Sheldon (1930) is an account, written by campfire, during three years (1906-1908) of hunting and exploring in the Mount McKinley region of Alaska.
William Gulliver Sheldon (1912 - 1987) was the son of Charles Sheldon and had a distinguished career as a hunter, naturalist and writer.
Exploring For Wild Sheep In British Columbia In 1931 And 1932 by William G Sheldon (1981) is the story of exploration by Sheldon and his partner Richard Borden. At the time of these adventures they were in their early twenties, collecting specimens and data on wild sheep (and other animals and birds) for the scientic world.
The Book Of The American Woodcock by William G Sheldon (1967) is the definitive study of the American woodcock following of fifteen years of research.
The Wilderness Home Of The Giant Panda by William G Sheldon (1975) is an account of the study of the giant panda in its natural habitat in Western China in 1934-35. This expedition was sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and led by Dean Sage Jr. and it was William Sheldon who successfully shot the giant panda, after Sage missed. (The first western hunters of a giant panda were the Roosevelt brothers, Kermit & Theodore, in 1928 for the Field Museum, Chicago).
A Hunting Life And Two Exploratory Asian Hunts by Robert E (Bob) Speegle (2012) is written in English and Spanish. This book by Weatherby Award winner Robert Speegle is the account of two of his most memorable hunts: his 1976 hunt in Tibet for Tibetan argali and his 1984 hunt for markhor in Pakistan. In addition, there are hunts for Spanish ibex and Spanish red stag, but the two Asian hunts are the mainstay of the book.
Shikar: Being Tales Told By A Sportsman In India by C H Stockley (1928). Hunting markhor, gooral, tahr, sambur, tsine, ibex, stag, bear, burhel and other game in northern India, with a chapter on hunting kudu in Somaliland in Africa.
Stalking In The Himalayas And Northern India by C H Stockley (1936). "This book has been written for the man of moderate means, and with the intention of showing that the camera and the rifle are not incompatible companions of a hunting trip. The telephotos of living animals, not one of which has been taken from a hide, are intended to give some idea of the country which they inhabit and the circumstances under which a sportsman is likely to see them; also to draw attention to the very interesting forms of animal life to be met with round the camp and on the march."
All C H Stockley's hunting books
Samuel James Stone was the Inspector-General of Police in the North West Provinces of India and made seven hunting journeys in the Himalayas.
In And Beyond The Himalayas: A Record Of Sport And Travel In The Abode Of Snow by S J Stone (1896) is an account of hunting high mountain game in Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet for ibex, Tibetan argali, gazelle, markhor and more. Free eBook
Through Deserts And Oases Of Central Asia by Ella and Percy Sykes (1920). The journeys were from Tashkent to Khotan via Khokand, Kashgar and Yarkand with lengthy detours from Kashgar. Miss Sykes, sister of Percy Sykes and co-author, was the first woman to cross the dangerous passes to and from the Pamirs and, apart from Mrs Littledale, was the first European woman to visit Kashgar. Sir Percy Sykes was acting Consul in Kashgar for nine months in 1915 whilst Sir George Macartney was on leave. The first part of the book, written by Ella, deals with their journey around Chinese Turkestan, crossing the Tien Shan by the Terek Pass. The second part was by Sir Percy and describes the geography, history and customs of the people of Kashgar and the Pamirs. Free eBook
Major Neville Scott Taylor served with the 32nd Sikh Pioneers in the Indian Army
Magnificent Obsession: In Quest Of High Mountain Game by Israel Torres (1990). The author got a then who's who of international sheep hunters to submit some of their best stories about some of their best trophies. Hunting in North America, Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa for goat and sheep.
Return Of Royalty: Wild Sheep Of North America by Dale Toweill (1999). Although written by professional wildlife biologists, this book is non-technical and is intended for a diverse audience of conservationists, photographers, sportsmen and everyone who enjoys wild sheep.
Hunting The Desert Ram by G Tsukamoto (1983) is a pamphlet printed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Technical brochure that would be of interest if you were going to hunt desert bighorn sheep in that state.
The Wild Sheep Of The World by Raul Valdez (1982). Foreword by John Batten. A scholarly and informative work by Dr Valdez and a must for the game biologist and wild sheep enthusiast.
Count Hans Adolf Erwein Max Von Koenigsmarck (b.1865) was a German army officer who travelled extensively in India and wrote about the markhor in the Hirpora reserve of Kashmir.
The Markhor: Sport In Cashmere by Hans Von Koenigsmarck (1910)
A German Staff Officer In India by Hans Von Koenigsmarck (1910) are the impressions of an officer of the German general staff of his fourth trip through India. He has nothing but praise for the Anglo-Indian administration and the role women..."How indispensable does the English woman make herself in India..." Then there was Mrs. Martelli, wife of the resident at Baroda, who had killed 49 tigers, and showed the skin of her forty-ninth, which she had bagged a few days previously. Translated by P H Oakley Williams.
The Big Game Of Central And Western China: Being An Account Of A Journey From Shanghai To London Overland Across The Gobi Desert by Harold Wallace (1913) is a heavily photo-illustrated account of hunting, taking wild sheep, white-maned serow, roe deer and wapiti in Northern China and the southern reaches of the Gobi. Free eBook
Other hunting books by Harold Wallace
Hugh Whistler (1889 - 1943) was an English ornithologist and hunter who worked in India and wrote one of the first field guides to Indian birds.
In The High Himalayas by Hugh Whistler (1924). The author visited Lahul, Spiti and Ladakh where he made notes on the region and his hunting. He pursued Himalayan ibex and blue sheep with good success. A worthwhile book with a good description of the areas and game hunted. Free eBook
Popular Handbook Of Indian Birds by Hugh Whistler (1928) provides a popular and scientific, but not too technical, account of the common birds of India. This general guide to Indian birds includes illustrations, full descriptions, field identification, distribution and habits of each species. This book has been re-published and enlarged many times. Free eBook
The Quest For Dall Sheep by Jack Wilson (1999). These stories, including that of the World Record Dall sheep taken by Harry L Swank Jr, are written with Jack's honest and classic style. The book relates progress in Alaska, from mineral exploration to outlaw guides, along with a smattering of hunting advice and humour. It is required reading for those wishing to know and understand the rich history of Alaska.
John Wong-Quincey (1887 - 1968)was the son of William W Quincey who was the first Chineses police inspector in Hong Kong. He was educated in England and became a professor of literature at a Chinese university and an English language dramatist.
Chinese Hunter by J Wong-Quincey (1939) is an account of hunting big game and random thoughts on hunting in China. Wong-Quincey became the first Chinese to bag Ovis ammon darwini and Ovis ammon ammon. He also hunted roe deer, boar, antelope and wapiti in China and Mongolia over a 20 year period.
Song Of The Summits: Memoirs From The High Country by Jesus Yuren (2003). Hunting in Mexico, bighorn sheep in N America, Nubian ibex, Mongolia, Himalayas, the Caucasus, China and the Pamirs. Everything the mountain game hunter wants to read about.