Idaho Sporting Life


Idaho Sporting Life: A Bibliography

Idaho has a long and rich tradition of outdoor recreational activity. Along with skiing and hiking, hunting, fishing and recreational shooting have all played a part in shaping the unique culture of the state. Given the abundance of outdoor spaces and in particular state and federal lands (the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness area alone consists of 2.3 million acres) it is really not surprising that these activities have been embraced by Idahoans. Two individuals are deeply identified with this tradition: Jack O'Connor and Elmer Keith. Elmer Keith and Jack O'Connor were two of the best-known shooting experts and hunters of the twentieth-century. Both Idahoans by choice rather than birth (O'Connor, who lived for many years in Lewiston, was originally from Texas and Keith was born in Missouri and grew up in Montana before finally settling in Salmon) these men could not have been more different or differing in their opinions on firearms, hand-loading, ballistics, and hunting. Both wrote prolifically, albeit O'Connor more elegantly, on the shooting sports for many decades. Many of their books are included in this bibliography.


  • Ashton, R. Randolph.  Fly fishing in Idaho Hailey, ID: Stoecklein Photography and Pub. , 2006. 799.124 Ashton 
  • Brooks, Charles E. Larger trout for the western fly fisherman South Brunswick:A.S. Barnes, 1970 799.1755 Brooks
  • Brooks, Charles E. Nymph fishing for larger trout New York: Crown, 1976 799.1 B791n
  • Brooks, Charles E. The trout and the stream  New York: Crown, 1974 799.1 B79T
  • Dower, Walter Trout trouble and other trouble New York: T.Y. Crowell Co., 1948 RNW 799.088 DOWER
  • Evancho, Joe Fishing Idaho: an angler’s guide Boise, ID: Cutthroat Press 799.1209  Evancho 2004
  • Fordyce, C.P Idaho game trails  1925, RNW 799.2 F751 LOC
  • Habel, Don 70,000 Miles on horseback in the wilds of Idaho  Stevensville, MT: Stonydale Press Pub. Co. 2000 RNW 979.6 HABEL
  • Keith, Elmer Big game hunting Boston: Little, Brown, 1948 RNW 799.2 K269B
  • Keith, Elmer Big game rifles and cartridges Onslow County, N.C.: Small-arms Technical  Pub. Co., 1936 RNW 623.4425 KEITH
  • Keith, Elmer Hell, I was there!  Los Angeles, CA: Petersen Pub Co., 1979 OV 799.2 Keith
  • Keith, Elmer Sixgun cartridges and loads; a manual covering the selection, use and loading of the most suitable and popular revolver cartridges  Plantersville, SC: Small-arms Technical Pub. CO., 1936 RNW 623.455 KEITH 
  • Keith, Elmer Sixguns by Keith, the standard reference work Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Co.,  1955 RNW 683 K269S 
  • Keith, Elmer Shotguns Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole & Heck, 1950 RNW 683 K269B 
  • Kulchak, Craig The Creeks: an upland adventure Boise, ID: Walkabout Press Co., 1995  799.234 Kulchak
  • Mason, Bill Fly fishing Idaho: a quick, clear understanding of where to fly fish in Idaho  Tucson, AZ: No Nonsense  Fly Fishing Guidebooks, 2005.
  • O’ Connor, Jack The art of big game hunting in North America  New York: Knopf, 1967 799.2 OC5A2 
  • O’Connor, Jack The big game animals of North America New York: Outdoor Life, 1961 OV 799.2609 OCONNOR
  • O’Connor, Jack Complete book of rifles and shotguns: with a seven-lesson rifle shooting course New York: Outdoor Life, 1961 683.42 OCONNOR
  • O’Connor, Jack  Jack O’Connor’s gun book Prescott, AZ: Wolfe Press, 1992 799.2028 OCONNOR
  • O’Connor, Jack The hunting rifle New York: Winchester Press, 1970 799.2 OC5H
  • O’Connor, Jack The last book: confessions of a gun editor Clinton, NJ: Amwell Press, 1984 799.213 OCONNOR 
  • O’Connor, Jack Horse and buggy west; a boyhood on the last frontier New York: Knopf, 1969 917.91 OC1H
  • O’ Connor, Jack The rifle book New York: Knopf, 1949 683 OC5R2
  • O’Connor, Jack The shotgun book New York: Knopf,  1978 799.2028 OCONNOR
  • Ormond, Clyde Complete book of hunting New York: Outdoor Life, 1972 799.2 OR5C
  • Complete book of outdoor lore and woodcraft New York: Outdoor Life, 1981 796.5 Ormond
  • Ormond, Clyde How to track and find game New York: Outdoor Life,  1975
  • Ormond, Clyde Hunting in the northwest New York: A.A. Knopf, 1948 799.2 ORMOND
  • Ormond, Clyde Outdoorsman’s handbook New York: Dutton, 1970 96.5 OR5O
  • Pulling, Pierre Game and the gunner; observations on game management and sport hunting New York: Winchester Press, 1973 RNW 799.2 P967G
  • Retallic, Ken Flyfisher’s guide to Idaho Belgrade, MT: Wilderness Adventures Press, 2002 799.1209 Retalli
  • Retallic, Ken Wingshooter’s guide to Idaho: upland birds and waterfowl Gallatin Gateway, MT: Wilderness Adventures Press,  1997 799.246 Retalli
  • Schuh, Dwight R. Hunting open-country mule deer: a guide for taking western bucks with rifle and bow Nampa, ID: Sage Press, 1985
  • Spomer, Ron Big game hunter’s guide to Idaho Belgrade, MT: Wilderness Adventures Press, 2000  799.2609 SPOMER
  • Taffin, John Big bore handguns Iloa, WI: Krause, 2002  OV 623.443 TAFFIN
  • Taffin, John Big bore sixguns  Iloa, WI: Krause, 1997 RNW 683.43 TAFF
  • Taffin, John Action shooting cowboy style: an in-depth look at America’s hottest new shooting game  Iloa, WI: Krause, 1999 RNW OV 799.311 Taffin
  • Trueblood, Ted The Ted Trueblood hunting treasury New York: McKay, 1978 799.2 T766TT
  • Field dressing big game Dan Walker Productions, 1998 VIDEO 641.391 FIELD D 1998
  • Outdoor Idaho. The Hunt Idaho Public Television, 1996 VIDEO 979.6 OUTDOOR
  • Bass fishing in Idaho with Tony Jameson Short Productions, 1997 Video 799.11 BASS FI


Jim Jatkevicius, Boise Public Library (Call numbers are for copies in the Boise Public Library)

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