I buy and sell old, rare, sporting books

Two examples of nice ice spearing decoy books I sell

I spent just enough time outdoors today to shovel off the deck, say hello to my neighbor and bask in the warming breezes.

At 40 degrees, the snow is mostly off the roof. I spent some time arranging and rearranging books that are for sale on my website at Scoop’s Books. Some titles are once-in-a-lifetime acquisitions for any sportsmen and some are moderately priced.

I also am placing some books on eBay for auction purposes. Feel free to check them out.

I want to buy your old turkey hunting and duck decoy books

It’s obvious that not all sportsmen like to read books, and that is OK. They just don’t know what they are missing. There are so many fine fishing and hunting books available and listed on Scoop’s Books. Find a book cover that interests you, and email me to see if the book is still available.

A hunter might ask: why buy a book on deer hunting? I already know how to deer hunt. Good question but a poor answer. Anyone who doesn’t study deer regularly will know something about hunting these animals, but won’t know enough about how to hunt them when the going gets tough.

Lots of people can cast a fly, but there are countless books available that can help with casting more accurately but also can teach us how to read the river, determine which insect is hatching, and which patterns will help fool the fish. Nothing is ever guaranteed except paying taxes until you die, but reading can broaden your horizons and help people learn new skills.

I’m constantly looking for fishing or hunting books to buy. I need to buy books in order to sell books, and I’m picky about condition but pay fair prices. So just what am I looking for and hope to buy from you?

I’m primarily interested in turkey hunting titles now. The scarcer they are, the better. Common turkey hunting book I don’t need.

The easiest answer is for you to tell me is

  • the author’s name
  • the title of the book
  • paperback or
  • hard-bound book with a dust jacket

From that tiny bit of information, I can usually determine whether I may be or am not interested in buying that title.

Contrary to popular belief, all fishing and hunting books are not scarce. Most also are not worth big money. Many books I turn down are not worth $5, and I have no need for them. But for you, the potential seller, I will pay within reason what it takes to buy books in good shape that I want for resale.

Books with damaged covers, childish scribbles, underlined passages, highlighted sentences, damp-stained covers or those with other faults are not worth offering. I never buy musty, mildewed or ex-library books because they usually aren’t worth owning.

Anything noted immediately above is what I don’t want

So, c’mon Richey, what exactly are you interested in? I seldom buy new titles. I never buy Readers Digest or condensed books. I prefer books that state 1st edition or 1st printing on the copyright page.

Topics of interest to me include

  • Atlantic salmon
  • muskie
  • brook trout
  • tarpon
  • fly tying
  • bamboo rod building

and other types of fishing books work for me.

I crave good books on

  • hunting ruffed grouse
  • deer
  • ducks
  • geese
  • upland game
  • wild turkey
  • woodcock and
  • other hunting books.

I have a mild interest in African hunting books but am picky about what I buy. I do pick up books on duck decoys.

Some hunting authors that I’m collecting; Please save list

There are certain authors I collect.

Robert Austin

Fred Bear

Havilah Babcock

Larry Benoit

Wayne Bledsoe

Stewart Bristol

Bob Brunner

Nash Buckingham

Doug Camp

Thomas C. Chubback Burns

Peter Hathaway Capstick

(first editions only)

Russell Chatham

Wally Chodak

Thomas C. Chubb

Malcomb Commer

Wingbone Cryer

Eugene Connett

Ralf Coykendall

Paul Dalke

Henry Davis

Jack Dudley

John Duff

George Bird Evans

J. Wayne Fears

Bill Harper

William Harnden Foster

Percy Haver

Marv Heeler

Vic Jansen

John Knapp

Dana Lamb

Homer LeBlanc

J. Stockley Ligon

Doyle Loadholtz

John Lowther

Thomas McGuane

John Minor

Art Moraski

Richard Nissley

Jack O’Connor

Hoffman Phiilip

W. H. Purser

John Pusztay

Larry Ramsell

George Richey

Robert Ruark

Ernest Schwiebert

Louie Spray

Bob Swineheart

Robert Traver

Jack L. Turner

Ted Vogel

Alfred Weed

and countless others.

I’m always interested in any books written by Michigan turkey hunters like Denny Geurink. State published turkey hunting, management, ecology, roosting habits, food habits, etc. are needed.

People have nothing invested in offering me books for possible purchase. If I can’t or won’t buy your books, I’ll be happy to explain why. If I do buy, know that I will give you the highest possible price, and hope then to be able to resell the books for a modest profit, but that doesn’t always happen.

I’ve never cheated anyone, and don’t plan on starting now. My reputation is excellent, and I sell books off my website and some by mail order sales. It’s in my best interest to pay the highest possible price, and still realize a potential profit.

I grade books fairly, charge a fair price and pay a fair price when I buy. I’ve been buying and selling books for 42 years, and one doesn’t stay in this kind of business for long by cheating people.

Give me a try. Nasty winter weather will be around for another six to eight weeks. Dig through that pile of fishing and hunting books stashed in the attic, barn, basement, cellar, closet, garage or wherever, write down the author’s name, the book title, and whether paperback or hardcover with dust jacket.

If you can read this, you can certainly email me and tell me what you have for sale.

It’s that easy. And who knows? The book you sell could be valuable or not, but the payment may allow you to purchase some fishing or hunting equipment. Try me and let’s see what happens.