Hunting Photos and Stories

Every hunter likes to share stories about their experiences afield and many hunters like to hear these stories. The Photos & Stories section of (BGH) allows hunters to share their hunting adventures in the form of stories and photos. Please feel free to browse, read, and contribute to this section of BGH.
My First Coyote
Mike Skelly

In 2007 I had my first western hunt in eastern Washington state.  While hunting mule deer (see the story “Ultimate Muley”) I experienced the wide open spaces of the western sage country.  Glassing over miles of terrain was an entirely new way of hunting for me.  It was also my first experience with seeing and learning the habits of the elusive coyote.

Never Too Old to Make a Rookie Mistake
Jerry Beach

  Look up the definition of “rookie” and you will find: (1) an athlete playing his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team; (2) a raw recruit, as in the army or on a police force; (3) a novice.

  So a rookie is a person who is new to doing something; he or she is not familiar with the way things are supposed to work, not having the necessary experience.

Chilly Morning at Cole Creek
Jerry Beach

  We only had the morning to hunt.

  The exact reason for that escapes me now, but we had to be back at the house by noon – and this was opening day of deer season!

  Our usual hunting location was a 45-minute drive away, which meant that we would have to leave there by 11:00, which meant that we’d have to come out of the woods even earlier than that, which means . . . well, you get the idea.

The Icing on the Cake
Mike Skelly

It has been a very good year.   Saturday was opening day of the regular whitetail season. 

One Quick Hunt
Marty Sup

The year of 2007 was a great year for me as far as harvested animals go.  I shot a cow in January 2007 (which was part of my 2006 season).  I also harvested a doe antelope in Wyoming.

One Way or Another

I recently shared a story about my brother in law’s many hunting contacts that he has made by working in the construction industry. He has one buddy that is by and far the most prolific public land hunter I have ever met in person. He is a bowhunter and has taken everything from bighorn sheep to Sitka blacktailed deer with his bow. But first and foremost, he is a mule deer hunter.

It Was a Long Shot, But . . .
Jerry Beach

  The year was 1999.

  With his wife, Donna, my buddy Steve headed out to Wyoming for their second year of Mule Deer hunting.

  Traveling in a caravan with four other rigs, they would be living in their 5th wheel camper – not exactly “roughing it”, but still a far cry from the comforts of home, or even their cabin in northern Michigan.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Jerry Beach

  No matter what outdoor sport we humans are involved in, there are always things that can go wrong that either put a complete halt to the activity, or at least change our plans in some way.

  For example:

  When we’re driving a vehicle, the fan belt can break (remember when they used to slip off?).

Barr's Bear
Ed T.

I left from just outside Nashville on Friday morning and my Buddy Barr left from just outside Philadelphia on Saturday at noontime. We met in Connecticut on Saturday afternoon and then enjoyed a nice dinner and evening of shooting the bull at my friend Gary's house. Gary's 12-year-old son, Travis, was excited to hear our plans for our Maine bear hunt, which was set to start on Monday.

The First Bull of Colorado's 2010 Season

Last January, as me and my brother hashed out a plan for the approaching Colorado big game drawing, we had to take into account that we had different numbers of preference points. We wanted to hunt together but because I had four more preference points than him, we had some difficult decisions to make. He could not get into any of the premier units that I was capable of drawing and I did not want to waste my excess points to draw a tag that he could get. So I decided to keep saving my points and to find a good place for my brother to have a shot at a good bull during archery season.