Hunting Photos and Stories

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A Couple of Classic Misses
Ed T.

I have missed my share of deer throughout the years, heck, maybe even more than my share. However, I have been lucky enough though to have collected four of the six biggest bucks that I've ever seen in the woods. (It does make me wonder about the biggest bucks that saw me  without my seeing them, though.) I do also have had a few misses that still, years later, I can not even come close to explaining how or why I missed, but I also have a few rather interesting and funny ones I'd like to share that were finally "explained".

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Ed T.

Seems we plan and plan and then plan some more as our deer seasons get closer. Once they are upon us though, we simply need to go with the flow, as the saying goes. Perhaps you scouted and placed a stand in a very special location, two weeks before  the start of the season. But when you arrive the day before the gun opener with camper in tow you see a couple of trucks parked near your stand site.

Back Home Georgia Buck
James R. Jones

One cold, rainy October day, after talking to an old farmer friend on a remote gravel road in Georgia, I found myself with access to an awesome piece of property being long time family friends with owner. Diving into an all-day scouting junket of the large acreage, I quickly became aware of the fact that many good bucks called the property home. It was quite clear that I should be able to cherry-pick a couple of large-antlered bucks from the location come November. Hanging a few stands, I headed home, excitedly looking forward to my return visit in early-November.

West Texas Big Buck
James R. Jones

A number of years ago, I had access to a fine piece of real estate outside of Dell City, Texas. My brother-in-law, “Uncle Joe” managed an isolated 20,000 acre ranch for a close friend who lived in Dallas. Dell City seats about 90 miles East of El Paso right on the Texas/ New Mexico state line. Joe's ranch was just across the New Mexico line. Me and my family spent many a weekend at the ranch. It was a great weekend get-away from the city life. I soon had a good feel for the lay of the land. I was always on the scout.

SKS Carbine - A Hidden Gem
Mike Skelly

The SKS is a hidden gem as a relatively inexpensive semiautomatic deer rifle. 

SKS rifles were developed by the Soviet Union’s Sergei Gavrilivich Simonov in 1945. The Samazaryadyi Karabin Simonova (Self-loading carbine Siminov) saw military use with the Soviet Union only briefly as a front line weapon being almost immediately replaced by the AK47 which is chambered with the same 7.62x39 cartridge. But millions of the carbines were made as second line weapons and the technology was widely distributed to soviet bloc nations throughout the 1950s.

Paul's River Buck
James R Jones

Paul's call came on one of the final weekends of Tennessee's 2006 general season, when thousands of rifle hunters would be out making a last search for their winter's venison. We decided to head to River Bottoms the next morning. Paul and I headed for our treestands well before daylight, we could see plenty of whitetail sign in the 4 inches of fresh snow covering the ground. We would give these final days his best effort. Despite the late-November cold, we were truly loving the early-morning vigil as the world awakened around us.

Ed's Snapshot Buck
Jerry Beach

What a place to try to hunt!

It was so thick that visibility was limited in most places to just a few yards.

The jack pines that were between 5 to 20 feet tall had been planted in furrows, making the walking very difficult. If you didn’t keep one eye on the ground, your foot would either suddenly drop into a furrow or strike the side of one. It was definitely not the best scenario for sneaking up on a deer.

The Contest Continues: Me and Mr TV Buck Part 3
James R. Jones

A chill hovered in the afternoon air as I silently followed the wandering creek to my favorite spot in the bottoms, in only a few short weeks, fall's frosty breath had transformed the surrounding woodlands from summer green to a cool fall brown. All around me the damp ground sank beneath me. Soon I dropped into the streambed, easing carefully along a fallen cottonwood, slick with moisture. Wet gravel crunched softly beneath my rubber-bottom boots as I forded the shallow creek and eased up the far bank, stepping into the brushy tangle beyond.

Another One Gets Hooked For Life
Hawkeye

My roommate Dan is a fellow member of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. Instead of majoring in wildlife biology though, he has studied forestry for the last four years. All natural resource majors at CSU are required to attend a five week field course during one of their summers. CSU’s mountain campus is located in the middle of Colorado’s north central mountains. It is an intensive class in which we are immersed in the five major disciplines of natural resource management; forestry, range, watershed, recreation and of course wildlife.

May Not Seem Like Something Big
Ed T.

To a seasoned whitetail hunter the buck portrayed in that picture accompanying this tale might not seem like a big deal. But to my fine son in law, his brother in law and this father in law to both, it was certainly something darn special to us. I have two wonderful daughters, full grown and beautiful women now. As chance might have it, neither seemed to care much for my hunting and that was always fine with me. They are individuals and were raised to be so.