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.
The Jury Returns, Finally
Jim Boyd

This is a story of heartbreak.
A story of loss.
It is also the story of a treasure, seemingly out of reach, that comes home.

Impala Dream
Mike Skelly

I have wanted an impala ram in my den since I was a small child. Long before I actually planned to go to Africa, I dreamed of a home with tokens of travels to exotic places. What speaks of Africa like the graceful impala? Their lyre shaped horns and lithe beauty thrill anyone who sees them. So what reading room, with flickering fire, would be complete without an impala shoulder mount to stir memories of days afield in distant lands?

Africa at Last
Mike Skelly

14 hours from JFK we changed planes in Johannesburg for the 1 ½ hour flight to Windhoek, we arrived when the world was asleep and the airport personnel were literally waiting for us to clear customs so they could lock up and go home. The Namibian police representative was very polite and professional, diligent in his duty and in filing out the triple copy carbon paper form that was our permit to have a firearm in the country.

Cynthia's First Mesick Doe
Jerry Beach

  It was the fall of 1979 that we moved to Mesick, Michigan. Most people who live in Michigan know where Mesick is – it’s on the way to somewhere else.

  A little town in the northern half of Michigan’s lower peninsula, Mesick is known for two things: morel mushrooms and deer hunting. Make that three things – it’s also on the way to somewhere else!

A Long Way Down - Ronnie vs the Swamp
Jim Boyd

This is the story of my brother Ronnie - whom some of you now know through my stories - versus the black water swamp.

It is a tale full of drama and of missed opportunities - with some victory and defeat thrown in for good measure. Not because I added it to the story - but rather because it just happened that way.

Kai - The Wonder Dog
Jim Boyd

This is a story - of how my friend Cheryl found a pet that she could love like no other.

It is also a story of how a dog, with very poor prospects, could find a home like no other.

Finally, it is a story of how some hunters, resistant at first, could find a friend like no other.

Third Year - Could This Be the Charm?
Jim Boyd

The story spans at least two seasons... and we think possibly more.

Larry was fairly early in his deer hunting career and was hunting a small farm with my brother down in south central Georgia.

This farm is noted for some good bucks - but true "show stopper" bucks are hard to come by in this area.

R&R Plus Deer Hunting Equals Therapy
James R Jones

October R&R, the best vacation ever. I am deployed to a remote Combat Outpost in the Mountains of Eastern Afghanistan. About the nicest way I can describe it as a hard and rugged corner of the world, very inhospitable for sure. To drive the point home just as I typed that last sentence and dotted the period at the end of that sentence.  Our base started receiving indirect mortar fire from our local taliban friends across the mountain. True story, I did not add that in for dramatic effect.

First Solo Hunt

I remember the early mornings and late afternoons sitting in the stand with my dad. Watching and observing his every action and learning from the advice he had to give. Sitting side by side looking down lanes in attempt to spot the deer before him. I sat in the stand with my Remington 20 gauge youth shot gun and waited with anticipation for a deer to present a shot. At that time I had yet to harvest my first deer and was willing to take the first deer that came within range.

Ultimate Sportsmen Muley
Mike Skelly

Among my earliest memories are a longing to see far away places and to write about them.  God has blessed me by allowing me to travel from my childhood home in the northeastern United States to hunt places as far apart as interior Alaska and southern Africa. And to return safely home again from each.  The second part of the dream was helped to fruition by Jon Hedin of when he selected a couple of my adventures for inclusion in his second anthology of hunting and fishing stories ‘More Tales of the Ultimate Sportsmen’.