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.
Frisky Fawns, Mega Monster and a 5 Pointer
Jerry Beach

What an evening!

I was reminded of the sports adage, “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat”.

I experienced them both - more than once - during that evening at the farm where I was hunting.

Hunting with Dad
Ed T.

I suppose it all started when I was about 10 years old and became absolutely enthralled with all the stories in the hunting magazines my uncles (actually my Dad's uncles) gave me. I poured for hours over all the Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, and Field and Stream magazines I could get my hands on. I would even purchase or grab any unwanted older issues, even several years old, to read.

The Trade: An Elk for a White-Tail

The White-tailed deer is king in this country. More hunters take to the fall every year in search of the deer with the distinctive white flag for a tail than any other big game animal. More White-tails are harvested each year than any other hunted big game animal. But it seems that the western species such as mule deer and elk are romanticized above all others. Some may call me and my family lucky because we get the opportunity to hunt our state for elk every year. And I will not deny that this opportunity is a gift.

Icing on the Cake

I did a lot of complaining over the autumn of 2010 about the job that severely limited my ability to hunt (sorry guys!). But thanks to some great co-workers who were willing to cover me for three separate weekends throughout the fall, I was able to take my mule deer, pronghorn and elk. The elk hunt did not fall together until very late in the fall.

What Makes a Successful Hunt?
Ed T.

What makes a hunt a successful one? Do you have to harvest to make it a memorable one? Do you have to travel far from home to make any hunt a special one? Or does seeing someone within your party experience something special mean enough to call a hunt a resounding success!!? Well, I will have to say that I want to be successful (harvest an animal) as much as the next fella, but I've come to realize that success in hunting is not only judged by adding another head on the wall.

Rookie with Buck Fever vs Tactical Patience
James R. Jones

I think we all have one of those hunting days that come in our lives that we would give anything to be able to live again. That day for me came as a rookie deer hunter a couple years back.

Who's the Real Turkey?
James R. Jones

It was the holiday season 2008, our 2 other kids, Matt and Monica, were up from Georgia visiting for the holidays. They live with their mom and try to visit with us when they are out of school and I am not out of the country playing Army somewhere. As I do most every chance I get during hunting season, take one if not more of the kids hunting with me in our own back forty behind the house.

Surprise Hunt

My neighbor, Lonnie and I, went out for a coyote hunt this morning just north of our houses and had a great day.  We saw a total of nine coyotes, but couldn't call them in close enough for a shot, but what a day it was! 

Integrity: It Happens Now and Then

This year was hard on me. I took a seasonal job in late August that really limited my ability to get out and hunt. But things seemed to fall together at the right times and I was able to get out just long enough to take my mule deer during muzzleloading season, my pronghorn up in Wyoming and my elk during a late season hunt. But there were a lot of hunts that I was planning on helping friends and family on that I was just not able to attend.

Huntin' Hogs
Ed T.

An expert, I ain't, but that sure does not keep me from enjoying some serious hog hunting. I'd wanted to hunt wild boars for about as long as I can remember and I finally took the step, along with a couple of Buddies in 2007. We went to a place near Waynesboro, Ga. and we had a blast. Between the three of us we took two hogs, what most call meat hogs of around 80 lbs. One of them, the first, ended up being shot with ALL four hunters present and at a range of about 5 yds, no kidding!