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 Elk - A BULL!

I had spent the last three years as a new Colorado resident without a big game animal harvested even though I had an extensive and successful Eastern hunting background.  It was time to put my pride aside and delve deeply into western hunting do’s and don’ts to find out what it required in order to increase my odds of bringing home meat for the freezer.  I really had to find out what I was doing wrong and correct it as I also took on the responsibility of bringing a “newby” into the fine sport of big game hunting.  I couldn’t allow them to fail.  The pressure was on.

3rd Bow Kill of 2011 Season!
Shawn Clark

I am off to a great start in the 2011 Ohio deer archery season. On opening day, September 24th, I shot my first deer of the season which was a nice doe. I had some roasts cut out of her and had the rest made up into Trail Bologna. I already have her meat back. By the way it's been very tasty. This was also the first time I ever shot a deer in September.

Antelope Spot & Stalk - Sam Strikes Twice

Wyoming has many great hunting opportunities for both residents and non-residents.  However, if it is a youth hunt you’re looking for then an antelope hunt is almost ideal. Wyoming has more antelope than any other Western state... by far. When hunting, it is common to spot and stalk antelope continuously the entire day. And since antelope are out in the open, there is little advantage to getting into the field too early. So sleeping until 7am and eating a good breakfast before heading out is the norm. Add all of these factors together and you have the makings for a great youth hunt!

A Very Unglamorous First Elk

Imagine--it is a beautiful fall day with the aspen changing, the sun just coming up over the horizon and a gentle breeze is blowing with just a hint of fall crispness.  You are standing at the edge of a clearing and you spot a monster bull just exiting the trees. You steady yourself against a rock, the crosshairs resting just behind his shoulder. You slowly squeeze the trigger and he drops in his tracks. Well--this is how I imagined my first elk but as pretty much everyone reading this story knows events like this rarely exist. My first elk was pretty much the opposite.

My Best Buck to Date
Shawn Clark

It was 82 degrees on the afternoon of October 10th, 2011. I was debating if I should go out deer hunting or not. There was a particular stand set that my friend Dave and I hung in June that I had not been to yet this season. Most of the times the wind was not right or it rained and I did not feel like getting wet. I don't like the heat either but I knew cooler weather will be coming in the near future. I still had to attach a pull rope to this stand because I forgot to when my friend Dave and I put the stand up.

Marlin Memories
Jeremy Swisher

Beginning of November 2010 had some surprisingly cold weather move into middle Georgia.  Now me being a Damn Yankee I should be accustomed to cold weather hunting and consider it more of a blessing.  I used to relish those days in minus 15 degree Fahrenheit or worse and set off on a fresh track in the snow.  Certainly, wouldn’t sit in a tree stand in those cold temperatures. 

Redemption Hunt 2009

I had been muzzleloading for several years in North central and Northwest Colorado for several years with reasonable success, averaging a harvest every other year or so.  The hunting was fun and the time of year was hard to beat.  If I had to choose hunting weather, I’d choose beautiful sunshine and high’s in the 50s and 60s for sure.  Many other hunters would opt for the colder weather, but I prefer the early seasons.  The other major bonus to the early seasons is the elk rut. 

My Little Brother Joel

My younger brother’s name is Joel. He is 5 years younger than me. Although he is my “baby” brother he was my first Deer hunting partner and also my teacher in many finer hunting techniques. I have already shared my story on my big brother David. This story is going to focus on Joel.

Sam's First Whitetail Deer

It was the last hour, of the last day, of our first hunting trip to Nebraska.  It was so cold, it was hard not to shiver if you weren’t moving.  We had been crouched behind a thick cedar for about 10 minutes and the cold was really starting to sink in.  We’d heard a couple of shots from our hunting partners over the ridge and knew the deer would be coming right through the draw we were hunkered down in.  The anticipation was killing my 11 year old son.

Beaver Hunting

OK now I have your attention. If you have read any of my other posts I have mentioned several times that my wife Karen likes to hunt as much as I do. She also likes mounts, furs and skins all around the house too. I know I am a lucky man! Not only do we like the big animal mounts like deer, elk, lions and bears but we also like small critters, birds, and fish mounts too. We have gone as far as making a list of mounts we want and will hopefully get all on the list someday.