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Title: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on February 07, 2011, 12:45:59 AM
i thought it would be nice to have a place to display everyones hunting successes so post your photos if you wish


(http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/jeffradtke/101_0431.jpg)


(http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/jeffradtke/101_0435.jpg)


(http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/jeffradtke/HPIM0348.jpg)


me and my daughter peyton and the six pointer i shot during wisconsin deer hunting season
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TexDaddy on February 07, 2011, 01:22:33 AM
Nice looking buck! It's a good thing you had your pardner there to bring him down for you. She looks like a first class helper.  ;)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on October 15, 2011, 10:35:10 PM
(http://i1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa418/sageofmonticello1/photo.jpg)

This was my first successful big game hunt, despite being closer to 40 than many 12 year old's harvesting their first deer. The photo does not do justice for the learning experience and special day it was for me. I had taken my Hunter's Education 3 years ago and after moving to Wyoming I was able to fulfill a long time dream and goal after becoming proficient with my rifles and learning everything I have in the past few years.

This day was the first day I was able to hunt with my wife and where I was free to go wherever I wanted to go. Previously, I was hunting with my father-in-law who was heavily experienced hunter, but wanted us to follow a strict path on where he wanted to go and an insistence in using loud and gasoline fuming ATV's.

This day was glorious as my wife and I took to our packs and hiked in fresh snow for over a mile and enjoyed the fresh air and freedom to go where we wanted. I hugged the treeline as I entered a meadow and by fortune was able to catch my deer by surprise. I was offered even more good luck in the presentation of a broad side shot at around 200 yards with my .243 Winchester rifle (set up with a Harris bi-pod).

I took the shot and the deer instantly fell to the ground with my 100 grain soft point. As I walked the long climb I experienced the anxiety of whether I had missed, or if I simply wounded my deer. However, the relief in seeing the animal down was great. I said a prayer out loud in thanks to God for the deer and respecting its spirit to feed our family.

Skinning and gutting is a humbling experience but necessary. To my surprise my wife was more interested in this process than disgusted. :)

The deer was absolutely beautiful and it was extremely heavy to pack out. I am not in great shape and need rest in the 9K+ elevation of the Bridger-Teton Forest.


The deer meat was processed and it was delicious in our chili which fed the family the other day.

My next tag to fill is Elk which has proved elusive for me so far but I will continue this week.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on October 16, 2011, 01:14:41 AM
nice deer , you never forget your first successful hunt and its neat you got to share it with your wife . good luck on the elk hunt!!  :)

jeff
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 16, 2011, 01:52:38 PM
Nice scores!  You guys are helping fuel my excitement for my upcoming Elk hunt in mid November.

Radtke I think your little helper is adorable.  Hopefully she'll love to hunt too!

And Sage I'm glad you got to hunt with your wife.  I love hunting with my hubby - we have a great time together!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on October 17, 2011, 11:41:53 AM
Thanks for the kind words.

I have a doe, cow, and bull tag left.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Greywolf27 on October 17, 2011, 12:03:10 PM
I have not have a successful hunt, yet...  but I wanted to tag this thread, I am heading up Friday to see if I can take a SoCal muley.  I figure with successful thoughts, comes success. ;D
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 17, 2011, 01:37:34 PM
I have one doe and one cow tag for second season in Summit County.  I've never not seen one or the other in the area where I hunt; if there's snow on the ground the elk push the deer out of the area.  Pray for snow. ;)  Daddy needs a full freezer!

If I get nothing, it's back up to Wyoming for one last shot at antelope doe.  The last thing on my mind is freezing my tuckus off in the wind and cold of November in Wyoming trying to get maybe 50 pounds of meat in the freezer (if I bagged two doe).
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: hd45hunt on October 17, 2011, 08:02:50 PM
Opening week of 2009 was certainly one to remember (mine is on the far right).  Certainly hoping this year provides a nice bounty as well.  Good luck all.

(http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb337/hd45hunt/PICT0027.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 17, 2011, 08:40:35 PM
Opening week of 2009 was certainly one to remember (mine is on the far right). 
Photographer's right or deer's right? ;D

So you took advantage of the Pizza Hut deal?  Regular price, four buck, four bucks, four bucks....
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on October 18, 2011, 11:40:51 AM
nice pics guys ,some nice deer in there
Title: 6x6 Bull elk 10.17.11
Post by: Rapid River on October 20, 2011, 09:15:40 PM
(http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv115/SarahRuth_00/IMG_1113.jpg)
This is the bull I shot this year.  He was going crazy bugling coming up out of the draw.  He came out in the opening about 150 yards stopped and then I took the shot.  Took two days to pack him up out of there.
(http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv115/SarahRuth_00/IMG_1115.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 21, 2011, 02:11:11 PM
I have not have a successful hunt, yet...  but I wanted to tag this thread, I am heading up Friday to see if I can take a SoCal muley.  I figure with successful thoughts, comes success. ;D

Sending good wishes your way!  Happy hunting!

And hd45hunt & wicks - nice animals!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 22, 2011, 05:41:44 PM
From today:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6060/6270869284_54edaca368_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6105/6270338305_4eae512d45_z.jpg)

Season started at sunrise this morning (probably around 7am), we had both animals back at the truck by 9:30am.  My best opening day luck ever!  Chad shot his first, I was about to go help him get his animal when the four animals he spooked with his shot came wandering right up to me (one got within 35' before she spooked).  Easy shot, about 50 yards (that might be generous ;D). 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 22, 2011, 08:44:17 PM
Endurance - Nice job!!!!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on October 23, 2011, 05:04:16 PM
Very nice pictures everyone on your harvest. I can't wait to make my deer jerkey. Had some venison stew for lunch today.

I'm heading out after the snow coming Monday in search of elk, it's been too warm the past few days to go out this weekend so I did not venture out.

Hopefully, the snow and freezing temps drive my elk down.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 24, 2011, 07:54:17 AM
Hopefully, the snow and freezing temps drive my elk down.
My thoughts exactly.  Fingers crossed for a good dumping.  I still have a cow elk tag to fill.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Greywolf27 on October 24, 2011, 08:43:13 AM
Well... unfortunately I do not have any pics to share, didn't even seen one deer.  Heard four shots on Saturday, not a one on Sunday.  Saw lots of sign, will have to head back up this weekend.  Wish me luck!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Ranger Dave on October 24, 2011, 05:08:15 PM
Sorry no picture but this morning I shot a doe that field dressed out at 72 lbs.
Already shinned, quartered and sitting in the cooler waiting for further processing

Ranger Dave
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 24, 2011, 08:34:11 PM
Well... unfortunately I do not have any pics to share, didn't even seen one deer.  Heard four shots on Saturday, not a one on Sunday.  Saw lots of sign, will have to head back up this weekend.  Wish me luck!

I hate it when that happens!  Fingers crossed for you for another chance this weekend.

 
Sorry no picture but this morning I shot a doe that field dressed out at 72 lbs.
Already shinned, quartered and sitting in the cooler waiting for further processing

Ranger Dave

Bad Ranger Dave! Bad!  We need photos.  It fuels my drive to go out and hunt elk even though I've been sick.  SO next time don't forget the camera!

Happy eating!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on November 14, 2011, 12:26:10 PM
only 5 days till WI rifle season .hopefully i will have a new photo to put up on here . :excited:
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on November 14, 2011, 02:26:40 PM
Season opens for me on Wednesday - wish an elk my way AND then I'll have something to post!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Greywolf27 on November 14, 2011, 03:20:30 PM
Season opens for me on Wednesday - wish an elk my way AND then I'll have something to post!

Wishin' hard

Get that sucker!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: hd45hunt on November 14, 2011, 05:35:37 PM
Season opens for me on Wednesday - wish an elk my way AND then I'll have something to post!

Wishin an Elk your way!  ;)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on November 14, 2011, 06:03:10 PM
Thanks Guys!  I hope I have the opportunity to get one this year.  My health has taken a rapid decline (stupid Lupus!) so I'm not sure how many more chances I'll get at this. 

Anyway I'll let you all know - thanks for the wishes.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on November 14, 2011, 06:33:51 PM
Thanks Guys!  I hope I have the opportunity to get one this year.  My health has taken a rapid decline (stupid Lupus!) so I'm not sure how many more chances I'll get at this. 

Anyway I'll let you all know - thanks for the wishes.
So sorry to hear that.  Very best of luck to you on all fronts.

My elk season ended with one last half-hearted attempt.  Sure is harder to put up with snow and sub-freezing temperatures once you already have meat in the freezer from deer season.  The good part was I got to introduce a newbie from TSP to hunting.  It's always good to meet new folks from the forum and to get someone out there in the hunting environment for the first time.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on November 15, 2011, 02:45:07 AM
wishin a elk your way TwoBluesMama !! good luck!!! ;D
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: 5.56 on November 16, 2011, 01:11:22 PM
A few pictures from various opening days. I took the elk on the opening day of bow season this year at my sweet spot in SW Washington. The pheasant was my new pup's (Dexter, 10 mo old) first bird that he pointed, flushed and retrieved himself.

It's been a good season.

(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h369/m4l0369/TSP/V__AD5D.jpg)

(http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h369/m4l0369/TSP/photo.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Ranger Dave on November 19, 2011, 07:37:36 PM
Sorry, No pictures but I shot a 3 point buck that field dressed out at 75lbs. Now just need need to fill two doe tags.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Ranger Dave on November 22, 2011, 01:12:30 PM
Well, I filled my 2 doe tags. I have a total of 4 deer in the freezer and 12 days before I have to go to work. What to do? Watch out squirels.
Ranger Dave
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: hillclimber on November 22, 2011, 03:32:06 PM
Last year...
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b170/hillclimber556/scottsdeer018.jpg)
Two years ago...
(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b170/hillclimber556/scottsdeernov172006.jpg)
Nothing this year...Yet...
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: hd45hunt on December 03, 2011, 02:57:47 PM
 (http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb337/hd45hunt/12-03-11011.jpg)

Was an awesome morning! After two weeks of seeing not much more than squirrels and woodpeckers, I was blessed with this lovely creature.  Making it doubly awesome was the fact that I shot it with my Dad's gun (Ithaca Deerslayer that he got for Christmas the year I was born) and field dressed it with Dad's knife.  My Dad passed two days before bow season in 98 and was a consummate hunter, so this is always a special time of year for me.  Then I spent the afternoon cutting wood.  Two of his favorite pastimes.   :)

(http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb337/hd45hunt/12-03-11006.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on December 03, 2011, 05:49:48 PM
Great harvest and great story behind it HD45!

This was definitely a special hunt for you.

While I came up empty for my doe tag this year and since all I saw was a massive buck less than 50 yards (that is frustrating), I still feel really good about landing my one buck earlier in the season. Just had venison burgers today and my harvest keeps paying off.   ;D

I did see Elk after 3 weeks of hunting from October to the end of November, had a broadside shot at 300 yards but missed low because I got too excited and forgot to adjust high for distance since my rifle was zeroed at 100 yards. I was really embarrassed by missing but I certainly learned from my buck fever mistake.

I still have 2 Elk Tags good this season but the Wyoming winter is making it impossible right now in 2-wheel drive (yes I know that's another story). Good luck on everyone still in late season!

Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on December 04, 2011, 01:17:08 AM
no luck this year  :(
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: gundog on December 29, 2011, 06:19:34 AM
I hunt exclusively with my Blood brother and his two boys (16 and 20) The last two years we have shot 15 deer between us......LOL A couple decent racks but nothing huge. Some management bucks and several early doe. Those early (october) 1-1/2 year old doe are the best eating, I would rather shoot one of those for the freezer than anything.

I know one thing, we are all sick of venison.....My freezer is full and my wife says if I make anything with venison for another month she is not eating it. LOL
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: geoffreys7 on December 29, 2011, 08:34:25 AM
My son and his hunting friends;

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Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on December 29, 2011, 09:44:54 AM

I know one thing, we are all sick of venison.....My freezer is full and my wife says if I make anything with venison for another month she is not eating it. LOL
Gundog - that's an awesome problem to have.

We have the opposite in the TwoBlues household - our daughter grew up eating wild game and doesn't like anything else except chicken - she doesn't care for the taste of beef. Now that she is grown she comes over and raids the freezer every chance she gets.  Her request for Christmas dinner was antelope steaks. I use venison, elk, antelope and bear meat in all my recipes and unless I tell someone they are none the wiser.

Didn't get my elk this year though.  Didn't even see any to shoot at as the weather was way too wacky.  Hopefully I'll be able to try again next year. At least the DH got a couple of antelope and an elk so that filled the freezer.

And hd45hunt - nice pics!

Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: gundog on December 29, 2011, 11:03:27 AM
Gundog - that's an awesome problem to have.

We have the opposite in the TwoBlues household - our daughter grew up eating wild game and doesn't like anything else except chicken - she doesn't care for the taste of beef. Now that she is grown she comes over and raids the freezer every chance she gets.  Her request for Christmas dinner was antelope steaks. I use venison, elk, antelope and bear meat in all my recipes and unless I tell someone they are none the wiser.

Didn't get my elk this year though.  Didn't even see any to shoot at as the weather was way too wacky.  Hopefully I'll be able to try again next year. At least the DH got a couple of antelope and an elk so that filled the freezer.

And hd45hunt - nice pics!

Ah what I wouldn't give for some good antelope steak.....I only had it once (there's no antelope in new england) It was great.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: gundog on December 29, 2011, 11:37:11 AM
Dug out some of the pics for this year I had on my phone.
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/2011-12-10_09-29-35_122.jpg)

My nephew did well in two states.......VT and PA
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/2011-12-08_14-46-47_101.jpg)

(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/2011-11-13_13-50-45_313.jpg)

last day meat deer......
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/2011-12-10_09-29-19_827.jpg)

Other nephew with his "youth" buck.
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/383766_2442656258019_1000212423_32079270_1786586366_n.jpg)

Good few days of hunting for the four of us.
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/2011-12-11_12-01-04_261.jpg)

My dog with a woodcock......he put around 25 grouse in the bag.
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/2011-10-29_11-09-54_786-1.jpg)





Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on December 29, 2011, 04:53:49 PM
Yep antelope is definitely the best - so tender. We've been blessed to get one or two every couple of years.

Most of my female friends all would say yuck at these photos and hide their eyes (sad fact) but I think they're awesome. I think it's a job well done and I'd rather eat venison or any wild game over ecoli-burger from the grocers.

Nice pics thanks!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Wingman115 on February 22, 2012, 06:55:58 PM
Nice looking photo's. Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on April 14, 2012, 05:30:21 PM
TwoBluesMama,

any favorite way you prepare antelope? I've heard soaking in buttermilk, and various methods, just curious what you recommend.

I put in for antelope tags this year since they are abundant here in Wyoming. And I would love to try antelope jerkey and stew.

I am excited for hunting this year. Need more meat! ;)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Herew on April 14, 2012, 05:53:54 PM
I've got some friends who live in Wyoming and hunt Antelope every year. They always make some of it into breakfast sausage and it is the best sausage in the world! I don't know if it's the meat it self, or the blend of spices, but I can never get enough!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on April 15, 2012, 04:20:29 PM
TwoBluesMama,

any favorite way you prepare antelope? I've heard soaking in buttermilk, and various methods, just curious what you recommend.

I put in for antelope tags this year since they are abundant here in Wyoming. And I would love to try antelope jerkey and stew.

I am excited for hunting this year. Need more meat! ;)

Honestly I don't do anything special but because it is so lean just don't overcook if you're grilling or frying. I haven't bought any beef for a long time.  I substitute game meat for any other way you'd cook beef but being careful due to the lack of fat.  I think wild game just makes everything taste better.  I use our antelope for grilled steaks (of course), we make hamburger out of it (aptly named ant-ger which in the freezer denotes a difference between elk-ger; deer-ger and buff-ger - LOL!); I also use it to make chicken fried steak, homemade veggie "beef" soup; "beef" & noodles; "beef" pot pie; and I'm sure there's stuff I'm not thinking of.  Ooo - I just remembered I make like a philly cheese steak sandwich out of antelope hearts - yummmm!

I wish you luck hunting and of course we expect pics.  We put in for antelope too along with elk and the DH also will hunt deer and bear (permits allowing). I have gotten several antelope over the years and they're fun to shoot but tricky cause they run like lightening.   Blessings TBM
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on April 16, 2012, 01:11:00 PM
Along with TBM's recommendations of not overcooking, I wrap the steaks in aluminum foil, completely sealed with some Yoshida's Gourmet Sauce and toss on the grill for about 10 minutes before ripping it open and grilling normally.  It really saturates the meat and keeps it moist in the grilling process.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on April 16, 2012, 10:11:36 PM
Thanks for the tips on antelope. I will be posting photos this season.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: heliotropicmoth on September 27, 2012, 12:00:59 PM
Ok, this is the first thing I have ever killed except for fish, so go easy on the laugh track. My fiance and I ate him last night night sauteed with a giant puffball mushroom, onions and butter. Delicious!

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/heliotropicmoth/IMAG0634.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on September 28, 2012, 07:08:23 AM
heliotropicmoth +1 for hunting your dinner. No laughing here.  I figure the more anyone does now to learn to feed themselves off the land the better off they are when stuff gets bad.  My mom tells of her older brother hunting squirrels so they had food in the depression days - of course now she won't eat at my house because she won't eat ANY game meat.  I guess it's her loss.

TwoBluesMama,

any favorite way you prepare antelope? I've heard soaking in buttermilk, and various methods, just curious what you recommend.

I put in for antelope tags this year since they are abundant here in Wyoming. And I would love to try antelope jerkey and stew.

I am excited for hunting this year. Need more meat! ;)

And to Sage - you asked about soaking game meat in buttermilk - something I've never done but my DH got his black powder deer and wanted liver and onions so I soaked the liver overnight in regular milk. The next day I cooked a mess of bacon and then took sliced onions and sauteed them till golden added a  tablespoon of sugar and let them caramelize for a minute. Then sliced the liver into 1/4" wedges and dredged in flour with salt & pepper and cooked it for about 1-1/2 minutes to 2 minutes each side and OMGoodness it was awesome and I don't like liver.  I think the soaking in milk helped that bitter liver flavor.

DH will be hunting antelope this coming weekend - hoping he comes home with two.  I will be hunting elk in a couple of weeks. 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: heliotropicmoth on September 28, 2012, 08:12:47 AM
Thanks TwoBluesMama,

Here is a pic of dinner:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DM4qBasvvYs/UGWfVelXnwI/AAAAAAAAAkE/8-EmiiMtazs/s640/IMAG0649.jpg)

Check out my blog post on the subject:

http://www.littlecountryhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/wild-dinner.html

I plan on hunting deer this year for the first time. I would love to be back here in a couple weeks with a good pic to share. We eat a lot from our garden, I am trying to add more wild food when I can.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 12, 2012, 10:52:20 AM
Not sure if this really counts as a successful hunting photo but because the weather was UGLY there were no pictures and this is the best I can do.  So here's DH's antelope that I canned. I got 27 pints of hamburger and 4 quarts of broth and froze the tenderloins and a couple of nice roasts.
(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af164/bluedogsmama/019.jpg)





Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on October 12, 2012, 01:54:22 PM
Took off Wed this week for opening day.  Had a beauty in my cross-hairs as the ;opening bell chimed'.  Alas, no antlers.  That was the only deer I saw all morning; hardly heard any other shots either.  A friend hunting the other end of my property saw nothing.  We found a better spot for evening and saw 7 more does and 2 cow elk.  Totally skunked.  Will try again this weekend; if nothing else maybe it means I'll do ok once antlerless deer opens up in Nov!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: gundog on October 16, 2012, 11:39:57 AM
Not a bad weekend for me and two grouse hunting partners.

(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/GEDC3102.jpg)

Some fillets getting prepared ......and an almost gone bottle of Famous Grouse.
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/GEDC3128.jpg)

This wasn't all of them.....we had already eaten a few. LOL
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/GEDC3127.jpg)

The dog crew.
(http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc33/gundogpa/GEDC3150.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on October 18, 2012, 01:34:07 PM
Wahoo!  Got my first one!

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh580/m_volans/P1010956_zps0bec3cd6.jpg)

Of course it was dusk when I shot it so I got to figure out how to clean it and get it to the car in the dark. On the bright side, it was on my own property, was close to a logging road, and I had the tractor to help get it to the truck.  (Maybe I should also include a picture of the new cabelas gambrel that bent in half when I tried to hang it.  Funny now that it's sitting in my living room...less so at the time!)

Now I get to try out some of my new canning tips from TwoBluesMama!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: LibertyBelle on October 18, 2012, 07:53:32 PM
Way to go, Joker!!!!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on October 19, 2012, 01:25:05 AM
Not sure if this really counts as a successful hunting photo but because the weather was UGLY there were no pictures and this is the best I can do.  So here's DH's antelope that I canned. I got 27 pints of hamburger and 4 quarts of broth and froze the tenderloins and a couple of nice roasts.
(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af164/bluedogsmama/019.jpg)


i would say preserving the harvest definitely counts
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: VegasAR15 on October 19, 2012, 08:48:16 AM
Here is my first successful hunt two weeks ago. 300 yards, bang flop.

(http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t181/kulryan/87AA475F-821E-4AC6-A68C-AFA797398E02-554-0000004415193882.jpg)
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The one on the left is mine, the right is my buddy's wife's.
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Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 19, 2012, 09:34:45 AM
I love the hunting photos - way to go gundog, ID_Joker and VegasAR15 - nice job! Mmmmm! Such yummy dinners for you all.

I got the whole "you're a Bambi killer" speech yesterday from my Insurance company's secretary.  BUT by the time I was done with her she actually changed her mind about hunting and then asked if I'd take her to the range and teach her how to shoot a pistol.  Sometimes it just takes a little explaining (nicely) and anti-gun/anti-hunting people can become converts.  ;)

And thanks Radtke for the kind words.

So you all please keep your fingers and toes crossed as we are heading out later today for my elk season (opens in the morning) and I SO BADLY want to get an elk.  Thanks and blessings, TBM
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Greywolf27 on October 20, 2012, 01:39:15 AM
Ok, this is the first thing I have ever killed except for fish, so go easy on the laugh track. My fiance and I ate him last night night sauteed with a giant puffball mushroom, onions and butter. Delicious!

(http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a400/heliotropicmoth/IMAG0634.jpg)

I think that smile on your face says it all.  Congrats on a successful meal!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 21, 2012, 06:35:29 PM
I'm prayin' for snow this week.  Went up this weekend for my deer and elk and it was so hot that I stripped down to just pants and a t-shirt by the end of the day.  No chance of getting an elk without colder temperatures and snow to drive them down. 

I'm going to run up tomorrow morning to give the deer one more shot in a spot my buddy saw some does on Saturday.  I'll be happy with a deer, but really hope we get some snow and I get get an elk.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on October 28, 2012, 01:27:40 PM
Yup, same problem for me in the Briger-Tetons for Elk. They finally moved down after I left. I am going back next week.

It's been a miserable hunting season for me so far, most of it is my fault.

I hunted for deer in a new area this year and it was so heavily pressured by general taggers that I could not get within 300 yards of mulies. I had my chance but blew it hoping for more mature does. I had 2 doe tags.

I was unsuccessful for small game looking for cotton tail and snowshoe hares in the Medicine Bow forest, saw 1 the entire trip. I was unsuccessful in never seeing elk last week as it did not snow hard until I left.

I missed an antelope in the Shirley Basin into 45mph cross winds at 300 yards, and had problems getting within 700 yards of the antelope in my area that gave out like around 800 tags. I am having problems with my new Nikon BDC scope which I hate.

I had sighted in initially into a cross wind with my new scope on a day it was blowing 30+mph at the range, I suspect this impacted my zero but I could be wrong.

So now I am scrambling to find a non-windy morning this week to field test out my 200-300 yard hold over points on my scope.

Live and learn, should have fine tuned the scope this past summer instead of fishing.  ;)

Hopefully, I get my scope worked out then I can head out with confidence.

Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: DrJohn on November 05, 2012, 10:24:23 AM
My son's first deer. A button buck taken late Saturday afternoon.  This past weekend was Youth Hunting in VT.  The kids (15 and younger) can harvest any deer.  He used a Remington 700 VTR in .308 with Trijicon optics.  Shot was 100 +/- yards.

(http://www.tankbuilder.net/images/deer1.JPG)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on November 05, 2012, 10:54:42 AM
great job!!!!!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Nicodemus on November 05, 2012, 06:53:04 PM
I'm not seeing the pic, DrJohn.

I don't know if you removed it or if you've never posted a picture before...

Just in case, here's Sis' awesome tutorial How To Post A Photo To The Forum (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=21040.0)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TexDaddy on November 06, 2012, 07:39:21 AM
The picture is there just fine for me.

...and congratulations on that kill!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Nicodemus on November 07, 2012, 06:25:43 AM
I'm seeing it now as well... Oh well.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: LibertyBelle on November 07, 2012, 10:59:40 PM
My son's first deer.

WooHoo! Nice Job! :happydance:
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: DrJohn on November 11, 2012, 03:49:45 PM
2012 Pheasant Hunt.  We limited out at 8 for the day.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8345/8176752382_fb0e11c605.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/89950789@N03/8176752382/)
2012 Pheasant Hunt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/89950789@N03/8176752382/) by DrJohn802 (http://www.flickr.com/people/89950789@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 11, 2012, 04:46:30 PM
My brother and I had a very good hunt this year if you don't measure by numbers of elk tagged (2 out of 6).  We left on Thursday night (11/1 @ 10:00pm) and returned on Thursday evening (11/8 @ 6:00pm).  Opening day was Saturday (11/3) and we left before season ended on this coming Sunday (11/11).  The weather was abnormally nice (sunny and low to mid 60's during the day) for most of our hunt with no snow.  That didn't stop the elk action though.  We saw more elk than I've ever seen in my total hunting career.  This was a “spike hunt” only and the only spike my brother and I saw is now in our freezer’s.  That doesn't mean that there weren't a lot of spike's to be found, but as you know, a lot is determined on the luck of being in the right place at the right time.

Our hunt started in our favorite honey hole where I spotted a herd of about 100 just before shooting light.  My brother was on the next ridge over and couldn't see them through the timber.  The elk I spotted were simply feeding away from me so I made an attempt to get around them to set-up for them at shooting light.  Unknown to me at the time, there was another hunter just below me on the other side of them.  About 30 seconds after a bull bugled this other hunter took a 500 yard shot, missing and blowing up the herd right out from underneath me.  I watched where they went and located my brother for a plan to go after them.  As it ended up, I found I had an advantage to spot the herd off in the distance as they ran in to openings, so I used this to coordinate with my other partners (we had a total of 6 guys in our group).  As things unfolded I discovered that there were about 400 head split up in three herds of 100 each and two herds of about 50 each (estimating).  And I could see them moving in all different directions.  By now it was like world war two with gunfire going off in the distance and me being able to do nothing about it.  Luckily my brother and I had placed the other four guys in strategic places about 1.5 to 2.0 miles away, as they did not know the area and were more than pleased with us for including them in our hunt.  I could see one of the herds of 50 heading south east near the furthest point we had told one of them to sit at, so I called him on the radio and let him know that if he hiked out due west of his location (hoping he had gone to where we told him to at daylight) he should have this herd run right in to him . . . .  At about 8:30 he had shot his first elk since 1974.

We continued to mill around the area the rest of the day, finding split herds and lots of branch antlered bulls.  Sunday came around and presented itself as not quite as fruitful in terms of elk numbers seen but a good day of hunting never the less.  Monday came and we decided to switch it up a little.  We decided to try the backside of our weekend hunts and see if we could find some kegged up outside of our honey hole.  Sure enough, I found myself staring at a lone spike quartering toward me.  He was down at 8:40 (see pic).  Not knowing the area we were in, as well as our normal hunts, we found we had a secondary prize when two unknown hunters approached me as I was waiting for my brother to bring the packboards and meat bags.  They were more familiar with the area and told me the direction to find a road just 0.15 miles away from me.  This proved to be the shortest pack I have ever made.

My brother was unable to find a spike this week, but the two of us together was reward enough, and we were in a good number of elk every single day of the week.  Camp life was great, we ate like kings and slept like babies in our tent heated by a direct vent propane stove (NO WOOD CUTTING).  The stove has a thermostat SO NO FREEZING WHEN WE WAKE UP and we came back to a comfortable tent at the end of each day.  Our new Eberlestock packs were perfect for our use and the scabbard came in very handy.  I was able to draw my rifle out of the scabbard to kill my spike with no issues.

(http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii481/Nelson961/12ElkHunt.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: DrJohn on November 12, 2012, 07:40:27 AM
Nice looking elk, but why are you wearing a paper plate on your face?
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on November 12, 2012, 07:16:30 PM
My S.O. got her first deer!  We sat down near the corner of our property and about 10 minutes later a group of does came wandering down the trail right into line of fire.   It went something like this...

Her:  "OOoo, OOooo!  Look!"  <point>
<her rifle goes up>
<her rifle comes down>
Her:  "Should I do it?"  <looks at me>
Me:  "Um, yeah!  That's what you're here for isn't it?"
<rifle goes back up>
<Boom>
Her:  "Did I get it?!?!"

She did!  :)

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh580/m_volans/P1010985.jpg)

Freezer's getting full!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Vulcan on November 13, 2012, 01:57:10 AM
@Nelson: nice elk!

@DrJohn: I'm assuming because he doesn't want anyone to know his face. A lot of us around here have an OpSec to keep up in case SHTF really happens.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 13, 2012, 08:23:45 AM
@Nelson: nice elk!

@DrJohn: I'm assuming because he doesn't want anyone to know his face. A lot of us around here have an OpSec to keep up in case SHTF really happens.

Thanks, and yes . . .  I simply used an enhancement feature that photobucket provides.  You guys don't care what I look like anyway, right, you want to see the elk.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on November 13, 2012, 09:28:48 AM
Just came back from Bridger-Tetons National Forest and spent 4 days in sub zero temps, -20 degrees during the day, out on ATVs and on foot and I was unsuccessful.  My body is battered, bruised, my face is raw and wind and ice chapped. The area is a 22 percent success rate tag, so I knew it would be challenging.

My antelope tags expired and I failed in filling. Now I am left with 2 deer tags that I have until the end of the month to fill. Heading out this weekend for deer.

In my failures with elk, I have learned a ton of experience and enlightenment on how harsh and cruel the weather can impact us. I think I will truck hunt next year and strictly try for early season. LOL.

I was imagining how I could survive in a SHTF event if I needed meat, and when the elements are this harsh it is sobering on how delicate and difficult hunting for survival can be. My wife was wet from rain and ice and practiced an emergency fire with wet wood, she managed to dry herself.

I congrat all the successful hunters this year so far.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 13, 2012, 10:06:30 AM
In my failures with elk, I have learned a ton of experience and enlightenment on how harsh and cruel the weather can impact us. I think I will truck hunt next year and strictly try for early season. LOL.

I was imagining how I could survive in a SHTF event if I needed meat, and when the elements are this harsh it is sobering on how delicate and difficult hunting for survival can be. My wife was wet from rain and ice and practiced an emergency fire with wet wood, she managed to dry herself.

Don't be too hard on yourself and DON'T give up.  I beleive the average success rate (all things considered) for harvesting an elk is 1 every 7 years and there are a lot of things you can do to increase those odds.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Vulcan on November 13, 2012, 10:23:02 AM
And let's not forget: in a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situation there won't be hunting seasons. The seasons will be dictated by your need for protien at any time. I think success rate would go way up on that situation lol.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ag2 on November 24, 2012, 07:03:05 PM
Dropped this elk almost a mile from the vehicle over a mountain (not pictured).  Stalked the herd for a few hundred yards.   Had a blast!  Made a heart shot with my 7mm Rem Mag at 204 yards.  Dropped her where she stood while grazing.  This was a medium-sized cow that we had to quarter right before sunset and pack it out under the stars with headlamps.  Aged the meat for 1 week.  Looking forward to trying this one.

Glad I had two hunting buddies with me.  I've been able to drag it out whole in the past, but this country was very rugged so we did a gutless quarter.  This was my first time quartering it.  I left a little too much meat around the front shoulders.  We were able to talk to the butcher dude at the meat locker.  He was the coolest back-woods hill billy dude who took the time to show me how to take a little more meat the next time.  He took us in the walk-in fridge to show us on some whole elk that he was aging.

Just curious, how many pounds do you guys typically get on an average cow when quartered?  How about when whole?  I only got 81 pounds on this one.  All the cuts are boneless.   I'm disappointed, but glad to learn from the experience.  The next time I that I have to quarter, I'm going to do a better job on the shoulders, but also go ahead and take more meat.  I don't see a reason that I couldn't just gut when done and take rib meat and more in bits and pieces and bag it (for burger).  Do you guys take the time to do this?  I took the minimum required by law, but I don't feel obligated to leave meat for the crows and coyotes.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8070/8215674908_88d60498c1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/78371567@N05/8215674908/)
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Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 24, 2012, 07:44:45 PM
Just curious, how many pounds do you guys typically get on an average cow when quartered?  How about when whole?  I only got 81 pounds on this one.  All the cuts are boneless.   I'm disappointed, but glad to learn from the experience.  The next time I that I have to quarter, I'm going to do a better job on the shoulders, but also go ahead and take more meat.  I don't see a reason that I couldn't just gut when done and take rib meat and more in bits and pieces and bag it (for burger).  Do you guys take the time to do this?  I took the minimum required by law, but I don't feel obligated to leave meat for the crows and coyotes.

Congratulations !

How much meat to take is certainly personal choice and most learn to take more and more each time they harvest an elk, figuring out how to deal with it the more they do it.

If I understand correctly, you didn't skin it and only took the four quarters?  So did you not get the backstrap and loins?  These are the best cuts of meat and something you won't want to leave next time.

Personally, I take every ounce of meat I can strip off . . . .  I gut first, then skin and quarter (skinning and quartering one side at a time).  It would be pretty tough to explain how to quarter (it's a visual thing). . . .  I keep four meat bags with my packboard.  One for each hind quarter, one for both front quarters and one for the backstrap/loins/barrel meat.  The barrel meat consists of every ounce of meat you can get off that carcass that didn't come with the four quarters.  The backstrap (2 total) will be cut into steaks, the loins (2 total) will be left whole and the barrel meat will eventually go in to two piles.  For me, those two piles will consist of the best and cleanest cuts for jerky, the rest for making peperoni sticks/summer sausage/canning meat.  Some will also make hamburger.  The pieces of meat from the quarters that won't make a perfect steak, will also go in to one of these two piles.

Take your time and keep the meat clean (free from dirt, grass, hair, flys, anything but clean meat).  I butcher my own but I've been told that if you send dirty meat to a butcher to have it processed, he'll figure you don't care, so he'll treat it like you do. 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ag2 on November 24, 2012, 08:13:29 PM
We caped it, quartered it, then took the backstraps.  A bag for each hind quarter.  A bag for both front quarters and the backstraps.  After that, I SHOULD have gutted, pulled the tenderloins and stripped the bones clean.  There's always next year...... :-)

I would love to have a place to age, cut and pack my own meat.  Maybe some day.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 24, 2012, 08:29:29 PM
I would love to have a place to age, cut and pack my own meat.  Maybe some day.

I live in the Pacific NW.  During hunting season we usually see days between 40 and 60 degrees, with nights somewhere in the lower end of the same temp's.  If I need to hang it for a period of time (wait for the next weekend) I pay to hang it somewhere, but I have had no problem hanging it for a few days in these temperatures.  You just need to keep the meat dry.  We use the kitchen tabe to cut and pack.  We use blocks under the legs, to save our backs and we've used all sorts of methods over the years to pack it.  Currently (and my favorite) we pack the meat in to vacuum sealed freezer bags using a vacuum sealer I purchased at Cabela's.  Just my brother and I butchered and packed my elk this year, it took us 8 hours, and that was with breaks (good football games to scan).  The scrap meat we freeze for a couple weeks until we have time to knock those tasks out (usually takes a weekend). 

I also make my own jerky, this year being the first that I used a dehydrator (and will never go back to using a smoker).  This was also the first year we made our own peperoni and sausage.  If I had known how easy it is and how much better tasting it is, I would have started 30 years ago.

With the very few items you actually need, the realative low cost to invest in them, you would never pay someone to process your meat ever again.  My advice is just do it!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: MightyRunt on November 25, 2012, 06:08:22 PM
DH and I don't hunt anymore, but the day may come, so we've just trained the deer to hang around the shooting benches.  ::)
(http://i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad280/karenkoch1982/deer2012-2.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TexDaddy on November 25, 2012, 09:18:28 PM
DH and I don't hunt anymore, but the day may come, so we've just trained the deer to hang around the shooting benches.  ::) ...
:rofl: +1
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: cbowseriii on November 25, 2012, 09:25:27 PM
OK, I am almost ashamed to admit this but I am 48 and have never gone hunting. My Dad was against guns when I was little. I have identified this as one of my skills I need to aquire as part of my preping skills. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to start?  I have no idea of how to find where they are, where to shoot them (in the body), how to skin them and harvest the meat.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 25, 2012, 09:55:59 PM
OK, I am almost ashamed to admit this but I am 48 and have never gone hunting. My Dad was against guns when I was little. I have identified this as one of my skills I need to aquire as part of my preping skills. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to start?  I have no idea of how to find where they are, where to shoot them (in the body), how to skin them and harvest the meat.

Any suggestions?

Rather than answering a few questions that won't really help you get any closer to reaching your goal, the best suggestion I can give is to suggest you take a Hunter's Safety Course.  These are good programs that not only help you be a safe and ethical hunter but will also answer most of your other questions.  And it is a good place to meet other people in your area that have the same goals.  You can usually get a list of available classes from your State Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on November 25, 2012, 11:50:56 PM
didn't get to shoot a buck this year but i still have some meat in the freezer so all is not lost. keep up the pictures i love looking at them. :D ;D

jeff
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on November 26, 2012, 02:40:26 PM
OK, I am almost ashamed to admit this but I am 48 and have never gone hunting. My Dad was against guns when I was little. I have identified this as one of my skills I need to aquire as part of my preping skills. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to start?  I have no idea of how to find where they are, where to shoot them (in the body), how to skin them and harvest the meat.

Any suggestions?
I agree with nelson96's suggestion, but would also suggest posting something in your local regional board on the forum and seek out a hunting mentor.  That's actually how I met one of my closest friends from TSP.  He was from a family that didn't hunt, posted on wanting to learn, I took him out the first year, let him follow me around for the day, then he joined me in Wyoming for Antelope in September and in Colorado in October for Deer and Elk.  By the end of deer season he felt comfortable enough to strike out on his own.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 26, 2012, 10:42:29 PM
I agree with nelson96's suggestion, but would also suggest posting something in your local regional board on the forum and seek out a hunting mentor.  That's actually how I met one of my closest friends from TSP.  He was from a family that didn't hunt, posted on wanting to learn, I took him out the first year, let him follow me around for the day, then he joined me in Wyoming for Antelope in September and in Colorado in October for Deer and Elk.  By the end of deer season he felt comfortable enough to strike out on his own.

That's awesome endurance.  I am always hesitant to offer that to someone I don't know.  Hunting is sacred to me and one of my only ways to get a release from my job.  And there is always the fact that you are with someone who is carying a firearm and may not know how to use it safely (it only takes one mistake).  Ironically my brother and I are often looking for another guy or two to complete our group.  Another issue is that of the people we know and trust, and have taken with us on a hunt, can't hack our style and wimp out.  We've had two different guys on two different occasions leave camp early and go home.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: cbowseriii on November 27, 2012, 11:47:56 AM
I plan on taking the hunter safety course even though I am exempt in my state. My weakness is not firearms and firearms safety, I am a NRA Instructor. I am week on where to hunt, how to track, how to process the animal and such.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on November 27, 2012, 11:53:52 AM
Thanks, and yes . . .  I simply used an enhancement feature that photobucket provides.  You guys don't care what I look like anyway, right, you want to see the elk.

LOL.. it would be easier to ID you if you wore the plate all the time. But, I have met him, he is nice looking.

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 27, 2012, 10:24:28 PM
I plan on taking the hunter safety course even though I am exempt in my state. My weakness is not firearms and firearms safety, I am a NRA Instructor. I am week on where to hunt, how to track, how to process the animal and such.

Unfortunately you are 3000+ miles from me and almost that much from endurance.  I still say that the Hunter Safety Courses are a good way to meet the kind of people you are looking for.  With your knowledge, how about you find a way to volunteer your time at the courses?  You could benefit by helping your community and meet good people who hunt (the parents of the kids taking the course that is).
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 27, 2012, 10:30:02 PM
LOL.. it would be easier to ID you if you wore the plate all the time. But, I have met him, he is nice looking.

What she means is, he's nice looking for a backwoods redneck hick hunter.  That's not saying much.  8) 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on November 27, 2012, 10:34:08 PM
DH and I don't hunt anymore, but the day may come, so we've just trained the deer to hang around the shooting benches.  ::)

That is awesome!! LOL

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on November 28, 2012, 05:41:58 PM
I plan on taking the hunter safety course even though I am exempt in my state. My weakness is not firearms and firearms safety, I am a NRA Instructor. I am week on where to hunt, how to track, how to process the animal and such.

@ cbowseriii

I've been thinking more about your situation and truly want to be able to help you.  I personally would have a hard time living an enjoyable life without hunting and hate the thought of someone like you not being able to enjoy that too, if that's what you want. . . .  And for the record, I don't define my enjoyment in hunting by successfully harvesting my animal.  There is so much more to it than that.

I still think a Hunters Safety Course is a good resource to find a community to build relationships in hunting.  And even though it is called a "Hunters Safety Course" doesn't mean they will only teach you safety.  Given that it is hosted by the right instructor, they will teach you tips on how to track, how to identify tracks and scat, how to field dress an animal, how to use your firearm or bow, how to use optics, be an ethical hunter, and so on.

Other resources in finding a hunting community could include attending annual association banquets such as Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many others.  These banquets are a lot of fun (I have won rifles on several occasions with a $20 raffle ticket) and anyone can go by simply paying a 1 year subscription to the association and buying a place at a table.  Don't wait though, tables fill up fast.  Your local gunshops that support hunting will often sponsor these events and will be able to get you places and dates.  You can also become a volunteer within these organizations which will offer a valuable resource to the organization while providing you an opportunity to meet people and actually go out in to the field and learn where the animals are.  The average citizen has no idea how much time and money these organizations put in to a local area to help preserve wildlife, the environment, youth support, etc. . . .  The banquets usually run from Feb-Apr in any given state. 

On your side of the country it's a little harder to find public land to hunt on versus the vast amount of public land we have on the west side, so I suggest you join a hunt club.  This will give you both a place to hunt and build yourself a community in which to learn from.  If you do know of public land to hunt in your state, you can use your local State Fish & Wildlife to learn  more about a given area to hunt.  For me, these guys have proven very helpful in lending information on where the high numbers of animals have been seen or not seen on any given year (which does change from time to time).  Your local LEO (Game Warden) can also be helpful.

Another resource for game processing are the huge amounts of video's that can be found on YouTube.  But nothing is better than just getting your hands dirty and learning from your own mistakes.

I hope this helps, good luck.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on November 28, 2012, 06:55:56 PM
I plan on taking the hunter safety course even though I am exempt in my state. My weakness is not firearms and firearms safety, I am a NRA Instructor. I am week on where to hunt, how to track, how to process the animal and such.

Re: Hunter Safety

The hunter safety course emphasizes on what is an ethical shot, this is absolutely important and why taking the course is the law and so vital for hunters. I returned from my elk hunting trip this year with my father-in-law and he is a retired law enforcement of over 40 years. He was grandfathered in and did not need to obtain the Hunter Safety Course from his State.

He was also a a firearms range instructor for his police department. All that being stated, he made in what was my opinion unethical shots during our trip.  I have the utmost respect for him as a military veteran, but he was never taught growing up and harvesting deer what they teach you in hunter safety course.

The Hunter Safety Course offers many useful information on hunting laws that are beneficial, and advice on hunting, ethical shots, and hand outs on proper game handling and processing.

Re: Areas to Hunt

My best advice is to study the hunting area maps and use your summer and spring to scout the areas nearby to familiarize yourself what the areas are. This can be great fun and you can practice looking at bedding areas, tracks, etc (this is what I did).

I suspect this may take a few years of familiarizing yourself with your areas and seeing game with your eyes during off-season and correlating where they are on the designated Hunting area.

I have a topo maps, and a GPS/SD card telling me all the public land, state land, and private land info.

I also rely in the harvest reports now because they are absolutely vital for my future hunting from now on.  I am empty handed this year because I ignored the harvest reports success rates. They matter.

I also only been in Wyoming for just a few years and my best resources have been stopping at my nearby fish and game office and asking the wardens and staff for help on area questions and advice (like please tell me where the elk are, LOL). I had a warden tell us if the elk had moved down yet, and they even marked a map for me the elk's migratory routes. That helped out big time.

Don't be alarmed if other hunters don't share their locations where they hunt, it's not being unfriendly, this is like an unwritten rule to many like a closely guarded fishing hole. Don't get me wrong hunters are friendly with each other and often when in the same public land areas help each other out with info.

Believe it or not I watched videos on processing game animals. After landing my first deer last year I feel very comfortable doing it again.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on November 28, 2012, 07:22:17 PM
Don't be alarmed if other hunters don't share their locations where they hunt, it's not being unfriendly, this is like an unwritten rule to many like a closely guarded fishing hole.

I don't share my grouse, deer, morel, chanterelle or elderberry patches either..  ;)

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on November 28, 2012, 08:00:10 PM
So true Cedar.

Your photos have inspired my wife to take a Master Gardner class locally here in Wyoming.

I need to get blue grouse in the next two days.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: RipTombstone on December 04, 2012, 09:32:52 PM
Here is the result of my Kansas deer hunt this year. I used my M1 Garand this year. Processing the meat now, but having to hurry some due to the unseasonably warm weather right now.
It will mostly be bacon wrapped roasts, steaks, steak, steaks, and then a few more steaks. Scraps will be turned into jerky or burger. MMmmmmm.

He did have some previous damage to his front leg. Not sure if another hunter grazed him, or he got hit buy another buck in a fight.
(http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k123/daltonmasterson/IMG_31611.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on December 05, 2012, 03:28:25 AM
i got skunked  this year sorry no photos  :'(
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on December 05, 2012, 04:40:05 PM
elderberry patches either..

Elderberry patches? . . .  Those dang things grow like weeds on the coast.  Just take a drive and you'll find them.  Great way to harvest you tons of pigeon breasts too.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: gundog on December 07, 2012, 07:04:04 PM
i got skunked  this year sorry no photos  :'(

I actually didn't shoot a deer this year.....I'm not sure how many years since that has happened....LOL  I'm kinda glad. I have enough venison in the freezer that needs to get eaten up I'll have a chance to do it. My wife is not a fan so it takes me a while to eat a deer or two by myself.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: SheepdogSurvival on December 07, 2012, 08:29:13 PM
(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j430/SapponyTactical/hog1.jpg)(http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/j430/SapponyTactical/hog2.jpg)

One .308 175OTM round, two hogs killed. I hit the brown one on the move and when I came around to look for the blood trail I found the black one. The round went through the vitals on the brown one and spined the black one!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TexDaddy on December 07, 2012, 08:35:40 PM
Alright! Good to see someone getting some hogs.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on December 07, 2012, 08:37:34 PM
One .308 175OTM round, two hogs killed. I hit the brown one on the move and when I came around to look for the blood trail I found the black one. The round went through the vitals on the brown one and spined the black one!

Nice shoot'n.  I did that recently with a couple of nutria, but doing that on a couple of hogs is much more impressive.

Nice plate face, now I don't feel so lonely.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: RipTombstone on December 07, 2012, 09:06:45 PM
Nice twofer!!!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: radtke on December 09, 2012, 01:36:55 AM
I actually didn't shoot a deer this year.....I'm not sure how many years since that has happened....LOL  I'm kinda glad. I have enough venison in the freezer that needs to get eaten up I'll have a chance to do it. My wife is not a fan so it takes me a while to eat a deer or two by myself.

that is kinda where im at 2 years ago i had 2 deer made into summer sausage ,breakfast sausage,and hot dogs , so i had all kinds of venison too .
but if i would have seen a big one he would have been taking a dirtnap.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: TXChikk on December 09, 2012, 10:18:50 AM
Thanksgiving weekend South Texas. Used a Win. .308 approx. 75 yds. Blew out both shoulders :/ Oh well, what was ruined is now dog food, less we have to buy.

(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr300/txchikk/2012%20Hunt/8point2012-Copy.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: spooky-1 on December 10, 2012, 05:35:31 PM
Finally success during the 2nd IL firearms season! First one I got skunked!!!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8261969533_bbae8ce857_k.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on December 10, 2012, 06:03:14 PM
Finally success during the 2nd IL firearms season! First one I got skunked!!!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8261969533_bbae8ce857_k.jpg)
Nice pack (buck too) . . .  It looks like an Eberlestock.  I've got their G2H and LOVE IT !!
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: spooky-1 on December 10, 2012, 06:37:34 PM
I have truly enjoyed the phantom, fantstic pack and just wait, I'm getting thier cherry bomb pack soon and it will be filled with a nice little SBR...
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on December 10, 2012, 10:25:28 PM
I have truly enjoyed the phantom, fantstic pack and just wait, I'm getting thier cherry bomb pack soon and it will be filled with a nice little SBR...

Ahhh, it's the Phantom, with the removable scabbard you can use as a drag bag.  That's the one I originally had my eye on, but I thought it was bigger than what I needed.  For me, I was right.  The Gunslinger II is perfect for my needs.  If I did more extended overnight hunts the capacity of the Phantom would be needed, but I don't.  And if I do, the only thing better than an Eberlestock pack is two.

I've seen the Cherry Bomb on their website.  It looks like a great option to use as a minimalist and discreet BOB, but you just can't beat the functionality of the accessible scabbard on their other packs.  Plus you can't fit a traditional lengthed rifle in it.
Title: Buck last weekend of season
Post by: Joe in TN on January 02, 2013, 04:33:29 PM
(http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q522/Joe_n_TN/2012Buck_zps1ee486ee.jpg)

I shot this buck the last weekend of the season, this past Saturday.  I was using my rifled barrel shotgun, dropped in his tracks at 60 yards.  He field dressed at 137lbs.

Joe
Title: Re: Buck last weekend of season
Post by: nelson96 on January 02, 2013, 04:44:10 PM
NICE . . . Congrat's
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: lawdawg on June 01, 2013, 08:03:55 PM
Spring turkey in Arizona 2013(http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/b613/lawdawg762x39/hunt%20pics/05-12-131682_zpsb79bb5a7.jpg) (http://s1294.photobucket.com/user/lawdawg762x39/media/hunt%20pics/05-12-131682_zpsb79bb5a7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 02, 2013, 02:39:44 PM
We had a short but successful deer hunt this year.  We hunted Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and filled two tags on Sunday (3-point around noon and the 4-point in the early evening).  My daughter had a couple missed opportunities on Monday.  The 4-point hung at 127 without the head and hide.  He's a brute for the area we've hunted for the last 17 years (camped between the same tree's each year).  The 3-point is a typical size for the area.

(http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii481/Nelson961/4-Point_Pic1_zps96a250e4.jpg)
(http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii481/Nelson961/4-PointHead_Haley_zps472af519.jpg)
(http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii481/Nelson961/ea842055-8d77-4621-9009-d46c4f2bf108_zps40ba617d.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 26, 2013, 11:16:37 PM
On may way to elk camp next week, wish me luck.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on October 27, 2013, 08:26:26 AM
On may way to elk camp next week, wish me luck.

Good luck and have fun. Stay safe.

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 28, 2013, 04:02:23 PM
No deer this season, but elk season is coming up.  I also got a grouse on my last day, so I didn't come home empty.  It made a nice dinner for me and the wife with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. 

I might go back up between seasons and get another grouse if I get the chance.  They were plentiful and damn fine eating.  Besides, it might be nice to hit one with something smaller than a .270win.   ;D  Don't worry, it was a neck shot, so nothing was wasted.  I'll be packing a .22 handgun for elk season for just such an occasion.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 28, 2013, 06:27:18 PM
Good luck endurance, lets swap stories when we get back. 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 28, 2013, 09:08:47 PM
I had a deer within about 35 feet of me this year.  Unfortunately I was facing the wrong way when I heard them.  They saw me first and by the time I turned around, the three of them were bounding over the hill.  They didn't slow down until they were a good quarter mile away.  Unfortunately, I didn't have my 50 cal to make that kind of shot. ;)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 28, 2013, 09:12:36 PM
Not to brag (ok, yes I'm bragging), did you see my pics from our hunt? 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 28, 2013, 09:15:09 PM
Not to brag (ok, yes I'm bragging), did you see my pics from our hunt?
Some damn fine hunting their, bud.  Congrats.  I would have gone up for more days, but felt a bit of a cold coming on and decided that waking up at 4am to sit in the 10F temps was not worth it.  Yep, I'm a wimp! ;D
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 28, 2013, 09:35:40 PM
Some damn fine hunting their, bud.  Congrats. 

Thanks.  We had some nasty weather too.  It was funny, the wife had complained about how bad the weather was over the weekend (Sunday being the worst) and stated that she didn't believe all the stories she had heard over the years that bad weather improved the hunt. . . .  We got both deer on Sunday and she got her 3-point just minutes after she made her comment.

The wind was so bad Saturday night that we considered moving camp.  I dropped a few dead tree's around us instead.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: endurance on October 29, 2013, 01:08:55 PM
Thanks.  We had some nasty weather too.  It was funny, the wife had complained about how bad the weather was over the weekend (Sunday being the worst) and stated that she didn't believe all the stories she had heard over the years that bad weather improved the hunt. . . .  We got both deer on Sunday and she got her 3-point just minutes after she made her comment.

The wind was so bad Saturday night that we considered moving camp.  I dropped a few dead tree's around us instead.
We had the opposite.  45F and beautiful sunny skies.  Colder weather makes them move more, so it's always a plus.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 29, 2013, 03:38:54 PM
My problem (for some time now) is that the area we hunt has a very low deer population.  The two bucks we tagged were the first two bucks we had seen and only saw one other buck that unfortunately didn't give my daughter an opportunity to shoot.  This was a three day hunt for us.

Our average deer count per day was a dozen.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: joeandmich on November 13, 2013, 11:52:16 AM
I went on my first hunting trip last weekend in central Florida and only manged to shoot at 2 deers and saw no pigs. On the other hand my friends 8 year old shot a 6 point deer and a large boar in Texas.

Damn.


Joe
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Samuel Fairlane on November 25, 2013, 08:58:49 AM
I can almost taste the summer sausage. (http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e124/95bravo/20131119_085301_zpseaf2d4b5.jpg) (http://s38.photobucket.com/user/95bravo/media/20131119_085301_zpseaf2d4b5.jpg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on November 25, 2013, 08:59:55 AM
Is that one yours SamuelFairlane?

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Samuel Fairlane on November 25, 2013, 10:35:50 AM
Is that one yours SamuelFairlane?

Cedar
yup.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: bbobwat33 on December 08, 2013, 06:18:36 PM
beautiful virginia buck i took on the 29th of november.. still hunted all morning and afternoon finally settled into a stand on a creek bottom about 230. he came off the ridge behind me about 330. it was a great day.
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1466195_746258968735573_1451894319_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/988342_746258915402245_642002865_n.jpg)
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/1486935_746258948735575_1258300432_n.jpg)

Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on December 08, 2013, 06:21:22 PM
Nice buck, congrats.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Samuel Fairlane on December 10, 2013, 03:44:34 PM
Nice buck. I'm going muzzle loader hunting again the third weekend in dec. I might wait for decent buck the first day, after that if it's brown it's down.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: bbobwat33 on December 10, 2013, 07:12:50 PM
thanks guys, it's probably the only hunting i'll be able to do this year. if im lucky i'll get to go christmas day but with all the family stuff going on its doubtful. i hear ya sam. good luck to ya.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on January 01, 2014, 03:21:24 PM
An elk and two deer this year.  Between those and the chicken harvest we had to get another freezer.  I neglected to take any pictures before dressing started.  (oops)

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh580/m_volans/P1020630_zps7033ed8c.jpg) (http://s1252.photobucket.com/user/m_volans/media/P1020630_zps7033ed8c.jpg.html)

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh580/m_volans/P1020633_zpsa7365cc7.jpg) (http://s1252.photobucket.com/user/m_volans/media/P1020633_zpsa7365cc7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on January 01, 2014, 03:27:44 PM
I just stole the photo of your wine rack.

Cedar

PS Nice elk
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Samuel Fairlane on January 01, 2014, 04:33:46 PM
Took another doe in Dec. Three days hunting two deer down. Pretty good season for me.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Deping on February 05, 2014, 03:46:21 AM
Got a few good kills in 2013, but here's my first kill of 2014. Took this cottontail with my Crosman 1322 (.22) pellet pistol at my mother in laws house. 15 yards, standing off hand, dropped like it never even felt it. Gotta love them hollow points!
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f295/fast14riot/2014-01-01%2016.23.07_zps6uqxi0jz.jpg)

I love pistol hunting, and especially airpistol. It really forces you to up your hunting skill rather than just getting a bigger scope and shooting farther. I shoot only iron sights as well.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on February 05, 2014, 07:13:36 AM
Got a few good kills in 2013, but here's my first kill of 2014. Took this cottontail with my Crosman 1322 (.22) pellet pistol at my mother in laws house. 15 yards, standing off hand, dropped like it never even felt it. Gotta love them hollow points!

Very nice.  Did ya eat him?
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on May 27, 2014, 03:53:28 PM
Just talked the taxidermist, getting my deer mount back soon. 

3 weeks until I get my draw results back for my next hunts.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Zef_66 on May 28, 2014, 10:46:17 AM
Didn't realize we had this thread.

This was not my kill, but I was helping to drive, so it was a group effort. The other small bucks and does we got with this group we didn't photograph. Just this nice one:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v323/Zef_66/Guns/DSC_0042_zpsea7c7984.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: strangetanks on September 18, 2014, 07:43:30 PM
Couple from me...I'm not much of a picture taker though..

(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm56/strangetanks/CIMG0003_zps97cf4794.jpg) (http://s293.photobucket.com/user/strangetanks/media/CIMG0003_zps97cf4794.jpg.html)
(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm56/strangetanks/20140216_154609_zpsc3f6c14d.jpg) (http://s293.photobucket.com/user/strangetanks/media/20140216_154609_zpsc3f6c14d.jpg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: trekker111 on September 18, 2014, 07:57:47 PM
I usually don't photograph my kills, but I do have a few pics in my photo bucket other people have taken. Not sure of the when but a few are:

Buck with a muzzleloader and knife ( long story)
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj241/trekker111/10-02-08_1944.jpg) (http://s274.photobucket.com/user/trekker111/media/10-02-08_1944.jpg.html)

Gator with a harpoon and knife
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj241/trekker111/9-11-10%20gator%20hunt/gator91110021.jpg) (http://s274.photobucket.com/user/trekker111/media/9-11-10%20gator%20hunt/gator91110021.jpg.html)

Coyote with 375 Holland and Holland Mag ( just what I had in my hands)
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj241/trekker111/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_277814818998665_zpshe5ytcb7.jpeg) (http://s274.photobucket.com/user/trekker111/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_277814818998665_zpshe5ytcb7.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 18, 2014, 09:43:24 PM
Couple from me...I'm not much of a picture taker though..

Shot them with your pellet gun?
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: strangetanks on September 19, 2014, 05:41:56 AM
Yes...one of my pest hunting permissions.  Large piece of property but pretty sub-urban, if you were to shoot off a firearm there a swat team would probably show up.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 19, 2014, 06:02:37 AM
Yes...one of my pest hunting permissions.  Large piece of property but pretty sub-urban, if you were to shoot off a firearm there a swat team would probably show up.

Impressive looking rifle.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: strangetanks on September 19, 2014, 09:24:18 AM
Thanks, one of my goofy obsessions...

It's a Cometa Lynx, spanish made air rifle.  .22 caliber with a 10 shot magazine, upgraded pressure regulator, custom trigger mechanism, carbon fiber custom suppressor.  Very accurate and quiet, I practice by shooting at paint balls at around 50 yards.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on September 19, 2014, 09:39:49 AM
Gator with a harpoon and knife
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj241/trekker111/9-11-10%20gator%20hunt/gator91110021.jpg) (http://s274.photobucket.com/user/trekker111/media/9-11-10%20gator%20hunt/gator91110021.jpg.html)

I never knew anyone who hunted alligators before. Do you eat them?

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: trekker111 on September 19, 2014, 02:37:46 PM
I never knew anyone who hunted alligators before. Do you eat them?

Cedar

Of course.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on September 19, 2014, 04:21:27 PM
Of course.

Do you freeze it? Can it? How do you cook it? I almost had alligator bits when I was in Florida, but the line was too long, so I have never tried it.

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: GotCox on September 19, 2014, 05:18:06 PM
This is 2009. First year my dad and i both got our bulls. We were the only ones out of 8 guys at camp to get our elk. We were some happy dudes that year. Can't wait to give it another try this year.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1919314_1273530000244_504164_n.jpg?oh=8d25b6cfc4309201b5f69d671dff2861&oe=5493942F&__gda__=1419083470_db8105a4c09e776b8feb0f91d5de977d)
(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1919314_1273529200224_7228027_n.jpg?oh=e0e3fe38036207a50829e478fc833cba&oe=548D6003)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 19, 2014, 05:57:38 PM
This is 2009. First year my dad and i both got our bulls. We were the only ones out of 8 guys at camp to get our elk. We were some happy dudes that year. Can't wait to give it another try this year.

Well done.  Good luck this year.  I'll be out there second season Rocky Mountain Elk.  We hunt around Ukiah.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: trekker111 on September 19, 2014, 06:25:07 PM
Do you freeze it? Can it? How do you cook it? I almost had alligator bits when I was in Florida, but the line was too long, so I have never tried it.

Cedar
I freeze what we don't eat fresh. When I cook it, it is usually grilled, or gumbo. One way I really like is cut up in bite sizeish strips. Take a glass bowl and put a bunch of hot sauce and lemon juice in it. The lemon juice neutralizes a lot of the heat of the hot sauce, so something like Texas Pete will have no heat. Marinate the strips for 10 or 15 minutes, then throw it on the grill. The jowl meat is the best, you can use it most any chicken recipe. The tail meat can be used in fish or chicken recipes. The leg meat is real fishy, yet sort of beefish. You just have to be mindful of the texture. The only way I can describe it is hard on the outside, gooey on the inside, and if it gets over cooked it is tough. The one in the pic was going into the less edible size range. The smaller ones are much better.

The one in the pic is 8'11" and weighed about 450lb. It was all 4 grown men could do to get it in the back of the truck.

(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj241/trekker111/Bradsgator.jpg) (http://s274.photobucket.com/user/trekker111/media/Bradsgator.jpg.html)
This one was 5'10", weighed about 70lb, and was much better eating. They reach a point, usually between 8' and 9' where they start to toad out, and put on much more weight than length.
(http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj241/trekker111/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_357444883105725_zps3m21gpt4.jpeg) (http://s274.photobucket.com/user/trekker111/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_357444883105725_zps3m21gpt4.jpeg.html) this one was 8'1", an only weighed around 180lb, and was good eating. The first gator pictured was only 11" longer, but weighed over twice as much close too 3x. I've seen 13 footers weigh 1800 to a ton. I wouldn't even consider eating that.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on September 19, 2014, 06:35:11 PM
That is totally fascinating to me trekker111. Thanks. We don't usually get gators around my neck of the woods.  ;)
Next time I make to Florida or somewhere I will have to go out of my way to find some to try.

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: GotCox on September 19, 2014, 11:04:58 PM
Well done.  Good luck this year.  I'll be out there second season Rocky Mountain Elk.  We hunt around Ukiah.

Thanks and good luck to you also. We always take first season and hunt east of Mt. Hood. There are not huge herds and none of it is private farm raised elk. And that is why i love it so much. Wild elk, living on public lands. I really need to fill the freezer so i am hoping for good luck.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 20, 2014, 08:15:44 AM
Thanks and good luck to you also. We always take first season and hunt east of Mt. Hood. There are not huge herds and none of it is private farm raised elk. And that is why i love it so much. Wild elk, living on public lands. I really need to fill the freezer so i am hoping for good luck.

I'm not aware of ANY 'high fence' (private farm raised) hunting of elk in this State.  Maybe that was your point, this is a great State with enormous amounts of public access to hunt.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: GotCox on September 20, 2014, 08:56:39 AM
I'm not aware of ANY 'high fence' (private farm raised) hunting of elk in this State.  Maybe that was your point, this is a great State with enormous amounts of public access to hunt.

Yep that is my point. I see how hunting in texas and arizona has changed and i do not want that here. Public lands for everyone to use and share is much better than paying for or begging a land owner for use of his property.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on September 20, 2014, 08:58:23 AM
I'm not aware of ANY 'high fence' (private farm raised) hunting of elk in this State.  Maybe that was your point, this is a great State with enormous amounts of public access to hunt.

I think there may be one over in Sisters.

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 20, 2014, 09:00:45 AM
I think there may be one over in Sisters.

Raised for meat, but not for "hunting".
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on September 20, 2014, 09:05:23 AM
Raised for meat, but not for "hunting".

I still like driving to their fence when I am over there and watching their breeder bulls.
OH no.. http://www.nuggetnews.com/print.asp?ArticleID=16365&SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5
http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=3240&TM=44517.9

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 20, 2014, 09:19:53 AM
I still like driving to their fence when I am over there and watching their breeder bulls.
OH no.. http://www.nuggetnews.com/print.asp?ArticleID=16365&SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5
http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=3240&TM=44517.9

Cedar

Another example of undocumented reasons to require extreme solutions that aren't solutions at all.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: GotCox on September 21, 2014, 12:06:17 AM
I still like driving to their fence when I am over there and watching their breeder bulls.
OH no.. http://www.nuggetnews.com/print.asp?ArticleID=16365&SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5
http://www.nuggetnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=3240&TM=44517.9

Cedar

Sometimes i hate Oregon because of this type of stuff. Slowly Oregon is turning to the wrong direction. Hunting is being limited, off road access is being limited, now even the Oregon Dunes is closing down beaches to off road recreation. I love this state and the land here, but i see it slowly slipping into a place i don't want to live driven by the herds of metro sexuals and hypsters in portland.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on September 21, 2014, 12:18:41 AM
off road access is being limited

This is one thing the selfish hunter in me likes  ;D

But I do get your point and usually no good comes it for the common taxpayer.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on October 11, 2014, 10:49:08 AM
Deer tag #1 filled yesterday.  Unfortunately, forgot to bring the camera.  Stayed up last processing last night.  Still have to grind and make jerky this afternoon.  Then back out tomorrow to see if I can fill tag #2 or the elk tag!   ;D

Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Cedar on October 11, 2014, 11:00:37 AM
Sometimes i hate Oregon because of this type of stuff. Slowly Oregon is turning to the wrong direction. Hunting is being limited, off road access is being limited, now even the Oregon Dunes is closing down beaches to off road recreation. I love this state and the land here, but i see it slowly slipping into a place i don't want to live driven by the herds of metro sexuals and hypsters in portland.

You sure about that? 

"Siuslaw National Forest officials are closing in on a decision to designate new trails and open more than 500 acres for motorized vehicle access in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, two decades after a management plan was set in motion."
http://theworldlink.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/rezoning-decision-coming-to-oregon-dunes/article_6b0bd9a0-32f1-11e4-b6d1-001a4bcf887a.html

Cedar
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 11, 2014, 11:26:39 AM
You sure about that? 

"Siuslaw National Forest officials are closing in on a decision to designate new trails and open more than 500 acres for motorized vehicle access in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, two decades after a management plan was set in motion."
http://theworldlink.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/rezoning-decision-coming-to-oregon-dunes/article_6b0bd9a0-32f1-11e4-b6d1-001a4bcf887a.html

Cedar

I've not hunted the dunes but do a lot of ATV recreation and have not seen any issues of limited access.  I wouldn't be surprised that their are groups out there that want to close off sections to protect birds and plant life, but the typical recreation areas I use (Florence, Winchester Bay, and Coos Bay) have been left wide open for all the years I have used them.  This is a huge industry that brings in a lot of dollars for the State and local communities.  They won't jeopardize that.

Florence (http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_oregon_florence.htm)
Winchester Bay (http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_oregon_winchester_bay.htm)
Coos Bay (http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_oregon_coos_bay.htm)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on October 15, 2014, 06:33:55 AM
Freezer filling up...
(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh580/m_volans/P1030529_zpsb74d0139.jpg)

Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: LibertyBelle on October 15, 2014, 06:17:37 PM
Freezer filling up...

Nice! Looks like someone is having back strap for dinner tonight...  :) 
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ID_Joker on October 19, 2014, 08:27:39 PM
Got my elk this weekend, so I'm gone for the year.  2 deer and one elk.  Freezer is brimming!

(http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh580/m_volans/P1030540_zpsa143122c.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: nelson96 on October 19, 2014, 08:29:14 PM
That's awesome, congrats.
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: statesofmind on November 12, 2014, 01:47:10 PM
A rare sight indeed....  antlered doe bagged here in Maine.  Follow the link below to the story.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/11/09/outdoors/hunter-in-sebec-bags-rare-8-point-doe/?ref=search

(http://i1218.photobucket.com/albums/dd410/pstatesofmind/doe.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: Moonvalleyprepper on November 14, 2014, 10:37:41 AM
I got this doe in early October after 5hrs of searching we finally found her. Solid shot but no blood trail, luckily we had some experiences trackers on the case. She appears to have been shot previously with a graze in the neck, and she had a club foot. Glad this is the one I got, not sure she would have made it through winter.

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10646864_10152523543483768_8784618602338543916_n.jpg?oh=e6090bd52a6f4fd1ea7efbc63e0f487f&oe=54D1A36F)

I took another one about 2 weeks later at a different location, phone was dead so I didn't get any pics :( Still got 3 tags left and will hopefully be able to get my first buck this year.  ;D
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: SelfSufficientPath on December 08, 2014, 11:02:30 AM
Last year's harvest.
(https://selfsufficientpath.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/joe_and_deer.jpg)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: mikeWI on May 02, 2016, 08:41:05 AM
October 2015 Public Land Buck

(http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q714/Mike_Murdaugh/NCM_3072_zpsu6rfp6er.jpg) (http://s1355.photobucket.com/user/Mike_Murdaugh/media/NCM_3072_zpsu6rfp6er.jpg.html)

(http://i1355.photobucket.com/albums/q714/Mike_Murdaugh/IMG_2325_zpsmyzibmqz.jpg) (http://s1355.photobucket.com/user/Mike_Murdaugh/media/IMG_2325_zpsmyzibmqz.jpg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: DWESmith on May 02, 2016, 10:56:11 PM
Last years mule deer.
(http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l355/dallas_smith3/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnzidut1c.jpeg) (http://s328.photobucket.com/user/dallas_smith3/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsnzidut1c.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: successful hunting photos thread
Post by: ZackSurvival on May 06, 2018, 06:29:31 PM
Great photos everyone, i hope i can go to hunt this year and take publish some photos of the prizes