To My Little Huntress

Dear Kate,

Your recent comment took your mom by surprise. She called me at work to tell me about her experience. What you said was both sweet and heart wrenching. “Mom, if you have a boy Dad won’t want to take me hunting and fishing anymore.” You are aware of your Mom’s desire for number five. Maybe we will finally get that boy? That concerns you. I am trying to come to terms with the idea of five kids as well.

My concerns are different than your concern. I want to give you and your sisters every opportunity the world has to offer. I wasn’t sure how I would take care of one and here we are at four. Your grandpa Heiner always says, “each child will bring its own bread.” It is his way of saying the Lord will provide a way. I always laugh and tell him “that is easy for you to say when I am the one footing the bill.” To grandpa’s credit things seem to work out.

Kate, it is important that you know a hundred boys could not replace you. You are irreplaceable. You have a toughness about you that a boy could only hope to match. It seems natural for a son to hunt and fish with his dad. It is truly special to have a daughter that wants those same things. You are just as capable of weathering the storm. You are just as able to climb the hill. You are just as strong to handle a horse.

Kate, you need to understand two things. You are irreplaceable. You are strong. As a result you will always be welcome in my camp!

Love,

Dad

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Utah Elk Hunt 2012

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10 Reasons Kids Should NOT Hunt

I recently spent the weekend shed hunting with my daughter Kate. With a kid in the mix you could say it takes major work just to get out the door. Tasks preventing me from enjoying my weekend piled up. These tasks were largely kid related. To be frank, they were “Kate” related.

She didn’t have the right clothes which required a trip to Cal Ranch. She was also hungry. “We will take one chicken sandwich and hamburger plain.” As added frustration the horse trailer had a flat and one of the horses needed her hoofs trimmed. Upon gathering water bottles, getting fuel and purchasing trail treats, my Saturday had nearly slipped from my iron clad grasp.

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Kate and Meg

Admittedly, I asked myself “why?” After much thought, I have come up with exactly 10 reasons why kids should NOT ever hunt in all its forms.

  1. Hunting teaches kids how to provide. Really? What kid needs to learn how to provide? We are no longer cavemen or pioneers. Our kids are entitled not only to basic needs but to added comforts.
  2. Hunting teaches kids how to be uncomfortable. What kid needs to learn the value of cold hands and blistered feet? Kids should never be expected to sleep on the ground. As an advanced society we are certainly above this. All the comforts of the world should be ours. Our time is best suited teaching our kids actual lessons of value like how to get something for nothing.
  3. Hunting teaches kids how to stay fit. Good health is overrated.
  4. Hunting teaches kids how to respect God’s creations. Who’s that guy anyway? Isn’t America’s prosperity the result of our own great minds? Aren’t those awe-inspiring hills and all that is in them a result of some big bang?
  5. Hunting teaches kids how to prepare. Prepare for what?
  6. Hunting teaches kids how to work. We live in a day and age where every one of our kids are entitled to a job despite their work ethic, reliability, prior training or education. To really spend the time teaching a kid to work would have been valuable maybe 52 1/2 years ago.
  7. Hunting teaches kids how to survive. Survive what?
  8. Hunting teaches kids how to conserve resources. Resources are plentiful. Do you really think they are going to run out? If the goal is to conserve, wouldn’t killing do just the opposite? Maybe PETA is on to something. Clearly hunting and conservation do not go hand in hand.
  9. Hunting teaches kids how to solve problems. Problem solving is for the birds. The risk of encountering too many problems while hunting is real. Clearly my own attempt was chuck full of unnecessary problems. I should have known better than to leave my recliner and remote.
  10. Hunting teaches kids how to have fun. To be honest the high-pitched shriek of kids laughing can be annoying. It is certainly counter intuitive to hunting. Perched behind the glow of their iPad in the darkest corner of the house their laughter and tears are only a distant squeal.
I guess greater clarity can be found in putting your thoughts to the figurative paper. As I read back through this post I have come to the realization that the above 10 reasons are exactly why my kids WILL hunt. It is these 10 reasons that make sense of the madness found in hunting with kids!
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Kate and Miya
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THE LOOK THEY GIVE WHILE READING THE BELOW COMMENTS. ENJOY!

 

Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning #elkhunt

Welcome to the second installment of “Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning.” In this article we will be taking a closer look at hashtag #elkhunt. The photos are indeed stunning beginning with Hilary Maybery’s featured image up top! Maybery’s photo shoot with this young female hunter, her dad, and her bull are some of the best images ever captured of an elk hunter. Visit www.hilarymaybery.com to learn more!

You may have read my 1st article in this series? If not, you can find it here. The instragram users featured in both articles are a must follow for anyone interested in amazing photography, hunting, and the outdoors.

As you read each #hashtag article, it is important to understand their three-part purpose.

1. Pay due respect to the animals we are blessed to hunt.

2. Highlight stunning photography and “must follow” instagram users.

3. Bring positive awareness to the sport of hunting and fishing. 

I hold some pretty strong beliefs on the topic of hunting, fishing, and conservation. One such belief addresses harvest pictures and how they are captured. I believe the pictures you take are an indication of the level of respect you have for the animal and the sport. You do not need to be a professional photographer to adequately show respect in the field; however, take the time to prep the photo in the most respectful way possible on your next hunt.

As mentioned, this post will highlight hashtag #elkhunt over a period of 52 weeks. For me, this hashtag brings back memories of hunting big bull elk on the Wasatch and young spike bulls in the Book Cliffs of Utah. If the bugle of elk gets your blood pumping you will surely enjoy this one!

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1. @caseylavere @gethusin (Casey Lavere): You are probably familiar with hit youtube channel “Hushin With LaVere.” Casey has created a youtube and instagram following that is unmatched in the hunting industry. Key to creating such a huge following is great content. Great content is the foundation of all that comes out of the Hushin camp. Nice work Casey and the Hushin team! What a great photo! Follow Casey on instagram @caseylavere and @gethushin.

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2. @stripnut (Garrett Carr): I have seen this picture with a few different types of edits. This edit resonated with me. I love the subtle color in this shot. Oh, did I mention the bull is a giant? Assuming @stripnut isn’t out chasing screaming bulls, you will likely find him on the Arizona strip looking for giant mule deer. This guy knows how to find big bucks on the strip. Go follow @stripnut today and get your hunt fix of Arizona mulies and bruiser bulls.

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3. @steinerteamamerica @rvmatt (Pictured: Matt Neddermeyer): Steiner has taken some amazing shots @steinerteamamerica. They make some pretty awesome products as well! Although this Top 10 list is in no particular order, this is certainly a favorite. That being said, it would take a monster bull to make me cross a river like that! Nice work @steinerteamamerica. Way to brave the elements @rvmatt. What an epic shot.

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4. @backcountrymulies (Derik Henderson): This photo is really quite simple; however, don’t let it fool you. @backcountrymulies paid close attention to its setup. You’ll notice no gaping exit wound, hanging tongue, or decapitated head. A level of respect is given to this old bull and it’s well deserved! Take a look at those swords! Go follow @backcountrymulies for some more amazing photos!

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5. @mattforsyth7 (Matt Forsyth): This guy is a hunting fool! Everything about this picture is cool. The blood even works well in this shot and represents the hard work that goes into preserving game meat and packing it out. Matt’s love for the sport is obvious. Go check out his stellar track record @mattforsyth7.

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6. @hillarymayberyphoto www.hillarymaybery.com (Hillary Mayberry): How about the cover photo to this article? Simply amazing. This shot is no different and Hillary nails it yet again. I love how this photo highlights a young female hunter.

Many of you know I have 4 daughters. I am surrounded by girls. It is the confidence of this young hunter which I hope to instill in each of my daughters. Hillary did a great job capturing the quite confidence and power of this young hunter. Go visit www.hillarymaybery.com for some amazing photography.

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7. @eric_chesser (Eric Chesser): This bull, this picture and this hunter is better understood by watching Eric’s hunt on film. CLICK HERE The video is amazing! Dubbed the “Fire Bull,” this bull sent Eric on a epic journey. For this reason, I love this photo. It screams perseverance, hard work, and dedication. This film can be found on “Hushin With Lavere” and is a must see for anyone that is passionate about hunting. Follow @eric_chesser on instagram today!

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8. @chuckopenseasontv (Chuck Paddock): This picture requires very little commentary. As owner and host at www.openseasontv.com, Chuck understands what it means to effectively capture a moment through video and photography. This is certainly one moment well captured. Nice work @chuckopenseasontv and team on an absolutely stunning photo finish. Be sure to watch for Open Season TV on the Pursuit Channel and follow Chuck @chuckopenseasontv.

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9. @dagger8armory: I can see it in their eyes. We have all been there as we scan the horizon, sidehill, and deep canyons. Nothing is more intense than the search. It plays games with your mind. Each bush seems to end up as a well placed elk decoy whose sole purpose is to take your eye off the ball. I love the edit on this shot @dagger8armory. Nice work on a great photo!

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10. @greatoudoorstudios (Michael Engelmeyer): This photo is unbelievable. Every single photo posted to @greatoutdoorstudios and www.greatoutdoorstudios.com is unbelievable. I was raised on the back of a horse. Many times I have tried to capture this exact image to no avail. Nice work @greatoutdoorstudios on rounding off our list with an absolute stunner!

Now the only question remaining is are you now following these 10+ instagram users? If not, you are missing the boat on amazing content. While you are at it be sure to follow me @jdheinerblog.

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Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning Photos #massntrash

I was first annoyed by the concept of #hashtags. All of a sudden placing a #hashtag #beforealonglistofridiculousyetseeminglyclevercomments is an accepted way to communicate. That approach is still annoying; however, hashtags used effectively can be both fun and effective.

Commonly used hashtags are an awesome way to further explore you favorite topics within instagram. Are you into hunting #muledeer or #elk? Would you describe yourself as a #huntinfool?

I often find myself glued to various instagram #hashtags while utilizing the instagram search function. This series of blog posts will highlight the most stunning pictures within a given #hashtag. I will take into consideration photos posted within a 52wk time frame. In this my first edition I will focus on one of the best!

HASHTAG: #massntrash

One of the biggest contributors and founder of the #massntrash tag is the one the only Jeremy Joyner @massntrash. In a world where @signs make everyone a “one and only,” Jeremy sets @massntrash apart with some awesome content. I am a religious follower of @massntrash. Check him out and follow today!

That being said, lets enjoy the Hunting Hashtag 10 Most Stunning Photos #massntrash.

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1. @fne4life (Chris Brackett): If you want to see some absolutely stunning hunting photos, follow @fne4life! This guy is a hunting machine. This photo is the first of many @fne4life photos that are sure to capture your attention. Nice work Chris on an giant muley and an epic photo finish.

image2 copy 22. @tim_downs_ (Tim Downs): To say Tim loves big desert rams would be an understatement. His passion for big curls is evident in his work.  Follow Tim for some phenomenal pictures of these magnificent animals @tim_downs_.

image43. @jayscottoutdoors @huntaz (Jay Scott): Averi was able to harvest this once in a lifetime ram with Jay Scott Outdoors. I am a huge youth hunter advocate. With 4 daughters of my own, this picture obviously caught my attention. congratulations Averi on an absolute trophy ram and stunning photo!

Be sure to follow @jayscottoutdoors and @huntaz for some unbelievable hunting pictures and video. Check out www.jayscottoutdoors.blogspot.com for some great content.

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4. @proline_imagery (Ricky Bangerter): This picture is stunning! As a result, I checked out @proline_imagery and this picture is just the beginning. This guy is an unbelievable photographer. Go follow Ricky for your outdoor and extreme sports photography fix! He will not disappoint. Nice work Ricky on a stunning photo.

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 5. @evanhault (Pictured: Ryan Warner, JJ Lund): Sonora, Mexico is the land of giant mule deer and incredible backdrops. To double up on a couple of bucks then finish off with that view would be a dream. This photo captures the moment perfectly. Take a minute and follow @evanhault. Evan and his hunting buddies are as consistent as it gets. Check out “The Trophy Hunter’s 4 Skills” for a great article about Evan and his hunting success.

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6. @bucksighter: To kill a double drop tine buck is a thing of fantasy for most big game hunters. I love the simplicity of this image. I love the lighting. This buck is both massive and trashy. @bucksighter has many great shots for your viewing pleasure. Check them out! Great job on an awesome picture.

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7. @seanmorganoutdoors (Sean Morgan): This 35″ buck is a favorite of mine from the 2014 season. Sean captures the moment well with both still shots and riveting video. Check out the kill shot on this buck at www.seanmorganoutdoors.com. Great time and effort goes into Sean’s harvest photos and film. This photo is no exception. Nice work Sean! If you are not following @seanmorganoutdoors today, get over there and click follow.

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8. @skylerrichards1325 (Skyler Richards): This guy continues to impress. CCO and Skyler kill some of the biggest mule deer in the West. This buck was actually featured in Utah’s Top 10 Monster Mule Deer of 2014. I am a huge fan when photography pays due respect to a harvested giant. Skyler does this on each and every hunt. Follow @skylerrichards1325 for some spectacular hunting photos. Skyler’s track record indicates there is more to come!

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9. @chase_christopher_ (Chase Christopher): What an absolute giant. This husband and wife team, this buck, and a spectacular backdrop is a solid recipe for a photo finish. I love everything about his picture. Follow @chase_christopher_ for some great content and visit www.themountainiscalling.com for some must see films. These guys are putting together some awesome stuff!

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10. @drivenhunter (Mike Jahnke): I love big whitetail. There is still a big ole’ bruiser that haunts my dreams from a tree stand in Monroe, Michigan. You win some, you lose some. Mike @drivenhunter and www.drivenhunter.com won one here. This picture is simply fantastic. Be sure to follow @drivenhunter and watch Driven TV on the Outdoor Channel Tuesdays at 9:30 ET. Mike killed this buck with Wicked Outfitters. Check them out at www.wickedoutfitters.com.

Now the only question remaining is are you now following these 10+ instagram users? If not, you are missing the boat on amazing content. While you are at it be sure to follow me @jdheinerblog.

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