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.

If you like this article, take a look at some of the other articles at http://www.jdheinerblog.com and click the little follow button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

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.

If you like this article, take a look at some of the other articles at http://www.jdheinerblog.com and click the little follow button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

2015 Western Hunt Expo’s 5 Best Over and Under $500

So I may or may not have built a Christmas chain as a count down image1-26to the 2015 Western Hunt Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Doesn’t everyone?

If you find it un-relatable that I compare feelings of Christmas to those felt before, during, and after the expo, then you clearly have never attended the Western Hunt Expo. For the avid hunter and attendee, I am sure you can relate. Get out your wallet and ready your mouse because these 10 companies are making some pretty cool products.

As a side note, I am not a paid advertiser for any of these companies. I’m just a guy who loves to hunt! Take a minute and click the little follow button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Instagram @jdheinerblog

 

5 BEST UNDER $500

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1. Gohunt.com INSIDER – Annual Membership $149: gohunt.com “Insider” membership is an absolute must have for any Western big game hunter. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to research the various state units, draw odds, terrain, weather, success rates, access, etc. If your head is not yet spinning, add to the mix the various regulations, cost, and deadlines. You will quickly realize you need an effective strategy to win!

As an “Insider” you will be equipped to develop that strategy!

I have followed gohunt.com from the beginning. It was at this year’s expo I learned I had yet to scratch the surface of this company’s technology. The reality is their vision, content, and technology are ahead of the curve. Their product is the result of a unique pairing between the tech nerd and the hunter. That is not an easy task.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Technology powered research tools covering several Western states
  • Unit, state, and specie profiles
  • Strategic insight from experienced hunters
  • Monthly gear, tag, and hunt giveaways
  • 10% off the largest selection of landowner tags in the West

Don’t be left wondering why you aren’t hunting some of the best units in the West! Visit www.gohunt.com and sign up for an “Insider” membership today.

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2. Caribou Gear Game Bag Combos <>$69: These game bags are an absolute must have for any backcountry hunter. They are sold as a combo with enough bags to quarter or bone out your harvest in the field. They are designed for repeated use. Lightweight, DURABLE, and compact! I have used various game bags in the back country and few have me as excited as Caribou Gear. It is the below key features that enticed me to place a waiting list order of the sold-out caribou combo. Visit www.biggamebags.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Synthetic blend for optimal air circulation
  • Stain resistant, washable, durable
  • Pull string closures with cord lock
  • Locking loops for ease of hanging
  • Reflective tabs

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3. Spotter (Tines Up) $50: One of the highlights at this year’s expo was the ladies and their 3 giant bulls at the Tines Up booth. Those bulls certainly drew me in; however, it was some pretty neat products that kept me around. One of those products was the “Spotter.”

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time behind the glass. Maintaining one eye closed can be tiring. The “Spotter” allows you to keep both eyes open while experiencing zero squinting fatigue. It works by simply blacking out one eye despite both being open. I do recognize a person could buy an eye patch for around $2; however, this product allows for great transition from glassing to non-glassing. For this reason, it is a must have for any spotter accustomed to closing one eye while glassing. Visit www.tinesup.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Malleable arm for perfect fit to the left or right eye
  • Ease of use, application, and attachment
  • Comfort accordion style eye piece
  • Ease of transition from glassing to non-glassing.

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4. RaptoRazor <>$100: I have used nearly every knife company and style of skinning tool available to the modern hunter. I am a fan of many. RaptoRazor takes it to the next level with their field dressing designs and engineering.

The ease with which RaptoRazor products process game is astonishing. Nothing is worse than processing big game in the back country with dull tools. For this reason I love a disposable blade and efficient design. This product truly is “faster, safer, cleaner” as noted on their site. Visit www.raptorazor.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Disposable blade design with easy installation and removal of blades
  • Easy grip handle with survival compartment
  • Initial replacement blades included
  • Educational video library demonstrating product in the field
  • Blade guards included

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5. PhoneSkope <>$80: PhoneSkope is one of those products that is reaching widespread adoption. I am not one to simply jump on the bandwagon; however, this wagon is worth riding. If you are looking for one of the simplest ways to capture close up images and videos of the hunt, this product is the best thing out. Besides, sometimes it nice to solidify your stories with proof. Without proof, it didn’t happen. Visit www.phoneskope.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Widespread phone and scope applications available
  • Simple application and attachment to various scopes
  • Share real time video (where cell service is provided) via video chat with friends that couldn’t join you on your hunt.
  • Utilize the one item you’ll likely never leave home without – your phone.

5 BEST OVER $500

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1. Maven Optics <> $1,000.00: Their tag line says it all, “Performance, Personalization, Perfection.” Maven has focused their efforts on bypassing the middle-man and their hefty mark-ups. They’ve done this by taking their product straight to the end-user.

High end glass makes the difference in the field, especially in low light conditions. I am always skeptical when a new optic manufacturer positions their product with the most premier of optic companies. I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the Maven optic. Take the quality of a high-end glass and add to it customization options unheard of in the optics industry and you have a Maven. Visit www.mavenbuilt.com to learn more.

Maven – (-ven) 1. A trusted expert 2. One with knowledge based on accumulation of experience.  “Performance is non-negotiable, the rest is up to you”

Product’s Key Features:

  • Customization including the following: body armor, neck strap rings, focus wheel, ocular lens rings, objective lens rings, tripod cover plate, labeling, and engraving
  • Competitively priced
  • Highest level of quality and performance found in some of the biggest optic names out on the market today.

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2. Felt Electric Outfitter Bike $5,499.00: This one gets me excited! The reason for my excitement is simple: I have seen it, FELT it, used it. Until you have done just that, you may not understand. It is worth a trip to eSpokes in either Salt Lake City or Saint George, Utah in order to experience it first hand.

Having had an opportunity to ride this bike, I knew immediately that it deserved a spot on this list. Packing essential gear on any hunting expedition can be difficult. This bike’s smooth electric motor and peddle assist make it possible for you and your gear to reach some of the most remote locations in the West. Human power is required; however, this bike’s motor picks up the slack and sends you effortlessly up the trail. Biking and hunting may not historically travel together; however, this bike is changing the way we think! Visit www.espokes.com or www.feltelectic.com to learn more.

Products Key Features:

  • Fully charged in approximately 4 hours
  • Up to 75+ Miles per charge or 2-8 hours of riding time per charge (dependent on level of assist – 5 levels)
  • Power assists up to 20 mph
  • Bomb-proof BOSCH electric motor
  • Saddlebag and trailer accessories for all your hunting and camping gear.

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3. Barebones Tents <>$1000: Barebones Living was established with the vision of providing the bare essentials to those in need throughout the world (food, water, SHELTER, power). Their roots are inspirational. Essential to building a product that could withstand conditions year round is their design, durability, and quality. These tents are unmatched and are a must for base camp hunting. Visit www.barebonesliving.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Barebones custom aluminum and nylon frame system is relatively lightweight and includes a lifetime warranty
  • Durable and weather resistant synthetic weave shell, designed for year-round weather exposure
  • Loft nine-foot ceilings allow you to stand upright, regardless of where you are in the tent
  • Built-in ports make running power, heat and water lines effortless
  • Barebones frame anchors to multiple surfaces, including concrete, wood and dirt
  • Tent designs for 4-8 people
  • Additional accessories including heat, power, and light sources

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4. Traeger Grills <>$899: This is actually a product I have owned for some time now. I share this with you because this thing has made me an absolute hero in my home. Your next grill purchase should not be anything but a Traeger.

This product takes the guess-work out of outdoor cooking. The reality is this grill can be used as a grill, BBQ, smoker, or a wood fired convection oven. Choose from a variety of wood pellet flavors, load the hopper, plug it in, select and temp, and wait. These machines are unbelievable! Visit www.traegergrills.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Ease of use including multiple cooking applications: grill, BBQ, smoker, wood fired convection oven.
  • Simple to clean
  • Multiple online Traeger cooking resources and recipes
  • Unmatched customer care and support

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5. Dark Widow Venom and Venom-X <$1,349: Oh the fun I could have with this one! Dark Widow has come out with an incredible product. Can you say night vision on your current setup with a potentially effective distance of up to 550 yards? Welcome to the world of Venom and Venom-X.

I had an opportunity to hop into Widow’s dark room at the expo and check this thing out. My mind raced to all the possible applications for this product. The reality is we’ve all dreamed of getting our hands on this type of technology.  Now is your chance. Visit www.nitesiteusa.com to learn more.

Product’s Key Features:

  • Use Day or Night – Black and White picture.
  • Converts your scope setup into Black and White night vision
  • No re-zeroing needed
  • Identify targets up to 550yds depending on scope
  • Manufactured in the USA

That concludes the Top 10 products featured at the 2014 Hunt Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tell me what you think? Do you agree or disagree with this Top 10? What is your Top 10?

Donnie Vincent, Hunting Isn’t So Hard To Explain

Have you seen it? Donnie Vincent filmed a short video posted to Vimeo and www.donnievincent.com titled “Who We Are.” It is a film that I have wanted to write about for some time. This short 7 minute film addresses the controversy surrounding the sport of hunting. It clears the air. How can you be a hunter? Why do you hunt? Donnie states “its hard to explain.”

Truth be told, hunting isn’t hard to explain when explained so perfectly. Donnie accomplishes just that in an absolutely stunning combination of footage and dead on narration. I have been captivated by this film’s scenery and message. What started as a 7 minute clip has turned into hours of re-runs of which I proudly admit my consumption. What starts as a topic “hard to explain” becomes crystal clear during this films narrative.

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That being said, one cannot in general terms define all the people that hunt. As with all things, there are a select few that make the rest of us look like idiots. Those select few do not represent the vast majority. Those select few do not represent the true hunter. Donnie Vincent’s “Who We Are” is a representation of the true hunter. To count yourself a hunter there are 3 core principles taught in Donnie’s film that should guide your pursuit.

1. Preserve: Hunting plays an essential role in preserving our wildlife resources. This is clearly a guiding force in Donnie’s pursuit. If not for the hunters’ attention to conservation, our wildlife resources would be starved. PETA, hug a hunter for it is the hunter that sustains the resource for which you vow to protect. It is a love for the animal that sustains a drive to hunt, kill, and preserve this incredible resource. That’s right folks, it’s not simply about the “kill.”

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2. Provide: You wouldn’t be here if not for the hunters and gatherers that have gone before you. I love that. Fact is, it’s true. Like Donnie, I find great pleasure in providing clean and sustainable meat for my family. I know where it comes from and I respectively harvest and utilize each and every kill. Donnie’s film touches perfectly on the pride that comes from harvesting an animal. It is a pride that comes by way of providing.

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3. Push: Hunters understand what it means to work. They push their limits. They push the limits of their physical endurance and their equipment. They are fully vested in the process from start to finish. This level of work ethic is not found and discovered in your living room. “To experience fantastic things, you have to put yourself in fantastic places.” Hard work will get you there. Working hard is a key attribute of the true hunter.

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In a day and age where everyone seems to be filming their own hunts, Donnie sets a standard few will achieve. This film is an absolute must see. If you have seen it already, watch it again. The principles taught should guide every single one of your hunting adventures. Nice work Donnie and team!

Visit www.donnieviscent.com for some amazing content. This film is clearly just the beginning for Donnie Viscent. With additional films like “The River’s Divide” and “Terra Nova,” I can’t wait to see what comes out of Donnie’s camp next! Your next stop should be the Donnie Vincent Store! Simply inspiring!

Idaho’s Top 10 Monster Mule Deer of 2014

Monster mule deer are one of many reasons why I love the state of Idaho. I went to school in Idaho. My wife is from Southeast Idaho. It is a place I also called home for several years. We brought our firstborn child home to a single-wide trailer in Hibbard, Idaho. We loved that trailer and we loved Hibbard. On a clear day you could watch the sun rise over the Tetons. It is a view that is unmatched. To top it all off, Idaho is the land of monster mule deer and trophy big game! For outdoorsmen and women it is a perfect combination.

This Top 10 is full of spectacular mule deer. As with my previous Top 10 articles including Utah, Colorado, and the Arizona Strip, these bucks are in no particular order. From 1-10, these mule deer deserve a spot on this list.

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Nate Jones

0. Nate Jones: The readers always send pictures and stories of big ole’ bucks that should have been considered. Sometimes the readers are right. Sometimes they are wrong. When they get it right, I add those bucks to a BONUS section at the bottom of each article. Whether a buck makes the list or not, I love seeing your pictures big or small.

Ryan Thomas sent me a picture of Nate Jones’s monster 2014 archery buck. I am placing this buck in a very special #0 spot for 2 reasons. First, The buck is a giant. This buck green scored 225 7/8″ and dried at a impressive P&Y nontypical score of 215″.

The second reason for placing this buck at the top of this list is the bowhunter simply deserves it! Killing a 200″ buck can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Accomplishing it with a bow places the hunter in a whole new bracket. For the sake of this article, that bracket comes in the form of #0. That means we get to enjoy 11 massive bucks on this list of 10! Nice work Nate on an absolute giant. Sorry I missed it! Readers… Enjoy!

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Gary Webb / South Creek Outfitters (801) 836-8411

1. Gary Webb: South Creek Outfitters seem to get it done every year. 2014 was no different for owner Gary Webb. At 221 7/8” this buck really is a giant. I love the character of this buck. You could say I’m a sucker for big ole’ eye guards coupled with some mass n’ trash. Congratulations Gary and South Creek Outfitters on an absolute stud.

To learn more about this buck check out the following links: South Creek Outfitters, South Creek Outfitters on Facebook, on Instagram @southcreekoutfitters

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Shawn Stanley

2. Shawn Staley: Can you say MASS! This is the sort of mass and character that you don’t see every day. As a result, this buck lands on Idaho’s Top 10. Throw in that cape and a wide 31″ and this buck is truly a unique specimen! Nice work Shawn on an absolute stud late season Idaho moose buck.

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Wyatt Johnson

3.  Wyatt Johnson: At 14 years old, Wyatt just notched this big ole’ 200 incher to his belt. That is an achievement many will not accomplish in a lifetime. To say this 6X8 32” mule deer is a monster would be understatement. Congratulations Wyatt on this Unit 40 216” giant.

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Michael Wright

4. Michael Wright: Non-typical mule deer are gnarly but a perfect typical is simply sexy! This 30 ½” wide typical is beautiful. Well done Michael on a record book Idaho monster. This buck is one of my favorites on this Top 10! Nice work.

Tyler Hobbs 2014 Idaho
Tyler Hobbs / Bear Lake Fishing Charters (435) 890-4551

5. Travis Hobbs: It’s time to share simply one of the best! No matter the state, this 239 1/8″ giant would show up on any Top 10. It didn’t come easy and after a long 5 year chase, Travis was finally able to connect on this bad boy. This should come as no surprise considering Travis’s business is chasing down trophy animals and fish. In 2014 alone, Travis whacked 2 bucks totaling 430″. He also owns and operates one of the best fishing charters on Bear Lake. If you are into big fish, look him up!

For more information on Travis’s monster deer and catching monster fish in Bear Lake, check out the following links: Bear Lake Fishing Charters on facebook.

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Ryan Christensen

6. Ryan Christensen: This 36A buck has got it all.  Deep forks, huge main frame, some trash, and incredible eye guards are characteristics of this once in a lifetime buck. This buck really is a dream. Nice work Ryan on an absolutely stunning Idaho muley!

Rick Yellowhair 2014 Idaho
Rick Yellowhair

7. Rick Yellowhair: This list just keeps getting better and this buck is no exception. Rick is no stranger to big deer but this one will be tough to top. Nice work Rick on a giant Idaho muley.

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Lance Cole / http://www.scout-outdoors.com

8. Nate Archibald: The Scout Outdoors team simply know how to find and hunt huge mule deer. From Brian Cole’s monster Utah buck to this big ole’ Idaho buck, these guys get it done. Visit www.scout-outdoors.com and you will quickly learn Scout Outdoors has great deal of passion for the sport. They have some great apparel, galleries, and forums. Go check them out online. Congratulations Nate on an absolute pig.

To learn more about Nate’s buck and Scout Outdoors, visit the following links: www.scout-outdoors.com, Scout Outdoors on Facebook, on Instagram @scoutoutdoors

Jake Kobetsky ID 2014
Jake Kobetsky

9. Jake Kobetsky: Jake whacked this monster buck in Eastern Idaho. I love the tripod and mass on this old buck. Is there a better feeling than getting a monster mule deer into the back of a truck? Well done Jake on an absolute toad and a well deserved spot on this list!

COLD NOSE IDAHO 14

10. Mike Pimentel: This buck has some incredible character. I’d imagine this ole’ boy has spent some time in the sun with those light horns and cape. Everywhere you look this buck has something going on. Well done Mike on an absolute trophy Idaho mule deer.

Several Top 10 caliber bucks fell off this list. This speaks volumes to the quality of mule deer found in Idaho. I appreciate every one of the recommendations that came in for this article. You guys killed some bruisers.

So what do you think? Is there a 2014 Idaho buck that I simply missed? Please share! I love adding undisputed BONUS bucks to these lists.

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Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Michael Moore!

Like many of you I was struck by Michael Moore’s recent comments regarding the film American Sniper. Here is a little twitter refresher:

“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse”  -Michael Moore

It was the small section of his tweet that referenced his youth which caught my attention. Admittedly, he was “taught snipers were cowards.” Is it possible that the pathetic platform with which Mr. Moore has built his career began in the home? Is his life the result of what he was taught in his youth?

Now I have to give the guy credit, he got us all talking. That is certainly a win for Mr. Moore. Congrats big fella. Somebody get that man a celebratory éclair. On a more serious note and the spirit of an old Willie Nelson song, mommas don’t let you babies grow up to be Michael Moore!

In classic Michael fashion, he missed an opportunity to express gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of his uncle. This of course comes as no surprise. Michael’s whole life has been spent focused on the symbolic sniper.

I am grateful for a mother who taught me that ungrateful behavior deserved a slap upside the head. My own mother typically governed such slaps with a feather. It was my father who would gladly reinforce their unified message with more attention grabbing measures.

It is time we capture the attention of America’s youth. We will do this in the home. Simply put, we do not need another Michael Moore. We need to develop our youth to lead lives full of gratitude. We need another Chris Kyle. An attitude of gratitude is either gained or lost in youth and is orchestrated in the home. Here are 4 attitudes each of our youth should be learning at home:

  1. Be grateful to those that gave their life for you
  2. Be grateful to those that fight for you
  3. Be grateful to those that expect only the best out of you
  4. Be grateful to those that provide for you

Lastly, be sure to direct these attitudes of gratitude down the right path. These can be misplaced. It would come as no surprise if Michael Moore himself subscribed to his own version of the above 4 attitudes. Misplaced gratitude may be a greater evil to no gratitude. Misplaced gratitude may even find you at the receiving end of an American Sniper’s trigger. I am sure ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban can tell you all about that.