IN REAL LIFE
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Chris Griffin, 31, poses beside
the half-ton wild hog he shot near Alapaha, GA, on Thursday, June 17, 2004.
No one keeps official records on hog kills, but Georgia game officials say
it is the largest they have ever heard of. Wild hogs, also known as feral
hogs, live off the land damaging crops and wildlife habitat.
Monster Idaho Bucks! My
son's friend sent these from Idaho. The pictures were taken on the boundary
line between a protected area and a permit area. I hope he draws a
permit for this area. He said the biggest buck was about 40".
I am a Blackfoot
Indian from the Peigan Nation and the Blood Tribe here in Alberta. I am
38-years-old and have been hunting my whole life. For 10 years I have
also successfully guided for trophy whitetail and other big game here in
Alberta. Over the years, a lot of trophy whitetails have been taken on
our reservation. In the Fall of 2003, I had permission and certified
guides for a mule deer hunt in a prime area just outside the
reservation. I got my hunting gear together and cleaned my rifle,
a 7 mm Remington Mag with iron sights. I also made my lunch, knowing it
might be a long day. My nephew Jamie and I discussed the area
where we would be hunting, as we had not been there before. All my
supplies were ready to go by 10 p.m. I was not able to sleep well
that night. Tossing and turning may have been a sign of excitement
thinking about big bucks. However, I managed to get a few hours of sleep
and was ready to go. My alarm woke me up at 5 a.m., and I was up in a
flash. I turned on the coffee, went downstairs, and woke up Jamie. Over
breakfast, we talked about the scouting that our guides, Jason Abery and
Jeff Anderson, had done weeks prior in the area. They said they had
spotted a lot of big bucks, 5 of which were about 180 or better. We
planned to hunt in Southern Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky
Mountains, near Cardston, Alberta. This area had been known to house
many monster mule deer and was familiar to my guides. I was excited
because this was my first time in the area. I wanted to look at a lot of
bucks; my goal was to settle on a 180 or better. As we hit the road
destined for Cardston, Alberta, we discussed our strategy. This was open
country with a lot of coulees and open prairies. I knew wind direction,
scent, and camouflage would be a factor, but we were prepared for all
situations. We pulled into Cardston at 7 a.m. to meet our guides. I
introduced them to Jamie. After a brief visit we were on our way. As we
drove to the area we would be hunting, we started to see packs of deer,
which looked like little herds of cattle, in each field and coulee. We
were able to park and glass the huge area with spotting scopes. For the
first half hour we spotted 10 nice bucks. My heart was racing because of
the number of deer in the area. I was looking at one particular buck in
the herd that would have scored 180 or better. Jeff suggested I hold
off, as we would drive to another area to glass the field for the
monster buck he had seen weeks before. We stopped the vehicle, got out,
and spotted about 5 nice muley bucks and 20 does. As we were glassing
the area, Jason tapped me on the shoulder and said, "I want to show you
something that will score 200 or better." I looked into the field close
to an old dried up ravine and saw the buck of my dreams. Jamie and I
started up the ravine downwind of the buck. As we got closer and closer
I would peek over the edge every 50 yards. I was closing in on the deer.
The last time I looked over the edge I was approximately 300 to 400
yards away. With my hands sweaty and my heart pounding, I almost decided
to launch a shot from there. Then, crawling on my hands and knees, I
decided to close the distance to 100 yards. About 200 yards from the
buck I looked over the hill for the last time; the buck looked right at
me broad side. I froze on one knee and within a split second I threw a
bullet into the chamber, placed my iron sights on his front shoulder,
and squeezed the trigger. I hit the buck through the front shoulder. The
buck stood there as if the bullet did not phase him. I threw another
round in and was ready to deliver a second shot when the buck started
wobbling, ran backwards and dropped. I did not feel like celebrating
just yet, until I knew he was down for sure. As I approached, the
first thing I noticed was the spread and points on the buck. He had such
a big body I couldn’t believe it - the biggest mule deer I had ever seen
on the ground! When I got him on the ground I looked at his teeth.
All he had was just a couple of teeth left on the bottom right side. He
probably wouldn’t have made it another winter with his age. We estimated
him to be from 10 to 11 years old. His antlers may have even been on his
downswing; who knows how big this buck really was in his prime a few
years before. We brought him back to Jeff’s place and hung him up. All
my friends and co-workers came over and admired him, and we took a bunch
of pictures. We estimated him to be in the high thirties as far as
spread, but it wasn’t until we were at Jeff’s that we had the chance to
pull out the tape measure. We were amazed to find that this 10 x 9 buck
was 41-inches wide! After the drying period this amazing buck
measured out to 40 ¾-inches wide with a score of 236 gross and 226 net
B&C non-typical. He had a 32-inch inside spread along with 28-inch main
beams to go with massive eight-inch bases. Bucks here in Alberta had
scored higher, but not too many had been able to put together this kind
of a package with amazing characteristics on the antlers and body size.
Alberta usually grows them heavy and tall, but to get a legit 40-inch
wide buck in 2003 was truly an incredible accomplishment. I would like
to thank my wife of 20 years Joan, my daughter Kara, and my dog Macey
for their love and support over the years.
My wife's Uncle Jim and his
friend Hal caught these Chinook salmon on the Siuslau River near Florence,
OR. They weighed 32 and 34 lb.
Utah Monster Mule!
Monster Bull Elk!
This Bull was taken off the Hubble
Ranch with Black Mountain Outfitters on September 12, 2004. The bull
scored 427 3/8 green and is a potential pending #1 New Mexico Archery
typical. Without the 7th kicker point on the one side, this bull had
the potential to be the #1 typical elk in the world.
Look at this Monster Moose!
This buck was taken on Owl Creek
Mountain in the Wind River Mountain Range, on the Indian Reservation.
It is the second biggest deer ever taken in WY, I think the biggest was
taken in 1948. It is 40-1/2" wide and green scored at 290-3/8 points B&C.
A non-typical with 35 score points. She and her husband own a
taxidermy shop and overheard about a large buck in the area. They went
out on the opener this year and unbelievably got on it and she missed.
They went back the following day and never saw it. The next day 3 days into
the season it was back and she killed it. Getting on a buck of a
lifetime 2 times in 3 days. Rumor has it that Cabala's has offered a
million dollars for it.
Deer with Locked Horns!
My son sent this:
Phenomenal shots of a live
deer and a dead deer with locked horns in Colorado. They shot
the horn off the dead deer with a pistol to free the live one. The
live one continued to fight with the dead one and charged the truck!
This happened over the 2004 Thanksgiving weekend. They only had
Tortoise Adopts Baby Hippo!
A baby hippopotamus,
swept into the Indian Ocean by the tsunami, is
finally coming out of his shell thanks to the love of a
Owen, a 300kg, one-year-old hippo, was swept down the
Sabaki River, into
the ocean and then back to shore when the giant waves struck the
Kenyan coast. The dehydrated hippo
was found by wildlife rangers and taken to the
animal facility in the port city of Mombassa.
Pining for his lost mother, Owen quickly befriended a giant male
Aldabran tortoise named Mzee - Swahili for "old man." "When we
released Owen into the enclosure, he lumbered to the tortoise
which has a dark grey color similar to grown up hippos," Sabine
Baer, rehabilitation and ecosystems manager at the
park, told Reuters on Thursday.
Haller Park ecologist Paula
Kahumbu said the pair are now inseparable." After it was swept and lost
its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to
be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it
landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. "They
swim, eat, and sleep together", the ecologist added.
"The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it follows its mother.
If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes
aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother,"
Kahumbu added. The hippo was left at a very tender age. Hippos are
social animals that like to stay with their mothers for
four years." She said the hippo's chances of survival
in another herd were very slim, predicting that a
dominant male would have killed him. Officials are
hopeful Owen will befriend a female hippo called Cleo,
also a resident at the park.
#1 is of my son-in-law with his 4 point mule that he took down with a
compound bow, it is the first one I have ever seen with the velvet
still on the rack. The other is of the farm, well what is left of it
anyways, this is where we all come to get away from the rat race of
the city and unwind as well as hunt and fish, the lake is to be seen in
#3. Jpg. #2
is of our latest hunt just last weekend, the one with the guy smoking
a cigarette is me, now you can say you have seen the real Lsmitty.
The lad beside me is my stepson, the other one dressed in orange, the
buck between the two of us was a nine point whitetail the biggest I have ever gotten with a 30.30 lever, my stepson and my son-in-law's
father with his 8 point whitetail in the background. You
can see what most of Saskatchewan looks like, just wide open and going
as far as the eye can see. Ok, so I am pulling your chain it is
not all like this, but in most of the southern regions of the
province it is. In the northern part of the province, it is like parts
of Ontario, mostly rocks, trees, and lakes. The province in total
has a population of just over a million people.
Jpg. #3 is of the facilities, all
campsites need one of these, or something like it. In the
background, you can see Last Mountain Lake, it is one of the best
places to catch walleye as well as perch. On the farm, we have a
few dugouts that have been stocked with rainbow trout so, we have a
small variety. The area around is also good hunting for Mules as
well as small game birds, but I don't hunt them much anymore.
The first pic below is of the Bison.
The second pic is Lsmitty, the Deer Hunter. The third pic is the Bison
Red's Sitka Blacktail taken on
Kodiak Island, AK, in 1999.
Red's Whitetail with a Pope & Young net of 133,
with a dressed weight of 179. Kerr County (Hill Country), Texas.
High Country Excalibur bow at 74 lbs. draw weight. Easton XX78 2314.
Arrow - Thunderhead 100gr. Broadhead. Double lung hit... deer
traveled only 30 yards.
On this trip to PA, the
conditions were grueling (especially for a Florida boy), no other way to put
it. Warmest weather I hunted in was 21 degrees. We tent-camped most of the
time, with the exception of staying at a friend's camp Friday and Saturday.
On opening day, we had a foot and a half of snow on the ground... nonstop
snow with wind gusts up to 60 mph on both Monday and Tuesday. Made for some
interesting times and reflection at 25 feet off the ground (mostly wondering
what I was doing there). It was 8 degrees one morning. The tally for our 6
member hunting party was 10 deer. I never saw a shooter buck... my cousin's
son took the nice 8 point. I took one doe in Warren County and a monster
doe, that weighed in at 195 lb. That's me in the green coat.
Below is the Lovstuen Buck. Bagged
by 15-year old Tony Lovstuen on Sept. 29, 2003, in Monroe County near Albia,
Iowa. Weapon: Reportedly taken with a muzzleloader during Iowa's youth deer
hunting season. Scorers: Following the conclusion of the 60-day drying
period, the Lovstuen buck was given a Boone & Crockett Club entry score by
B&C and Missouri Big Bucks Club measurers Dale Ream, Don Roper, Lawrence
Redel, Gary Webber, Joe Ream, and Brad Ream. Monte Michael and Danny Hartwig
assisted by recording the numbers and details of the lengthy procedure.
Non-typical score: 319 4/8". Total points: 38 scorable points. Those points
include a basic 9 point main frame, 16 abnormal points on the right side,
and 13 abnormal points on the left side. Inside spread: 22 4/8". Main beams:
26 1/8"(right); 23 7/8"(left). G1: 5 4/8"(right); 10 2/8" (left). G2:
10 2/8"(right); 9 3/8" (left). G3: 2 4/8" (right); 7 3/8" (left). G4: 2 2/8"
(right); unpaired on the left main beam. Mass measurements: The four right
side mass measurements range from 6 0/8" to 8 2/8"; the four left side mass
measurements range from 4 0/8" to 8 3/8". Abnormal point measurements:
167 4/8" abnormal, including 74 1/8" on the right side and 93 3/8" on the
DEER SLAYER'S PICS
the first pic,
I shot the buck on the opening morning of
Ohio gun season. He came across the field with another buck and about 15
does. As soon as they entered the field, my neighbor took a shot at a
doe and missed confusing the deer. They stood about 300 yards from me for
almost 10 min. As I watched I remembered I had put my grunt and bleat
call in my bag the night before. I gave a grunt and the bucks
immediately looked my way. Then I gave a bleat and the other buck ran
off but mine slowly worked its way across the 28 acre field accompanied by
all 15 does. When he was about 85 yards out, I pulled up my binoculars
for another good look and suddenly a doe saw me and ran. I quickly
grabbed my gun as the buck turned broadside offering me a great shot. I
aimed and fired striking the deer high in the chest, just behind the front
shoulder. He took off running and I fired 2 more times hitting him in
the front leg and hip. After my 3rd shot he turned and ran straight at
me. I quickly reloaded my gun as he stopped behind a large oak tree. I
waited for a few minutes and then he stepped out from behind the tree. I
fired again putting a slug in his abdomen. He continued to run at me and I
fired again 2 more times hitting him in the spine. Finally, he was
down less than 20 feet from my stand. I took him with my Benelli Super
Black Eagle 12ga. and 3" 1 3/8 oz. Brenneke slugs.
In the second pic,
I shot the buck on Nov. 20th in
Defiance County Ohio. It was the first day of youth shotgun season, and my
last year as a youth because I turned 18 in a few months. I had seen a lot
of does that morning and decided to try a different woods nearby. At
around noon we stared to set into some bucks. I think I saw about 12
different bucks that day and this was one of the nicer ones. At 1:30, I was
walking up to a small woods, and just As I got to the southwest corner, this
buck and 2 others came running out, he was the biggest so, I shot him at
approximately 75 yd. He dropped with a spinal shot. This is my 5th buck in 6
years of hunting and my biggest so far. I was using my Benneli Super Black
Eagle 12ga. loaded with 3" 1 3/8 oz. Brenneke Slugs.
TRAVIS SENT IN A PIC OF HIS 1ST BUCK
90 lb. doe taken with a Remington 700 .243
HYPER-SNIPER'S 1ST BUCK!
6 point taken Thanksgiving morning 2002
HYPER-SNIPER'S BIG FISH
is an 8 lb. 8
oz. Brown Trout caught on 6-22-02. I caught it during a
family outing on South Carolina's beautiful mountain Lake Jocassee,
and it is definitely a trophy on that lake. (It bettered my best by 4
SCOTT SUPA'S TURKEY HUNT
This was a double bang on opening day of
turkey season, my dad and I went out hunting about 8am and by 9:00 he had
his and by 10:15 I got mine. We both agreed we would never have a
joined hunt like this probably ever again. We were hunting in upstate
NY and this was my first turkey.
DICK TOLBERS SENT IN THESE AWESOME PICS
These two bucks were locked together from
fighting. The guy that found them was going to his stand that evening and
heard a bunch of noise so, he went to see what it was and found the bigger
buck dragging the smaller one (it was already dead). The big buck was worn
out and it would have either starved to death or have been eaten alive by
coyotes or dogs. He shot the deer with his bow and got help to load them
up. At the check station, a game warden issued him a permit for the other
one. He was offered $30,000 for the two deer as they were (by some guy
from New York). He took them to a taxidermist and is having the two bucks
mounted like they are (full body mounts). Pretty cool huh?! They were found
in Schulyer county, Illinois, earlier in November 2003.
New state record catfish. 140 lbs. caught
in Lake Texoma. This is one of those legendary fish that scuba divers say
they see at the bottom of dams that are big enough to eat a person. They
say that catfish this big are well over 100 years old.
DARKHORSE SAVAGE SENT IN THIS AMAZING BUCK
Black Buck taken in Michigan!
BUCK SLAYER'S BUCK
This is my 15 point.
CATFISH WITH BASKETBALL STUCK IN HIS
MOUTH! by Tracker Bill
who lives at
(50 miles north of Houston)
saw a ball
bouncing around kind of strangely
in the lake
and went to
turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a
which became stuck in its mouth!!
fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive but unable to because the
ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numerous
times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut
the ball in order to deflate it and the released the hungry catfish.
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