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Monster Hog!  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".



Monster Mule!

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!


Monster Mulie

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.


Hooked Elk!



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 doe tags!



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 120-year-old tortoise.  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 Haller Park 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.




Jpg. #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 feed lot.




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 left side.



In 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.




90 lb. doe taken with a Remington 700 .243



6 point taken Thanksgiving morning 2002


This 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 pounds!). 



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.



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.



Black Buck taken in Michigan!



This is my 15 point.



A guy who lives at Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston) saw a ball bouncing around kind of strangely in the lake and went to investigate.  It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth!!  The 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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