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First Time Elk Hunt | Part 1

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My plan is to hunt elk this October, in a general unit in Idaho.  Idaho is unique because there are many general season tags that are available Over-the-Counter.  The upside to these tags is that they are available without the need for entering a draw or lottery in the Spring.  The downside to general season tags is that the season is short and success rates are very low.   This particular hunt takes place in the post-rut period. The post-rut is the most difficult time to find a mature bull elk, because the mating season is over, and they are holed up in thick, dark woods where they can replenish lost calories and avoid hunters. Having never hunted elk before,...

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High Elevation Hunting for Low Elevation Deer

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We have been fortunate across the West this year; after years of minimal rainfall, the last several months have dumped precipitation on our parched soil.  (In many areas we are now getting too much rain and snow.) I learned an important lesson regarding game habits and movement during the drought: the dryer the season is, the lower the game will hold.  This was made apparent during an October 2015 deer hunt in Idaho. I hunted with my Dad and Brother, in an area we were very familiar with.  It was a favorite Summertime hiking route of ours, and we had always had great luck seeing game there.  It seemed every time we ventured into these woods, we saw deer, elk,...

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Conservation

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This is a hot subject in 2016... the ethics and necessity of hunting.  My stance is: if hunting was relevant 100 years ago, then it has to be just as relevant now.  If we have so insulated our existence, that we are too far removed from the wild to continue to hunt, perhaps the root issue is that we are out of touch with reality, rather than there being something wrong in the act of going afield. Hunting is one of the more primal, immersive and formative experiences that we as men and women can participate in. Hunting is as foundational as any activity; and it spans the entire scope of human history. In our modern world, we are becoming more and...

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Donald M. Jones

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Donald M Jones is one of my all-time favorite photographers.  I first became aware of his work in the pages (usually the cover) of Sports Afield, and have admired his photography for the last several years.  He lives in Troy, Montana, and specializes in photographing wild species and wild places.  Mr. Jones has a unique ability to bring wildlife and stunning landscapes together into crisp, clear view.  As close as you may get to these magnificent animals in the wild, Donald seems to bring them even closer.  Thank you for braving the elements to bring images like this to those of us confined to more insulated environments.  Sporting photographers like Mr. Jones have so many variables to align in order...

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