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Look High For Big Bulls

The first time that I realized that high-altitude pockets and basins were good places to search for trophy elk was as an 18-year old guide. I was guiding in 1967 for a second generation outfitter, Keith Stilson. Keith’s hunti...


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A Strategic Key for Killing Mature Deer

                  The most important lessons I learned about hunting mature mule deer came at an early age growing up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A buck is very predictable throughout ...



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Mike’s Trophy Photo Set-up Secrets

Setting up a bull elk and hunter for photos is one of the hardest harvest photos to pull off. The secret to a quality trophy photo is all in where the viewer’s eye goes to first. So let’s talk about what setup would not onl...


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First Hunting Expedition into the McKenzie Mountains N.W.T. 1965

Landing with a hard jolt, the small, red Super Cub’s left front tire splits open from impacting a sharp, granite rock. Then, without notice, the small bush plane skids uncontrollably back and forth along the abandoned canal r...



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Hunting Elk in Grizzly Country

Some of the best trophy elk hunting is in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming where a large population of grizzlies roam. In some units you will find only a small population of grizzlies, and the chance of running into one is slim. Howe...


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Wyoming Preference Points on Sale Now

If you didn’t apply for the Wyoming draw this year or you forgot to click the box to receive a preference point, all is not lost.You have until September 30th to buy a preference point for the 2014 big game draw. Wyoming ...



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Alpha Buck Territory

Does all western big game bachelor up during the spring and summer? Last week, the end of June, I was driving through the high plains heading for my favorite fly fishing spot. The early morning sun was peaking over the high des...


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Giant WY Non-Typical Buck – Lost & Found

Update on the Cheater Buck that died outside of Jackson Hole. A few months ago on FB, I posted rutting photos of a 28-point non-typical buck in Jackson, Wyoming that I filmed in November. Then on January 10th of this year, I p...



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What makes a 180" mule deer?

Back in the 60s and 70s, I spent the early winter months with my left eye plugged into a spotting scope watching mule deer bucks. It was in those years that I came up with a system to judge the rack size of a buck in the field....


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Winters Meat

Above the house 1966 at the age of 17 slinging a cow elk on saddle horses, which my younger brother harvested. Teenager hunting adventures while growing up in Jackson Hole Wyoming the house is within horseback ride of the head ...