How to Take Great Hunting Photos


There are many ways to remember hunting details and share exciting experiences with friends and family, yet few compare to a great photo. An image of your deer in the bed of a pickup may prove you “got one,” but with a little more effort you can capture the excitement and special nature of the hunt. Since most of us carry cell phones, we already have a camera in our pocket. One iPhone shot recently made the cover of The New York Times, so don’t fret the quality. Most important is a mindset of capturing the fun and excitement you share at the moment it happens, both before and after you shoot. Cody Altizer shares his recommendations and special photos in this post from QDMA:

South Dakota Deer 09 122Through QDM, deer hunters all across the country can feel a tremendous amount of pride in assuming responsibility for the betterment of the whitetail. We invest a lot of time and energy into growing, holding, protecting and then hunting whitetails, which can lead to certain emotional aspects of QDM. Specifically, I’m referring to the humility, respect, and reverence felt when you kill a deer you may have been following for years. I used to struggle with ways I felt would adequately give the deer the honor and respect it deserved after I killed it. I’ve learned that taking quality harvest photos can be the ultimate way to pay homage to any deer you harvest. I’d like to share my favorite tips and techniques for capturing and preserving the memory of each whitetail I kill.

Anyone Can Do It!   Anyone can take quality deer-harvest photos.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.