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Trophy Photo Tips

Once your trophy big game animal is down, remember to take a few extra minutes to ensure that you make a memorable picture you can keep for many years to share with friends and family.

The following tips will help you create a special picture for the frame on your mantel.

No Blood, Guts, or Tongues Hanging Out
This is a simple task that many hunters overlook when taking their trophy pictures. Take the picture before any gutting or skinning has started. Look around the area; is there any visible blood on the ground or snow? Also, if the animal has a large wound, you can rub some leaves, needles, and moss to clean it and hide the damage. Remember to close the mouth so the tongue is not hanging out.

How to Display the Animal
Bear pictures look good from the side or front. Some people sit behind a bear to make it appear larger. Propping a stump, stick, or rock under the head to lift it up is a popular choice; just try to keep it as natural as possible.

Where the Hunter Should Be
If you want to emphasize the animal, you can sit behind it. You can have your bow or gun in front if you like, but I personally think pictures with just the hunter and animal look best.

Remember, these are only suggestions to help you enjoy your memories! Take a few moments to create a wonderful picture memory for life.

Tip: For a good bear picture, sit behind the bear and prop the head up on a log or rock. Try to leave the blood out of the picture and keep the tongue in the bearís mouth.

All this information and much more is covered in the book and DVD.