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HUNTING’s 50 Most Amazing Photos

by Ben OBrien   |  September 20th, 2013 10

It’s hard for most non-hunters to appreciate our sport. They haven’t experienced the greatest things about hunting.

Maybe it’s an excited young pup bounding back to his owner after his first pheasant retrieve, a son’s first morning in the turkey woods with Dad or the exhausted sheep hunter who hiked miles on the roughest terrain imaginable to finally get his hands on his first ram.

The list goes on.

Every day we go afield we get a chance to make one of these memories and enjoy all the things hunting has to offer. There’s nothing that ties those experiences and memories together like a good photo. It might be a sappy premise, but it’s surely what keeps the outdoor addiction flowing.

Petersen’s Hunting is dedicated to the best photography in the game, both in our magazine and on this website. We’ve found that there’s no better way to tell our story and yours, and maybe even allow indoor city folk to appreciate what we do. To be the best we had to search far and wide for the most gritty, creative, real photographers that not only snap photos, but hunt as hard as anyone. We’re not talking about National Geographic sissies with no street cred. These are the guys that can capture the best images and through that demonstrate the soul of hunting.

To illustrate just how good it gets, we’ve compiled the 50 most amazing hunting photos we could find from five of our favorite photographers. Each photo tells a story and each photographer has been nice enough to share the details behind how these amazing shots came to be. Enjoy.

 

Wyman Meinzer is the only official State Photographer of Texas, named so in 1997 by the Texas State Legislature and then Gov. George W. Bush, an honor he still holds today. He has traveled across the state from the Panhandle to the Borderland in South Texas, from El Paso to Nacogdoches and all points in between to capture the first and last rays of sunlight as they kiss the Texas landscapes. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Alumnus award from Texas Tech University in recognition of outstanding achievement and dedicated service. See his work at wymanmeinzer.com.

 

 

Lee Kjos is a lifelong duck hunter whose photography has appeared in numerous outdoor magazines and advertisements for companies like Franchi, Benelli, RealTree, Cabela’s and many more. As a child in Webster, Minn., Kjos was drawn to hunting photography and was soon snapping photos of his hunts to capture the memories. Kjos’ goals with every stunning image are summed up in three sentences: “Capture the moment. Tell a story. Move the people.” See his work at kjosoutdoors.com.

 

 

John Hafner is a well-traveled shooter who tells the stories of the outdoor industry’s biggest brands with uncompromising drive, unique vision and absolute authenticity. A Montana-based freelance photographer, Hafner’s commercial and editorial assignments have taken him across the globe, from the Yukon to Zimbabwe. It’s rare to find him anywhere but behind his camera, but in between assignments, he can be usually be found in the whitetail or turkey woods. See his work at johnhafnerphoto.com.

 

 

Donald M. Jones has been a full-time Wildlife Photographer for over 20 years and resides in the small Northwestern Montana town of Troy. Don’s clients are wide and varied, from magazines, books and calendars to advertising.  Don has his 10th book coming out this fall and has nearly 700 magazine covers to his credit. To view more of Don’s work visit his web site at donaldmjones.com, or if you are interested in purchasing Don’s work as fine art limited edition prints visit wildreflectionsgallery.com.

 

Kenton Rowe started “moonlighting” as a photographer in 2004, never intending on becoming a full time professional photographer. In the end all paths led him in that direction. Since 2007 he has explored the back roads and trails of Montana, shooting for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and an impressive selection of Montana’s most storied ranches. His first image was featured in Petersen’s Hunting in the summer of 2012, and he later joined editor Mike Schoby for a hunt in Zimbabwe featured in the August issue. See his work at kentonrowephotography.com.

 

 

 

 

  • ken

    Problem is when you click on a item of interest on this site you get taken through all advertizing bullshit and not directly to where you want to be. Pretty useless if you ask me!!!!!

    • Hunting Editor

      What in particular did you click on, Ken? You shouldn’t be taken to an advertiser site unless you click on an ad…

  • Josh Dahlke

    Great work, Ben.

  • Rod

    Great stuff, but it’s hard to image not including this guy who does it ALL – hunting, wildlife, adventure, outdoors, land, conservation – as good as anyone in the industry under one roof . . . http://bit.ly/VqG49c

  • Sherrill Philip Neese

    Outstanding pictures. Some really are “Stunning”! :-)

  • John Martin

    I’ll take your word for it that these are great photos…I sure can’t see’em. As usual on this website, I bounce around looking for the promised content and never actually seem to find it. In this case, I have a nice write-up telling me just HOW beautiful these shots are, and even a mini-biography of each photographer…but no hint as to where the darned pictures are. This is a frequent problem here and it is getting real old, real fast.

    • Hunting Editor

      Apologies, John. There may be a load issue with the gallery due to the size of the images. What browser are you using?

    • Wingmaninde

      Open the site with the Mozilla Firefox browser. All the sites I’ve found that don’t work with IE explorer do work on Mozilla

  • Gary Davis

    I agree with John Martin amnd others!

  • steve

    no, doesn’t load for me either. Had the same problem with the 8 great bird hunts…..

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