This is Mojo, a Hungarian Vizsla, on his first ever duck hunt. Vizslas are all-round retrievers and pointers, often used for birding. Because they don't have a two-layered fur, they miss the thick undercoat that keeps other retrievers dry, and on a chilly autumn day like this one, a camo wet-suit keeps him warm.
This is Sean, on his first deer hunt. He's not the novice you would think though: this 11-year-old has already hunted (and bagged!) bear and antelope. His father is a wildlife biologist, raising his son in the hunting tradition. As they say, 'it takes a hunter to make a hunter'.
I wrote an article on youth hunting for Volkskrant Magazine, on my experiences with children and hunting.
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Hunting blacktail is a totally different kind of hunt from whitetail. Whitetail deer, who live abundantly in most of the US, are creatures of habit. If they feed in a certain place for a few days in a row, there's a fair chance you'll find them there again. Thus, whitetail are often hunted from tree stands.
Blacktail deer on the other hand, are a completely different breed. Their behavior is so unpredictable that hunters hunt them by stalking. They'll hike for days or weeks at a time: a completely different hunting experience. When we were in Oregon (blacktail are mostly found in the North Pacific), hunters explained to us they prefer it this way - proper hunting, not sitting around waiting for deer to show up. We chased blacktail for weeks, and saw many, but caught none, and it were some of the most stunning nature experiences we've had.
The Oregon hunters we met here were considerably less trophy-oriented, and hunted primarily for meat. Some ate game exclusively. These 'gametarians' would actually get sick from eating farmed meat.
This is Bob's first boar hunt. His dad, Bob, and his grandfather, Bob, are helping him on his way. Although we were told that it's perfectly possible to hunt on quads, I wasn't surprised that we were unsuccessful, considering the racket we made.
Bear hunting is widely done across the USA in areas where there are many, or even too many.
We went on a California bear hunt, that was done with a pack of hounds - a method that is no longer permitted as of 2013. Having seen it up close, even though it was expertly done, I can understand why.
Contrary to popular belief, bear are not necessarily hunted for trophy, as the meat can be quite tasty (especially if the bear has fed on berries rather than fish).
This bear hunt was one of the more intense and emotional experiences I've had in this project, and you can read why in this story I published about it.
We saw several upland bird hunts in California and Nevada, this beautiful chukar partridge being one of them. Although I enjoy wild birds for dinner immensely, unfortunately many hunts use birds that are farm-raised, and released into the field the day of the hunt.