Legends Never Die Photo Series #22


If you grew up in a western hunting family from the mid-80s to the late-90s, then you heard or watched videos of the legendary mule deer from the Wyoming winter range. Names like Popeye, Morty, and King Crab were talked about any time mule deer were brought up.

Mike Eastman and his videos brought this deer to the conscience of every mule deer hunter and immortalized these deer. We are lucky enough at Ehuntr to be working with A. Ellis who was able to photograph these incredible deer from 1989 to 1994. During that time Ellis was able to capture some amazing photos.

In installment #22 of this photo series, we are looking at another incredible photo from A. Ellis. This buck earned the nickname Cal from the men that followed him and filmed him. Amazingly big ol’ Cal was only filmed for one year on the winter range. It is unsure what happened to him after that year. It is said that Cal earned his nickname from an area where he liked to hang out during that one winter. Cal’s huge frame and inline extras make him a true stud of a buck that any mule deer hunter would dream about. We have another awesome photo of him further down the photo series, be sure to check that out as well, the Legends Never Die link can be found below the picture.

Wyoming winter range bucks hold a special place in a lot of people’s hearts. If you like seeing winter range bucks you should take the time to check out our friends at the Winter Range Foundation. You can find their website by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy photo #22 as much as we do!



Legends Never Die is dedicated to bringing back the memories of bucks from the past that are “Legendary.” We have all seen photos of giant bucks from back in the hay day, and with jaws dropped open, have only dreamt about the chance at a buck of a lifetime like that. In this segment, you will see never before seen photos of Legendary deer like Popeye, Morty, King Crab, and many more.  This series of photos were taken by A.Ellis from 1989-1994 and brought back to life by us at www.ehuntr.com 

All these deer roamed public land in Western Wyoming, most never being taken by a hunter.  Many deer in this series will have several years of their photos. When coming up with a name for this series of photos we used a spin-off of one of our favorite movies, The Sandlot

Big Deer get remembered, but Legends Never Die. And I think you will all agree, these deer are true Legends of the West.  For any questions on these deer, or if you’re interested in seeing all the pictures in the series, make sure to follow us.

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