Legends Never Die Photo Series #28
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.
The Complete Series So Far
Over the last several years we have shared 27 amazing photos of legendary mule deer from the late 80s and early 90s. However, these photos are spread out over 27 individual posts. Our readers have asked that all the photos be found in one location. So, without further ado, we present the full series below.
Popeye haunted the winter range of western Wyoming for many years. Despite many rumors and claims, Popeye was never confirmed to have been killed by a hunter.
Morty was filmed for a few years straight in the winter range of Western Wyoming during the early 1990s. He was first filmed as a great looking non-typical that would push the 210″ mark. The next year he grew into a true Legend. His sheds were found and his estimated score was close to 240″!
King Crab & Cal
King Crab and Cal both shared the winter range with Morty and Popeye. While not as popular as the two headliners, Cal and King Crab were monster bucks in their own right.
All Of The Others
Bucks that never earn a nickname seem to be forgotten. However, some of them are right on the tails of the above legends. The original Scar, drop tines, and nameless deer own this section.
Drop Tine Bucks
Legends Never Die is dedicated to bringing back the memories of bucks from the past that are considered “Legendary.” We have all seen photos of giant bucks from back in the hay day. Bucks that cause our jaws to drop open in disbelief. Leaving us dreaming about a chance to even see a buck of a lifetime like that EVER. In this segment, you will witness never before seen photos of Legendary deer like Popeye, Morty, King Crab, and many more. This series of photos was 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 living out their entire lives never to be taken by a hunter. Many deer in this series will have several years of photos taken through different seasons of the year. Photos documenting their lives as they grew to be the giants they became. When coming up with a name for this series of photos we used a spinoff 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. Make sure to follow us for more info on these deer.