Legends Never Die Photo Series #25
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 #25 of this photo series, we will take a look at this unique “freak” buck. Many bucks over the years have been called a freak and this cool buck fits the bill well. It always becomes a question of what constitutes a buck being a freak? The tight frame, funky right side main beam, and split drop tine all make this freak something special. It is also unknown if this freaky antler configuration was due to genetics or some type of injury to the deer. But either way, he definitely is a fun buck to look at. Not all the bucks in this series may be true giants but all of them are legendary in their own way. We are looking forward to bringing you more photos in the future.
Filming deer during the winter has become a very popular pastime for many western hunters. 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 #25 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.