This was one of the last photos taken of Morty in the winter range of Western Wyoming.  A combination of the rut and the brutal early winters of Wyoming can really take its toll on mule deer. Most deer start to funnel towards the winter range in late October in preparation for the November Rut.  A lot of the bigger antlered deer will start to shed their antlers around the new year.  Those couple of months can really hurt the health of even a true legend.  Here is a body comparison of him towards the beginning of the rut.

Photo Credit: A. Ellis


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 

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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