Legends Never Die Photo Series #27


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 Modern Winter Range

In installment #27 of this photo series, we will be doing something a little different we wanted to share a photo of a buck that was taken more recently than most of the photos in this photo series. The buck is exceptional and many hunters would classify him as a once-in-a-lifetime buck. However, what we would like to talk about is the modern winter range. Winter ranges, unfortunately, continue to degrade and be fragmented by human development. As a result, many deer find their available food sources dwindling and safe places disappearing.

Without proper winter range protection seeing new legends on the modern winter range may never come to fruition. However, every once in a while bucks like this show up. Many organizations are fighting to protect and/or restore winter ranges, including our friends at the Winter Range Foundation, you can read more about their mission by clicking the link below.

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 #27 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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