Category Archives: Trophy Gallery

Small or Large, Exceptional By Records or Trophy Standards, or Not – Any Animal or Fish Ethically Taken Can Be a Prize to Be Proud Of…

Records of North American Big Game: 1964 Edition by the Boone and Crockett Club

Records of North American Big Game:  A Book of The Boone and Crockett Club Compiled by The Committee On Records of North American Big Game, 1964.

“The best thing about hunting and fishing,’ the Old Man said, ‘is that you don’t have to actually do it to enjoy it. You can go to bed every night thinking about how much fun you had twenty years ago, and it all comes back clear as moonlight.” – Robert Ruark

I would also add, that pictures taken in the field can sure go a long way in that regard…


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Doubled Up On Kansas Rio’s

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    Posted By Michael Patrick McCarty

    Spring 2017

    Rocky Tschappat poses with a pair of Rio Grande Turkeys, coaxed to a call in Western Kansas and doubled down at 40 and 55 yards.

    Yes, Kansas does offer a two bird limit in some areas.

    And By the Way “The Funky Chicken” Turkey Decoy (in background photo) strikes again.


    A hunter poses with a pair of Rio Grande wild turkeys taken on a Kansas Spring Turkey Hunt. Photo Provided by Rocky Tschappat.
    Any Day of Turkey Hunting is a Good Day…Even Better Times Two. Photo by Gary Smith


    A Close-Up Photo of the Spurs Found on the Legs of a Wild Turkey
    The Leg Spurs of a Wild Turkey – A Most Formidable Weapon. Photo by Rocky Tschappat

    Five Minutes…And Done – With Wild Turkey That Is!

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    a colorado bowhunter poses with a wild turkey harvested with a recurve bow in spring of 2017
    Ray Seelbinder Poses With His 2017 Colorado Archery Tom

    April 29, 2017

    “5 weeks of scouting , 5 minutes of hunting , 5 yd shot

    3/4 spurs, 8″1/2 beard !!!

    Now maybe 5 beers !” – Ray


    Enough said, I say…

    Congratulations Ray!

    Posted By Michael Patrick McCarty

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    Coues Head Soup – Bowhunting For Arizona’s Ghostliest Deer

    How to Hunt Coues Deer (Hardcover)

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    Ray Seelbinder of Carbondale, Colorado has spent many years honing his bowhunting skills on the legendary Coues Whitetail, otherwise known as “the grey ghost”.

    As you can see, perseverance does pay off.

    Below is a photo of his 2017 Pope and Young buck.

    Congratulations Ray, on taking a fine specimen of one of North America’s most challenging bow and arrow trophies.

    Ray is also an accomplished bowyer. Did I mention that he carries a bow that he made himself?


    A Pope and Young Class Coues Deer Skull Boils in a Camp Pot in Preparation for A Wall Mount.
    A Proper Stew – One Part Skull, One Part Scalding Water. Ray’s 2017 Bow Kill.


    A Pope & Young Club Record Class Coues Deer Skull, next to a Custom Built Reflex Bow
    One of North America’s Greatest Trophy’s – A Record Class Coues White-Tailed Deer

    Ray’s Coues Deer Skull Next to his “Buckpoint” Custom 3 Piece Takedown , with reflex / deflex limbs.


    Three Coues Deer Skulls Side by Side for Comparison
    The Coues Bucks Get Better


    A Minnesota Bowhunter Poses with a Pope & Young Club Record Class White-tailed Deer
    Master Bowhunter Ray Seelbinder Poses With One of His Many Trophies

    “It’s tough not teaching a bow bad habits!” – Ray Seelbinder

    For More information on hunting Coues Deer Click Here

    Ray has just completed his North American Deer Slam with his Columbian Blacktail trophy. Read about it here.

    So That’s What A Trophy Weakfish Looks Like!, Or Ode To A Tiderunner

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    Trophy weakfish are mighty hard to come buy. This nearly 17 pound weakfish was caught by Kevin McCarty in Raritan Bay in Northern, New Jersey in 2008
    Kevin McCarty of Tuckerton, New Jersey Caught This 16 pound, 12 Ounce Lunker in Raritan Bay in 2008

    My brother, Kevin McCarty, has caught a lot of weakfish in his long salt water fishing career, but no others have come even close to this monster Weakie. He tells me that he neglected to weigh it for longer than he should have, and it surely weighed over 17 pounds when it first came out of the water. Add a pound or two to this guy, and you’re starting to dance around those State and World Record numbers.

    It’s been many years since I left our home fishing waters near Barnegat Bay and Long Beach Island, but I have fond memories of throwing sharp-pointed, shiny things into huge schools of boiling weakfish, pinned below a clamorous sky of wheeling and diving birds.

    The school was never there for very long, though we could always manage to hook up on a few fish before they disappeared below the chop. Most of the fish were in the 2-3 pound range, and I am quite sure that we never boated anything like my brother’s fish.

    But that was in the early 1970’s, and I understand that things have changed quite a bit since then. From what I can gather the weakfish population has suffered a serious decline since the 1990’s. The reasons for the decline are open to debate, but no matter the cause, I am sad to hear the news.

    Perhaps they may never recover their previous population counts, but there is hope. There is always hope.

    It’s great to know that those marvelous mysteries of my youth have not given it all up quite yet. And if you are very, very lucky, or good, you just might hook a tiderunner weakfish like this too!

    Congratulations Kevin!

    See an excellent article on weakfish and weak fishing here.

    A Hefty Stringer of Smoke (ed) – Fish, That Is…

    Two fisherman pose with a stringer of Kokanee salmon snagged in Blue Mesa Reservoir in Western Colorado
    Kokanee Salmon Always Bring A Smile To An Angler’s Face. Photo by Rocky Tschappat

    Rocky Tschappat and Gary Broughton Celebrate a Good Day With the Snagging Hooks.


    A fisherman poses with a platter of smoked kokanee salmon
    Rocky Mountain Gourmet. Photo by Rocky Tschappat


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    By Michael Patrick McCarty

    Mountains Are For Rabbits Too!

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    A hunter poses with a bag of mountain cottontail rabbit, taken with a .22 rifle in heavy snow in northwestern Colorado
    Hard Going – But Worth It!


    What do you do when January seems more dark and blue than usual, and cabin fever threatens to ruin the day?

    Well, grab some friends (or be grabbed) and get out there and do some small game hunting, of course.

    I took this brace of mountain cottontails, and others, with a tack-driving .22 rifle in a heavy, knee-deep snow in northwestern Colorado.

    It was a whole bunch of fun, and a fine meal of rabbit is just around the corner.

    And remember, Spring will come…

    Michael Patrick McCarty


    A Table Setting with Mountain Cottontail Rabbit Ready To Be Served
    The Rabbit Awaits

    A Pronghorn for the Books

    Pope Young Record Book Pronghorn Antelope. Taken by bowhunter Michael McCarty in Moffat County, Colorado in August 2015
    Horns Made of Hair, Not Antlers!

    It’s official.

    My 2015 archery pronghorn antelope has officially scored 73 Pope and Young inches.

    I took this great buck with a Samick recurve bow and a Fred Bear razorhead on a self guided hunt in Moffat County Colorado.

    It’s not always about the trophy, but, then again, sometimes it is.

    Pronghorns Rock!

    How many more months to antelope season?

    Posted by Michael Patrick McCarty

    You can see the story of my hunt HERE.

    There’s a Lot of Desert in This Sheep

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    Don Waechtler of Slim's Taxidermy in Glenwood Springs, Colorado poses with a Desert Bighorn Sheep, taken in The Sheep Range near Las Vegas, Nevada, while hunting with Jim Puryear of Nevada Guide Service in 2015
    There Are Some Truly Magnificent Animals in the World – And a Desert Bighorn Sheep is Surely One of Those!

    Obtaining a Desert Bighorn Sheep permit from almost anywhere in North America generally requires a towering casino jackpot of luck, and that may be the easy part of any sheep hunt. However, it takes much more than wishful thinking and a lucky roll of the dice to harvest a really large trophy ram.

    Don Waechtler took this stunning specimen in the Sheep Range near Las Vegas, Nevada in November of 2015, while hunting with Jim Puryear of Nevada Guide Service & World Safaris.

    This is not just your average Desert Bighorn ram either. With a green score of 169 inches, it just may meet the Boone & Crockett minimum score of 168 inches when officially measured early next year. No doubt there may be some finger crossing here and there while Don waits for the end of the required 60 day drying period. But hey, what’s an extra month or two to matter when you have already waited thirty years for a tag?

    Either way, it is a big game trophy of a lifetime, and proof positive that not all things that happen around Las Vegas stay in Vegas. Sometimes, you get to bring your winnings home.

    Congratulations Don!

    By Michael Patrick McCarty




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    Everything You May Ever Want to Know About A Desert Bighorn

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    You Might Also Like To See Some Interesting Colorado Bighorn Sheep Pictures HERE

    *Don Waechtler, aka Slim, is a master taxidermist from Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He has been in business for over 35 years, and I highly recommend his work.

    **Don is now retired, but I understand that he may do some work on a limited basis. Congratulations, Slim!


    Don Waechtler, Slim's Taxidermy, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
    But First You Gotta Get Em


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