Take better pictures of your game animals

Everybody has a camera on their cell phones these days. But if you’re hoping to get a good picture of your trophy elk this season, consider packing along an actual camera, instead of relying on your cell phone.

I’ve seen a lot of pictures of people posing with dead critters after a successful hunt. And this time of year, those pictures multiply exponentially on social media sites. While I do enjoy seeing pictures of nice trophies, not everybody does.

I’ve heard the argument that if you don’t like seeing those pictures, you shouldn’t look at this person’s site or that guy’s posts. But at the risk of sounding like a prude, I suggest if you’re going to post pictures of your game this season, only post good pictures.

By that, I mean try to keep the dead animal look to a minimum. Before you take your victory selfie, tuck its tongue back inside its mouth. Clean up any blood that might be visible in the picture.

If what you’re after is more than just a snapshot, carry an actual camera with you, instead of just your cell phone camera. Maybe even a small tripod, too. You can get little tripods that will fold up and fit in a cargo pants pocket, and that’s all you need. If you want to make your game the focus of the photo, you’ll want to take the picture from a low angle, anyway. Put the camera on the tripod down low on the ground in front of the animal, and frame the photo so that there won’t be a bunch of empty space around the edges. You’ll want to focus in tight on the animal and where you’ll be when you get in the frame. Set the timer on the camera, and hunker down behind your kill. Hold the head up a little bit to give it a slightly more lifelike appearance.

This won’t prevent haters from hating, as the kids say these days, but it should reduce the number of people offended by photos of dead animals. And as an added benefit, you’ll get more enjoyment out of your hunting pictures.