The End Zone Seat: Hunting Memories Precious
In my time at this desk, I can safely say I have never seen as many archery-killed deer photos submitted for publication as I have this fall.
In this issue alone, there are pictures of four deer killed with a bow and arrow. So far this year, I’ve had eight archery-killed deer, which might be close to the total I’ve run in the previous years combined.
Of the submitted photos this month, there have also been a couple of very impressive animals taken with trophy racks.
Either the hunters did their due diligence and scouted well before the season or a lot of luck has come their way.
Whatever the case may be, I’m sure the hunters will enjoy looking at their mounts on the wall for years to come.
When it comes to photo submissions for publication, there are a couple of things that hunters or the family members taking the shots should keep in mind.
Obviously, the higher the quality of the photo, the better the reproduction when it hits newsprint. Even the best photo on newsprint won’t approach the quality you will get on regular photo paper or on your computer screens. I’ve seen sports pictures I’ve taken that snapped right off the computer screen that were disappointing once they were actually printed.
Every year, we get pictures of impressive deer that we simply can’t run as large as others because the photo quality isn’t up to snuff.
Whether you use a cell phone or the most sophisticated camera on the market, it pays to set the photo resolution as high as you can.
In this digital age, all you are using is a little memory on your picture-taking device, which is a small price to pay to preserve a moment that will last a lifetime.
Often a successful hunt happens right at sunset, meaning that any photos taken at the time will be dark.
We can lighten things up a great deal here with Photoshop, but Tim and Megan in our production area aren’t miracle workers either.
Try to take any photos in the best light possible and always use flash if there is any question.
When submitting photos, always include the hunter’s name, his hometown, the day, general location of the kill—the township is adequate—as well as the particulars such as the number of points for a buck or the weight of a bear. Also feel free to add any interesting fact about the kill such as whether it was your first buck or if it was a mentored hunt.
On the subject of mentored hunts, when sending in information, include the youth’s age and the name of the mentor.
We try to run all submitted photos as soon as possible, but sometimes space limitations in that week’s paper may not permit it. Unless there is an unusual circumstance, no photo should wait more than one week for publication.
As many photos as possible will be posted on our on-line photo gallery which is linked to our website at www.rocket-courier.com.