How To Grow Dead Deer

I’ll gladly have words with anyone who tries to shame another hunter for trying to “maximize the size” of their animal in trophy photos. Why wouldn’t you make your buck, bull or bear look as big as possible? Here's a sweet piece of gear I found that will help.

Anyone who has worked with me (especially my field producers) knows I can be … well … overly opinionated. And I’m guilty, I guess. I know how I like things and how I want to see things done. But very few things light me up faster than poor field photos of dead critters.

First, it drives me insane to see hunters sitting on their deer, elk, bears or other big game to pose for a photo. The animal is dead forever, and that should be respected. It’s not a chair. Get off.

But just as frustrating is a situation when a hunter rips into another hunter for holding an animal close to the camera, or sitting behind the animal a bit to make it look big. Now, that’s not much my style, but I get it and I see it as a respect thing. Don’t you put on your good neck tie to look your best for your church album photos?

Of course, filling every tag you buy with a Booner is one way to make your trophy photos look great, but I don’t have those kind of skills. But I did find something simple recently that sure helps: the OlloClip.

The OlloClip is a simple lens system that slides over the camera of my iPhone to enhance the photo-taking capabilities of my phone’s camera. You can put it on or remove it in seconds. There are a few different models, but the one I use religiously with my iPhone 5 comes with four lens options: fisheye, wide-angle, 10X macro and 15X macro.

You can do some wicked-cool things with all of these lenses, but I instantly fell in love with the fisheye lens. It adds a fresh perspective to just about any photo, and it’ll make ground-shrinkage extinct. I promise.

Check out the images I took of these two bucks using the OlloClip. These are both Iowa bruisers—the 8-point measured 152 inches and my buck taped out in the low 160s—but with the OlloClip, they look even bigger than that.

Plus, with minimal cropping—as I did with the second image in the gallery—you can trim the black corners produced by the fisheye lens and effectively “grow a dead deer” to giant proportions.

Camera phones are producing some high-end images these days. Heck, I even ran a full-page photo in the Feb/March 2014 issue of North American Hunter magazine that I took with my cell phone, and I bet you’d never be able to guess which one it is.

Add an OlloClip to your daypack, and how you see the world—and how the world sees your trophies—will change forever.

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