*In celebration of the upcoming hunting season (yes we are hunting enthusiasts!) we announce the:
Contest Complete! Grand Prize Winner: Tyler Ulrich
Check out the Weekly Winners – [Here]
Starting August 1st and running through September 30th (8 weeks), we will be giving away a prize package EACH WEEK to the best photo (from those submitted that week).
AWESOME weekly prize packages consisting of South Dakota Hunting Gear – along with various items from our sponsors including:
- Cabela’s Gift Cards
- Boone & Crockett Gear
- FoxPro Gear
- And MUCH MORE!
At the end of the 8 weeks, we will post the weekly winners to the South Dakota Hunting Facebook Page and allow our FANS to pick the Grand Prize Winner! (so tell your friends about our Facebook Page!)
The Grand Prize winner claims the title, a load of South Dakota Hunting gear and the HUGE “New Hunter” Prize package containing….
Grand Prize – Custom Deer Caper
- A Schultz “Deer Caper Utility Hunter“
(ours is an upgraded Blue-Jean Micarta Handle model!)
- Vortex Crossfire Binoculars with Easy Carry Harness
- Boone & Crockett Field Measuring Kit
- Boone & Crockett “Measuring Big Game” Book
- Camouflage Clothing
1. How To Enter
EASY! – Submit your original photos via the Submission Page
* You CAN enter photos multiple photos each week – just not the same photo…and make sure they are YOUR photos…not someone else’s!
2. What we are looking for:
Most photo contests out there want the best quality trophy animal shots – NOT US! While trophy animal photos are good, not everyone gets a chance to shoot a monster every year. For our contest, we want good quality photos that represent the sport of hunting…not just pictures of “wall hangers”. Take a picture of your hunting dog…post your recent trailcam photos…a young hunter on their first outing…an interesting wildlife photo…. We don’t care! Use your imagination and submit the best shots you can find.
Check out our last photo contest finalists HERE
3. Photo Guidelines:
Because we have members from all over the nation, limiting the photography to just South Dakota shots would take a great deal of photos out of play. SO….our guidelines are these…make them shots of scenery, hunting scenarios, trophies taken – heck anything hunting…but if of animals (or animals taken), limit them to those animals “huntable” in South Dakota (Caribou shots would NOT apply!).
* Please submit your photos at native (original) photo resolution to ensure correct display in our galleries and within slideshows. General guideline – the bigger the better!
4. How will the photos be judged:
Helpful hint: Read the Article – Capturing the Moment
– wherein you can find guidelines on shooting the best field photographs possible. The rules are simple – Our panel of judges (the staff) will look through all the photos submitted for the week and pick out the one we feel best exemplifies the sport of hunting. (Know that we may pick a wall hanger photo too – after all, we are
hunters and that gets our blood boiling too!)…Essentially, we’ll pick the one we like best
So dig through your camera, look in your old albums and make sure you take your camera out in the field and make sure you have it as you drive the back roads of South Dakota – you never know when the outdoor picture of a lifetime (and one that could win the contest) may present itself!
Track down those hunting pictures!
Check out the weekly winners:
Week 1 Winner: Chad Lade”Early Season Buddy Hunt”:
Week 2 Winner: Joe Sears”The Banded Hunt”:
It was a foggy windless moring to say the less. The birds were working awesome though ! Throughout volley after volley the action had slowed! The crew was getting more restless….After the usuall waiting game one person calls out and says “well what do you think should we pack it up!?” My reply was “well we have 30 birds on the ground lets give it the loyal 10 minutes!” My friend is still thanking me today for those long ten minutes because a flock of 8 birds came in with all there feet down in our face! After the shots were fired and the hollering began it was apparent that the whole flock was banded ! The best part of the trip was to see the smile on my 6 year old face!
Week 3 Winner: Angie Mattoon “Hunting with Horses”:
Grasslands in the Western South Dakota hunting with the horses. We all rode quietly out in the grasslands until we got way back in by the water. We rode up on the hill and saw the antelopes. When we were done with the hunt we put the antelopes on the back of the horse and rode back to the pickup. We a fun way to hunt in the South Dakotas!!!
Week 4 Winner: Sam Stukel “Custer Overlook”:
Scanning a valley for elk during the Custer State Park early archery season. A self-portrait taken with a timer and tripod.
Week 5 Winner: Jennifer Schuller “Raccoon Alert”:
I have always seen some raccoons on my trail camera but this picture caught my eye out of over 300 pics.
Week 6 Winner: Rich Jordet “Prairie Limit”:
Here is a limit of pheasants shot near La Creek NWR when I was out hunting with my daughter.
Week 7 Winner: Tyler Ulrich “Early Goose Hunting near Hoven, SD”:
Tyler Ulrich, Nick Hericks, Scott Hericks, Eric Miles and Adam Griese doing a little early season goose hunt around the Hoven, South Dakota area. Photo taken by Jerry Hericks.
Week 8 Winner: Todd Rahlf “Take em!”:
It was a blue bird morning in Deuel County, SD. Despite there being no wind and bright blue skies the hunt was going pretty well. A couple of geese had just came into the decoys and we had one that drifted on us.
So we decided we better go retrieve that goose. Of course none of use brought a gun, so the chase was a little tougher than it should have been. Once we finally tracked down the goose we noticed another pair in the distance. We all ran back to our blinds to see if we could get these geese to commit. They came right in, after the shooting was done we all kind of looked at each other to see who claimed the kill. All I said was “I got it!” I received a couple looks from the other guys like wow he is sure confident. However I was talking about the picture. The picture shows two hunters, their shells ejecting and two geese falling. The hunt was great, but to have a picture that will capture it for a lifetime is even better!
Check out all the entries: