View From a Deerstand

No matter where we hunt -- from the hardwoods of the Northeast to the cornfields of the Midwest to the dark swamps of the Deep South -- we share two things: a passion for whitetails and a perspective.

You are probably not even aware how valuable your perspective is. It's your view, and starting today I invite all of you to share your surroundings with the rest of us. That's right, I want you to snap a photo of your deer stand.

By building a composite view of our hunting areas, we get to share places and experiences with Record Quest crowd. It's like virtually hunting different corners of America.

Here are a couple of my perspectives, first a shot from a Missouri tree stand hung on the edge of a secluded clover field. There's not much to notice here--you'll certainly notice the complete lack of deer--but that's sort of the point. If you're like me, when the deer are near, you have no interest in snapping a photo. Instead, you do it when there's no action.

But there's still plenty to soak in: the surrounding timber that provides security cover for deer that feed in the field, the thin stand of clover, even the branches in the foreground that will end up obstructing the only shot I am offered from this stand.

And here's another shot, from this week on the Milk River in Montana. It's a shot from the window of my ground blind, the tail end of a rooster pheasant that strutted proudly right in front of the blind, then got self-conscious and sprinted away. The best part of this photo is my company. Sharing the blind with me was my son, Merlin, who noticed the rooster before I did.

OK, that's the view from my deer stand. Now I want to see yours.

E-mail your photos to olletters@bonniercorp.com. We'll make a photo gallery of all the shots if we get enough.