The DEC has published some tips on taking pictures of your successful hunt. While some of them do pertain to using the best angles and how to frame the shot, others are meant not to offend the "non-hunters" who may see them on Social Media.

Keep in mind, the main job of New York's DEC is to promote hunting and try to appease those opposed to the sport. But some of these tips remind you of why political correctness seldom appeases either side.

  • Show respect for how the animal is being depicted. Take photographs before field dressing and clean up as much blood as possible.
  • Face any large wounds away from the camera and ensure that the tongue is not hanging out.
  • Avoid sitting on, standing on, or straddling the animal.
  • Photograph more than just the animal. Include the hunter, hunting companion, hunting dog, etc. The photo should reflect the experience, not just the end result.
  • Be aware of how the person/people in the photo may be viewed by others. Take a few minutes prior to the photo to clean up.

Now, how about some tips for a quality photo to preserve the memories of a great hunt:

  • Take photographs in the field. “Tailgate pictures” don’t capture the hunt the same way as a photograph taken in the field near where the animal was harvested.
  • Practice proper hunter safety. Don' take photographs showing a firearm aimed at someone.
  • Quality lighting is a must. If you have harsh shadows, try using the flash even though it is bright. This will help lighten the shadows.
  • Experiment with angles and composition when taking photos.
  • Learn about the “rule of thirds” in photography. The image should be composed so the subject is slightly off-center and the horizon doesn’t fall into the middle of the image.

Take lots of photos and share any you want on our FaceBook page, politically correct or not.

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