Here’s a few things to remember:
1. If it’s possible, take the photo before gutting your animal. Also, use a damp cloth to wipe as much blood off the entry and exit wounds, and especially the nose/mouth area of the animal.
2. Make sure your animals tongue is not hanging out the side of its mouth.
3. It is best to wear your camo gloves when holding your trophy to help keep the focus on your game and not on your hands. Check yourself out before taking the photo, make sure you don’t have blood on your clothes and try to hide the blood as much as possible.
4. The camera should be placed level with the animals head. To accomplish this you can have a friend take the photo, use a tripod, or use a downed tree or stump as a tripod for your camera.
5. When photographing a buck, try to hold as little of the antler as possible. Some people like grabbing the skin behind the neck of the deer to hold its head up.
6. For a photo of a deer: fold the front legs under the chest and the rear legs towards the stomach so the deer looks like its in a natural bedding position. For bear: many times people like to put a log under the bears jaw to hold the head up. I prefer a photo where the bear’s head and paws are draped over a fallen tree so there is less to take away from the bear.
7. It is best to take the picture in a natural setting, not in the back of your truck. Don’t straddle the deer, sit behind the animal and let your trophy be the foreground.
8. Make note of your backdrop for the photo, thick brush with twigs going every which way may take away from antler tines.
9. Always keep the sun at the camera’s back.
10. Remember to smile and place your bow in the picture too!
Now the only thing left to do is get that trophy to take a picture of, so get out there and start hunting!