Odd Deer Hunting Advice Needed.


May 18, 2007, 10:31 AM
This is an odd request, but I trust someone out there can spare a few moments for me.

I happen to be an advertising photographer, (and a bullseye shooter). I have a project coming up that will be a hunting scene. I donít think I should rely on my Los Angeles stylist to dress this project entirely on her own. I could see her dressing this set in 1950ís era Elemer Fudd with flap caps, plaid jackets, and long stem corn-cob pipes, alaí Norman Rockwell, or even Madís Don Martin (kerfwop)! YIKES!!!

The scene is two deer hunters, at ground level in the high grass (?), engrossed in their activities (one is playing solitaire; the other is text messaging on his cell phone). In the near background is a well groomed buck, seemingly indifferent to the non threatening hunters.

That being said I need some guidance.

I need to know what is appropriate for these guys to have around them. What paraphernalia should they have?

Which rifles (need to be USA made, and under $1000.00 each) are appropriate for deer hunting, in the classic sense?


How much gear should they have to not look like department store hunters?

I know this is a tall order, but I would certainly appreciate your help.

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Vern Humphrey
May 18, 2007, 12:09 PM
Normally, hunters would wear a blaze orange vest (hey, it's the law) over warm, earth-colored or camouflage clothing (hey, it's the thing). An orange hat is also required in most states -- say a baseball type, or a stocking or watch cap. They would carry belt knives -- a short (3-4" fixed blade) or a folding lock-back in a pouch. High laced boots (similar to combat boots) would be normal.

For rifles, a Savage bolt action with a 3X9 scope or a Winchester or Marlin .30-30 would be just right.

May 20, 2007, 12:49 AM
Get a Cabelas or Bass Pro catalog and look for Ideas. As for the guns go with Ruger, Remington or Winchester as the big three American companies. Good Luck. :)

May 20, 2007, 12:17 PM
Who is your audience? If you want to continue the comedic theme then Elmer Fudd might be the way to go. Blaze orange is a mandatory if contextual accuracy is your aim. Seems to me you could rent a couple of rifles from a props company a lot cheaper than buying unless of course you get to keep the props then the cheapest pawn shop rifle you can find and a really nice Remmy might be in order.:D

Vitamin G
May 20, 2007, 01:24 PM
Its a good opportunity to advance the RKBA cause... Perhaps a garand or m1a in the background in addition to a scoped hunting rifle? Subliminally convince people you CAN use them for hunting.

May 21, 2007, 01:12 AM
who is paying the bill...thats who needs to answer the ???? imo

now if you are advising the $$$, are man or a renegade?

lol, good luck and hopefully have fun with the project. I am sure you already know the right answers

Art Eatman
May 21, 2007, 09:57 AM
State laws determine whether or not the blaze orange is used. Some guys were camo; many do not. The vast majority of all hunters use bolt-action rifles with scopes. Most will have a hunting knife with a blade around 4". Camp gear is camp gear, whether you're just sightseeing camping or hunting camping.

I guess one point that might be important is that everything show some sign of use. The clothing, anyway, shouldn't look like it's fresh from Abercrombie & Fitch. :)


May 22, 2007, 06:39 AM
I typically wear a pair of Wrangler light brown brush pants that look like they have been thru the brush, with mud and other stains, well worn work boots that usually have mud caked on, A long sleeved red T shirt, a well worn blue chambray shirt with missing buttons on the sleeves and the collar is pretty frayed, a brown hooded zip up sweater, my orange vest that has a few blood stains, some mine, some deer. On top a fifteen year old camo pattern orange hat. If it is around freezing I will wear another sweat shirt and a pair of rag wool gloves. The pants are held up with red suspenders and a belt around the waist with usually a Buck 110. I like my scoped Winchester Featherweight or Marlin 336 sometimes.
Hope this helps a little bit.

May 22, 2007, 09:02 AM
Many deer hunters are required to use shotguns or blackpowder rifles.

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