Connect with the Wildlife Community to Get The Shot

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If you are a wildlife shooter, Moose Peterson’s recent book “Captured” has a lot of great insights and is worth picking up. Over the last year, I have really embraced one of Moose’s big ideas: developing relationships with the people in my community who work with and know the local wildlife. In doing so, one gains better access to wildlife subjects with less trial and error.

On the surface, this seems a no-brainer. But where does one find such folks? And, how does one build these relationships? Here is a formula that has worked for me.

  1. If Possible, Set Aside Your Biases. The love of animals is what often draws us to wildlife photography. As a result, some of us fail to see the value of the community of genuine sports and subsistence hunters. Few people know the woods and the creatures in it better than the folks…

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