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Jen Magnuson Photography - Visual Stories of Outdoor Adventure

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Elk Hunting in the Arapaho National Forest

Colorado's National Forests offer up some of the most scenic places for outdoor recreation.  And hunting on public lands can not only feed your appetite for adventure, but it can feed your family too.

As elk hunting season gets going in Colorado, I ventured out into the Arapaho National Forest with Jenn and Carson to create some stock images for Aurora Photos.  Jenn showed Carson the ropes, helping him safely load his magazines, scout for elk, and operate his bolt-action rifle.


Though everything about this hunt was staged for safety reasons, and the live ammunition was put safely back into the truck after it was done serving it's purpose as a prop, I wish Jenn and Carson luck on their real hunting season.  The burgers they made with last year's elk were amazing, and I know Hicker the Heeler is anxious to steal another one this year if he gets the opportunity!

Backpacking in the Colorado Wilderness

It has been unusually overcast and damp here in Denver for a few days. . .

and we are kind of spoiled with our 300 days of sunshine, so I am throwing it back to a more typical stretch of sunny autumn days on a backpacking trip in October.

Colorado's backcountry is so easy to access, and so infinite, that it makes shoots like this almost too easy.  It's still a feat to lug the camera gear necessary to make a shoot happen in the wilderness, but it's always worth the effort!