Tip #1: Add some flare/embellish
The more wild and entertaining you can make it the better. It keeps everyone hooked and looking for more, wondering what is going to come out of your mouth next.
Tip #2: Keep it as honest as possible
You don’t want it to seem too far-fetched. It still needs to be believable.
Tip #3: Give it some conflict
By talking about how the odds were against you from the start, you manage to grasp your audience's attention and, in the end, came out victorious.
Bonus: Accompany with a picture you’ve taken from afar, making the animal appear larger than it really is, or of the terrain making it seem rougher than it really was.
As I wrote this article, I sat and remembered all of the funny stories that have been shared with me and the certain family or friends that told them. While the embellished stories have always been extremely entertaining, the modest versions of what really happened are just as good. In all seriousness, hunting stories are always fun to hear regardless if they seem far-fetched or not. I love listening to what really happened just as much as I enjoy the wild stories.
Disclaimer: After telling these stories too many times, with different versions, people really start to doubt everything that comes out of your mouth. I’d also like to state, that ideas for these tips not only came from family, but family friends as well.
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About the writer:
Heather Reed is a Wyoming native, living just 30 minutes away from the best the Mountains can offer. She fell in love with hunting and the outdoor lifestyle at a young age, when she'd watch numerous family members bring back their harvested animals and share their animated hunting stories. While other kids wanted to play dolls or other games, Heather created hunting games and imagined shooting trophy animals. Now that she's grown, she still dreams of hunting these animals. If she's not hunting, or even thinking about it, she's out fishing, shooting or cheering on the Detroit Red Wings.