As summer turns to fall, it means two things for many Americans: football and hunting. It’s a time of pigskin, duck blinds, and changing leaves. With so many hunters in the country, it’s no surprise that many famous football players also enjoy the great outdoors.
Take a look at our list of some famous football players who also love hunting deer, pheasant, bear, and other game.
Although Jared Allen was officially listed as a linebacker for his career, he was often found lining up in the trenches at the defensive end position. One the best pass rushers in recent memory, Allen was also entertaining for his wild character, energetic playing style, and outdoor enthusiasm. He played college ball in Idaho and spend most of his career in Minnesota, all along hunting and enjoying the great outdoors. He even published his own cookbook loaded with recipes for bear, elk, and more.
Tuck appreciates a challenge. A talented football player, he still had to fight his way into the starting lineup at Notre Dame. He redshirted and came off the bench before becoming a starter. He fought through injuries in both college and the pros, but became a pro bowler with the New York Giants twice, and also winning two Super Bowls as well. His appreciation for challenges is reflecting in his love of bow hunting, which he finds more rewarding than shotgun or rifle hunts. He has bow hunted in Africa, South America, and the U.S.
Growing up in Wyoming, defensive end Brett Kiesel learned to hunt from an early age, and he kept this passion when he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion took full advantage of Pennsylvania’s rifle hunting deer season. With his signature mountain-man beard and passion for the outdoors, it’s easy to see Kiesel escaping into the Rockies after his playing career. Harder to picture, however, is his 6’4”, 285-pound frame crawling into a tree stand.
Green Bay’s gunslinger was always must-watch television, and he frustrated defenses all over the league with his powerful arm and unpredictable play. The boy from Mississippi now hunts his home state, specifically a 465-acre property that has turkey, deer, and a few wild hogs. He also loves hunting in the north woods, and confessed to sneaking back into Wisconsin the first November he was retired, all so he could go hunting.
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Hunters have sought shed antlers on the forest floor for as long as they’ve hunted deer. In recent years, antler shed hunting has become more popular than ever. However, while shed hunting is a rewarding activity, it is often difficult at the outset. Fortunately, dedicated NOMADs usually get better at finding antlers as they accumulate more experience. To enjoy success, you’ll want to hone your skills, cloak yourself in the right type of gear and maybe even enlist the help of your dogs. Whether you’re just getting started or have been at it for a while, we hope these antler shed hunting tips will help you improve your take.
No matter the pursuit, sportsmen and sportswomen are always interested in improving their game. If you fish for bass, you’re always after a bigger one than you caught the day before; if you like to stalk gobblers, you’re always on the lookout for a bigger and better bird than the last. Similarly, whitetail hunters are always keen to harvest a bigger buck than they ever have. And this drive will last for the rest of your life. Even if you managed to claim the biggest whitetail buck ever killed, you’d be out again next season, looking for his big brother. In this post, we’ll showcase some of the biggest whitetail deer on record and offer some background on the record keeping process.
Despite the close kinship of deer and elk, both species represent very different challenges to the NOMADs who hunt them. Most experienced hunters and guides would agree that deer are the easier quarry to pursue, but if you learn to embrace the ways in which these species differ and apply the skills you’ve learned hunting deer, you’ll have a much better chance of bagging a big bull. In this article, we’ll cover the difference between deer and elk hunting so you can have the edge over whichever game you choose to pursue.