Alex Ames

Alex Ames


HHA Member since 2020, Board Member since 2021

How did your passion for wild life, wild places, and fair chase hunting and fishing blossom? I developed my passion for hunting, fishing, and other outdoor pursuits at a young age growing up in the Dakotas.

Favorite/most memorable hunting/fishing story? My most memorable hunting/fishing story involves taking my first whitetail buck on the South Dakota prairie. I must have been about fifteen years old at the time, and this would be the first deer I killed with antlers – a critical rite of passage for a young midwestern lad. 

My dad and I hiked down a fence line on a cold, calm November morning into one of our neighbors’ pastures and waited. It was not long after sunrise that the deer started moving around and the buck came into sight. He was slowly making his way across the pasture, blissfully unaware of the adrenaline hyped kid staring at him from the nearby fence line. My dad ranged him at about 200 yards. I raised my .243, rested it on the barbed wire, and peered through the scope. I could not have asked for a better situation. Despite my perfect rest, the reticle was jumping around like a PBR bull due to what can only be described as buck fever. Regardless, I tried to still my breath and made a shot. Sure enough, my aim was off. I hit the buck in the hind quarters. He went down and out of sight. We both knew he was not dead. We quickly hustled over to investigate, and I was able to make the required lethal shot. 

This story has always stood out to me because of the lessons I learned about the responsibilities every hunter assumes when they walk into the field. It is our duty to treat the animals and land with the utmost respect. That involves being sure of each shot we make, and following through when, inevitably, things do not go the way we planned. Photo included.

Favorite River/Hunting snack? There is no better snack than cutting off a chunk of summer sausage with your hunting knife in the field.

If you had to pawn everything- what hunting /fishing item could you not live without? 12ga shotgun

One bug Challenge:  If you had to use one bug for the whole season what would it be? Parachute Adams

What is the story behind your first flyrod or gun?  Who gave it to you? My dad gave me my first fly rod. It was part of one of those $75 “everything you need” deals from Cabela’s. I used to go to the intramural fields every day after class and practice casting.


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