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George Stuckers Started Hunting When He Was A Kid


October 9, 2019 | View PDF

Stuckers with an antelope he harvested in 2018.

It's that time of the year again and hunters couldn't be happier. In a lot of cases, hunting is something they have done their whole lives. Hunter George Stuckers Jr. has been at it since he was a kid.

"I was given my first Red Ryder BB gun when I was five years old. I couldn't even cock it myself, I had to have my dad do it for me," Stuckers said.

Stuckers hunts everything from water fowl, upland game, big game and even does carp shooting. He said his favorite to hunt are elk. Stuckers said that he's only gotten one elk while bow hunting.

He started bow hunting back in 2011 when he moved to Sidney. When asked what his best hunting experience was, Stuckers said it was hard to pull one out of the bunch.

"Each trip is unique in its own way. It differs from each hunt," Stuckers said. "Any hunting experience is pleasurable with family and friends."

Stuckers said for the last ten years, he and three of his friends take a hunting trip to the breaks for one week each season.

While they put in a lot of work scoping out the hunting ground, getting rifles and bows sighted, it's all worth it for the experience.

Stuckers said they use Google Earth to help them scout an area before they trek out to it.

"You can check out the vegetation and the coverage, find out who owns it and the animals it holds," Stuckers said. "It's really cool."

He typically hunts around Sidney but has hunted from the east to west end of the state on different occasions.

Stuckers's most memorable hunting trip was one where he ended up getting food poisoning and ending up really sick. That was the year he shot his trophy elk.

It was so snowy, he and his hunting partners had to stop and put chains on their tires to finish the drive. After getting out to go hunting, he was so sick he had to go back to the hotel.

"Sunday morning it was snowing like crazy. I drove back up there Sunday night. I got to the top of the mountain and there was three to four feet of snow. I saw two bull elk and I went for the bigger of the two. I shot twice. I was 75 yards away from the road," Stuckers said.

It took six of them to haul his trophy elk to the truck to get it loaded up.


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