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After long deliberation, the finalists for the Amateur Long category have been selected to the five videos below. These are some amazing hunting films put together by people doing it for the love of sharing their adventure.

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“What We Pass Down” A Utah Muzzleloader Bull Elk Hunt

By Patrick Leiphart

This hunt was during the Fall of 2020. It was a draw that took years of waiting along with many days of preparation. During this hunt, we encountered a variety of animals and people. Watch as Kyle embarks on one of his best hunts yet.

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Zahniser: A Wyoming Wilderness Elk Hunt

By Ptarmigan Productions

Grizzly bears, sheep skulls, and big bulls makes this film one you won’t want to miss!! With his first ever limited quota elk tag in his home state, Austin Kennedy sets out into the Wyoming wilderness in pursuit of a mature bull elk. With over 30 days and 20 nights spent in the wilderness over two months, there is no shortage of adventure.

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Full Circle

By Gerald Martin

Ross Niebur’s lifetime dream was to hunt a mountain goat. As a resident of Minnesota his only options were long shot odds to draw a nonresident tag in the lower 48 states or book a guided hunt on Alaska or Canada. At least that’s what he thought until he decided to combine his desire to hunt goats with an opportunity to contribute to mountain goat conservation. Montana offers one auction tag each year with 90% of the proceeds going back to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to fund Mountain Goat research.

Ross invited several of his friends to join him on this adventure of a lifetime in the mountains of Montana.

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By Pnwild

Tamarack is an adventure mule deer hunting film based in the backcountry of Washington state during the OTC general firearm season.

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DUST to DUST | Arizona Elk Hunting Film

By Steve Frith

In November of 2020, friends Luke Carrick and Steve Frith went to Arizona in hopes of finding a bull elk to fill the tag Steve drew after several years of applying. For Steve this trip is full of hope and excitement about possibly filling his first ever elk tag. For Luke this trip would be full of adventure and joy as he helps his friend but also full of memories from the previous year’s hunt. DUST to DUST documents a hunting trip which has a greater purpose than just filling a tag. We dedicate this to our good buddy Jay!