Idaho's Greatest Big Game

“Dedicated to Preserving and Sharing Idaho’s Hunting History and Heritage”

Idaho’s Greatest Big Game’s mission is to gather, preserve, and share Idaho’s tremendous hunting history and heritage. Since 1997, founder Ryan Hatfield has traveled as far as southern California and Alabama, and collected information as far away as Alaska, Maine, and Florida, in an attempt to collect stories, photos, and other history associated with Idaho’s hunting heritage.

While Ryan has dedicated a good portion of his own time for the past 20+ years in efforts to catalogue all of this fine history, it couldn’t have been done without literally thousands of other individuals who have stepped forward to either help track down leads or to actually provide and share their own stories. This is, without a doubt, a large-scale collaborative effort toward leaving a great hunting legacy for all those future generations who care about hunting in Idaho.

The first book to showcase this history was Idaho’s Greatest Mule Deer, released in 2004. Idaho’s Greatest Elk, the second book in the series, followed suit in 2006. Idaho’s Greatest Whitetails, the third book in the series, was released in 2010.

Our newest book, Idaho’s Greatest Mule Deer, 2nd Editionwas just released in 2018. This monumental project – including over 1200 images and 704 full-color pages – captures more history than any other work of its kind.

The next book in the series will be Idaho’s Greatest Trophy Game, featuring the top moose, sheep, mountain goat, and antelope, and will potentially complete the series.

Preserving and sharing this tremendous history is something we take great pride in, and we hope that you will enjoy not only seeing these outstanding trophies, but also appreciate the effort that has gone into making sure that as much history as possible has been saved.

To order, we have four options: 1) use the shopping cart on this website; 2) call 208-253-0002 to pay by phone; 3) use PayPal to; or 4) send check or money order to IGBG, Box 2, Council, ID 83612.

Thank you all for your support of this ongoing project!

2022 Esto Perpetua Award Winner!

Ryan Hatfield has received Idaho’s special and coveted Esto Perpetua Award “in honor and recognition of significant contributions to the preservation of Idaho history.”

About Author


Ryan Hatfield was born in Council, Idaho in 1972. He attended Council High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resources from University of Idaho.

He has been the Editor for Western Hunter Magazine since 2011 and has also worked as Managing Editor of Eastmans’ Hunting & Bowhunting Journals and Assistant Director of Big Game Records for Boone and Crockett Club. In his younger days, he also worked in logging and commercial fishing.

Ryan has always been fascinated with hunting and Idaho history, so it seemed a natural fit to do something to preserve Idaho’s hunting history and heritage. This journey began in earnest in 1998 and was partly inspired by his great-uncle, Henry Daniels, and his hunting stories of chasing big bucks in the Golden Era.


Idaho’s Greatest Mule Deer:
2nd Edition

by Ryan Hatfield

Inside this book is a look into the past 120 years; a look at great and rare feats and fortune; and a chance to see what all the most impressive deer ever taken in Idaho looked like. In addition, each story is documented and every rock turned over in effort to give the people of Idaho a complete history they will treasure forever.

Discover the Exciting World of Idaho Big Game

With Ryan Hatfield’s Idaho’s Greatest Big Game Books!