It's easy to yearn for the good ol' days and lament the fact that you never got to hunt during grandpa's era, when game was plentiful, competition was scarce, and a monster buck or bull was on every mountain.
That wasn't reality back then, and when people say there are no trophy animals left, that's not reality either.
They're still out there, and according to the Boone and Crockett Club's database, 91 animals were killed in Idaho in the past five years that qualified for the club's record books, and Idaho has been a steady contributor to the record book for decades.
That includes elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorns, bighorns, mountain goats, black bears and cougars.
With a little luck and determination, it's possible to get a big-game trophy that would make even your grandpa a little jealous.
On Wednesday, read Mark Mathews', Mike Borzick's and David Brogan's stories behind the animals that got their names in the Boone and Crockett Club record books.
SOME OTHER STORIES YOU"LL READ IN THE 2013 HUNTING GUIDE:
Idaho big game hunts will be similar to last year.
Find your hunting getaway in Idaho.
Idaho Fish and Game, pheasant group try to restore birds.
Tips to keep you warm and dry while you're hunting.
Idaho explains its updated 10-year elk plan.