More bowhunting with Angels center fielder Mike Trout.

Mike  Trout

Away from the baseball field, 21-year-old Mike Trout seems like a simple guy. He goes home in the off-season to working class Millville, New Jersey. He golfs. He hunts. He hangs out with his family and friends. Then he shows up to spring training.

It’s incredibly ordinary stuff for an extraordinary talent, and an integral part of the emerging Mike Trout legend.

One thing the reigning American League Rookie of the Year hasn’t talked much about in his brief time as a superstar: When he hunts, it’s often with a crossbow. Forget your fantasy baseball draft — you want Trout representing your district in The Hunger Games.

His biggest haul?

“Probably a deer,” Trout said. He thinks it weighed around 230 pounds, or 10 pounds lighter than Trout when he reported to camp.

New Jersey isn’t known for its lush outdoors, but Trout said he got his start around age 10 shooting deer, duck, rabbit and pheasant in his home state.

Now, he said, “I go all over, mainly Missouri and Iowa.”

Trout gave a shoutout to Nontypical Lodge in Lamoni, Iowa, a game reserve that bills itself as “one of this country’s best-kept hunting secrets.” (Maybe not for long.) That’s where Trout bagged the deer.

Angels prospect Kaleb Cowart is also a bowhunter. He mounts his game and keeps them in a trophy room (of sorts) at his parents’ house in Georgia. Trout does not.

“I don’t shoot anything I don’t eat,” he said.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.