The fins of this 6-pound brown trout, caught on a Royal Wulff this January in the Nevis River, seem to glow gold in the underwater light. The Nevis is a tributary of the Kawarau River, where a major gold rush erupted in the 1860s. Spikes in the price of gold continue to bring prospectors to the river even now. The Nevis received more attention in 2008, when the Otago Fish and Game Council challenged a Water Conservation Order that allowed energy companies to divert sections of the river and build hydroelectric dams. Two years later, a Special Tribunal ruled to prohibit these projects for a number of reasons, including the need to protect native fish populations and angling waters.
Location: Otago, New Zealand
Issue: May, 2011
Photo by Andy Anderson
This is a collection of jaw-dropping hunting and fishing photos from Field & Stream's "First Shots" magazine section, from 2008 to the present.
First Shots are visually arresting, intriguing, and sometimes humorous hunting or fishing photographs that run across two full-page spreads in every issue of F&S. They serve to showcase both the world of sportsmen and the talent of the magazine's contributing photographers, who submit some of their best work for the section.
Though the images sometimes speak for themselves, the short caption which accompanies a First Shot reveals more about the story behind the scene, the species of fish or game pictured, and the location where the photo was taken. Enjoy this collection of nearly 100 First Shots from the past four years.