The Best Hunting and Fishing Photos; April 2009

flaming gorge hog

june of 2008 went with guide capt. jim on flaming gorge and caught this lake trout. a monster of 50# plus. made my day twice

MRAP stuck in mud.

In North Western Afghanistan my vehicle collapsed a small road that was on top of a spring.

Point of View

My English Setter,Nike,pointing a chuker
Jessica Stanger from calhoun ga 1 hr before prom

Happy Easter!

The photo says it all. A friend sent this photo via e-mail to me.
Found this photo of a successful deer hunting trip in my dads old albums. This is the year after he and three other fellows purchased their property and cabin in Michigans U.P. Looks like they might have need a bigger vechicle-Ha Ha.-Walt Smith

Bald Eagle Roadkill

I have been taking weekend trips to Ely Minnesota for years. Witnessing the eagle population rebound has been very exciting, almost as much as having to swerve my car off the road to miss them at meal time!

Lunker Lackey

Caught on Lake Cumberland Kentucky while striper fishing. I don't have much of a fighting story. I thought he was a log at first. Once we got him to the boat I realized he was the largest SM bass I've ever saw. He was released.

Dominant Albino Buck

I took this photo of the dominant albino whitetail buck in the Father Hennipen State Park here in central Minnesota. He is just one of four other albinos that reside in the park. The number of albino deer that live in my area is truly incredible! I personally know of seven!

It's been confirmed.....the devil does fish!

Tired and just in from a long flight from the northeast, we didn't give much thought to warming our bones or eating and got down to fishing. The first night in the mangrove channels yeilded this 35+ inch snook. The rest of the trip was great (trout, grouper, and reds) but this is a picture that I email weekly to the group to remind them that we better start planning for next year.

Strutting for the Lady's

Some Idaho Tom's putting on a show

Deer Tracks

These deer tracks are compared to my size 12 boots!

Raging river fishing

High flow on a Lake Superior river.

Lake Run Rainbow Trout

This is a lake run rainbow trout caught out of the South Platte River between Spinney Mountain and Eleven Mile Reservoirs. A pod of big rainbows appeared creating wakes in the river. I made two casts- she ate on the second one. I was the victor after she bull-dogged me for several minutes of battle. When it was all done the fish swam away tired but healthy.

Clay's Illinois Buck

The morning before this buck was taken I had to watch what I thought was my shooter buck walk off after having some technical difficulties with my bow. I thought that I had missed the opportuninty of a lifetime. That afternoon however, this 133 inch buck was taken without any trouble.

Smallmouth Done Right

My father an I were camping in Western New York, and this Smallmouth made a great dinner. We cooked it on a Wild Plum plank over an open fire. I got the idea from an article in Field & Stream.

Opening Day

This is me and my 2 year old yellow lab, Dexter. It was opeing day 2008. It was his first opeing day and big debute in the duck blind and he did awesome!

Swamp Buck

My Dad with his huge 10 pointer. In addition to the 10 point rack the buck also sports 4 stickers coming off of the G2s and G3s.

Cameron's whopper on ultralight

Cameron fooled this wopper with a rebel tiny craw crankbait

Pennsylvania Black Bear - Ryan Farley

This bruin was shot Monday, November 24th, 2008 in Lycoming County Pennsylvania. His estimated live weight was 586 pounds, with a field dressed weight of 497. The skull scored 20 9/16", making the Boone & Crockett Awards Club. This big boy was brought down with my handloaded Barnes TSX 150 grain hollow-point bullets fired from a Ruger .30-06 rifle.

Rattler in Rattlesnake Cove

Fishing the bank of Bartlett Lake in Rattlesnake Cove when this Mohave Rattlesnake snapped with no warning hitting my jeans then letting go. After a few choice words and a change of some garments I stepped back and snapped a few photos.

A pup in training

My yellow lab Timber showing my cousin's pup Charlie the ropes of being a river dog. Selway River 2009

What a Rack!

My wife with a nice set of sheds from a recent hunt on a friends farm in Kansas.

Cumberland River Early morning Fishing

Morning Trout fishing on the lower Cumberland river below Wolf Creek Dam
Steelhead making their spring run

First hog

Kill a 314 Boar in Clarkrange TN.

"A springtime steelie"

I caught this nice steelhead in a tributary off of Lake Ontario in New York last may.

Wahoo out of Islamorada

Dolphin fishing in the Fl. brought up a nice 'hoo

Blood from First Deer of the Season

I am not sure about every one elses traditions but whoever gets the first deer of the season at my camp, gets the blood on the face.

monster crappie

We were fishing north Mississippi when I hooked this 17 inch 3.8 pound slab.We caught lots of fish[all huge]but thats a personal best by far...
This prespawn largemouth bass was caught April 11th, 2009 in a St. Louis county, Missouri farm pond using a lipless crankbait. It was 27in long and had a girth 20.5in, weighing 12 lbs. -Greg Gibson

Best Brackish water I have ever fished

Another sunset photo out back of my old condo. Not only is the veiw great but fishing even better largemouth bass, alligator gar, talipia, snook, tarpon just watch out for huge gators lurking

BIG GIRL

Susquhanna River April 09'

Elk Shed Hunting

Hunting Elk sheds in the Steep Nasty Country in Idaho. An old 5x5 I drug up out of an absolute hole.
fishermans dream

My big lake trout

FISHING AT BLUE MESA RESOVIOR IN A LITTLE BOAT I HEARD THE BEST SOUND IN THE WORLD MY LINE TOOK OFF AND I COULD HEAR THE DRAG, I WAS SO PUMPED I DONT THINK I REALIZED HOW BIG THE FISH WAS TILL IT SURFACED CLOSE TO THE BOAT THE FIRST TIME IT WAS A MEMORY I WONT SOON FORGET THE FIRST THING I SAID WHEN I SAW IT WAS "HOLY COW" I FELT LIKE A LITTLE KID AT CHRISTMAS, IT WAS ABSOLUTLY AWESOME.
Sage's first year hunting was very exciting and successful. This was the first year I have trained and hunted with a female yellow lab. I have had three other dogs, but they were males. The experience has been fun and positive and we are looking forward to many years of hunting together.

First Turkey

Austin,9,shot his first turkey on the first morning of Missouri's spring youth turkey season.After passing on two jake's earlier in the morning Austin's patient's paid off with this 20lb.Tom with 9 7/8 beard & 7/8 spurs.The gobbler was shot @ 26yds. with a 1187 12ga.On the Grellner family farm in Osage County Mo.

retired

Wilton Lane Kowalski fishing on a family pond for large mouth bass. We call this one "Living the Dream!"

Beautiful Brown Trout

While it was my first time fishing the Cheesman Canyon area of the S. Platte River, my skills put me on fish like I was a seasoned veteran! I sight fished to this beauty of a Brown for 20 minutes, switching flies and rigs until I finally caught his attention with an RS2!! It was a great day in the canyon!