Reader Snapshots: March 2006

Hello, I'm sending a picture of my sister's grandchild. It looks like it should be on the front cover of your great magazine, Field and Stream. He is a precious little 4-year-old boy with¿¿brain tumors. He has been fighting for his life for 2 years. He caught this fish on Thanksgiving at my Mothers' home in Savannah. It was just posted on his website.
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One of our readers forwarded this sequence of five amazing shots along to us. They said the pictures were taken near Sunbury/Selinsgrove Pa, on January 6, 2006. Apparently this buck decided to take a mid-winter dip and was having a tough time finding a good place to exit the river. Keep clicking the "next" button to see the rest.Field & Stream Online Editors
One of our readers forwarded this sequence of five amazing shots along to us. They said the pictures were taken near Sunbury/Selinsgrove Pa, on January 6, 2006. Apparently this buck decided to take a mid-winter dip and was having a tough time finding a good place to exit the river. Keep clicking the "next" button to see the rest.Field & Stream Online Editors
One of our readers forwarded this sequence of five amazing shots along to us. They said the pictures were taken near Sunbury/Selinsgrove Pa, on January 6, 2006. Apparently this buck decided to take a mid-winter dip and was having a tough time finding a good place to exit the river. Keep clicking the "next" button to see the rest.Field & Stream Online Editors
Somebody forwarded this sequence of five amazing shots along to us. They were taken near Sunbury/Selinsgrove Pa, on January 6, 2006. Apparently this buck decided to take a mid-winter dip and was having a tough time finding a good place to exit the river. Keep clicking the "next" button to see the rest.Field & Stream Online Editors
One of our readers forwarded this sequence of five amazing shots along to us. They said the pictures were taken near Sunbury/Selinsgrove Pa, on January 6, 2006. Apparently this buck decided to take a mid-winter dip and was having a tough time finding a good place to exit the river. Keep clicking the "next" button to see the rest.Field & Stream Online Editors
I caught this fish in a tiny Lake Ontario tributary. I'd prefer not to name the creek, as it gets a good run of fish, and supports a fair amount of natural reproduction. It gets plenty of fishing pressure during the salmon and brown trout runs, but in general, I can have the stream to myself all winter.¿¿ It ranges from 3 to 20 ft wide, so it is very small.¿¿ People show up again in late spring, but I'd hate to be the one that lets them know what they are missing in terms of winter fishing.¿¿ This fish went 10+ pounds easily, possibly as big as 14lbs.¿¿ I never know, as I release almost all of my fish.--DJ PhillipsField & Stream Online Editors
This buck was killed by Weldon LaVon Coates, Jr. age 29 of Conway, SC on September 14, 2005 in Georgetown, SC. LaVon is an avid hunter and has been hunting deer since the age of 15. He killed his first deer at the age of 16. LaVon killed this buck around 5:45 pm on September 14, 2006 in Georgetown, SC using a .30-.06 with 150 grain ballistic tip ammo. The buck weighed 185 lb and had a 16 1/2 inch spread with a rack measuring 15 inches high. It scored a 132-1/4 on the Boone & Crocket scale.--Catina HippField & Stream Online Editors
My 8 months pregnant wife and 21-month old daughter Kayla with a very happy Daddy!!!¿¿ Also got a muley buck last year with them as well.--DarcyField & Stream Online Editors
Johnny Johnston caught this trophy red drum surf fishing Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It was 43 inches long with a 25 inch girth. Photo by Alan CollierField & Stream Online Editors
My name is Glen Whitfield and I am the luckiest man alive. I am the father of 5 daughters. Dallas (age 12), and Taylor (age 9). Both expressed an interest in deer hunting this year during the last weekend of the general hunting season here in Texas. With this interest I became very excited for two reasons. 1: I had children that wanted to share the joys of outdoors adventure with me. And 2: I got to spend another weekend deer hunting during youth weekend. --Glen H. Whitfield Dallas: "I was so excited that I had shot my first deer. It was a great time. When I shot the deer it felt like I was famous. I shot the deer right behind the shoulder. My gun was a .243. I shot the deer at over 100 yards. My first shot killed it right then and there. I was so excited! My dad was even more excited than I was. He was jumping up and down! My sister and I were laughing. We saved the cartridge for a souvenir. My dad put a spot of blood on my head. He said it was tradition. I was proud of myself. I will not forget that time! I can't wait to go again next time. It was a very wonderful and exciting time." Taylor (whose deer is seen in the next picture): "I went hunting with my dad. It was fun. It took a long time until I shot my deer. Mostly when we saw the deer they were on someone else's property and we could not shoot at them. I was getting really mad. We stayed out there for a long time to shoot a deer. I shot my deer with a .22-.250 the time was about 10:00 am. When we got home my dad took the meat out and I went and played."Field & Stream Online Editors
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We were hunting in Idaho. Towards the end of the day we glassed three bucks bedded down in the sage and one was this big non-typical.¿¿ Only the horns were visible above the tall brush. ¿¿ The distance was 300 plus yards, with the open country and the unpredictable winds, so stalking was too risky. But he was confident that he could hit the deer once he stood up. So the waiting game began. Thirty minutes before lights-out, 2 of the smaller bucks stood up to feed.¿¿ After waiting for another 10 minutes, which seemed like 10 hours, Craig realized his window of opportunity might not open.¿¿ After considering the options, he began a careful stalk and was fortunately able to close the distance to 80 yards.¿¿ The new position allowed Craig the opportunity for a shot at the deer in his bed.¿¿ Taking his time, he placed the shot well and the buck never got up. ¿¿ Approaching the buck, we realized the how big he really was. The mass, width and height were exceptional.¿¿ The extra points gave this rack great character, green scoring in the range of 230 points B&C.;¿¿ The white hair on his face and the wear on his teeth indicated he had spent a few more years alive than most of his kind.¿¿ Craig was elated!--by Craig Flinders, as told to Ron KelloggField & Stream Online Editors
At just 12 years old my daughter Rechelle was very excited about going on her first javelina hunt. She had not scored on a mule deer during the fall Arizona season, even though she watched both her mom and grandpa kill nice bucks.¿¿ This would be her last chance to score on a big game animal her first year hunting, and I was anxious to come through for her with an opportunity to shoot.¿¿ The second day out we tracked a small herd of "pigs-¿ into a mesquite thicket, and her keen attentiveness picked out their grunts before her two veteran hunter "guides-¿ (myself and friend, Dan Hunsaker) did. After holding her rifle up for at least an entire minute in anticipation, she anchored the Boar in his tracks with a single well placed shot from her .223.¿¿ I could not have been more excited had I shot one myself!--The proud father of Rechelle Conde, Tacna, AZField & Stream Online Editors
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This picture was taken in November 2005 on Long Island Sound (off Clinton, Connecticut) by my brother Brian. I was fishing with him and a friend when I caught this 40lb. striper in Long Island Sound. Another friend of ours, Charlie, was supposed to come with us but had to cancel at the last minute. My brother took a picture with his camera phone and e-mailed it to Charlie so he could see what he was missing. Charlie promptly expressed his feelings with a marker on a napkin and e-mailed us back "@&%k you!" Sorry Charlie, you snooze, you lose!--Doug Rogers, Highland, New YorkField & Stream Online Editors