Danny Jensen
Danny Jensen hauled in this large buck steelhead from the Situk River in southeast Alaska near the town of Yakutat. Field & Stream Online Editors

Shawn Cloud

Shawn Cloud, of Coldspring, Texas, shot this 11-pointer, his first deer, this past fall.

Shawn Cloud

Shirley Sanchotena killed this cougar along the Clearwater River in Idaho this past December. Shirley and her husband Mitch (center) were hunting with their good friend Randy Hollibaugh (right), whose dogs treed the cat after about a three-hour chase.

Nathaniel Kerr

On the first day of gun season in Warsaw, Ill., Nathaniel Kerr downed this large 8-pointer.

Tim Liester

On a four-day boat trip down the Rogue River in southern Oregon, Tim Liester shot this mallard and caught a three-pound steelhead within 300 yards of each other.

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin of Sunburst, Mont., harvested this 5×6 whitetail in northern Montana.

Luke Elliott

Luke Elliott, 8, caught this 18-inch smallmouth in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

Brothers Charles (left) and Rod Sullins

Brothers Charles (left) and Rod Sullins bagged their limit of ducks while hunting in northeast Kansas in December. Charles, of Oroville, Calif., and Rod, of Arma, Kan., were taking part in a family reunion.

Pat Sheehan

Pat Sheehan of Gresham, Neb., took this 200-pound European boar in Oklahoma with his .54 muzzleloader, shooting patch and ball.

Daniel (left) and Josh Stone

Daniel (left) and Josh Stone got their limit of three mallards and one pintail apiece at the Bayo Meto Wildlife Management Area in southeast Arkansas during Christmas break.

Jenni Anderson

Three-year-old Jenni Anderson helped her father, James, fish for rock bass at Higgins Lake, Mich., last summer. “The best part of the day was teaching her to not be afraid of holding the fish,” James Anderson said.

Brittany Wood

It took Brittany Wood three years, but she took her long-awaited first deer on the next-to-last day of the season. She shot this 9-pointer on Jan. 30 in Bullock County, Ala.

Brian Steenburgh

Brian Steenburgh downed this 8-point buck in Steuben County, N.Y., on opening day last year.

Jacob Satterfield

On a hunt in Maine, Jacob Satterfield killed this massive moose. It had a 54-inch wide spread and scored 176 BC.

Brent Everett

Brent Everett pulled this impressive 15-pound hatchery steelhead out of the South Umpqua River in Canyonville, Ore.

Jay Sjogren

Jay Sjogren of Kenai, Alaska, shot his first Dall sheep last year in Alaska’s Brooks Range.

Jason Duenkel

Jason Duenkel of Hermosa Beach, Calif., harvested a nice bag of mallards at a Butte County public access reservoir.

Ashley Hill

In her first season of deer hunting, 19-year-old Ashley Hill of Asheville, N.C., downed this 9-pointer in Georgia.

Ross Kester (left) and Robert Hoskins

Ross Kester (left) and Robert Hoskins took this bag of mallards and summer ducks on the Santee Delta preserve in Georgetown, S.C.

Rick Prescott

Rick Prescott of Red Bluff, Calif. downed this 4×5 buck just east of Fall River Mills, Calif.

William Goodwin

William Goodwin reeled in this red drum while fishing in Texas.

Andy Eicher

Andy Eicher with his first turkey. The eastern Iowa bird weighed over 23 pounds, had a 10 1/2-inch beard and 1 1/4-inch spurs.

Matthew Christenson

This Minnesota 10-pointer was downed by Matthew Christenson last November.

Mike Wasson

Mike Wasson from Longmont, Colorado shot his first elk after 10 years of hunting them. The 5×5 bull was shot this past October.

Justin Hesse

This 10-point mule deer was taken in the Texas panhandle by Justin Hesse.

Pete Zoretic

Pete Zoretic downed this 5×5 bull elk in Gunnison, Colo.

Adam Glandt

Adam Glandt caught this northern pike while fishing at White Shell Provincial Park in Manitoba, Canada.

Craig Mateski

Craig Mateski caught this largemouth in late November while fishing with his 11-month-old son, Sam. Sam was hanging on to his dad’s fishing rod during the fight.

Tony Wancket

Tony Wancket of Spring Grove, Ill. caught this 40-inch northern while fishing in the Bay of Quint in Canada.

Pete Baldwin

Pete Baldwin of Scottsdale, Ariz. shot this bull in Ennis, Mont. this past November.

Dave Holden

Dave Holden shot this axis buck during a rare snow and ice storm in Texas.

Joel Warren

Joel Warren caught his 20-inch smallmouth while flyfishing for the first time on the Oconto River in Wisconsin.

Dan Leonard

This sockeye salmon was caught by Dan Leonard from Port Crane, N.Y.

Brent Lindstrom

Brent Lindstrom of East Grand Forks, Minn. took this 10-pointer in early November.

Damon Duck and his son Brodie

Damon Duck and his son Brodie with the bass they caught on Brodie’s first fishing trip.

Bill Newcomb

Bill Newcomb shot this 5×5 whitetail in Idaho this past October.

Tyler Kidwell

Tyler Kidwell with one of his pheasants shot this past season in Oroville, Wash.

Elsie Troceen

Elsie Troceen hauled in her first bass while fishing on a private pond in Monroe, Ga. this past October. The bass weighed in at 4 pounds and 11 ounces.

Joey Thimm

Joey Thimm, 14, caught this nice laker while fishing in Ontario.

Steve Lytle

This Ohio 8-pointer was taken by Steve Lytle in Vinton County.

Paul Hepler

Paul Hepler hauled in this 38-pound king salmon from the Kenai River in Alaska.

Rick Bridwell and his son Zachary

Rick Bridwell and his son Zachary caught these two bass at the same time.

Steve Swenson

While on an Alaskan fishing trip, Steve Swenson had the halibut he was reeling in become the bait for a large ling cod.

Greg, and his German Shorthair Pointer, Shelly, Daniel Scerbicke

With the help of his dad, Greg, and his German Shorthair Pointer, Shelly, Daniel Scerbicke shot his first pheasant this past fall.

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson, 7, caught this catfish in the San Joaquin Delta in California while fishing with his grandfather, Marv Thom.

Larry Krumwiede

This ram was downed by Larry Krumwiede from Bend, Ore.

Jason Willis

Jason Willis of Longmont, Col. harvested this bull elk last fall.

Brent Rissman

Brent Rissman from New Zealand caught this rainbow trout on New Year’s Eve day while fishing in Lake Alexandrina in South Canterbury, New Zealand.

Micaiah Mullins

Micaiah Mullins shot this blacktail buck in mid-October last year. The 8-pointer was only 17 points off from the Oregon state record.