The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II

The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Matthew Bird, 24, lives on Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan. He shot this 17-point buck on the third day of deer season while hunting with his father. "The buck was so close I couldn't see him on my scope. I fired one shot, it hit him low in the leg and he ran about 25 yards, then noticed me standing. He turned and ran toward me on 3 legs, charging! I started searching for another shell, finally found a one in my pocket, chambered it and the hunt was over. He dropped 10 yards from me."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The day after Thanksgiving, John Ollendick took this 24-point in Monroe County, Wis. The buck green-scored 214 3/8 inches.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
This monster 55-inch musky is perhaps most notable for its girth, which at 25 inches is more than half its body length. Scott Krause of Madison, Wis. caught the beast one night in early September at Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota. He was fishing #10 double bucktails in 35 mph winds. He released the fish.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Kami Smith of Helena, Mont. with an nice muley that she shot at 88 yards with a .20-06.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Kami really had a great season--she also shot this pronghorn while hunting with her father, Keith, and mother Mari Anne near Glendive, Mont. She took the buck at just over 300 yards with a .25-06.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Later that afternoon Keith Smith took his own antelope, this doe.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
While fishing in southern Ontario, Patrick Morrison doubled-up. He explains, "This 34-inch pike involved himself in a fight over the 12-inch smallie. The pike slammed the smallmouth and wouldn't let go! A solid net job helped land both. The pike was released unharmed, but the smallie didn't fare so well."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Kassie Seckinger shot this buck in northeastern Minnesota in early November using a .30-30 with open sights. Here she is with her dad.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Says Greg Nichols, "This is the biggest bull my dad's taken in his 56 years. After a lot of walking in some deep snow, our work paid off and he got a 300-yard shot with the 7mm, which did the trick on this Colorado elk."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Josh Coffey, 17, of St. Maries, Ohio, shot this enormous 20-point buck in Auglaize County Ohio, this season. He was using a 12-gauge shotgun, and took the buck in the last hour of light. It green-scored 221 inches, and may be the record for Auglaize County. When he told his father, he simply said, "Dad, I shot a dandy."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Laura Benjamin shot this muley near Craig, Colo. on November 14. She had missed the buck twice earlier in the morning, but through careful, patient stalking afforded herself another chance. It was her first buck, which she killed in the same part of Colorado as where she had killed her first elk in January, 2006.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Mitchel Capelli, 9, and his father fought this 43-inch, 28-pound brown trout for an hour before landing it. They were fishing in Lake Michigan in August, near Racine, Wis.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Amanda Isaak of Harvey, N.D. shot this buck at 200 yards with her Ruger .25-06, just after she'd had an appointment to get her nails done this November.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Anthony Adamo shot this buck in early December in Michigan, using a blackpowder rifle.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Denise Murchison is a registered Maine guide, and shot these geese early in the season.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Jason Blackwell with one of his recent catches.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
On the last day of Kentucky's modern firearms season, Patrick Norvell shot this 7-point at about 150 yards.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Mike Wood had sighted this buck during archery season, but didn't shoot him until the opening morning of Illinois' gun season. The buck was chasing a doe and passed by Mike's stand at 20 yards.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Hunter Hudson holds up his first carp, which he caught at the Lake Lavon dam in Texas.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
W.R. Hudson, Hunter's father, with a nice largemouth that he caught from the same Texas lake.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Justin, with trout he caught in the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Fifteen-year-old Adam Hasenjaeger has been hunting since age 10. This year, he shot an 18-point drop-tine buck on the second day of Missouri's rifle season. The big whitetail had come to a food plot on the heels of a doe. Says Adam, "When the big guy stepped out, I tried to bleat but I was speechless. So I kind of yelled, 'bleat,' and he stopped. I put the crosshairs of my .243 on his heart and pulled the trigger. He did the mule kick, ran up a ridge, stopped, swayed and crashed. That's when the shakes happened. I thought he was a nice 10 pointer with a few big kickers, but boy was I wrong. I called my dad and breathlessly said, 'I shot an absolute pig--he's huge!' He green-scored 205 7/8 inches, and I stood in awe for probably 10 minutes thanking God for the greatest day and deer I will ever have."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Rey Lara Jr., 8, of Sahuarita, Ariz. caught this 3-pound largemouth at Arizona's Arivaca Lake.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Eddie Wren with his first buck and his son, Sam. Eddie killed the deer near his hometown of Butler, Ga. in mid-November. He says, "Sam loved it! He called it daddy's big buck."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Matt Palazzetti (kneeling, lower right) and friends on a pheasant hunt in North Texas the weekend of December 1.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Molly McDermott of Chicago, Ill., writes, "This was our family hunting trip at the Rock Hollow Hunt Club in Freeport, IL. The kids are the ones who brought home dinner!"Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Anthony Serra caught this largemouth at Lake Lanier in Georgia on the day after Christmas last year.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Patrick Nicklas grunted in this big 8-point, which charged to within 6 steps before he shot it. The deer had an 18-inch spread.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Writes Lou Alexander, "This is my daughter Shawn and I on December 2 at our ranch in southeast Kansas. She's a little gun shy but still likes to go out--she was my good luck charm that day. The wind was blowing, the temperature had dropped 25 degrees in an hour's time, and all we'd seen were crows. Ten minutes before we had planned to leave, this guy jumped the fence. I don't know who was more excited, my daughter or me."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
On the opening day of the Texas deer season, Christine Ward shot this 7-point with a Browning .270.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Channing Richardson, 22, of Knoxville, Tenn. shot his first deer on November 23 in Mitchell County, N.C. The 7-point had a broken-off tine and weighed 155 pounds.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
David Laird holds the biggest redfish of his life, which he landed at Port Mansfield, Texas. Says David, "I'm 6-foot exactly. The red was 42-inches and fought like it! Caught it on live mullet."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Sam Miller, 11, of Whitewater, Kans. with his first deer, which he shot with his bow on November 18 after it came within 20 yards of Sam's tree stand.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Jamie Sharp, 18, holds up his first buck. He harvested the 10-point this November during Ohio's gun season in Ross County.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Nathan Blanton of Floyd County, Ga. shot this buck in early December. It green-scored 115 inches.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Mark Fahey, 15, lives in the boon docks of Connecticut. On November 3, he shot this 200-pound buck in the neck with his .308. "And that was the end of that," Mark says. The 10-point had a 22-inch spread.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
"I caught this 42-inch bruiser ice fishing in Ontario. I was fishing a jig rod with a Swedish pimple, tipped with a minnow. Wow was that fun!" -Seth Kauffeld, Watertown, Wis.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Bill Ganley, 53, of Manalapan, N.J. watched this deer for years, calling him the "Motorola Buck," because the length of his hooves matched the lenght of Bill's radio. But they were over twice as wide. On Thanksgiving Day, Bill grunted him in and shot him at 26 yards with his bow. The deer green-scored 123 inches and was Bill's second best buck to date.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Last year, Dylan Rutherford, 7, of Conway, S.C. carried a BB gun into the woods as he accompanied his father, Scott, deer hunting. This year he went out with a real gun, a Rossi .243, and shot his first deer, this 8-point, outside his hometown in October. When he thanked his father for taking him, Scott replied, "Just give your son the same opportunity."Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Matthew Cowan, 16, shot this 8-point whitetail in Southhampton County, Va. in December. Mick Cowan, Matthew's father, asks, "Can you provide some information on this unusual antler configuration?" Editor's note: whitetail deer antlers can become abnormal for many reasons, including simply genetics, but also diet, age, injury, or disease.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
In December, Ron Dunlop shot his first whitetail with a .308 Norma magnum at 75 yards. He was hunting around Sicamous, British Columbia.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Erin Gahringer of Soldotna, Alaska, shot this black bear in the rain at about 150 yards. She was hunting across from Homer, Alaska, and was shooting a Remington .30-06.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Suzy McKenzie of Bemus Point, N.Y. took this 8-point, her first deer, with her bow.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
On the opening day of Oklahoma's gun season, Don Pestun shot this buck while hunting with his 4-year-old son, Dilon.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Lorraine Schofield of Cumberland, R.I., arrowed this buck and this tom on the same day in Rhode Island, just minutes apart. The 7-point weighed 160 pounds. The turkey weighed 16, and had a 12-inch beard.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Lori Palmer of Pullman, Wa., with her first whitetail, which she shot on opening day, Oct. 10.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
"My son Cody shot this deer on November 28 in Williamsport, Md. He's 13, bought his own gun, and went through the hunter education course all by himself! Not bad for a first deer--I'm one proud dad."
-Todd Gardenhour
Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Jan Pedersen of Texas took up hunting in 2006, and shot this 9-point in November in the hill country with her Remington .243.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
Keith Wenham sent us this photo of a pike he caught on Lough Key, in Ireland.Field & Stream Online Editors
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
The Bucks of December (and More Great Snapshots), Part II
After living in Alaska for two years, Yasmin Curtis decided to try his luck with caribou. He hiked 15 miles in, and was rewarded with this nice double-shovel.Field & Stream Online Editors