50 New Photos to Kick Off the Spring

Drew Forington shot this muley near Kiowa, Colo., on the second day of the season. The 6x6 had a 26-inch spread.Field & Stream Online Editors
While on vacation at Virginia Beach with his wife, James F. Schatz caught this 48-inch, 45-pound channel bass.Field & Stream Online Editors
Bill Smith with a nice pronghorn that he killed in Montana last fall.Field & Stream Online Editors
Last October, Stuart Graham of Sandy, Utah, caught this tiger muskie, his first, out on Pineview Reservoir in Utah. The fish measured 42 inches and weighed over 19 pounds.Field & Stream Online Editors
Pam Oleson of Great Falls, Mont., harvested this bighorn sheep last fall near Castle Reef, Mont. It dressed out at 205 points.Field & Stream Online Editors
Anthony Locascio killed this beautiful buck while on a hunting date with Amanda Fisher. The couple are students at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.Field & Stream Online Editors
Eleven-year-old Josh Benjamin of Lititz, Pa., holds up one of the mallards that he and his father killed on Maryland's eastern shore.Field & Stream Online Editors
Ian Elliott of Hillsborough, N.C., caught this largemouth on a Zara Spook last April, when he was 7. "Already teaching him how to walk the dog," says his father, Joel.Field & Stream Online Editors
William K. Brown of Spring, Texas, shot this 150 2/8-inch buck, the largest he's ever killed, last November near Corcicana, Texas.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jon Fabrizio sports a nice smallie.Field & Stream Online Editors
"Steelie" Gary Jones holds an 11-pound, 30-plus-inch steelhead near Erie, Pa. It took about 20 minutes to land. Says Gary's friend Buck Denton, who helped net, "Of course, the fish is the good looking one."Field & Stream Online Editors
Wes Hopkins hoists a 34-inch, nearly 11-pound pike that he caught in Chaumont Bay, near Watertown, N.Y. He hauled the fish in with a Perch Jig pole and 6-pound test.Field & Stream Online Editors
Steven Johnson, 14, of Redding, Calif., poses with his 5x5 mule deer, which he killed in Wyoming last October. It was his first out of state hunt. The rest of his family was not so fortunate: his father (pictured), grandfather, and uncle all got skunked.Field & Stream Online Editors
Tom Nadler of Clifton Park, N.Y., holds up a 2-pound, 14-ounce Black crappie.Field & Stream Online Editors
Shelby Baylis of Susanville, Calif., caught these trout at California's Eagle Lake in December, using a new rod that her dad Bill bought for her.Field & Stream Online Editors
Robert McEwen of Heppner, Ore., caught this 53-inch sturgeon on the Columbia River.Field & Stream Online Editors
Three-year-old Kinsey Keeling of Springfield, Mo., holds up her latest catch. "She needed help landing it," says her father, Jayme, "but she sure tried her best!"Field & Stream Online Editors
Fancle Varde killed this boar near the Caspian Sea in northern Iran last fall.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mace Snider, age 9, puckers up for his first bass.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jonathan Kortz holds up a bass.Field & Stream Online Editors
Casey Bailey and his dog Bogey downed this pheasant, and Casey's wife got it on camera.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mark Schmiege shot this 6x6 bull elk in Montana. He was hunting with his friend Jeff Katnis.Field & Stream Online Editors
On a fishing trip with his brother, Tracy Mattox caught this 35-pound cat near Hopewell, Va.Field & Stream Online Editors
Ami Tracy holds her first steelhead, a 39 1/2-incher that weighed nearly 20 pounds. She caught it in late January on the North Umpqua River in southwestern Oregon, while fishing with her father Carl.Field & Stream Online Editors
Seven-year-old Sevin Heins of Carrollton, Mo., shot this 12-point during a Missouri youth hunt last October, using the same Remington Model 700 .270 that his grandmother had used to kill her first buck in 1995.Field & Stream Online Editors
Alex Williams of Birmingham, Ala., shot this Catalina goat out of Utopia, Texas.Field & Stream Online Editors
Kyle Quimbly of Middleton, Mass., holds a pair of lake trout, a 15-pounder and a 4-pounder. Both were caught at Sebec Lake this year.Field & Stream Online Editors
Joe McLaughlin holds up his monster laker from the same trip.Field & Stream Online Editors
Ryan Maddock of Mandan, N.D., used some of the tactics from "The Late, Great Season" in the F&S; winter double-issue to help him harvest this nice 8-point on the last weekend of the season.Field & Stream Online Editors
Kyle Karsten (right) of Pittsboro, N.C., and his friend Matt were on their way to a Christmas Eve dinner in Chapel Hill, N.C., when they spotted this albino seven-point that had been hit by a car and was struggling to get up on 3 shattered legs. Says Kyle, "From what I understand it is bad luck to kill an albino. But in this circumstance it was the only right thing to do."Field & Stream Online Editors
Mark Chief Torrez caught these lunkers in Lake Casitas in California in late February. The bigger one weighed 13 1/2-pounds, and "her little brother was 6 pounds," Torrez says. He used foot-long swimbaits to catch both fish.Field & Stream Online Editors
On his last cast of the day, Jared Brunet pulled this pike out of Oseetah Lake in New York in August.Field & Stream Online Editors
Toby Burke of Wyoming, Mich., took this 207-pound 8-point on the opening day of Kentucky's firearms season.Field & Stream Online Editors
Chad Phillips holds a 7 1/2-pound largemouth.Field & Stream Online Editors
Four-year-old Caleb Quest of Lake Mills, Wis., caught this 29-inch Northern pike in early February while out with his father, grandfather, and uncle. It was his first day ice fishing and his first fish.Field & Stream Online Editors
In early January, ten-year-old Tyler Anthony of Powderly, Texas, was hunting in the northeastern corner of the state with his father when he spotted this 9-point with a 19-inch spread at the far edge of a field. Tyler took the buck at about 200 yards with his 7mm-08.Field & Stream Online Editors
Nine-year-old AJ Wood of New London, Mo., was hunting with his father Curt on their CRP field when he passed up a shot a small buck that came within 20 yards. Though Curt wanted AJ to shoot, AJ wanted a bigger animal. His patience paid off 20 minutes later when this nice whitetail walked broadside to the same spot.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jeanette Rotolo holds a bass that she caught while fishing her kids, Devon and Jason, on the St. Lawrence River in August.Field & Stream Online Editors
On his last goose hunt of the year, Mark Casper says he "froze to the bone." He was on the Missouri River in 24-degree temperatures, with his dekes on the water. Unfortunately for Mark, when the real geese came, they didn't stop.Field & Stream Online Editors
Janelle Armendariz of Santa Fe, N.M., shot this oryx at 134 yards at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The horns measured 35 inches in height.Field & Stream Online Editors
Ryan Sparks of Gearhart, Ore., with his trout.Field & Stream Online Editors
Diana Lohr poses with her first duck and goose, killed on her very first hunt in St. Charles, Mo. She was accompanied by her husband Steve and close friends David and Brian Duvall.Field & Stream Online Editors
Nine-year-old Jon Wayne caught this big crappie at Lake Nasworthy in the heart of Texas this February. The 15-inch fish weighed 1.65 pounds, the new lake record.Field & Stream Online Editors
In South Carolina this March, Dave Starzec caught these crappie using a 1/4-ounce chartreuse jig with a pearl fluke on Lake Hartwell. The bigger slab weighed 2 pounds and 10 ounces.Field & Stream Online Editors
Kevin Anderson, 12, shot his limit of ducks at Los Banos Refuge in California on opening day in October. Here he stands with his dad Jay and trusty dog Sadie.Field & Stream Online Editors
Last summer, during her first season fishing, Diann Knight caught this 10-pound largemouth on a private lake in Guilford County, N.C. She lured the fish in with a pumpkin-colored 7-inch plastic worm.Field & Stream Online Editors
Joyce Roland-Malatek took these beauties on the same day at a large ranch in southern Texas. They are the largest deer she has ever shot, scoring 127 and 147 B&C.;Field & Stream Online Editors
Bill Morgan caught this big drum near a jetty in the gulf a few miles from Hackberry, La., last October.Field & Stream Online Editors
John Anderson kneels next to 23 pounds of Eastern turkey in Standing Stone State Park, in Tennessee. The bird had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jason Smith from Fremont, Mich., shot these two nice bucks on the family farm with a .30-06 last fall. Jason killed the buck on the left at 225 yards and the buck on the right at 275.Field & Stream Online Editors