Reader Shots: The 50 First Photos of April

For 18 years, Arnold Herman of Newton, Ill., had been a bass fisherman and entered local tournaments. But last April, after giving up bass for walleye, he pulled in this 8-pound 4-ounce largemouth, his biggest ever.Field & Stream Online Editors
Brian Munn of Rochester Hills, Mich., shot this buck on opening day in Kalamazoo County. The buck had been following the scent of a doe.Field & Stream Online Editors
Greg Nieman of Columbia, Mo., caught this 29-inch Northern on the Woman River in northwestern Ontario.Field & Stream Online Editors
Emily Henderson of Floral, Ark., poses with her father¿s first bow killed deer, which she also helped load into the cart.Field & Stream Online Editors
After a mile long stalk, Josh Parry, 23, of Greensburg, Pa., shot this muley on his brother's property in Wyoming. The 14-point nontypical scored 166 inches P&Y;, and was Josh's first mule deer.Field & Stream Online Editors
Frank Bithos and Matthew Culley, of Nome, Alaska, pose with Matthew's musk ox in November of 2007, outside of Teller, Alaska.Field & Stream Online Editors
Logan Silvius caught this 7-pound bass near his grandmother's house in Lake Mary, Fla., on Easter.Field & Stream Online Editors
Mike Farrell of Alton, Ill., sent in this photo that shows three generations of duck hunters: "Dad, three sons, one son-in-law, and five grandchildren on opening day of duck hunting in Missouri!"Field & Stream Online Editors
Brianna holds her 2 1/2-pound yellow perch.Field & Stream Online Editors
Thirteen-year-old Mitchell Blehm of Morrisville, Mo., caught this 22-plus-inch largemouth while fishing for white bass.Field & Stream Online Editors
Ten-year-old Sarah Ellis of Canton, Ga., shot this feral hog with her crossbow at a Wildlife Management Area near her home.Field & Stream Online Editors
Kyle Thorsrud of Snyder, N.Y., caught these kings on Lake Michigan.Field & Stream Online Editors
Here Kyle holds a nice brown that he caught out of a Lake Ontario tributary.Field & Stream Online Editors
Brian Johns of Coalinga, Calif., and his friend Lou Payne (left) hold a string of fish from Shaver Lake, Calif., where Brian caught his first Kokanee salmon.Field & Stream Online Editors
Dan Herich of Overland, Mo., holds up a nice squirrel on the last day of the deer season, ensuring that he wouldn't go home empty-handed. He shot it with his .22 pistol.Field & Stream Online Editors
Eleven-year-old Tristan Cirelo of Cypress, Texas, shot this Rio Grande in Brackettville, Texas, this March while on spring break.Field & Stream Online Editors
Stewart Wetzel of Madison, Ala., caught this 34-pound-plus striper while freelining a skipjack herring in the Clinch River in Tennessee.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jimmy Steed of Kimbolton, Ohio, holds his first goose.Field & Stream Online Editors
Tom Haley caught this 11-inch rainbow on the Mettowee River in Vermont towards the end of last season.Field & Stream Online Editors
John Wehner shot this big 6x6 bull last fall in New Mexico.Field & Stream Online Editors
Here John's brother Mike Wehner of Spoffard, N.H., holds an 8-point that he killed in Vermont.Field & Stream Online Editors
Sometimes trail cams catch movement not caused by deer. Mike Wehner sent in this picture of man enjoying nature au natural.Field & Stream Online Editors
David Clegg of Asheville, N.C., caught this 34-inch snook near Jupiter, Fla. He released it after snapping this photo.Field & Stream Online Editors
Cullen Stuart of Salem, Mo., had a good day trout fishing on the Current River at Montauk State Park in Missouri.Field & Stream Online Editors
Dennis Morales of Goleta, Calif., shot this buck near Grand Junction, Colo., on the last day of the season.Field & Stream Online Editors
During the Kansas Youth Waterfowl Season last October, 10-year-old Drew Casper of Manhattan, Kan., bagged his first duck and his first limit, which included a greenwing teal, a shoveler, two wigeons, and a drake pintail. His dad Dave was his guide.Field & Stream Online Editors
Bryan Dechairo shot this elk in Colorado. Out of his party of ten, which included his father, uncles, and cousins, Bryan was the only to accomplish that feat.Field & Stream Online Editors
Dave Cole of Providence, R.I., poses with his first deer, which he killed last November on Anacosti Island in Quebec.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jim Alexander of Pompey, N.Y., shot this buck with a 12 gauge at over 200 yards. The deer field dressed at 224 pounds. Says Jim, "Not bad for a seventy-plus-year-old man."Field & Stream Online Editors
Don Harvell of Elkins, Ark., caught this big halibut off of Whale Pass Island in Alaska.Field & Stream Online Editors
Steve Jostes of Tinley Park, Ill., caught these largemouths in Devil's Lake.Field & Stream Online Editors
Douglas Davidson of Unity, Maine, shot this six-point buck with a 7mm Magnum in a cornfield.Field & Stream Online Editors
Scott Carpenter of Edwardsburg, Mich., was fishing saltwater for the first time in his life, off the Florida Keys with his uncle, when he landed this 6-foot 8-inch sailfish. It took Scott an hour and a half to get in.Field & Stream Online Editors
Andrew Tashie, David Clegg, and Tobey Hubbard (not pictured) bagged these ducks in an oxbow off the Mississippi River near West Memphis, Ark.Field & Stream Online Editors
Dave Patterson of Newcastle, Ontario, caught these walleyes out of Rice Lake in Ontario. The fish weighed 6 pounds, 5 pounds, and 2 pounds.Field & Stream Online Editors
Fifteen-year-old Eric Ferrell of Durham, N.C., with a nice buck that he shot last September.Field & Stream Online Editors
Ani Lowrie of Lafayette, Colo., killed this jackrabbit with his handgun. Says Lowrie, "I love rabbit hunting and hope to go until the day I die. The action can be pretty fast. Of all the jacks I"ve shot, this is the second with a handgun."Field & Stream Online Editors
Evann Ellis of Milford, Mich., caught this bass at Ice Lake in Michigan.Field & Stream Online Editors
Kevin Fink had hunted this buck for two years and collected its sheds, but it took his father Charlie, 73, to kill it. Says Kevin, "Dad had been joking around the night before and said, 'I'll have to go up there and show you how it's done.' I couldn't be happier for him." It is the biggest deer that Charlie has ever taken.Field & Stream Online Editors
These are April reader photos of game fish and game animals like pike bass trout deer turkey marlin and elk.Field & Stream Online Editors
Sandy Harris of Wetumpka, Ala., displays his first kill with a traditional longbow.Field & Stream Online Editors
Eleven-year-old Cullen O'Brien caught this 8-foot, 250-pound marlin, and got a little help holding it up.Field & Stream Online Editors
Nathan Rich of Minneapolis, Minn., went fishing for steelhead with friends and family on the Clearwater River in Idaho last March. After losing a big one, he got in this 32-incher. Cousin Colton, friend Vinny, and Buddy the dog are in the background.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jeff Lehrke holds his first pheasant, which he killed while hunting in South Dakota.Field & Stream Online Editors
John Hutchinson of Kingsville, Ontario, sent in this picture of a giant sturgeon caught at the Two Creeks Conservation Area in Wheatley, Ontario, last November. The fish measured 11 feet and 1 inch, weighed over 1,000 pounds, and took over six and half hours to land with four men taking turns at the reel. They released the fish after taking this picture.Field & Stream Online Editors
Cody Ebert shot this 12-point buck last year.Field & Stream Online Editors
Before returning to college, Andrew Neuman of Pardeeville, Wis., caught these two largemouth bass, both over 21 inches in length. The larger of the two is now on his bedroom wall.Field & Stream Online Editors
Jenna Raymond and her father Francis pose with Jenna¿s first buck.Field & Stream Online Editors
James Lee caught this 52-pound striper on the Potomac River, south of the Wilson Bridge.Field & Stream Online Editors
Laura Stone of Post Falls, Idaho, kneels with Ryan and Butch after a successful trip hunting pheasants in eastern Washington.Field & Stream Online Editors