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According to Brian Baker, his eight-year-old son Tyler picked up the technique of the jerk-pause retrieve with a crankbait real fast. This bass marks one of many trophies he’s already caught and released in his fishing career. Field & Stream Online Editors
Lucas Boss and his 3-year-old son Landon enjoyed his first duck hunt at a Kansas Wetland area near Clinton Lake, KS Field & Stream Online Editors
Ben Mays shot this 8-pointer with a 17-inch spread near Thompson, GA, during the 2006 deer season. Field & Stream Online Editors
J.J. Kapuchuck of New Castle, PA, harvested this elk with his bow during a hunt in Canada. Field & Stream Online Editors
Ed Lampitt gives his daughter her first shooting lesson with a BB gun she got for Christmas. Now all she needs are some tiny hunting boots and and some pint-sized cammo coveralls, although the Dorothy shoes are priceless. Field & Stream Online Editors
The rest of these photos might not have made it into our picks of the week, but check them out, because they’re still pretty cool. Here are the runners up. Field & Stream Online Editors
Amanda Trosko of Colchester, CT, with a big Shetucket River salmon caught earlier this spring. Field & Stream Online Editors
Les Huck sent us this photo of his dad with his first buck. He shot the deer on the family ranch in Cotulla, TX. Field & Stream Online Editors
Ron Burns of Orlando, FL, caught this redfish on a trip to the 10,000 Islands region of Everglades National Park. Field & Stream Online Editors
Nine-year-old Kevin Erickson pulled this bass through the ice near Nashua, NH. Field & Stream Online Editors
Megan Erickson with a 33-inch striper she landed wile fishing with her dad out of Kennebunkport, ME. Field & Stream Online Editors
Kevin Dorey of Carmel, CA, used an experimental dry fly tied by his guide Andrew (holding the fish) to hook this 11-pound brown trout on the Figueroa River in Chile. Andrew claims this is the biggest native brown he’s seen caught on a dry in this river. Field & Stream Online Editors
Jeremy Lloyd used a Ron Popeil Pocket Fisherman to score this barracuda during a trip to Punta Allen Mexico. Field & Stream Online Editors
“For 22 years I had been asking my father to take me turkey hunting with him,” says Sharla Voigt of Centennial, CO. “Finally, at age 40, I got my first bird!” Field & Stream Online Editors
David Moore of Bartlesville, OK, beached this 34-pound carp during a recent trip to New York State. Field & Stream Online Editors
BreAnna Alley of Wilder, ID, with an 8-pound salmon she hand-landed after a long fight in Hells Canyon. Field & Stream Online Editors
Drew Rawluk of Mooseborn, MB, with a bear he shot this spring with his 30-06. Field & Stream Online Editors
Don Strand of Squaw Lake, MN, holds a 30-inch walleye taken just after ice-out on the Rainy River. Field & Stream Online Editors
Brett Jackson of Hudsonville, MI, with his first turkey. The bird had an 9-inch beard and 2-inch spurs. Field & Stream Online Editors
Randall Williams poses with the first fish he’s ever taken with a fly rod. He caught this hybrid striped bass in the Little Miami River in Terrace Park, OH. Field & Stream Online Editors
We got this photo from a reader who didn’t provide their name. Apparently these fish were found floating in the reader’s pond. To quote the email, this is a case of “ambition greater than ability.” Field & Stream Online Editors
Joe Kapuchuck of New Castle, PA, with a fat Canadian muskie that smacked a top-water jerkbait. Field & Stream Online Editors
Heriberto Rodriguez used bloodworms to tie into this cow striped bass near Kingston, NY, on Memorial Day. Field & Stream Online Editors
While on a hunting trip with his son, Steven Bopp of Clarksburg, MA, got an opportunity to take his first javelina with a bow in Laredo, TX. Field & Stream Online Editors
Brock Scaggs of Carthage, MO, caught this white bass in Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. Field & Stream Online Editors
Kyle Petroff, 10, used a Rebel Wee Craw to fool this little smallmouth on a Central Indiana stream in his canoe. Field & Stream Online Editors
It only took Rick Emery 45 minutes of sitting for this 22-pound bird to come in during a hunt near Lafayette, IN. Field & Stream Online Editors
Lonnie Jones of Locust Grove, GA, used a watermelon-seed colored lizard to dupe the 11-pound bass right off of his dock. Field & Stream Online Editors
Carlene Krumm of Grinnell, IA, with a 3-pound smallmouth bass from Lake Edward in Minnesota. Field & Stream Online Editors
Rob Preddy pulled this rainbow trout from the Upper Sacramento River in California. Field & Stream Online Editors
J. Brown pulled this 40-inch lingcod off the bottom of Puget Sound. Brown said it had a whole 12-inch rock cod in its stomach when he cleaned it. Field & Stream Online Editors
Ben Springli of Hayden, ID, caught this 3-pound bass on a Husky Jerk while fishing on Spirit Lake. Field & Stream Online Editors
Charlie Aleval of Brownsville, TX, with two red snapper hooked up in the Gulf of Mexico. Field & Stream Online Editors
Carson Kelley, 15, walks proudly out of the woods after his first turkey hunt. He shot this 25-pound gobbler right near his house in Carthage, NC. Field & Stream Online Editors
Anthony Plumbee with a 30-pound catfish taken on Santee Cooper Lake on a frigid morning in South Carolina. Field & Stream Online Editors
Aaron Dillard of Purcell, OK, with three nice blue catfish caught on cut perch. Field & Stream Online Editors
Scott Hansen nabbed this largemouth bass on a Central Florida River earlier this spring. Field & Stream Online Editors
Justin Tyler Hunt snapped this shot of two nice bucks in the mountains of Tennessee. Field & Stream Online Editors
Jared Norvell of Southern Kentucky says this largemouth swallowed the live bluegill he was using in one big gulp. Field & Stream Online Editors
John Switzer with a 3-pound trout caught in Colorado’s Eleven Mile Reservoir. Field & Stream Online Editors
Jim Eichinger of Buffalo, NY, caught this 12-pound brown trout on Lake Ontario in April. Field & Stream Online Editors
Dino Athanasiadias traveled all the way from Greece with his dog Azea to get in on some pheasant action near Aberdeen, SD. Field & Stream Online Editors
Douglas Davidson of Unity, ME, with a nice brook trout he caught in Sandy Stream this spring. Field & Stream Online Editors
Michelle Western caught this 5-pound carp near Stockton, CA. Field & Stream Online Editors
Young Michael Crnkovic with his first walleye. He caught the fish on a trip to Canada. Field & Stream Online Editors
Terry Bazzet of Caladonia, NY, walks out of the woods after a successful turkey hunt. This bird came down from the roost and walked right into Bazzet’s lane. He never used a call. Field & Stream Online Editors
Bob Conchilla sent in this shot of his grandson with a big golden trout taken out of his favorite fishing hole. Field & Stream Online Editors
Jack Royalty caught this heavy bass in a gated community near Aiken, SC. The fish weighed 9 pounds and fell to a watermelon-colored Zoom worm. Field & Stream Online Editors
Kari Farmer, 16, pulled these two largemouth – the first she-s ever caught – out of Flint Creek in Wiggins, MS, while fishing with her step-father. Field & Stream Online Editors
Neal Loftin of Troutman, NC, went fishing with his dad off the coast of Guatemala, where in four days the duo released 88 sailfish. Field & Stream Online Editors
Donnie Hinkle of LaGrange, GA, with a 23-pound West Point Lake gar. Field & Stream Online Editors