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Michael Washam of Las Cruces, NM, with his first mule deer after 38 years of hunting. He shot it with a muzzleloader. Field & Stream Online Editors
Dan Uelk of Ballwin, MS, got towed by this big roosterfish for a while after hooking it on 15-pound line from his kayak during a trip to Costa Rica. Field & Stream Online Editors
Diagnosed with Leukemia in 2005, Daniel Romero, now 10, still studied hard for his hunter’s safety course despite being sick. He missed the test twice from being too ill to attend, but made it the third time and passed with flying colors. He and dad Chris immediately went to buy his first hunting license. Now in his final 2 months of treatment, Daniel is finally able to take to the field with dad. Here, Daniel is all smiles over his first two pheasant, shot near Corning, CA. Field & Stream Online Editors
Scott Stoughton of Parker, KS, shot this aoudad on a self-guided hunt in West Texas. Field & Stream Online Editors
While crappie fishing in Red Gut Bay, Ontario, John Kemp noticed this eagle circling the area. He grabbed his camera and got lucky when the bird picked up one of Kemp’s target species. 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
After spotting this big Axis deer the night before, Dyllan Washam accompanied mom Charla on a hunt the next morning, where she took down this Texas trophy. Field & Stream Online Editors
Daylon Faber of St. Paul, MN, battled this 120-pound sturgeon on the Rainy River for over an hour on 10-pound line. Field & Stream Online Editors
Rick Smith of Concord, CA, tracked through heavy brush and thorns for hours before finally getting a shot at this kudu in the African province of Limpopo. Field & Stream Online Editors
Haley Martin of Leicester, NC, poses with her first turkey. She shot the bird last May in Madison County, NC. Field & Stream Online Editors
Jake Myrland of Verona, WI, with a 38-inch muskie he nailed with a Rapala Husky Jerk in less than 2 feet of water. Field & Stream Online Editors
Steve Caporelli of San Francisco, CA, hooked up this dolphin six miles off Marathon Key during a trip to Florida using a squid-tipped jig. Field & Stream Online Editors
Chris Lowman of Chino Valley, AZ, gets help from his three-year-old daughter as she scouts during a tag-team javelina hunt. Field & Stream Online Editors
Karen Lyons sent in this photo of her husband Shawn and the 8-point buck he shot on family land near Cottageville, SC. Field & Stream Online Editors
Larry Kirk of Cadillac, MI, with two nice smallmouth. Kirk caught and released these fish using a short rod and reel and a live leech while scuba diving. He calls the method “underwater fishing” and says fishing this way teaches you a ton about the feeding habits of trophies. Field & Stream Online Editors
Robert Gowan of San Antonio, TX, sent this photo of an 8-point buck he shot on a friend’s lease. Gowan points out the hole in the deer’s snout that he figures is an antler puncture from fighting. Field & Stream Online Editors
Vern Dingman of Hampstead, NH, hooked this sturgeon at the mouth of the Merrimack River while chasing striped bass. Field & Stream Online Editors
Matt Noll of Fort Atkinson, WI, fooled this 30-inch northern on a Clouser deep minnow cast on his 5-weight fly rod. Field & Stream Online Editors
James Lee of Gilbert, AZ, with a 1,200-pound bison he shot last October near Custer, WY. Field & Stream Online Editors
Colin Wehrle of Rock Island, IL, with a 29-pound spoonbill he snagged and fought for fifteen minutes. Field & Stream Online Editors
At the tender age of two, Marcus Hall accompanied dad Casey into the field for the first time. Mom took this photo of the pair who are sure to be hunting partners for a long, long time. Field & Stream Online Editors
Back in 2003, Alan W. Creasy of Bedford, VA, made the local paper when he caught this 43-inch muskie on a crankbait he was throwing for smallmouth in the James River Field & Stream Online Editors
Frank Andrekus holds a near 16-pound salmon he heaved up on Lake Michigan during a charter out of Waukegan, IL. Field & Stream Online Editors
Ryan Roberts of Holidaysburg, PA, landed this 81-pound wahoo during a fall trolling trip off Ocean City, MD. Field & Stream Online Editors
Tim Knutson of South Elgin, IL, with a fat Fox River bronzeback. Field & Stream Online Editors
Guy Bogue smiles with a 3-pound perch from Cayuga Lake in New York. Field & Stream Online Editors
Frank P. Taormina of State Island, NY, with his kudu taken in Nambia. Field & Stream Online Editors
Aaron Hartley of Benicia, CA, is happy to report that his 3-year-old daughter hooked, fought, and ate most of her first trout…a 2-pounder landed in a mountain lake. Field & Stream Online Editors
Greg Garrison gets a loving pat on the back from nephew David, who is proud to have just shot his first deer with his uncle’s help. Field & Stream Online Editors
Jaime Bollinger of Indianapolis, IN, proudly lifts her first big bass. Field & Stream Online Editors
Michael Hager of Bowie, MD, with one of many bass he’s pulled from his favorite neighborhood pond. Field & Stream Online Editors
Nick Noll of Fort Atkinson, WI, scored this brown trout on a Chernobyl ant while floating the Snake River in Wyoming, Field & Stream Online Editors
Donald Vana of Munster, IN, says after showing his grandchildren, Logan and Gabriella, his secret spot, they had a wonderful fish fry with the bluegill the kids reeled in. Field & Stream Online Editors
David Black of Dallas, GA, hooked this pike during a 5-day family canoe trip to Lynx Lake. Field & Stream Online Editors
Patrick Hayes shot this barracuda with his spear gun off Virginia Beach, VA. Field & Stream Online Editors
Hannah Collins of East Burke, VT, with a nice Lake Willoughby rainbow trout taken this August. Field & Stream Online Editors
Aaron Thornberry and buddy Brandon show off a 16-pound catfish pulled from a local lake near Jeffersonville, IN. Field & Stream Online Editors
Adam Willis bagged this nice largemouth while fishing a black Senko. Field & Stream Online Editors
Dustin Holderman and his brother with a few early-season steelhead they caught near Plymouth, IN. Field & Stream Online Editors
Greg Ridner of Erie, MI, with three geese he shot on opening day last season. Field & Stream Online Editors
Larry Mower couldn’t help snapping a photo when this scene presented itself in Wyoming last winter. Field & Stream Online Editors