Sully Johnson, 8, of St. Cloud, MN, harvested his first turkey on Wednesday April 23, 2020 at 7:35am. After 2 hours of calling and no response, Tom snuck up from behind silently and Sully was able to get his perfect shot from 10 yds. 1” spurs, 11.5” beard.
Henry Turk, age 8, from Zimmerman, MN, bagged his first turkey while hunting near Princeton, MN. The Tom weighed 27 lbs with a 10 1/2” beard. The 20 gauge used was the gun his Father shot his first grouse with 29 years ago.
11 year old, Alexis Moris of Columbus, MN shot a beautiful mature Tom at 30 yards with her .410 shotgun while hunting with her dad, Adam. After the birds back sided the blind, her hearing protection microphone batteries went out and 3 window attempts later out of the pop up, she fired a shot and was the happiest I've ever seen!
Ava Hage 10 years old from Dayton MN. Shot this 24lb Tom on opening morning April 15. The bird had a 10 inch beard with 1 inch spurs. This was her first time hunting and was with me her father. She harvested the bird with a 20 gauge.
I already sent one pic but wanted to share this one as well. Ava Hage 10 year old girl first time hunter with a 24lb Tom. She harvested the bird opening morning with a 20 gauge. 10 inch beard 1 inch spurs.
Beginners luck... 4 year old Beckett Anderson tagged along in the blind with his dad Brett Anderson of Rochester as the pair bagged a long beard by bow April 17th in Olmsted County. It was Beckett's first Turkey hunt.
My wife Brenna Baumgartner and I doubled up on opening morning toms! It was her first tom and we couldn't have been more excited to share the hunt together. She is 9 months pregnant so I give her a ton of credit for getting out there and getting it done.
Her bird was taken with a shotgun. It weighed 22# and had a 9" beard.
My bird was taken with a bow. It weighed 19# and had a 8" beard.
Hunting season 1982 at the Dixon Lake area north of Grand Rapids. People pictured are Richard Morgan, Wayne Peterson, Pat “Buzz” Dingman and Dave Hoffman. Steve Demeules took the picture. It was very cold and snowy but the deer were moving. After a few years of bucks only we were fortunate to get some doe permits
My name is Briana Medema, I am 20 years old and I have been hunting for over 8 years. This past hunting season I shot my first deer! It was an 8 point buck, I shot it around 7:18 am, on opening morning in Mille Lacs county. I shot the buck on the property my boyfriend and I had just purchased. After taking this animal the feeling was something I could not describe!! The first thing I did was call my brother and boyfriend, they both say they could hear the shakiness in my voice, it was buck fever I guess. I was so excited that my first deer was so beautiful!
Abbie Morinville age 11 of Fertile, MN shot this 10 point buck on Nov 13th in Polk Co. The rack had a 17 inch inside spread and green scored 141 gross. This was Abbies 1st deer and she was using a 243.
Madi Gentz age 11 of Milaca shot this buck 10 mins into the season on 11-9-19 with her muzzleloader in West Heron Lake Township. Her first deer and her little brother Graysen and dad Nyles were with her to share the moment.
Opening weekend bow kill. I was standing on the ground using some white oaks as cover and I was able to arrow this guy at only 10 feet away. Just an unbelievable experience, as well as the best buck of my life.
After a long Saturday in the blind we were able to get it done by 7:45am on Sunday! They came running in and we were able to double up on these two long beards for my Mom's first hunt. 21 lbs 10 inch beard 1 1/8 inch spurs, 20 lbs 9 inch beard 3/4 inch spurs. Mille Lacs county
Hooked on Turkeys--Sienna Melz, Age 11, of Aitkin, MN shot her 1st gobbler on May 13, 2019. This tom weighed in at 21.55 pounds, had a 10 inch beard and had 1 inch and 15/16 inch spurs. This was Sienna's first hunt ever--Congratulations!
Junior Pro Team member Abigail Graczyk age 7 of Silver Lake, MN was hunting on her grandpa's southern Ottertail Co. farm with her father and big sister when she harvested her very first turkey! The bird weighed in at 23lbs with a 9 1/2" beard and 3/4" spurs. Abigail's big sister Ella Graczyk also harvested her first turkey only 2 weeks prior to Abigail. Great job girls!!
Fillmore County Monster - Elias Netzel, 11, of Rochester took this tom, his first, on May 10th while hunting with his dad Brian in Fillmore County. The tom weight 26lbs, 10oz, had 1 1/2 inch spurs, and an 11 inch beard.
Ella Graczyk, age 9, of Silver Lake, MN is an Outdoor News Junior Pro Team Member and daughter of Whitetail Properties Land Specialist Greg Graczyk. She is shown here with her very first turkey which was harvested off their family farm in Central MN. Her bird weighed in at 22lbs with a 10.5" beard and 1" spurs.
WI Youth Turkey Season was a success! My son, Evan Nguyen, with a nice 21.98 lb tom, 10" beard, 1" spurs. This was the second tom we saw that morning. The 1st one came in full strut but hung out at 50-60 yards. Passed on the shot in hopes he would come in closer. He never did. I swapped out my full strut decoy with a 3/4 strut. This guy showed up at 9:30 quiet but charged the decoy. It was game over for him.
OPENING DAY HAD A LARGE DOE COME THROUGH AND SHE WAS BEING FOLLOWED BY A NICE BUCK WHICH WAS 15 MINUTES BEHIND HER. SHE LAYED DOWN 40 YARDS FROM ME BY A LARGE DOWN LOG. THE 8 POINT BUCK CAME IN SLOWLY WALKING DOWN TO HER WHEN I TOOK THE SHOT, NICE HEAVY 220/8POINT BUCK, USED A 30/06 REM PUMP WITH 180 GR. BULLET.
Thomas Chandonnet (10) shot this 8 pointer in Wadena, MN on opener morning, November 3, 2018 with his dad. This is his first deer and first time he was able to shoot, but has had several years of patience and watching in the stand with his dad!
Kylie Moravec, this was her first year deer hunting. This was the only deer she could take a shot at. She only took one shot and dropped it in its place. She is 13 years old. She is a member of the Junior Pro Team. We were hunting just north of the twin cities. She shot it on Saturday November 10th around 4:15 in the afternoon. Its an eight point buck with 2 broken tines. She was shooting a 20 gauge slug gun. She was very excited about this hunt.
Ethan Moravec, he is 14 years old. This is his first buck he has shot. It is an 8 point buck. He shot it north of Park Rapids with a rifle. This was his 3rd year hunting with his grandpa. He got this on opener day of November 3rd in the afternoon.
Emma Graven at 11 years old, shot her first deer at 10am on opener morning. It was a 9 point buck taken in Longville MN. She was 102 yards away with a single shot 243 equipped with a red-dot scope, the buck dropped in its tracks. Way to go Emma, great shot!!!!!!!
Chelsey Weigel, age 12, from Alexandria bagged her first deer during gun season. He came out trailing a doe around 5:00 pm when he paused in response to a grunt call. Chelsey dropped him with a well placed broadside shot.
Photo of me taking my first buck! I am 10 years old and was fortunate enough to harvest this animal on the morning of November 3. It was my first time ever shooting a slug in my Remington 870 20 gauge. Can't wait to have him mounted on my wall.
15 year old Nick H. from Faribault shot his first buck on November 3rd 2018. He decided to pass on a doe real early in the morning, After shooting this deer, Nick no longer regretted passing on the doe. He made an excellent shot at 30 yards, on the east side of Faribault
Sean Callahan, of Alexandria, MN was able to harvest this 3 1/2 yr old mid 150's 11 pt buck on the evening of October 29th, 2018. With help of a decoy he came into 14 yards and he drew his bow and sent an arrow through this rutting buck!!
Junior Pro Team member, Joe Pucel, 12, of Wayzata, shot his first deer with a bow while hunting near Wabasha. It was 87 degrees so he wore gym shorts in the ground blind. He was hunting with his dad. It was September 16th.
Finn Larson, 10, from Eagan, MN, shot this nice tom in Chippewa County, WI on May 18th. It happened three hours into the first morning of his first ever hunt. The bird had a 9.5 inch beard and 1 inch spurs.
Eli Haight, of Rochester, MN shot this nice 10 point buck near the town of Winnebago, MN. He shot this buck on Nov. 12 around 7:30 in the morning. Eli saw this deer 2 days earlier, but unfortunately, he didn't get an opportunity to harvest this deer. This was his first deer, what a nice surprise!
Dan Fischer of Nicollet, MN shot this beauty on Nov. 5th, while hunting in Blue Earth County near Madelia, MN. The inside spread was 20 1/8 and Boone & Crockett scored 186 6/8. The deer field dressed at 217lbs.
Riley Kraskey hunting wirth his dad, John Kraskey near Orr, MN. Harvested during the snowstorm of 2016. Due to the fast falling snow, this deer required us to stay on his tail as all sign was getting covered leading to a 4 hr track. Definitely a memory making day
Well I waited three long years, 1000 plus passed deer, a few ex girlfriends, and too many miles to count waiting on a good first bow buck. I learned more in that period about hunting, deer behavior, myself and most importantly faith and perseverance toward a goal. All the hard work and practice paid off-- a double lung shot dropped this 17" inside spread 8 point buck after 15 yards in Blue Earth County on November 2, 201. It won't be my biggest ever, but it will always be the one that means the most!
This buck came running out of the slough after a few grunts, I shot him at about 50 yards in his tracks. He is a 12-poiner with double drop tines, he had three but one was previously broken. My first deer with a muzzleloader, a once in a lifetime deer shot near Barnseville, Minn.
This was my 13 year old daughter's first deer hunt. She was able to pass on a couple smaller bucks, experience being cold, and waiting for the right buck within her comfort zone, AND putting up with her Dad. We were able to take this deer on our Farm in Otter Tail County
probably my favorite deer to date because this was my 6 year old son Talan's first year coming with me in stand. We hunted first weekend and shot this guy 11/11 in the evening. Yellow Medicine County. 16 1/2 inside spread. NOt a monster but as awesome memory 🙂
Anita Woodham shot this big 7 point , 5 year old buck while hunting in Troup county. This was Anitas first deer ever and she used her new AR 15 in Pink and Black Camo with her lazer sight. Congrats Anita
Kaitlin (KK) Johnson (13) shot her first deer on November 8th, at 1010 am in Industrial Township just outside of Cloquet, MN. Kaitlin was hunting with her uncle for her second hunting season in the deer stand when this doe came out from the brush into KK's view. With sweaty hands and heart rate bounding she pulled the trigger for a single shot just behind the front shoulder.
My mom, Rita Nelson age 79 shot a 6x6 Bull Elk on Tuesday evening, October 10, 2017 in Lancaster Minnesota, Zone 20. It was my mom's first time applying for an Elk tag and I swear that women has a horseshoe and or lucky charm within her bones. My dad has been gone from lung cancer now for 13 years, who was an avid hunter in his own right, so we feel for sure there is divine intervention when ever we are in the hunting woods!! My mom has harvested the biggest 12 point buck on their hunting to date and last year shot the biggest buck among any of us 8 hunters. I am so proud of my mom and we can't thank enough the farmers in the Lancaster area that helped us recover, gut, skin and load the huge elk, Joe Waupleski, Carl Chrisopherson, Daryll & CJ Peterson.
Trigger out of QTK kennels in MN. Trigger in this picture is ten months old and is a natural hunter. He is a cuddler in the house, rockstar in the field and oh yes best friend of the owners. Looking forward to many years of hunting with this boy. Photography by Kelly Petricka
Claire Hoffman hunted Swan Lake with her Father Todd and dog Sunny on the 2nd day of the 2017 waterfowl opener. They harvested a mixed bag of mallards, wood ducks, blue wing and green wing teal and a Canadian honker.
Emma Sinnen of Shakopee enjoyed a little beginner's luck on opening day of the 2017 Minnesota bear hunting season. Her guide, Tim Humphrey of Aspen Outfitters, provided her with a great set up for her first ever bear hunt.
NWTF Rum River Longbeards Mentor Lloyd Rhoda coached Elias Kobienia on his first successful turkey hunt on April 22, 2017 near Foreston, MN. The two year old bird had an 8 1/2 inch beard and weighed 18lbs.
Gracie Polich, 11, of Champlin, Minn., shot her first turkey in Kanabec County while hunting with her Uncle Jody on April 15, 2017. The bird weighed 20-pounds and had a 9 1/2-inch beard and 7/8-inch spurs.
Tyler Netter, arrowed this once in a lifetime bird taken in central MN near St. Cloud. Amazingly rare color along with double spurs on both legs. Taken with a bow run and gun style. 9-inch beard 22-pounds.
Hunter Minke, 15, of Harris MN was so proud to bag this big boy opening morning. He was hunting with his dad, brother, cousins and uncles at The Farm in Barnum. The buck dressed out at 214# with 9 points and a 17-1/2" spread.
Jerry Ness, of Fort Ransom, North Dakota, arrowed this 10-point buck near his home on December 20th. It is his largest buck to date after 50 years of hunting white tailed deer in Minnesota and North Dakota. This majestic monarch of a deer had a 18.5 inch inside spread.
Kellan Graning (age 11) shot his first deer, an 8 point buck, on Nov 13th while hunting with his Dad Eric along with friends Tom and Keegan Murphy. His buck had a 20" spread and weighed 226 lbs field dressed!!
My name is Halie LaTourelle, of Grasston MN, and I shot this 522 lb. black bear while bow hunting in Sandstone MN on September 01, 2016. I have been bear hunting for the past 7 years, baiting and logging countless hours in the stand, and while this is my second black bear, it is my first with my bow. All of the hard work leading up to now has helped make this one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
My son, Parker Gessner, shot his first buck at age 14 . It is an 8 pointer. Shot in Cass County on November 13th, with me, his dad. This is his second deer. Last year his first deer was a doe. He lives in Ramsey.
Alicia Kranz with Nate Chadderdon taken on Lake Pepin, Montgomery, Saturday Nov. 5, 2016. There were many ducks flying and it was a beautiful warm morning. Although the hunt wasn't great, the company sure was.
Brian Galleger. Fort Riley, Kansas. Pre-season 2016. This photo was at the height of my preparation this season. At least 6 days a week I was shooting and working my shot groups to ensure I don't miss a chance and take a clean ethical shot no matter the situation. This is my first year bowhunting or really dedicated to archery and in that time I have learned to confidently take shots at 90+ yards and have already taken my first buck. The impact archery has made on my life is astounding and I just wanted to share. instagram: bjg_archery
Good morning I would like to submit this photo with a memorable tale. One of my co-workers had been pursuing this deer since last years trail photos. They found one shed from this beast this past winter. He had trail cam photos of the 17 pointer 8 days in a row but all after legal hunting hours. With this cold front pushing through he decided to get on stand and see if this buck might move earlier.....and that's what happened. This buck has a 19.5" spread and is unofficially estimated to be close to 180". With the help of friends and family and 8 hours later the buck was recovered. The buck had crossed a river, the blood trail was discovered and lost twice. The determination and persistence by trackers pointed toward the buck possibly re-entering the river and possibly dying in there. It was then decided to drive over an hour away to borrow a canoe and search downstream. The buck was recovered downstream two miles later. I have trail cam photos to share if requested. This is Jordan Loeks first ever bow kill and the bar has been set high for him now into the future. The deer was harvested in west central, Minn.
Elizabeth Richter was accepted in the 30th North American Big Game Awards, 2016-2018 on August 12th, 2016 for her Central Canada barren ground caribou that was harvested on Baralzon Lake, NU and scored 368-2/8. Also in the picture is her Father, George Weber who inspired he love of hunting.
Three brothers go out for a turkey hunt, two out of the three fill their tag in 20 minutes. 🙂 L-R Easton Kort (8) with his tom, 21 pounds, 10 1/4" beard and 7/8" spurs, Brennan Kort (8), Becker Kort (5) with his jake.
Gordon Caspers, mentor. He suffered a stroke Jan 2015 and has aphasia and apraxia. This causes severe speech difficulty. He has mentored for 4 years and this was the first time back after his Stroke. He mentored a 12 year old neighbor boy.
Tate, 8, and sister Kynlee, 6, Lundeen went hunting with dad near home in Dassel. Two toms came into the decoys we counted to three then both shot at the same time. Tate's had a 8 1/2" beard 23 lbs. Kynlee's 9 1/2" beard 19 lbs all smiles
Maddy Buss, an 8 year old from Breezy Point, MN, shot her 1st turkey at 7am on opening morning of the 2016 wild turkey season with her 20 gauge shotgun she won at the local NWTF banquet. She was hunting with her dad, Kevin.
These photos were taken on Sand Lake in Itasca County on 2/6/16. There was a question in the Outdoor News about delisting the wolf population. This photo should tell us that there are too many wolves & it's a reason why last deer season we seen no deer.
This picture shows my brother Calvin, (of Spicer, MN) and his son Tom's (of Willmar, MN) 2015 trapping season. Muskrats-150, Mink-18, Possum-2, Beaver-2, Red Fox-1, Raccoon-47, Coyotes-4, and 1 Weasel.
1-3-2015 Russian Boar arrowed by Michelle Imholte on North Star Hunting Preserve near Camp Ripley, MN-spot and stalked this boar in snow and ice conditions until a bowkill shot was possible at 11 yards. Boar weighed 210 lbs live weight.
Kaia Barrett, (age 10) of Stevens Point, WI, harvested her first deer, a 6-point buck with a 19" inside spread. She was utilizing the mentored hunting program on Nov. 7 2015. She and her dad were hunting west of Crown, MN