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Trophy Room Gallery of Fishing and Hunting Photos – Send Us Your Photos

Do you have a fishing or hunting photo you'd like to share? Send your photos to bdokken@gfherald.com.

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Kevin Kouba (left) of Grand Forks shared this story about a recent family paddlefish-snagging excursion to the Williston, North Dakota, area near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers: “This is my dad, Ed (center), myself and my son, Jack,” Kouba writes. “Jack and I went to Williston and met up with my dad from Bismarck to fish May 6 . Jack caught his (paddlefish) on the second cast this year. Last year, he fished for two days and did not fill his tag – had one but lost it at shore. I ended up catching mine a few hours later. My dad got there earlier in the week and caught his prior to us showing up. Jack’s was 31 pounds, mine 61 pounds and Dad’s was in the 20s. Ed has been doing this since the late ’90s. We just caught the bug in the last few years. The snagging season was exceptional this year, and Game and Fish ended up closing the catch-and-keep season after the first week.”
Contributed / Kevin Kouba
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The Herald's Trophy Room Gallery is the place for hunting and fishing photos from across the region. Do you have a hunting or fishing photo you’d like to share with Herald readers? Email it to Brad Dokken at bdokken@gfherald.com. Please include information about the hunter or angler, such as where they live and general area where the fish or game was taken. Photos will be posted to the Northland Outdoors section of the Herald website and some will be printed in the Saturday Northland Outdoors section as space and photo quality permit.

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Kevin Kouba (left) of Grand Forks shared this story about a recent family paddlefish-snagging excursion to the Williston, North Dakota, area near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers: “This is my dad, Ed (center), myself and my son, Jack,” Kouba writes. “Jack and I went to Williston and met up with my dad from Bismarck to fish May 6 . Jack caught his (paddlefish) on the second cast this year. Last year, he fished for two days and did not fill his tag – had one but lost it at shore. I ended up catching mine a few hours later. My dad got there earlier in the week and caught his prior to us showing up. Jack’s was 31 pounds, mine 61 pounds and Dad’s was in the 20s. Ed has been doing this since the late ’90s. We just caught the bug in the last few years. The snagging season was exceptional this year, and Game and Fish ended up closing the catch-and-keep season after the first week.”
Contributed / Kevin Kouba
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Dawson VonRuden, 14, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, shot this gobbler Sunday, May 15, 2022, while turkey hunting near Detroit Lakes. The tom took his time strutting and gobbling all the way in, but Dawson was able to remain still until he was presented with a 10-yard shot, said Zak Aubol, who submitted the photo.
Contributed / Zak Aubol
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Colbie Furstenau, 12, of Cavalier, North Dakota, shot this gobbler Sunday, May 15, 2022, while turkey hunting west of Cavalier. “All the grandkids got nice birds. Was a struggle with weather conditions,” said Colbie’s grandpa, Roger Furstenau of Cavalier, who submitted the photo.
Contributed / Roger Furstenau
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Cole Furstenau, 6, of Cavalier, North Dakota, shot this gobbler in May 2022 near Cavalier, North Dakota. There is no minimum age requirement for spring turkey hunters in North Dakota. However, hunters under age 15 afield with firearms must be under direct supervision of a parent, guardian or adult authorized by their parent or guardian.
Contributed / Roger Furstenau
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Cain Furstenau, 8, of Cavalier, North Dakota, shot this spring gobbler Sunday, April 10, 2022, near Cavalier. There is no minimum age requirement for spring turkey hunters in North Dakota. However, hunters under age 15 afield with firearms must be under direct supervision of a parent, guardian or adult authorized by their parent or guardian.
Contributed / Roger Furstenau
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Alex Sandahl of Dilworth, Minnesota, landed and released this 53½ -inch sturgeon Saturday, April 30, 2022, on the Rainy River.
Contributed / Cindy Sandahl
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Brothers Zaden Lundbohm, 11 (left), and Greyson Lundbohm, 13, of Roseau, Minn., with their Minnesota youth deer season bucks. Contributed / Harmon Badger
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Vance Bowersox of Grand Forks with hard-earned pheasants from an early December trip to the Williston, North Dakota, area.
Contributed / Vance Bowersox
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Amanda Mekash with the 8-point buck she shot Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Contributed / Amanda Mekash
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Aiden Zitzow of Alvarado, Minnesota, with the buck he shot Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Clearwater County. Contributed / Steve Zitzow
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Luc Schisano (left) and his dad, Marco, with Luc's Minnesota 2021 youth deer season buck. Contributed / Dan Svedarsky
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Adam Sveningson of Chanhassen, Minnesota, with the 8-point buck he shot Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, south of Mentor, Minnesota. Contributed / Tom Sveningson
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Zoey Lafferty of Grand Forks with her first doe. Contributed photo
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Kaden Moen with the archery buck he shot Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Strabane Township. Contributed / Terry Burns
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Jason Jensen of Grand Forks with the 40-inch pike he caught on Lake of the Woods. Contributed/ Chris Nelson
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Paul Becker released this 28-inch walleye during the summer of 2021 on Devils Lake. Contributed/ Paul Becker
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Huck Halstenson (right) of Grand Forks, with his 40-inch pike, pictured with his brother, Henry, and dad, Eric. Contributed/ John Halstenson
Contributed / John Halstenson
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Allie Grotte and her 11-point buck. Contributed/SL Grotte
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Rich Thorpe of Prior Lake, Minnesota, caught and released this 26-inch walleye Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, while fishing Devils Lake. Now retired from the military, Thorpe was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base from 2004 until 2010 and still has many friends in the area. Devils Lake is a favorite fishing destination, and walleye action was good all three days of his visit, Thorpe says.
Contributed / Rich Thorpe
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Luke Hamlin of East Grand Forks caught this 14½-pound channel catfish on his 17th birthday, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, while shore fishing along the Red River. Hamlin caught the big cat on a chunk of cut goldeye.
Contributed/ Kyle Hamlin
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Karen Swanson and the 27-inch walleye she released in July 2021 on Devils Lake. Contributed/ Karen Swanson
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Larry Jahnke of Grand Forks released this 30-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods in August 2021 while fishing with his dad, retired Grand Forks District Judge Lawrence Jahnke. Pulling crankbaits, they also released two 27-inch walleyes and five measuring from 20 inches to 25 inches, Larry said, and kept three 18-inch walleyes for the frying pan.
Contributed / Larry Jahnke
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Rex Carlson of Fargo with the 48½-inch muskie he caught Aug. 8, 2021, on Leech Lake, assisted by Peter Matthaei, also of Fargo. (Contributed/ Rex Carlson)
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Andy Olsen of North Branch, Minnesota, caught and released this 32-inch walleye Sunday, July 4, 2021, on Lake of the Woods.
Contributed / Byron Eilertson
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McLaen Erickson, 9, of Grand Forks, caught and released this 12-pound, 8-ounce catfish in September 2021 while fishing from shore on the Red River in Grand Forks. The catfish measured 33 inches. McLaen is in the third grade.
Contributed/ Sean Erickson
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Michelle Huff of Hallock, Minn., with the 61-inch sturgeon she released Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, on Lake of the Woods. (Contributed/ Doug Wilebski)
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Reid Rolshoven released this 27½-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods during the opening weekend of the 2021 Minnesota fishing season.
Contributed / Reid Rolshoven
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Oliver Wallace, 8, of Fisher, Minnesota, with the 29½-inch walleye he released Sunday, July 4, 2021, on Lake of the Woods.
Contributed photo
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Charlie Stoffel, 10, of Grand Forks, caught and kept this 27½-inch walleye in May 2021 on “Lake X” in central Minnesota. He also caught and released three other walleyes measuring 24 inches to 27 inches that same day, said Zak Aubol, who submitted the photo.<br/>
Contributed / Zak Aubol
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Gary Sundeen of Buxton, N.D., released this 27½-inch walleye Tuesday, May 18, on Lake of the Woods. (Photo submitted by Gary Sundeen)
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Malva Waters of Grand Forks and the 27-inch, 6.2-pound walleye she released on Devils Lake. (Photo submitted by Tom Russell)
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Jules Perkerewicz with her northern pike.
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Byron Eilertson of Blaine, Minn., with the three walleyes he caught measuring 30, 31 and 32 inches over the Fourth of July long weekend on Lake of the Woods. All three fish were released. (Submitted photos)
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Alicia Perkerewicz and the big pike she caught and released on Lake of the Woods.
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Autumn Rinde and her dad, Elliot, with her 30.25-inch walleye.
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Ian Babcock with his 26½-inch walleye.
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Cam Kofstad with the 30.5-inch walleye he released.
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Maxson Hangsleben, East Grand Forks, had his hands full hanging on to this 33-inch eelpout he caught Sunday, Jan. 3, on Lake of the Woods.
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Dick Myers and the spike buck he shot Saturday morning, Nov. 14, south of Williams, Minn.
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Wyatt Hangsleben with the "button buck" he shot Nov. 21 with a bow and arrow.
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Lacey Lupien of Lancaster, Minnesota, shot this trophy bull elk Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Kittson County near Lancaster.
Contributed photo

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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