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Photos and smiles tell the stories of youth deer hunters who enjoy successful seasons

Kinsley Oslund, 10, of Grygla, Minn., shot this 6-point buck near Wannaska, Minn., on Nov. 4, the opening day of Minnesota's firearms deer season. This was the first year she could shoot a deer, said Kinsley's mom, Lindsay Oslund, who submitted the photo.1 / 7
Amanda Marsh, 14, Grand Forks, shot her first buck Sunday, Nov. 12, north of Grand Forks while hunting with her father, Jason. She is an eighth-grader at Schroeder Middle School.2 / 7
Jackson Olson, 6, Grand Forks, shot his first deer with a bow Nov. 12. Jackson, who turns 7 in January, is a 1st-grader at J Nelson Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks.3 / 7
Preston Lundbohm, 12, of Roseau, Minn., shot this buck in Roseau County during the opening weekend of Minnesota’s firearms deer season. His grandfather, Harmon Badger of Grand Forks, shared the photo.4 / 7
Carter Olson, 11, Grand Forks, shot this buck in Kittson County during the snowy opening weekend of Minnesota's firearms deer season in November. The buck was Carter's largest to date, his dad, Brad Olson, said, and they're having a shoulder mount made of the trophy. Carter is in the fifth grade at J Nelson Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks.5 / 7
Paul Socoski IV, 15 (left), and his sister, Hailey Socoski, 12, of Grand Forks, shot these does in September during North Dakota’s youth deer season. Paul IV is in the 9th grade, and Hailey is a 7th grader in the family's home school.6 / 7
Paul Socoski IV, age 15 (left), of Grand Forks harvested this nice doe with his archery tag while hunting with his dad, Paul Socoski III. Paul IV is in the ninth grade.7 / 7

Another deer season is in the books for all but the most diehard archery hunters in North Dakota, where season is open through Jan. 7, and Minnesota, where bow season closes Dec. 31.

What remains are photos, venison in the freezer and perhaps even some bragging rights for the fortunate, while those who didn't bag that buck or doe are left to dine on "tag soup" and relish the memories of their time in the field.

Today, though, photos are the focus.

Whether it's successful fishing trips or successful hunting excursions, the Herald receives more photo submissions than it can run in print on the Sunday outdoors pages.

Photos are posted to the online Trophy Room gallery on the Herald's website, but not everyone is in the habit of checking out the Trophy Room. Photos online can't be clipped out and posted on the fridge or elsewhere like those that run in print. Sure, they can be printed out and displayed that way, but for many readers, it's just not the same.

We try to print hunting and fishing photographs—especially kids' photos—when space permits, and we've printed a handful of photos of young hunters who experienced successful deer hunts this fall.

Still, we haven't printed as many as we'd like.

With that in mind, here are some—though not all—of the youth deer hunting photos that didn't make it into print this fall.

Until now.

Enjoy.

-- Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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