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Photos tell the stories of young hunters who enjoyed success this fall

Karlie Weber, 15, East Grand Forks, shot this double drop-tine buck Oct. 20 near Middle River, Minn., during the Minnesota Youth Deer Season. She attends East Grand Forks Senior High School, and this was the last year she could hunt the Youth Deer Season, said her dad, Tony, who submitted the photo. Click on the image to see the complete photo. (Submitted photo)1 / 6
Jens Oslund, 10, of Grygla, Minn., shot this buck on his first-ever deer hunt on the opening weekend of Minnesota’s firearms deer season while hunting with his dad, Andy, by the family farm near Wannaska, Minn.2 / 6
Matt Wehe, 16, of Grand Forks shot this 5x6 bull elk on his first elk hunt north of Craig, Colo., with his dad, Brad Wehe. Matt is a junior at Red River High School. Click on the image to see the complete photo. (Submitted photo)3 / 6
Benny Huebner of Grand Forks shot his first buck just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, a few miles south of Grand Forks during North Dakota's youth deer season. This was Huebner's first year deer hunting, and he shot the 8-point buck with a .30-06 rifle at a distance of about 50 yards, said his mom, Kjersten, who submitted the photo. Benny is in the 9th grade at Red River High School in Grand Forks. Click on the image to see the complete photo.4 / 6
Leif Olafson, 11, of Warroad, Minn., shot this buck during the October youth deer season in northwest Minnesota. He is in the fifth grade. Click on the image to see the complete photo. (Submitted photo)5 / 6
Brison Falch of Larimore, N.D., completed his North Dakota hunter education course Sept. 13 through the Grand Forks Gun Club and shot this whitetail doe Sept. 23 near Arvilla, N.D., during the North Dakota youth deer season. Click on the image to see the complete photo. (Submitted photo)6 / 6

The future of hunting—and the millions of dollars hunters contribute to conservation and local economies—depends on recruiting young people to the sport.

As in previous seasons, several readers this fall shared photos of young hunters having success in the field, and that's great to see. Whether it was deer close to home or an out-of-state hunting trip, some memorable photos of successful young hunters have been submitted for posting to the Herald's online Trophy Room gallery and possible publication in the Sunday Outdoors pages.

Print space is at a premium these days, however, so rather than sprinkle single photos out over many weeks, we decided to print several of them at once.

Here, then, are a few of the memorable moments youth hunters enjoyed this fall. We'll print additional photos featuring hunters of all ages in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, if you have a hunting—or fishing—photo you'd like to share with Herald readers, please send it to by email to Brad Dokken at bdokken@gfherald.com or by postal mail to Dokken c/o The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58203.

We'll post them to the Trophy Room and run select photos in print as space permits.

-- 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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