Alright ladies and gents, it’s that time of year when we take a moment to recognize all of your hard work in the field and on the water. You’ve caught ‘em, shot ‘em and photographed ‘em, and now we’re putting y’all in a lineup of the best reader photos from 2012. We’ve got the veteran hunters, like 81-year-old Henry Pitts, and the youngsters, like Cami Benetti, age 8, with her first squirrel kill of a lifetime. We’ve got the sourest faces you’ll ever spot in a grip-and-growl photo (you know who you are), and we’ve got the always charming huntresses from every age group.
So raise a glass, pull up a chair and enjoy the spoils of another great year of Game & Fish’s Camera Corner.
<h2>Vlad Tepish</h2>On November 14, 2012, opening day of shotgun season in Connecticut and shotgun/rifle season on private land, Vlad Tepish had a choice, go on a 32 acre lot he has permission to hunt, or try our luck on state hunting land. He was talked into hunting opening day on state land by his brother-in-law even though he had some impressive pictures on trail cams from their private land. His 11 point buck was also his biggest deer, and on state land to boot. He shot the buck at about 7:45 am—only a mere hour-and-a-half into legal shooting time.