You can tell the story of your monster muskie or giant buck, but every sportsman knows that when it comes down to it, the proof is in the photos. We want to recognize all your hard work out on the water and in the field, so we're bringing you the best fishing and hunting pictures from Camera Corner in 2013. Here you'll find Don Reidel's striper of a lifetime, John Ravan with an 11-foot gator, and even 15-year-old Samantha Mandell with her monster moose.
Angela Mullet of Middlebury, Ind., took this nice tom in Lagrange County, Ind. It was the third turkey she's harvested.
About the second Saturday in May, I ended up bagging this stubborn gobbler instead of my brother, Jo. I tried calling him in for my brother and turned out closing the deal. He hung up three logging roads down from us out on some property in Haines Branch in Kanawha County, W.V. I took off 60 yards away from the gobbling bird and left my brother so the bird would think the hot hen was leaving him. Well, it worked and he came up to my brother only to catch him moving his gun in position. The bird took off back the way he came. In the meantime, I was dropping down each logging road calling to judge which one he was on. I set up on the one I believed he was on and got a phone call from my brother. Right after I got off I yelped a few times and the gobbler sounded off 25 yards out the logging road I was one. He came right in 15 yards and that was all she wrote.
Trent Seaver, 9, from Anderson, S.C., killed his first turkey April 26, 2013, with his grandfather on private land in Mountville, S.C. Trent used a Remington 12-gauge shotgun to bring down his 21-pound gobbler with an 11 1/2-inch beard and 1 1/4-inch spurs.
Joshua Rose harvested this javelina in La Salle County, Texas, with his father, Bob Rose, in January 2013.
— Vickie Rose
Haylie Ebel, 13, from West Richland, Wash., had a good day shooting greenheads and geese with her dad, Rick Ebel, near Patterson, Wash.
Hannah Kramer with her first sprig while duck hunting with her grandfather, Russ Morth, in December 2012 near Colusa, Calif.
My 3-year-old son, Ryder Wells, is training our 6-week-old yellow Lab puppies for the new homes soon.
— Colt Wells
On Oct. 31, 2013, at 8:20 a.m., I caught this 32-inch, 18-pound striped bass while trolling in Lake Moultrie. I used an Abu Garcia reel and a Penn rod, rigged up with a Mann's Stretch 25-foot — I'm not telling what color — and 17-pound test Berkely Trilene. The barometer was steady, the skies clear, and the water surface temp was 67 degrees. This is by far the biggest striper I have caught.
— Don Riedel
Barry W. Hoehne
Crystal Hoehne caught this 39-inch redfish while fishing with her family near Tyndall AFB.
— Barry W. Hoehne
I'm a quadriplegic in a power wheelchair and my buddy Jonathan carries me bass fishing every week. I was looking on when he caught this massive 7-pound largemouth on a Rebel Magnum Pop-R.
— Brian Brown
Jeffrey Osborn killed this 12-point buck while hunting near Bolivar, Tenn., on Nov. 25, 2013. The deer sported a 10-inch drop tine.
— Krista Osborn
Ethan Terry, 10, took this nice buck — his first kill — using an NEA 20-gauge single-shot with a BRI sabot at 50 yards in Lawrence County, Ind.
Thanksgiving morning green field Lamar County, Ala., 220-pound 10-point taken with a .338 Federal Styer.
— Rusty Smith
Shawn Barylski of Thompson, Conn., took this 230-pound 9-point buck with one shot from Remington .270 while hunting private land during first week of rifle season.
Pat Hendrixson of Campbellsburg, Ind., took this color phase black bear in June 2013 in Canada. This cinnamon chocolate bruin measured 6 feet, 10 inches.
— Pat Hendrixson
Mark E. Lilly of Grant County, Ky., killed this pronghorn Aug. 25, 2013, in Worland, Wyo. The antelope measured 16 1/2 inches tall gross and 81 1/8 inches Pope and Young. Lilly was guided by Jeremiah 'Odie ' Fauver.
Gwen N. Ravans
John Ravan of Mount Pleasant killed this 11-foot, 3-inch alligator on the Cooper River on Sept. 16. He was hunting with his dad, Johnny Ravan. Ron Russell of Gator Getters was their guide.
— Gwen N. Ravans
Samantha Mandell, 15, from Franklin, Mass., took this bull with her .50-caliber muzzleloader in northern New Hampshire while hunting with her father. The moose weighed 810 pounds with 22 points and a 58.5-inch spread.
After applying each year since its inception, I "hit the lottery" and drew a bull elk tag for Zone 12 in Pennsylvania. My luck continued when I crossed paths with this nice 7x7 bull in Covington Township on the opening morning with the help of the fine folks at the Trophy Rack Lodge in Moshannon, Pa.
Kirk Aderholt, 70, took this black bear weighing over 375 pounds with a crossbow on Oct. 18, 2013, in Floyd County, Va.