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Can you tell Ryan Weaver’s happy that the holidays are over and he can finally get in a little waterfowl hunting? The Western Washington sporting goods manager belongs to a duck club along Toppenish Creek and last weekend enjoyed a good shoot with two friends, one of whom snapped this great pic. Fellow club member Bob Velikanje forwarded the image. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

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The 2015-16 waterfowl season got off to a very tough start for Gunnar Velikanje due to a lack of water at the Yakima Valley hunting club he belongs to. “For two months we watched the water levels (of Toppenish Creek) hover around 25 to 30 cubic feet per second,” says his dad, Bob. “We sat idly with bone dry ponds, attempting to locate birds where we could. Then December 5th came and the rain began.” He reports that he and Gunnar both shot limits of greenheads last Saturday and Sunday, the final day duck hunting was open on the Yakama Reservation this season (it continues through Jan. 31 in the rest of the state). (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Patrick Gottsch of Columbia River Knife & Tool says the phrase “blood lines to blood trails” was fitting for his hunt last season in Oregon’s Fossil Unit. After celebrating his eldest daughter’s 21st the night before, he harvested this three-point the next day. As for the blood trail, it took four hours of following to find the downed buck “only to find him literally 40 yards from where I shot. It was a great story.” Kudos for the tenacity. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Patrick Gottsch of Columbia River Knife & Tool says the phrase “blood lines to blood trails” was fitting for his hunt last season in Oregon’s Fossil Unit. After celebrating his eldest daughter’s 21st the night before, he harvested this three-point the next day. As for the blood trail, it took four hours of following to find the downed buck “only to find him literally 40 yards from where I shot. It was a great story.” Kudos for the tenacity. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Hunting with his uncle Gary Hoch, Brycen Reeves, 17, of Port Orchard, Wash., harvested his first deer this past November while bowhunting in the state’s upper righthand corner. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Hunting with his uncle Gary Hoch, Brycen Reeves, 17, of Port Orchard, Wash., harvested his first deer this past November while bowhunting in the state’s upper righthand corner. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Despite a warm winter, there was still ice fishing to be had in Eastern Washington. Dave Getzin and friend Don Talbot did well on rainbows and yellow perch at Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge in the upper Methow Valley. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Despite a warm winter, there was still ice fishing to be had in Eastern Washington. Dave Getzin and friend Don Talbot did well on rainbows and yellow perch at Patterson Lake, near Sun Mountain Lodge in the upper Methow Valley. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Dan Richardson’s North Sound state-lands blacktail features a 4-inch droptine. “I have always dreamed of taking a trophy blackie and was very pleased with this one,” he said of his late October buck. Richardson was using a Tikka T3 .300 Win Mag. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)

Dan Richardson’s North Sound state-lands blacktail features a 4-inch droptine. “I have always dreamed of taking a trophy blackie and was very pleased with this one,” he said of his late October buck. Richardson was using a Tikka T3 .300 Win Mag. (BROWNING PHOTO CONTEST)