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Hunt down your photos contest taking entries

Alexandria's Jim Larson won first place for this photo of his son, Cal, and grandson, Henry, coming into shore with their dog, Murphy, after setting some decoys during the 2017 waterfowl opener. (Photo by Jim Larson)1 / 4
James Vosburgh submitted this photo of a decoy spread on the opening weekend of the 2017 Minnesota waterfowl season while hunting on Stoney Lake near Alexandria. The photo took third place in the contest.2 / 4
Alexandria's Todd Lanners captured this photo of his dog, Trump, while waterfowl hunting near St. Leo on the 2017 opener. The photo won Lanners second place in the contest. (Photo submitted by Tammie Lanners)3 / 4
Carmen Krueger with her first buck taken on opening weekend of the 2017 Minnesota firearms season. This photo took fourth place in the contest. (Photo submitted by Jim Krueger)4 / 4

The Echo Press is sponsoring the annual "Hunt Down Your Photos" contest again this year.

Hunting and angling themed photos are welcome. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, Costa sunglasses ($149 value) from Alex Vision Source; second place, $50 gift certificate to Alexandria Vet Clinic; third place, Yeti cup from Ace Hardware; fourth place, $25 Elden's Fresh Foods gift card.

Send us a photograph, along with information about the subject, including the name of the photographer, those in the photo, where they are from, the location and when the event occured. The photo may become ineligible if any of this information is missing.

Deadline to submit photos is Nov. 30.

Winners will be selected based on sharpness, lighting, setting and overall impact. Winning images will be printed in the Echo Press and the 2019 Lakes Area Outdoors.

More than 20 photos were submitted during last year's contest. Here's a look at the top-four prize winners from 2017.

First place

Alexandria's Jim Larson captured a shot of his son, Cal, and grandson, Henry, coming into the shore with their German wirehaired pointer, Murphy, after setting decoys on the opening weekend of the Minnesota waterfowl season near Donnally.

It was Henry's first hunt, and it proved to be a good one as the group came home with their limit that morning.

"It varies out there," Jim said of their hunts on the property. "The opener is always good. There was one year we took 126 ducks off of this slough. That wasn't this last year. That was a couple to three years past, but it's generally pretty good out there."

Larson came away with a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses worth $173 from Alex Vision Source for winning first place in the contest.

Second place

Alexandria's Todd Lanners was duck hunting in southwestern Minnesota near St. Leo on the waterfowl opener when he captured a photo of his yellow lab, Trump, scanning the sky in search of any ducks that might be flying over the water.

Lanners won a Yeti Tumbler from Ace Hardware for the second-place entry.

Third place

James Vosburgh was duck hunting on the opening weekend of waterfowl season in Minnesota when he captured a photo of his decoys as the sun came over the horizon on Stoney Lake near Alexandria.

Vosburgh won a $25 gift certificate from Elden's Fresh Foods for taking third place.

Fourth place

Taking one's first deer as a hunter is always memorable, and Jim Krueger captured a photo of Carmen Krueger after she took a buck on the opening weekend of the Minnesota firearms season in 2017.

Krueger was hunting on her grandparents' farm near Blackduck, and the photo won Jim a $25 gift certificate to the Douglas County Animal Hospital in Alexandria.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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