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Cody Freygang caught this big bluegill and a lot more with his brother Chris at Ball Lake.


Emerson Miller caught this largemouth bass in a neighborhood pond.
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Forrest Bonin, 17, harvested this 10-point buck on the second morning of the youth hunt, also using a .50-caliber muzzleloader.
Jack Ousley caught his first catfish at his grandparents’ pond in Fort Wayne.
Kerri Johnson of Huntington took this 8-point trophy on opening day of hunting season. It took her only 18 minutes.
Murphy Miller, 13, caught this 18 1/2 -inch largemouth bass in a neighborhood pond.
Parker Bonin, 10, bagged this doe, his first, on the first morning of the youth hunt, using a .50-caliber muzzleloader.

– Fishing and hunting are enjoyed by young and old, male and female. As proof, readers of The Journal Gazette have been showing off their catches on the weekly Recreation page. The Journal Gazette publishes an Outdoors Experience page once a month, lending a forum for readers to share their love of the outdoors with their neighbors. Send your stories and photos to The Journal Gazette, c/o Sports Department, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or email them to