Photo of the Week Gallery

Each week, scouting camera columnist Walt Larsen, chooses a Photo-of-the-Week from those images submitted to the Cuddeback Photo Contest. Scroll left and right to view recent selections. You can see all customer photo submissions at the Cuddeback Photo Gallery.

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4.14.14 :: Jay Staton :: Naples, FL
"Jay has his Cuddeback set up deep in the southern Florida swamp country where these two Florida panthers have grown up passing the camera. Jay reports that their mother was following behind and that he expects her to soon 'ask' these two to go out on their own." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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4.7.14 :: Doug Wonders :: Motley, MN
"This is an April Fool's Day photo but I'm not sure who the trick is on. The cat, as it got caught on camera? Doug, as the cat could be licking its chops after consuming the last grouse on the property? Or, all of us given the amount of snow left in the April woods?" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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3.31.14 :: Terry Williamson :: Conway, AR
"Old Man Winter has finally started to lose his grip which means turkey season can't be far off for those of us in the northern half of the country. Images of strutting toms like this serve to remind us that turkey season has begun in earnest in some southern states. Let the gobbling begin!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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3.24.14 :: David Ray :: Bloomington, IN
"Once the bucks shed their antlers, David deploys his Cuddebacks elsewhere. Like adjacent to the barn near a fox den. These beautiful fox and one of their kits look right at home in the front yard!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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3.17.14 :: John Casani :: Blue Bell, PA
"Judging by body size, I am going to guess that these are two bucks that have shed their antlers and, therefore, have to fight using hoof punches and body checks. What does this mean? For us, it means that it is time to look for shed antlers!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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3.10.14 :: Jonathan Clark :: Anaconda, MT
"This is a wolverine. Jonathan reports that while he can't trap them, he can certainly try to capture one on his Cuddeback, which is exactly what he did. Not the first wolverine image submitted to the Photo Contest, but certainly one of a very few." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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3.3.14 :: Alan Smith :: Sherrodsville, OH
"Alan reports this doe showed up in his yard looking for food just after hunting season. Looking at the top of her back, she appears to have had a close call. Deer are tough. They're survivors. Alan also sent a photo of the same doe in late February so she's still doing just fine and will have that experience to call upon in the future." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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2.24.14 :: Scott Pedersen :: Tuttle, OK
"Who knew Porcupines resorted to biting while fighting (or whatever it is those two porky's are doing)? With thousands of razor sharp, barbed quills at their disposal, wouldn't a flying hip check be more effective?" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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2.17.14 :: Josh Connor :: Long Prairie, MN
"As I write this, it is snowing. Hard. Again. The big story in the newspaper is about emergency deer feeding in Minnesota. First time since '96. The deer herd, especially in the northern parts of the state (and other border states I am sure), is suffering from snow depth and the extended period of sub-zero temperatures. This Minnesota image is from the central part of the state where snow depths aren't as severe. But, it's still cold!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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2.10.14 :: Kyle Sobaski :: Brighton, IA
"To me, this looks like a cool cat on a cold day. Something I've been doing recently is going back to the historical weather data available online to determine conditions at the time of the photo. For fun, I did so with this image to see just how cold this cool cat was at 8:25am on February 1 in Brighton, Iowa. According to the Weather Underground, it was 13 degrees with a 10 mph wind out of the NNE. This translates to a wind chill of 0 degrees. For your own cameras, you'll know the direction they face so you can determine animal movement based on wind direction as well." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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2.3.14 :: Clayton Baldridge :: Barnesville, OH
"He's bloody bald! I've always considered Valentine's Day as the average time of the year for bucks in the north country to shed their antlers. Given the harsh early winter it would be no surprise that deer are stressed and the antlers are coming off early. If you look closely at this buck that has just shed his antlers you'll notice some blood droplets on his neck. Time to start shed hunting!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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1.27.14 :: David Bodenhamer :: Boone, NC
"David reports he never saw this buck or those dogs before or after the incident captured on his Cuddeback. One presumes this is a pack of feral dogs doing what we we fear feral dogs do, take out the deer we wish to hunt ourselves. Graphic! Dramatic! Unsettling!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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1.20.14 :: Konnie Graham :: Columbia, MO
"Wings tucked. Beak open. Legs outstretched. Talons deployed. vs. Head cocked. Wings whipping. Legs pedaling. Snow flying." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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1.13.14 :: Kyle Sobaski :: Brighton, IA
"This is a buck that, three years ago, Kyle named the "Tight 8". He is one of those bucks that likes to get his picture taken as Kyle has hundreds of photos of this buck from each year. It appears Tight 8 will be around next year as well, assuming our tough winter doesn't get him." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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1.6.14 :: Matthew Burton :: Austin, AR
"A fresh snow and a bright day find this dandy Missouri eight-pointer out foraging for food. Notice his snout full of snow. This photo would have made a worthy Christmas card!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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12.30.13 :: Tristan White :: Lancaster, NH
"Tristan and his little brother just had to go check on his new Cuddeback after only a day in the woods. Warned by his father that he may not have any images after just a day, this is what was on the camera. Tristan's response? "I just started jumping up and down." I would, too!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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12.23.13 :: Tyler Dorn :: New Glarus, WI
"This is a Cuddeback photo contest first! This daring doe makes a run for it past the camera and these unprepared hunters while the hunters are taking a late-morning break, presumably to tell stories and/or plan their next move. Cuddeback captures the reaction of the surprised hunters as well as the all-out effort of the doe to survive running the gauntlet. No word on the result." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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12.16.13 :: Zach Polaske :: Poplar, WI
"It's mid-December and the holidays are upon us and that means the deer hunting seasons are coming to a close. This photo was taken only a few short weeks ago, but, with all of the winter weather in the north country, it seems longer. Here's hoping you had a good season and that if and when your big buck came by, you were on stand - unlike Zach!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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12.9.13 :: Dave Levy :: Winter, WI
"You've heard the old joke about the polar bear in a snowstorm used to describe something that's all white? Well, this black bear with the blanket of snow covering his back, almost qualifies. It's time to hibernate and clearly this bear's fur and underlying layer of fat are insulating as designed." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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12.2.13 :: Jacob Roos :: Havana, IL
"Let's face it, when used to fight, a bucks antlers can be deadly weapons. They're pointed, tapered, hard and can be thrust with amazing force. Judging from the blood on the tines of this buck, he has wielded his weapons successfully. We will never know if the tines actually penetrated his adversary or if the blood is from a much less serious wound. Regardless, I'm sure the other buck lost the battle, and, perhaps even more." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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11.25.13 :: Cecil Taylor :: McComb, MS
"If this were football, the buck on the right would be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness for a blindside hit. In hockey, it would be a checking from behind penalty and two minutes in the box. But this is the rut and when it comes to establishing dominance or fighting for a doe, apparently anything goes. The buck on the left never saw it coming!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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11.18.13 :: Scott McPherson :: Maquoketa, IA
"What this remarkable Iowa buck lacks in antlers, he makes up for in physique. His neck looks to be virtually as big as his hind end. He's "ripped" for the rut and he's intensely interested in the licking branch above the scrape. A classic pose captured by Cuddeback." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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11.11.13 :: Nick Hardesty :: Gambier, OH
"Nick passed up on this remarkable buck last season after rattling him in and got lucky this year when a buddy had him at 30 yards, but couldn't get a shot. The very next day Nick got another chance and made it happen. The buck sports twenty-seven scoreable points including the club-like droptine that also has a point extending upwards. A true freak of nature." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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11.4.13 :: Adam Cook :: Mansfield, MO
"This is one lucky buck. At least he would be if he were to walk by me. It has happened before. A shooter goes and gets into a fight and breaks off an antler and then walks by me as if he knows I will wait until next year. Broken tines are one thing but I, for one, can't shoot a one-antlered buck." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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10.28.13 :: Brad Robertson :: Emerson, AR
"When Brad arrived at his feeder to find it toppled over, he was sure hogs were to blame. Until he checked his Cuddeback. It appears this buck somehow got his antlers tangled on the 2x4 support and then panicked, pulling the entire feeder over onto its side in the process." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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10.21.13 :: Gary Kraszewski :: Green Bay, WI
"Frequent Cuddeback contest contributor, Gary Kraszewski, has topped his previous ruffed grouse image submissions with this trio of absolutely exquisite drumming log photos. Given that the ruffed grouse population cycle is nearing or at its bottom makes these images that much more notable. I've put on a few miles in the Wisconsin woods this fall myself and I can attest to the fact that birds are few and far between." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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10.14.13 :: Dustin Robinson :: Marlinton, WV
"Judging from the photo submissions this week, the infamous October lull is upon us. The rut has yet to begin, leaves have turned and are falling, and deer movement during the day is limited. This early October image from West Virginia shows the start of the color turn and was one of the few daytime images of a nice buck this week. But never fear, the rut is near!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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10.7.13 :: Edward Louks :: Colorado Springs, CO
"It's not everyday that one gets a great photo of two fighting bucks. But a great photo of two pairs of fighting bucks is downright rare. Interestingly, my nephew called me from the field over the weekend to tell me of a multi-fight photo we got on one of our cameras. I have yet to see it, but I hope it is as good as this great image!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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9.30.13 :: Kenton Beard :: Neosho, MO
"Having spent the weekend in the woods, I can relate to what this young buck is experiencing. After a summer of growing, the foliage is thick, the brush is nasty, the cover is overgrown and the vines are unforgiving. More than once I had to retreat in order to move on. It looks as though this buck opted to just force his way through. But hey, hunting seasons are here and that's what we've been waiting for. Be safe, good luck and keep sending in those photos!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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9.23.13 :: Andy Van Wychen :: Hortonville, WI
"Do not, for one minute, think that coyotes just take an occasional fawn. As this excellent action shot shows, this coyote is in pursuit of an adult doe. Last season, I found the remains of three adult does on property that I hunt which I suspect were coyote kills." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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9.16.13 :: Dustin Gibson :: West Liberty, KY
"To me, the event that best signals that deer hunting season is here is when the bucks shed their velvet. Judging by submitted photos, this seems to be happening just a tad later this year, at least in the northern states. This happens to be a Kentucky buck that Dustin caught on his Cuddeback with some remaining shreds of velvet hanging from his rack. Again, a signal that opening day is just around the corner! " - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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9.9.13 :: Eric Naess :: Andover, MN
"Eric's hunting partner recently purchased a small parcel of land, so to see what was on the new property, they deployed a Cuddeback Attack. This mineral-licking monster is just one of eight shooter bucks caught by the camera. If I were Eric, after seeing this deer, I think I'd be buying my buddy a nice dinner or two!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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9.2.13 :: Cal Otten :: Forkston Township, PA
"One can't be sure if this doe is teaching her fawn to eat apples, or just tolerating the inquisitive energy of her offspring. This past week I watched as an osprey used a fish to try to coax her offspring out of the nest. Repeatedly she'd fly by, fish in talons, and hover with the fish just out of reach of the hungry young birds. Unfortunately, they just weren't ready for that first leap of faith. Nature has stories to tell all year long!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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8.26.13 :: Brett Powell :: Temple, GA
"The chase is on! One can't be sure is this buck is chasing or (more likely) being chased. But we do know that, after seeing this image, Brett will be chasing this this deer come season. Leave it to Cuddeback to get an image of the bolting buck and not a blank like so many other cameras might." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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8.19.13 :: Josh Ashley :: Lynchburg, OH
"The boys are out in force! All of a sudden this week, there have been numerous submissions to the Cuddeback website of images with bachelor groups of nice bucks. Two deer may not constitute a bachelor group, but these two deer are obviously hanging out together - and they are dandy! Also note that Josh used a new Cuddeback Attack Black Flash to capture this image!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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8.12.13 :: Brian Bennett :: Arkport, NY
"Brian planted a food plot in the middle of the woods with minimal expectations given the low pH of the soil. Obviously, the clover looks good and his Cuddeback™ proved that the deer like it as well. A dandy buck on a beautiful morning!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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8.5.13 :: Thomas Farris :: Stoneville, NC
"A beautiful photo of a beautiful buck on a beautiful summer morning. You'd be thrilled to see a deer like this in Ohio or Kansas or Wisconsin or Iowa. You'd be blown away to see a buck of this caliber in North Carolina. And he still has a month to grow!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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7.29.13 :: Ryan Lawwell :: Leesburg, OH
"It wasn't even mid-July when Ryan's Cuddeback Ambush IR snapped this photo - yet look at the tine length. What this buck may lack in mass it will more than make up for in tine length and character. The gnarly brow tines and adjacent sticker points make this a very distinctive and impressive buck." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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7.22.13 :: Robert Goodrich :: Little Sioux, IA
"For whatever reason, this week's photo submissions included numerous close-up images with animals looking at the camera as if to show off. This Iowa buck, I decided, was showing off his remarkable brow tines. Reminiscent of goalpost uprights, this buck's brows are keeping pace with the rest of his rack. It'll be interesting to see if that continues!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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7.15.13 :: Bo Finley :: Weatherford, TX
"Bo knows how to pick leases. Or, at least he's lucky. His Cuddebacks were out for only a week when he checked them and discovered these great bucks at the feeder. The bucks are off to a great start with their headgear and Bo's off to a great start on his new lease!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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7.8.13 :: Rory Leishman :: Slave Lake, AB
"The bugs in northern Canada are legendary. Rory said the black flies, horseflies and mosquitoes were thick as he trekked out to his moose spot to pull the SD card from his Cuddeback Attack. But, at least Rory gets to go back indoors. How about this bull moose? Look at the cloud of flies around his head!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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7.1.13 :: Brett Lebaron :: Sinclair, NY
"Getting an image of a coyote chasing a deer is a relatively common occurrence that, while part of nature, elicits a response of anger. As deer hunters, we don't like to see deer succumb to those canines. Getting an image of a deer chasing a coyote, on the other hand, is remarkable and causes me, anyway, to cheer! Doubtless this role reversal has to do with the doe protecting her fawn. Good for her!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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6.24.13 :: Nancy Warren :: Ewen, MI
"The Three Bears from Michigan! This trio was a welcome sight as the local population has dwindled over the last decade, according to Nancy. I noticed in the Minneapolis newspaper this past weekend, there was a story about a tagged and collared Minnesota bear that had reached the ripe old age of 39. The mama bear had last given birth at age 26 and now resorts to roads and trails, as it struggles in the woods due to poor hearing and eyesight. The local hunters have abided by the Minnesota DNR's requests to pass on the old lady, although she has been seen at plenty of bait sites over the past number of years." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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6.17.13 :: Harris Emmons :: Seattle, WA
"The mineral lick attempt.
Photo # 1 - Young buck on full alert, but looking the wrong way.
Photo #2 - Cougar attempts ambush.
Photo #3 - Cougar wonders how attempt failed."
- Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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6.10.13 :: Mark Katzenberger :: Marshfield, WI
"Always follow the eyes! If you look to where this bait-visiting bear is intently looking, you'll see the wolf it is staring down. You can just feel the tension between these two impressive animals. According to Mark, the bear won the stare-down as in the next photo taken just a minute later, the bear remains, but the wolf is gone. " - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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6.3.13 :: Travis Teigen :: Glenwood City, WI
"A few years ago, as my nephew and I were walking through the pre-dawn woods on a spring turkey hunt, we encountered a black bear too busy enjoying a back scratch on a pine tree trunk to notice our approach. After being observed for a good little while, the bear finally noticed us and bolted. This black bear back-scratching image reminds me of our encounter. It is also as good as any back-scratching image I've seen, and there are more submitted than you might guess." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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5.27.13 :: Rick Borner :: Perrysburg, NY
"If you hunt turkeys enough, or have the opportunity to watch them, you've probably seen them 'dusting'. Essentially, they give themselves a dust bath. This is how turkeys clean their feathers of skin debris and excess oil which gets absorbed by the dust. What's remarkable about this dusting image is the amount of dust this hen is shedding as she shakes. We'll call her 'Pigpen the Hen'!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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5.20.13 :: Doug Wonders :: Motley, MN
"I can't say I've ever seen, or even heard of, an example of erythrism which is a genetic mutation that results in red phased feathers, fur, or skin. Leave it to Cuddeback to catch an erythritic critter in the wild! This Minnesota jake is hanging out with his brothers and seems to fit right in, save for his unique coloration. Hopefully, the bird survives and Doug can get a photo of him as a strutting tom next spring. Stay tuned!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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5.13.13 :: John White :: Carrsville, VA
"Here's a great action shot of a boss gobbler, "showing a jake who was in charge," as John puts it. Interestingly, over the past weekend, I watched from my blind as the big strutting tom I was attempting to coax closer was run off by two over-sized jakes with attitudes. The two jakes continued to patrol the area, disrupting my efforts to call in a tom. Next year, I vowed, I will take care of one of them." - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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5.6.13 :: Keith Corley :: Montgomery, TX
"Here's something you don't see every day. The photo was taken on May 3. This Texas buck shed his right antler and already has a good start on a new one. But he has yet to shed his left antler. One new one, one old one. This is a new one to me. I don't believe we've ever gotten such a photo before!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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4.29.13 :: Cody Larsen :: Delano, MN
"This is an image from one of my Cuddeback cameras. My nephew, Cody, put the camera up in December so we could see what bucks remained. When we checked the images while turkey hunting over the weekend, we discovered several like this one that showed plenty of evening turkey activity. So, up went the blind and down went two nice toms, one each evening. Two tags filled, thanks to our Cuddeback!" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer

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4.22.13 :: Karen Witman :: North Irwin, PA
"This bobcat shot is, 'going on my wall for sure!' This comment from Karen, an avid outdoor photographer who thought she had captured pics of just about all of the local wildlife in northwestern Pennsylvania. Says Karen, 'My Cuddeback never ceases to amaze me!'" - Walt Larsen, Outdoor Writer