Mark Cunningham Jr.
When a pintail drake fell to the gun and filled out the bag limit on the final day of the Mississippi waterfowl season, Mark Cunningham Jr. was ready. "I had bought a camera just for taking pictures during duck season," Cunningham says. "That was the last duck of the day so I got the camera and told the guys to let me get out of my layout blind and get a picture of the dog retrieving that duck."
Gauge, the yellow Labrador retriever pictured, is Cunningham's father's dog. Cunningham Sr. is depicted in the background awaiting Gauge's return with the bird. The photo was taken at Wild Wings Hunting Club near Crenshaw. "I got the camera low on the water, and that's the way it turned out," Cunningham says. "Next season, I'm going to put more time into taking photos."