Friday 01/29/2016
Ice fishing to a Different Beat: Catch more fish by changing the way you fish with a flasher
Posted: January 29, 2016

The ice-fishing industry has made big transformations and advancements in technology over the course of the last decade that have affected every part of the sport from the way we drill holes to how we dress. Long gone are the days of bucket-squatting

Wildlife Crime and Punishment: Why SD needs stiffer fines for trespassing and poaching
Posted: January 29, 2016

“Hunters, when you see all those signs saying, ‘Welcome, Hunters!’ we don’t mean you’re welcome to act like slobs.”

A Case to Stay in Place: Try these tricks to find and set up on your honey hole
Posted: January 29, 2016

Staying in place is an overlooked strategy that can pay big dividends as one of the best options for icing the biggest fish of the year. Now, before the run-and-gun crowd starts sneering and guffawing at this suggestion, hit the kill button on your a

Frontal Fish: Paying attention to air pressure can put more fish in your bucket
Posted: January 29, 2016

Think of the last time you went ice fishing. Did you listen to the weather forecast before heading out? If you did, you probably paid attention to the temperature, precipitation and wind, but do you remember the barometric pressure tendency? Was the

Take the High Road: Fishing higher in the water column for panfish can lead to big results
Posted: January 29, 2016

Panfish can suspend anywhere in the water column, and a big part of locating fish and putting together a pattern is dialing in that productive zone. Before electronics, anglers often fished down through the entire water column. Today, the edge that

Cold Call Coyotes: Understanding what motivates coyotes can help your calling strategy
Posted: January 29, 2016

It’s been said more than once and by more than one person that the only good coyote is a dead coyote. While it’s true that coyotes don’t seem to warrant the same admiration as a mature white-tailed...

Putting Pike on Ice: Small lakes can offer big rewards
Posted: January 29, 2016

It’s no surprise that the coveted walleye and a variety of panfish are the prized species many ice anglers pursue in the Dakotas. It is safe to say many other species of fish are largely forgotten ...

Bonus Round: Make the most out of your bonus lines on the ice
Posted: January 29, 2016

Ice fishermen are at a disadvantage because it can be hard to move around in the winter. We have to drill holes in each new area, and we often walk through deep snow and have to bundle up to handle frigid temperatures. On top of that, we can only fis

Finding Early Ice Slabs: Crappies can be predictable in natural lakes if you know where to look
Posted: January 29, 2016

We finally have good ice across the Upper Midwest and beyond, and this early ice is a wonderful time to find some serious crappie action. Crappies can become quite predictable in natural lakes if you know where to look. Here are a few spots to check

Coyote Hunting Basics: Don't miss out on the excitement predator calling can provide
Posted: January 29, 2016

The first few months of the new year are a great time to get out after some coyotes — critters that have a bad rap with most hunters. But they are not all that bad … really!

Last Minute Perch: Keep these tips in mind for late-ice perch
Posted: January 29, 2016

There is no silver bullet with late-ice perch regarding location, but make no mistake, some of the most impressive catches and hottest fishing action for the whole calendar year take place in March. Late ice is prime time for jumbo perch, but the tac

The Lake Trout Craze: The chance at landing a heavy laker is making Pactola Reservoir a winter hotspot
Posted: January 29, 2016

The drag on my small ice reel squealed, and the rod thumped as the fish shook its defiant head. I thought the fight was over the second time the laker neared the bottom of the hole, but it slid past and dove again.From the first pass the fish made, I

Friday 01/29/2016
The Fowl Line: 'No Access Forever' movement rises from nonmeandered water issue.
Posted: January 29, 2016

Mounting frustration over the issue of public access to nonmeandered waters — waters lying on top of privately owned ground — has led a group of landowners in northeastern South Dakota to close their entire operations to hunting, fishing and trapping access.

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The Rub Line: Habitat is key.
Posted: January 29, 2016

The last few years have seen a significant swing in habitat loss, and now there is a growing reaction to changing that trend in South Dakota. A couple years ago, South Dakota Gov. Daugaard hosted a pheasant habitat summit, and now the state Game, Fis

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