Ice-Rod Evolution

By Dennis Foster One of the greatest attractions of ice fishing is that it is a relatively inexpensive sport to break into. It can, and often does, serve as an entry-level avenue that directly leads to getting folks into fishing in general. Ice fishing can be viewed as a gateway drug, if you will, that morphs into a lifelong passion for...

Farm Dogs

By Tom Carpenter It used to be that when small-game, upland-bird, waterfowl and big-game seasons ended, a hunter finally had a chance to pull up an easy chair next to a cozy fire, rest up and reflect on an autumn well spent. Ditch that notion. Winter is time to hunt the hunter. Coyotes are out there waiting in habitat near you,...

A Whitetail’s Winter

By Dana R. Rogers There aren’t many times during the year in which deer experience a low-stress lifestyle. As winter covers the Dakotas, deer herds are in a nutritional decline. In many northern areas, it’s extremely difficult for deer to consume the 6 pounds of food intake their bodies require each day once winter grips the landscape. As a result, deer...

She’s All That: Jenny Martinsen, from Martinsen’s Red Point Kennel

By Amber Johnson Have any of you seen the movie “Hidden Figures?” You know, the one about three brilliant African-American women at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn? It was a fascinating historical movie released in 2016, and it left me wondering about other activities and events in our region where local women...

Perpetuating the Cycle

Many of the reliability issues facing earlier semi-auto shotguns have been addressed in today's crop of modern autoloaders.

The .30-06 Springfield Is Still All You Need

In the hunting world, the .30-06 Springfield is one of those cartridges that has probably been used to kill every species of huntable game on the planet.

Wild Game Year

Text and Photos by Spencer Neuharth There are plenty of reasons to pick wild game over traditional options. For starters, wild game has fewer calories, fewer chemicals and leaves less of a carbon footprint. Ultimately, relying more heavily on wild game for food means you get to hunt and fish more to ensure the freezer stays full. However, it also means...

Ice-Fishing Prep Work

By Cory Richardt At my house in Watertown, S.D., a multitude of events are set in motion when the leaves begin to change colors. My wife begins to change the entire landscape of our house, and in the span of a few hours, the pictures and decorations that I rarely notice disappear and are replaced with home décor that mirrors...

Stealth Mode Pheasant Hunting

By Tom Carpenter A wild ring-necked pheasant rooster is a true hunting trophy, yet we don’t always treat ringnecks with the respect they deserve — no, make that the respect they require. Pheasant hunts just don’t produce the intensity level of a deer or turkey hunt, but late-season birds are just as wary and equally keen on survival as any...

Going for the Gold

By John Pollmann Rub two dry corn leaves together between your fingers and you get a subtle, scratching sound that could probably double as back-up percussion in a bluegrass band. Blow a prairie wind through the golden stalks, dry husks and leaves in a field of standing corn, though, and you have a good excuse for not hearing the first “take...