September Bowhunting Strategies

By Dana R. Rogers Each year, some great animals are tagged just hours after the season opens. However, the tactics used are quite different from those employed later on when the rut is in full swing or when there’s snow on the ground. Here are a few things to consider when chasing bucks and bulls during the early seasons. Scouting I run a...

Pheasants Under Pressure

By John Pollmann As far as I can tell, there are no schools where pheasants learn to use their natural abilities to outmaneuver two-legged hunters. There are no online courses or masters programs or weekend meetings at the community center. Pheasants figure out how to fly, run or hide on their own, and they seem to do it before the sound...

A Familiar Story

By John Pollmann The landscape surrounding Bridgewater, S.D., is one of manicured fields of corn and soybeans, but 50 years ago it was a veritable pheasant mecca. Like much of eastern South Dakota in those days, the tiny town in McCook County was a place of brushy fencelines, dirty cornfields and areas of grassy cover where long-tailed roosters used to erupt...

If You Visit …

By Andrew Johnson Roughly a decade ago when I was an assistant editor for some national hunting publications, I was lucky enough to attend the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show, or SHOT Show, in Las Vegas, Nev. It’s a massive gathering of anyone and everyone with ties to the outdoor industry, and it’s traditionally held in January each year...

Closing the Gap

By Dennis Foster In general, most pheasant hunters know and follow the basics such as working into the wind, trusting the dog’s nose and only shooting the pretty, colorful ones, but knowing and utilizing a few lesser-known strategies will increase your chances of success. You’ll also become a more well-rounded hunter in the process. Here are three things to consider the...

A Familiar Story

By John Pollmann The landscape surrounding Bridgewater, S.D., is one of manicured fields of corn and soybeans, but 50 years ago it was a veritable pheasant mecca. Like much of eastern South Dakota in those days, the tiny town in McCook County was a place of brushy fencelines, dirty cornfields and areas of grassy cover where long-tailed roosters used to erupt...

Pheasants Under Pressure

By John Pollmann As far as I can tell, there are no schools where pheasants learn to use their natural abilities to outmaneuver two-legged hunters. There are no online courses or masters programs or weekend meetings at the community center. Pheasants figure out how to fly, run or hide on their own, and they seem to do it before the sound...

Kayak Angling on the Rise

By John Pollmann While there are no official statistics for just how much kayak fishing has grown in popularity across the region over the past few years, Hunter Peterson has a story that pretty well sums up his take on the issue. Peterson, who works in the sporting-goods section at Runnings in Brookings, S.D., said it wasn’t that long ago when...

Bass in a Bowl

By Tom Carpenter It was that magical window of time between night and sunup — those extended, quietminutes that a summer dawn holds onto as long as it can. Teal quacked from some pocket of water back in the cattails. Wisps of steam rose from the lake’s surface, where morning’s cool air met yesterday’s sun-warmed water. The boat hummed along quietly...

Learning a Lost Art

Text and Photos by Debbie Carter I have been practicing traditional Eskimo hand-sewing for more than 30 years. It all began in 1982 when I moved with my husband to Fairbanks, Alaska, for better economic and work options. At that time I was blessed to meet my husband’s grandmother, Elizabeth Driggs, who was was a very well known and highly...