Hunting Late-Season Roosters

— By Andrew Johnson When many people think of hunting pheasants in the Dakotas, their minds drift to waltzing through golden fields of manicured, knee-high cover that’s caressed by a clear-blue, warm October sky. However, I’m not most people, and the places I love to hunt are far from being anything close to manicured. While I love the month of October, the...

Modern MOA ‘Muskets’

— By Mike Mattly Christmas of 1987 was like many before it. We opened gifts, loaded the vehicles and headed to my grandparents’ place for two weeks of hunting. The pheasant population was on the decline in southern Iowa, so I found myself riding with my uncle and cousin looking for deer with traditional muzzleloaders. After a couple of days and...

Top 6 Shooting and Hunting Myths

— By Jon R. Sundra As in any pastime, there are myths and half-truths that seem to have a life of their own, and the world of hunting and shooting probably has more than its share. Because internal and external ballistics can be so … well, intimidating to those who are simply hunters and not technically oriented, it’s understandable. Then...

Short on Time

— By Dana R. Rogers I wish I could hunt more. And I know I’m not alone. If you are the average guy you probably have a full-time job and, perhaps, a wife and a couple kids you are responsible for every day of the week. Maybe you are a single parent or a high-school or college student with obligations that...

Take a Gander

By Andrew Johnson, Editor On a day with moderate crosswinds, do you think it’s easier to hear a goose call or see the motion of a goose flag at a distance of 300 yards? The answer is simple. Typically, a goose call is very ineffective at over 200 yards on a windy day. No matter how loud the call is, you simply...

2018 North Dakota Hunting Outlook

A year ago, and for good reason, talk centered mostly on the return of drought conditions to North Dakota. While the spigot seemed to turn on a bit in August, it was too late for much of the state’s small grains and pastures. The lack of precipitation early in spring and summer left its mark. It was pretty clear what...

The Other Upland Game

By Andrew Johnson, Editor A few years back, a friend of mine from Minnesota swung by the homestead to chase late-season roosters with me out near Woonsocket. Around mid-afternoon on the second day of our hunt, our legs had long since grown tired of plowing through wind-hardened snow drifts and bent-over cattails. The two Labs we had along had also lost...

Dakota Teal

By Tom Carpenter — There was no ignoring it. The small pothole at the north end of the marsh was a teal magnet. While our first-day shoot was fine, the steady stream of little ducks dropping into a secluded pond a quarter-mile away was too much to resist. That afternoon, after cleaning our morning ducks and fortifying ourselves at a small-town cafe,...

Finding Waypoints for Waterfowl

By Phil Kahnke — While duck hunting shouldn’t be as complicated as a college economics class, I often like to think of how I pick and choose my hunting spots based on macro- and micro-level examinations. Picking your spot can be a very simple process, or it can be a never-ending battle. The old wisdom regarding hunting locations is simply “be...

Get Your Ducks in a Row

By John Pollmann — Every waterfowl hunter likely has a season similar to the one I experienced last fall. In a nutshell, it wasn’t good, but I’m determined to see that this year is different. What follows is a personal game plan to get my waterfowl season back on track this year, but these five tips will work just as well...