Fish How You Feel, and Feel How You Fish

By Dennis Foster | Focused Outdoor Promotions The title of this article might be a cute little play on words, but when it comes to fishing they hold a lot of meaning for me. Not that anyone would ever confuse me with the touchy-feely type, but fishing is where exceptions can be made with two distinctly different aspects of the...

Pheasanomics: Unlikely partners find common ground on salty soils

By Andrew Johnson Editor, Outdoor Forum Two unlikely partners have joined forces to combat a growing soil health problem in South Dakota, and the state’s pheasant population stands to benefit.Earlier this year the South Dakota Corn Growers Association and Pheasants Forever both pledged $100,000 toward a saline soils initiative. The two membership organizations have had differing views on various land management...

Tailwater Walleyes

By Dylan Tramp Regardless of whether spring marches in like a lion or a lamb, my thoughts soon become consumed with chasing turkeys and fishing for spawning walleyes. Today, I’ll focus on the latter as I spool up my rods for walleyes throughout the many tailraces of the Missouri River. While I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details of walleye spawning...

Longbeard Lessons

By Andrew Johnson Most people who don’t hunt wild turkeys think it’s probably pretty easy to lure in and kill an animal with a marble-sized brain. However, if you’ve spent enough time in the woods or on prairie ridges where turkeys roam, you probably understand how difficult, frustrating and satisfying it is to lure a spring gobbler in close enough...

Pheasanomics: Pheasant Fest was successful, but conservation efforts need to keep evolving at the local level.

By Andrew Johnson Pheasants Forever’s National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic drew 28,868 people to Sioux Falls, S.D., in mid-February, far exceeding the 20,000 attendees Pheasants Forever officials were hoping for leading up to the event. The Denny Sanford Premier Center served as home base for the trade show, but hundreds of vendors also lined the floors of the Sioux Falls...

Biology Basics

By Spencer Neuharth Imagine a blind man from another continent arrived in the United States, suddenly received the gift of sight and was then introduced to all the wild game of North America. An elk would surely impress with its massive antlers and huge body. A grizzly would definitely excite with its powerful size, beautiful fur and sharp teeth. And...

She’s All That: Laurie Root, fly-fishing expert.

By Amber Johnson Well it’s officially spring now, and nature is teasing us with hints of sunshine, as if to say, “Come outside! It’s glorious! Dust off your fishing rod and tackle box! Find your waders!” Inside my home Netflix has also been teasing me by saying, “I remember the crush you had on Brad Pitt. Come watch ‘A River Runs...

Reservoir Dogs

By Chris Nelson It’s no secret that many fishermen disrespect northern pike. Small pike are maligned as snakes, hammerhandles and a dozen other negative terms, and walleye purists simply feel insulted when duped by a 20-inch “slimer.” In my opinion, pike are blast to catch, and with the exception of maybe the white bass, nothing rivals them as a kid-friendly fish...

Going for Bronze

By Patrick Rubendall The anticipation of chasing fat smallmouth bass on open water seems to arrive earlier each year. This past winter it was around Groundhog Day when I first started looking at last year’s photos of trophy bronzebacks on my phone. I don’t ice fish, so I spend my winter months scouting for deer or coyote hunting. I also talk...

Panfish Pointers

By Jason Mitchell Outdoors Staff Spring panfish opportunities are popular with anglers for plenty of good reasons. For starters, anglers can target crappies, bluegill and other panfish in shallow water, and the action can be tremendous, especially for kids and beginning anglers. What’s even better is that a hot panfish bite can bring out the kid in anglers of any age...