Deer Hunters: Don’t Give Away Your Power

By Josh Lantz — Elite deer hunters employ a carefully planned scent-control regimen to maintain an advantage over a whitetail’s incredible nose. When properly executed, the rewards include closer shots and more opportunities. Today’s activated-carbon hunting apparel really is a technological marvel, and it forms the foundation for almost every successful overall scent-control strategy. But carbon clothing is only as effective...

Late-Summer Walleyes in the Weeds

By Dr. Jason Halfen — Conventional wisdom calls for walleyes to be found in cool, shallow water during spring and fall, and they’re supposed to be lurking in deeper water during the heat of summer and the dead of winter. However, this binary distribution of walleye locations is far too simplistic. Indeed, modern electronics and contemporary presentations have worked in tandem...

Wading for Walleye

— By Spencer Neuharth Have you ever tried pulling a 15-foot boat behind a ‘97 Chevy Cavalier? It doesn’t work. That’s the dilemma I was faced with in college, when my vehicle’s towing capacity was roughly that of a kayak. Speaking of kayaks, have you ever tried fitting one in a dorm room? It doesn’t work, either. I was able to store...

Dominate Your Early Season Fishing Trips

By Dr. Jason Halfen The natural world bristles with life in the spring. Your lawn’s formerly brown grass transitions to a lush, vibrant green. Bare branches on trees and shrubs become dressed in wardrobes of blossoms and leaves. And beneath the water’s surface, once dormant shallows now teem with life, from the smallest insects to the largest aquatic predators, as...

She’s All That: Courting the outdoors.

By Amber Johnson Women are a complicated breed. We have to wear many hats with limited hours in the day, yet we insist we need romancing! We need passion! We need poetry and music! We need laughter and spark! Sure, we enjoy the outdoors, but how can we find time anymore? If you’ve never heard of Grandma Gatewood, her story is...

Jerkbait Walleyes

By Jason Mitchell Jerkbaits are known by a lot of different names. For example, some folks might call them twitch, stick or minnow baits, but basically any slender-profile, shallow-running, minnow-shaped, hard-sided bait can be classified as a jerkbait. The classic lure that started this entire lure category is the original Floating Rapala, which has a subdued action along with a very...

Knockout by Pneumatic

By Jim House Guns that launch projectiles by means of compressed air are nothing new. In fact, an airgun accompanied Lewis and Clark on the Corps of Discovery Expedition of 1804-1806, and airguns were not new even way back then. In the early 1900s, multi-pump airguns became common, with one of the most common models being the Benjamin. Although the Lewis...

Pursuing Post-Spawn Pike

By Mike McCafferty Pike get no respect. The only time most anglers fish for them is during the spring when they are spawning, with the focus on catching a trophy fish. After that they’re forgotten as “walleye mania” consumes most fishermen. I’m not most fishermen. Pike are hands-down my favorite fish. I don’t consider the pike I catch during summer to...

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...