Pheasant Ecology: Spring and Summer Months

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from a six-part series on pheasant ecology written by Travis Runia, senior upland biologist for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department. The series was originally written for the South Dakota Conservation Digest and is reprinted here with permission. To read the entire pheasant-ecology series by Runia, or to read the South Dakota Conservation...

5 All-Season Shotguns that Kill Turkeys

— By Tom Carpenter When it comes to turkey guns, you’ve probably seen it all. At one end of the spectrum sits the dedicated turkey gun. Whether it’s a pump or semiauto, this gun just looks, feels and acts the part. Usually featuring a short to mid-length barrel topped with a super-tight-patterning choke tube, this camouflaged shotgun may feature a pistol-style...

Start Your Deer Season Today

— By Dana R. Rogers In the world of hunting, the word “inventory” can mean a variety of different things, and the offseason provides deer hunters with a great opportunity to analyze all aspects that will help yield improved results during the fall. In other words, the spring and summer months are a great time to evaluate your property and...

The Big Picture

— By Tyler French I am as guilty as the rest. I’ve read the articles, seen the TV episodes and fell for plenty of stories at the bait shops. Spinner blades need to have yellow spots. Bottom bouncers can’t be heavier than 3/4 of an ounce. All the walleyes are in 8.5 feet of water. Use 8-pound test because 10-pound line...

Enjoy All-Season Success from Shore

— By Dr. Jason Halfen Let’s face the facts: nearly everyone gets their start in fishing by casting a line from shore. These outings find anglers anxious to tangle with “whatever bites” and happy to steal a few moments near the water to wash away life’s trials and tribulations. The simplicity of angling from shore is counterbalanced by the inherent limitations...

Hunt Pheasants Like a Predator

— By Dennis Foster As a pheasant hunting guide it’s been my experience that too many pheasant hunters underestimate how difficult it can be to achieve success in the field. In short, far too many hunters expect to find, flush and kill pheasants every time they step into a field. No matter how many birds may be present, success still...

7 Strategies for Beating the October Lull

— By Tom Carpenter When it comes to whitetail hunting in the Dakotas, do you believe in the October lull? Here’s one way to define the term. October lull describes what happens to white-tailed deer movement during autumn’s peak month throughout the Great Plains. Late-summer movement patterns have ended, largely related to a shift in deer foods and their availability. But...

Early Birds

— By Andrew Johnson, Editor Excitement for this year’s hunting season started building around Labor Day when the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department released its annual brood report indicating the 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile index was up 47 percent from 2017. While that’s good news, it’s important to remember that the overall population trend is still well below the...

Going Solo

— By John Pollmann Although it’s officially known as the Rushmore State, when it comes to hunting pheasants on public ground South Dakota could just as easily be known as the land of opportunity, especially for the solo hunter. There are over 5 million public acres of land available to hunters in South Dakota, including those leased from private landowners, but...

She’s All That: From moose to ringnecks, Maggie Lindsey hunts it all

— By Amber Johnson “Dad! How fast am I running now?” I would yell while sprinting down a rural gravel road in Hamlin County through the exhaust and dust behind my parent’s vehicle. Dad had the driver’s window down and would yell my “miles per hour” back into the dusty lane. I was in hot pursuit of Dad’s vehicle and...