Predator Hunting Suppressed

By James O'Neill I remember the set like it was yesterday. The wind was in our face, the sun at our back and a thick 12-inch blanket of snow covered the rolling hills of western South Dakota prairie. With the snow still fresh and powdery, it made for a stealthy entrance. Before pulling our packs and setting up in our snowy...

Freelancing in the Dakotas

By John Pollmann With its mix of grasslands and wetlands, the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota is the destination for millions of nesting waterfowl each spring. Come September, that same patchwork of breeding habitat and fields of small grains and row crops becomes a major destination for waterfowl hunters — including many who put together the pieces of...

Post-Spawn Pike

Pike get no respect. The only time most anglers target pike is during spring when big pike are shallow and spawning, with the focus on catching a trophy fish. After that pike are largely forgotten as “walleye mania” consumes most fishermen. I’m not most...

Season-Long Turkey Decoy Strategies

By Josh Lantz Along with good calling and proper concealment, most turkey hunters agree that using decoys is one of the most effective strategies for coaxing a gobbler within range. But decoying a fickle longbeard isn’t as simple putting out a phony bird or two and pulling the trigger. There’s a correct time, place and way to do almost anything,...

Black Hills Thunder

Turkey hunting can really get in your blood. On those cool April mornings, perhaps even with a blanket of snow, I often find myself sitting in a ground blind or patrolling ridges in the pre-dawn hours. If I’m trolling, I’m covering as much ground as I can on back roads casting owl hoots in hopes of striking a roosted...

Crankbaits on Ice

By Tyler French During the open-water fishing season, trolling and casting crankbaits are popular techniques anglers use to quickly cover water and entice bites out of both active and negative fish. Vibration, flash and rattle all wrapped up into a compact minnow-shaped crankbait has accounted for many walleye, pike, trout and bass during spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, far too...

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...

A Small River with Big Potential

By Derek Boekelheide Where to fish is an age-old question asked by many trying to get out and enjoy a day on the water. With the present state of the fishing scene, catching fish has become easier than ever before, as modern boats, electronics and other high-tech fishing equipment have improved by leaps and bounds. However, these improvements come at great...

Decoy Tips from the Pros

Waterfowl hunting continues to evolve as decoys become more realistic each season. While the waterfowl hunting experience of decoying birds may be thousands of years old, the escalation of movement, realism and concealment options continue to redefine decoy hunting for ducks and geese. While...

Perpetuating the Cycle

Many of the reliability issues facing earlier semi-auto shotguns have been addressed in today's crop of modern autoloaders.