Bass in a Bowl

— By Tom Carpenter It was that magical window of time between night and sunup — those extended, quiet minutes that a summer dawn holds onto as long as it can. Teal quacked from some pocket of water back in the cattails. Wisps of steam rose from the lake’s surface, where morning’s cool air...

River ‘Eyes by Kayak

— Text and photos courtesy of Traditions Media Whether you’re talking the expansive rivers and reservoir systems of the Dakotas and Nebraska, or the skinny waters of rivers cutting through parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, prime-time walleye fishing is happening right now. In all these places, springtime walleyes often hang out close to...

Pellet Grills 101

— By Andrew Johnson The first time I had food cooked with a pellet grill was on a 2017 spring turkey hunt near Garnett, Kan. I was the guest of Primos, Federal Ammunition and the National Wild Turkey Federation, hunting the property of Mike Burns, owner of Auburn Pharmacy. It was...

Trolling for Crappies

— Text and Photos by HSM Outdoors locations in the spring and fall can be predictable as they prepare for the spring spawn as well as the fall feed. Crappies often use the same basic areas for each of these two seasons, and once you figure out those trends, you can be prepared...

Camping with Kids

— Text and Photos by John Pollmann The bumper of the camper hadn’t more than passed the “come back again” sign of a favorite state park a few years ago when my then 4-year-old son said six words I’ll never forget. “Dad, I miss my climbing tree.” Camping...

Panfish in the Abyss

By Jason Mitchell The author, Jason Mitchell, shares some insights on breaking down basins to find suspended panfish. Each winter, bluegills and crappies often suspend or move out over deep water basins on many bodies of water. Deep and basin are often relative descriptions to describe a large offshore bowl of deeper...

Habitat Oases

Finding and hunting microhabitats for today's pheasants. By Chris Nelson The pheasant landscape in the Dakotas has changed. The oodles of birds found during the 1990s and even the early 2000s are gone. A new era has begun, and sadly it’s one with fewer pheasants. Causes...

Seasonal Deer-Hunting Tactics

Deer behavior changes throughout the season. Your hunting strategy should change, too. By Dana R. Rogers Deer hunting tactics and patterns revolve around many factors, such as weather, food, pressure and the specific needs of deer during that period. Given the print constraints this publication is now under, I’ll go...

Fitting Fishing into Hunting Season

— By Chris Nelson I am always up for a good combo. Pie and ice cream, milk and cookies, Beavis and Butthead — hey, those things take me to my happy place. A perfect combo takes the right ingredients, though. Throwing any two things together doesn’t always work. You need chemistry.

Keep Your Dog in the Game

— By Andrew Johnson When the first bird flushed, the familiar sound and rhythm of its wings caused my heart to skip a beat. I could tell it was an immature rooster that had not yet fully donned its rainbow of adult feathers, but I didn’t shoulder my gun. “Rooster!”...