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!”...

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...

Pheasants: Down, but Not Out

— By John Pollmann Pheasant numbers across the Dakotas dipped in places this year, remaining well below long-term averages, but this bit of bad news shouldn’t keep hunters from hitting the field. Even in lean times there are ample opportunities to shoot pheasants in both North and South Dakota, and for the...

Midday Mallards

— By Tom Carpenter Leave it to a young hunter’s boundless optimism to help you learn something new about waterfowling. It was mid-October in the prairie pothole country of northeastern South Dakota — more or less that tweener time when most of the local mallards and blue-winged teal are shot...

Closing the Gap

— By Dennis Foster In general, most pheasant hunters know and follow the basics such as working into the wind, trusting the dog’s nose and only shooting the pretty, colorful birds, but knowing and utilizing a few lesser-known strategies will increase your chances of success. You’ll also become a more well-rounded hunter in...

Whitetail Strategies

By Dylan Tramp Prior to any given deer hunt, there are an endless amount of factors that race through my mind before committing to a stand location, and it's no surprise that every season my dad heckles me about thinking too much and needing to trust my gut. While there...

The .30-06 Springfield Is Still All You Need

— By Phil Massaro Editor’s Note: This article first published in the October 2017 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine. It is reprinted here with permission. For more information go to gundigest.com. When it comes to playing with different cartridges, I’m like a little kid on Christmas Eve. I love the subtle...