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...

The Art, Science and Voodoo of Blocking

By Andrew Johnson Four of us, all with Labs, kept pushing the half-mile-long strip of standing corn. We were heading west, the sun still high enough to where it warmed our faces even as the November air grew colder. The hunt started slow at first, but about halfway through the 24-row-wide strip a tight-holding rooster rocketed skyward over the head-high corn....

Lost and Found

By John Pollmann It was a hunt that should have been one for the memory books for all the right reasons, but duck hunts don’t always go as planned. The wind-whipped air was cool on a slightly overcast November...

Annual Pheasant Brood Survey Underway in South Dakota

Pheasants like this young rooster, which was in an open pasture feeding on bugs, are the target of South Dakota's annual pheasant brood survey. During the survey, hens, roosters and chicks are counted along the same 110 routes across the state each year to compile the estimated pheasant population heading into the fall hunting season. Photo...

Scouting New Waters

— By Dylan Tramp In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to wish we were able to spend more time on the water. Fortunately for us, there are now more tools than ever to help all anglers, regardless of skill level, make the most of their time on the water. Many of us are familiar with the...

Dream Destinations

The odds of a goal becoming an achievement increase exponentially if the goal is actually written down on paper. It only makes sense, then, to apply this to your dream pheasant hunting destinations. So, grab a pencil and piece of paper and start writing down your bucket list of places of where you’d like to watch roosters explode from...