18 Sunfish Secrets

In spring it can be easy to be a bluegill expert. Find some warm, shallow water from a couple to four or five feet deep that’s close to a few weeds, and look for plate-sized spawning beds fanned out in the sand or gravel bottom. Then, bait up with a piece of worm, tip of nightcrawler or waxworm below...

Speedy Spinners

— By Dylan Tramp When it comes to fishing for walleyes, it often seems like the terms “speed” and “spinners” sound like a direct contradiction in terms. After all, running spinners that are typically baited with night crawlers has always been a somewhat slow-moving, tedious affair. Standard fare is dragging them up and down structural elements with the old-school weighting system...

The Opportunistic Angler

— By Dylan Tramp It seems through time we have become specialized anglers and have grown content fishing exclusively for one or two species. In reality, it wasn’t that long ago when people were much more opportunistic, hunting and fishing largely to put food on the table. In much the same vein, most of us cut our teeth fishing for anything...

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...