Fast Forward for Pheasants

— By Dennis Foster The behavior and survival skills of today’s pheasants are a far cry from what they were 10-20 years ago, but many hunters still use conventional, outdated tactics when they head to the field each fall. What I am primarily referring to is the agonizingly slow approach that...

Pheasant Ecology

— By Travis Runia, senior upland biologist for SDGFP 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.

Dakota Teal

— By Tom Carpenter There was no ignoring it. The small pothole at the north end of the marsh was a teal magnet. While our first-day shoot was fine, the steady stream of little ducks dropping into a secluded pond a quarter-mile away was too much to resist.

Touch ’em All

— By Chris Hull Let’s face it. Many of us live where we do because of the outdoor opportunities we have nearby. We choose to live “out in the boondocks” so we can be ... well, close to the boondocks. The boondocks — or “sticks” as many people call them — are fun places...

Walleye on the Rocks

— By Jason Mitchell Big boulders and rock locations can hold walleye throughout the entire year, but on so many different fisheries these rocky locations seem even more appealing in the fall. Boulders in deep water — deep is a relative term here that might range from 15 to 40 feet...

Pheasant Hunting in the Land of Infinite Variety

— By Andrew Johnson, Editor Everybody knows South Dakota is the pheasant capital. However, it’s important to understand South Dakota is a big and diverse place, and pheasant country here is different than pheasant country there. With that in mind, here’s a rundown from east to west of four primary pheasant...

Slip-Bobber Walleyes

— By Jason Mitchell On many natural lakes across the Dakotas and Upper Midwest, slip bobbers are deadly on walleyes, especially early in the season. Cold fronts, crashing water temps and dirty water accompanied by strong winds might absolutely wreck many bites, but slip bobbers still seem to catch fish during...

Swing into Swimbaits

— By Chris Nelson A swimbait isn’t a lure you pick up and chuck for a few casts when nothing else is working. It’s a lure that requires commitment and, dare I say, patience. But, it’s an absolute assassin. I started using swimbaits the mid-1990s after watching a buddy, who wasn’t...

Your Habitat Game Plan

10 steps to a successful upland habitat project — By Andrew Johnson You might have hung your pheasant vest up till next fall, but there’s never an off-season when it comes to improving habitat. Whether you’re a landowner, land manager or member of an active Pheasants Forever Chapter with plans...

Simplicity from Shore

— By Chris Nelson Sometimes I think the fishing industry has gone the way of the Christmas tree lot in a “Charlie Brown Christmas” — all flash and no substance. Like Lucy telling Charlie Brown to get the biggest aluminum tree he can find, anglers are constantly bombarded with advertisements on...