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!”...

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...