Post-Spawn Pike

Pike get no respect. The only time most anglers target pike is during spring when big pike are shallow and spawning, with the focus on catching a trophy fish. After that pike are largely forgotten as “walleye mania” consumes most fishermen. I’m not most...

Predator Hunting Suppressed

By James O'Neill I remember the set like it was yesterday. The wind was in our face, the sun at our back and a thick 12-inch blanket of snow covered the rolling hills of western South Dakota prairie. With the snow still fresh and powdery, it made for a stealthy entrance. Before pulling our packs and setting up in our snowy...

Spring Walleye Tactics

By Jason Mitchell At this time of year, a new season of optimism awaits. In many states, the inland walleye seasons open in May, but even in states where there is no closed walleye season, such as the Dakotas, the open-water season kicks off on many natural lakes and some reservoirs during the same time. What has always amazed me is...

4 Stages of Calling Turkeys

By Tom Carpenter It is mid-May. Midmorning. Hens on the South Dakota prairie are starting to sit on their nests. Gobblers should be out cruising, looking for some love. My son Ethan and I are out cruising, too, working along a mostly wooded hillside a couple miles back from the Missouri River, trolling for an active tom and hoping for some...

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!”...

Black Hills Thunder

Turkey hunting can really get in your blood. On those cool April mornings, perhaps even with a blanket of snow, I often find myself sitting in a ground blind or patrolling ridges in the pre-dawn hours. If I’m trolling, I’m covering as much ground as I can on back roads casting owl hoots in hopes of striking a roosted...

Season-Long Turkey Decoy Strategies

By Josh Lantz Along with good calling and proper concealment, most turkey hunters agree that using decoys is one of the most effective strategies for coaxing a gobbler within range. But decoying a fickle longbeard isn’t as simple putting out a phony bird or two and pulling the trigger. There’s a correct time, place and way to do almost anything,...

Crankbaits on Ice

By Tyler French During the open-water fishing season, trolling and casting crankbaits are popular techniques anglers use to quickly cover water and entice bites out of both active and negative fish. Vibration, flash and rattle all wrapped up into a compact minnow-shaped crankbait has accounted for many walleye, pike, trout and bass during spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, far too...

Tailwater Walleyes

By Dylan Tramp Regardless of whether spring marches in like a lion or a lamb, my thoughts soon become consumed with chasing turkeys and fishing for spawning walleyes. Today, I’ll focus on the latter as I spool up my rods for walleyes throughout the many tailraces of the Missouri River. While I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details of walleye spawning...

The Shot That Drops Deer on the Spot

Much of today’s high-tech deer hunting gear makes the hunt more enjoyable, but some items can lead to false hopes and expectations. Take compound bows, for example. With the sizzling new one-cam models, many beginning archers — and some seasoned veterans, too — think...