How to Stay Successful in the Face of Old Man Winter

Even through the frosty glass in the passenger window of the old Dodge pickup, I could see the endless flocks of snow geese and mallards passing over my brother and his friends in the field below my position. I should be out there with...

From the Hip – November

TIPs Program Benefits Wildlife in South Daktoa Pierre, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is reminding citizens that the Turn in Poachers (TIPs) program continues to be operational and that callers who have knowledge of illegal hunting and fishing activity...

Smelt and larger walleyes were down, but better times taking shape for Oahe

State fishery biologists estimate that the population of rainbow smelt remains very small in Lake Oahe, after massive releases of flood waters in 2011 flood wiped out millions. Their low numbers were significant this year and promise to be again in 2014. The finger-long...

Fewer hunters seen in South Dakota fields

One month into pheasant season, and Nick Cochran, Brown County conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, said fewer hunters are being seen. But he expects to see a boost when Thanksgiving rolls around. ...

The Trapping Tradition

Just where is it I could find bear, beaver and other critters worth cash money when skinned?” “Ride due west as the sun sets. Turn left at the Rocky...

Conserving energy

When I was a small child I loved to play outside during the winter. My sister, brother and I would put on thick layers of clothing, gloves and stocking...

Running the Anchor Leg

I look at the pheasant season as a relay race, divided into four different legs. The first leg runs as youth and resident-only seasons take place. The second leg...

A New Season

Across the Midwest, ice-fishing season is jolting into full swing. By now, some anglers have already found ice on smaller lakes and reservoirs, but many have remained patient while...

An Eye for an Eye

When walleyes are moving, you can sit on a good spot and catch fish as they push through. When fish quit moving, you have to push through a spot...

Who Will Make the Case to Preserve Prairie?

A few years before Tony Dean died he told me the book Grassland, by Richard Manning, was the most important book he’d ever read. Tony recalled reading the book ...