Early Birds

— By Andrew Johnson, Editor Excitement for this year’s hunting season started building around Labor Day when the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department released its annual brood report indicating the 2018 statewide pheasants-per-mile index was up 47 percent from 2017. While that’s good news, it’s important to remember that the overall population trend is still well below the...

Going Solo

— By John Pollmann Although it’s officially known as the Rushmore State, when it comes to hunting pheasants on public ground South Dakota could just as easily be known as the land of opportunity, especially for the solo hunter. There are over 5 million public acres of land available to hunters in South Dakota, including those leased from private landowners, but...

She’s All That: From moose to ringnecks, Maggie Lindsey hunts it all

— By Amber Johnson “Dad! How fast am I running now?” I would yell while sprinting down a rural gravel road in Hamlin County through the exhaust and dust behind my parent’s vehicle. Dad had the driver’s window down and would yell my “miles per hour” back into the dusty lane. I was in hot pursuit of Dad’s vehicle and...

Hunting Late-Season Roosters

— By Andrew Johnson When many people think of hunting pheasants in the Dakotas, their minds drift to waltzing through golden fields of manicured, knee-high cover that’s caressed by a clear-blue, warm October sky. However, I’m not most people, and the places I love to hunt are far from being anything close to manicured. While I love the month of October, the...

Modern MOA ‘Muskets’

— By Mike Mattly Christmas of 1987 was like many before it. We opened gifts, loaded the vehicles and headed to my grandparents’ place for two weeks of hunting. The pheasant population was on the decline in southern Iowa, so I found myself riding with my uncle and cousin looking for deer with traditional muzzleloaders. After a couple of days and...

Top 6 Shooting and Hunting Myths

— By Jon R. Sundra As in any pastime, there are myths and half-truths that seem to have a life of their own, and the world of hunting and shooting probably has more than its share. Because internal and external ballistics can be so … well, intimidating to those who are simply hunters and not technically oriented, it’s understandable. Then...

Short on Time

— By Dana R. Rogers I wish I could hunt more. And I know I’m not alone. If you are the average guy you probably have a full-time job and, perhaps, a wife and a couple kids you are responsible for every day of the week. Maybe you are a single parent or a high-school or college student with obligations that...

Take a Gander

By Andrew Johnson, Editor On a day with moderate crosswinds, do you think it’s easier to hear a goose call or see the motion of a goose flag at a distance of 300 yards? The answer is simple. Typically, a goose call is very ineffective at over 200 yards on a windy day. No matter how loud the call is, you simply...

2018 North Dakota Hunting Outlook

A year ago, and for good reason, talk centered mostly on the return of drought conditions to North Dakota. While the spigot seemed to turn on a bit in August, it was too late for much of the state’s small grains and pastures. The lack of precipitation early in spring and summer left its mark. It was pretty clear what...

The Other Upland Game

By Andrew Johnson, Editor A few years back, a friend of mine from Minnesota swung by the homestead to chase late-season roosters with me out near Woonsocket. Around mid-afternoon on the second day of our hunt, our legs had long since grown tired of plowing through wind-hardened snow drifts and bent-over cattails. The two Labs we had along had also lost...