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More Gun Control is NOT the Answer…

Gary Howey   There are Americans that want more and more gun control, some want to take our second amendment right, “The Right to Bear Arms” way from us. With all of the crazy things that are going on in the world, this would be exactly what terrorists, thieves and those unstable individuals would love. If the public is disarmed, it makes it a lot easier for these individuals to go about doing whatever they want. Many of these anti-gun fanatics are those elected congressional officials in Washington, DC. the people that run our country and have no clue when it comes to guns and the thousands of gun laws we currently have. These people are surrounded by security personnel armed to the teeth, yet preaching anti-gun rhetoric. I hear so-called news media screaming bloody murder … Read entire article »

Enjoy Eagles and Bagels at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area

PIERRE, S.D. – Visitors to the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area near Fort Pierre will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s winter residents and enjoy a snack on the 13th Annual Eagles and Bagels Walk in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 7. “This is a good opportunity for participants to get out and enjoy our South Dakota winter and view our nation’s bird – the Bald Eagle,” said Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream district supervisor. Program attendees will learn about eagles from a program presentation and then have the opportunity to view and ask questions about the bald eagles on a guided walk. The program will begin at 9 a.m. CST at the Oahe Downstream group lodge. Information will be presented highlighting eagles, their habitat, and tips and proper conduct for viewing and … Read entire article »

3 reasons why South Dakota should be on travelers’ 2015 bucket list:

3 reasons why South Dakota should be on travelers’ 2015 bucket list: Head to Western South Dakota for… 1) Milestone Anniversaries – Experience history in the making as South Dakota celebrates the tradition of two commemorative events. 50th Anniversary of Custer State Park’s Buffalo Roundup: 2015 marks a half-century for the annual event, taking place on September 25, 2015, in which park rangers and cowboys round up the park’s 1,300 bison. More than 14,000 spectators attend each year to take in the thrilling experience and enjoy the fun festivities surrounding the roundup. 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Join an expected one million bikers at this legendary event in Sturgis as they enjoy music, food, bike demos and more August 3-9, 2015. 2) Outdoor Adventure for Families and Thrill-Seekers – With six national and … Read entire article »

SD Nonresident Waterfowl License Work Group Holds First Meeting

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) has formed a work group to review and discuss the future of license allocations for nonresident waterfowl hunters in South Dakota. The work group consists of the following members: Representative Dick Werner, Representative Spencer Hawley, Senator Bill Van Gerpen, Chuck Dieter, Chris Hesla, Norb Barrie, Larry Steffen, GFP Commissioner Gary Jensen and GFP Commissioner Paul Dennert. The first of a series of meetings was held Dec. 29, 2014, in Pierre discussing the history of the season’s license allocations as well as information on license and hunter distribution. Future meetings will be held in Fort Pierre on Feb. 2 and March 2, 2015, in which members will discuss ideas as well as suggestions received from the public. Efforts from the work group will conclude with assisting … Read entire article »

Better Bite Detection In Deep Water How to put more suspended basin crappies on the ice this winter

Better Bite Detection In Deep Water How to put more suspended basin crappies on the ice this winter By Steve Pennaz One of the best ways to catch crappies during mid-winter is to head for deeper basin areas. Depending on the type of lake, crappies will either suspend in these areas or stay glued to the bottom. The depths we’re talking about can vary from 15 to 50 feet of water. Oxygen and food availability play a huge part. In the best case scenario, your flasher or graph will light up with crappies cruising the middle of the water column. These fish could be feeding on anything from microscopic organisms to minnows. When they’re eating minnows, nuance isn’t such a big part of the game. Simply drop a jig and one-inch Gulp! Minnow and … Read entire article »

Pheasants Forever Regional HQ Grand Opening, State Meeting to be in Brookings

Pheasants Forever Regional HQ Grand Opening, State Meeting to be in Brookings Governor Dennis Daugaard to be special guest at ribbon cutting for PF’s new Regional Headquarters Pheasants Forever’s 2015 upland conservation efforts in South Dakota kick off in a big way in Brookings on January 23 & 24. At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 23, a grand opening – including South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard – will be held for Pheasants Forever’s new Regional Headquarters in Brookings. Pheasants Forever’s 2015 South Dakota State Meeting is Saturday, January 24 and includes an 8:30 a.m. address by Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever’s President and CEO. State meeting presentations include guest conservation leaders from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, and Pheasants Forever. Afternoon breakout sessions … Read entire article »

Spoonin’ Mid-Winter Pike

Spoonin’ Mid-Winter Pike “Winter walleyes and panfish get high marks from me, but when the action slows down in mid-winter, seems like you can always find willing toothy critters, even on the coldest, nastiest days,” says third-generation Minnesota fishing guide Ty Macheledt. From the large natural lakes of his west central Minnesota stomping grounds to North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea to prairie potholes, Macheledt’s system for catching pike is a one-two punch of tip-up fishing followed by aggressive rod-in-hand combat with the unfairly maligned northern pike. But he’s not after two- or three-pound “hammer handles, “slough snakes,” or “snot rockets.” The fish that get Macheledt’s blood pumping can peel 40 yards faster than wide receiver Calvin Johnson. But first, Macheledt’s gotta find ‘em. “In Minnesota, I always start by scouting with an Aqua-Vu Micro underwater camera, … Read entire article »

FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE FISHING SUCCESS

Recently we talked about how lure color can have an influence in our fishing success. And, while color certainly can have a role in determining how many fish we catch, there are other factors that also come into play in our fishing success. Let’s talk about some of those factors. Size is a really important consideration in open water or under the ice, but I think it’s even more important under the ice, especially when panfish are the target. A few years ago I was ice-fishing with some friends on a lake in Wisconsin that received a lot of fishing pressure. We were after bluegills. I was using baits that were the size I usually used for bluegills: 1/32nd ounce or close to that. My friends were using baits that were … Read entire article »

Spearing Now Allowed on SD/MN Border Water Lakes

Spearing of northern pike and catfish is now allowed on all South Dakota/Minnesota border water lakes for anglers possessing a valid South Dakota fishing license and a game fish spearing and archery permit. Spearing is not allowed on the Bois de Sioux River downstream of White Rock Dam to the North Dakota border. Daily limits are the same as, and in combination with, hook and line limits. The annual season open for northern pike and catfish spearing on South Dakota/Minnesota border water lakes runs from Nov. 15 to the last Sunday in February. Northern pike and catfish may be taken with legal spears from sunrise to sunset. Only one catfish over 24 inches is allowed daily. Spearers are encouraged to mark holes left in the ice and … Read entire article »

Chasing Roosters In December

As Pheasant opener has come and gone, the preferred destinations that many hunters flocked to early in the season are now left barren. Many people over look the excellent opportunity of chasing roosters in December presents. With temperatures hovering around freezing or below, pheasants tend to group up during this time period. Crops have been harvested and most areas in the country have received a blanket of snow, pushing pheasants to reside to other areas with better cover. This means a well thought out game plan before hitting the field should be put in place. From the opening of the season, pheasants receive heavy pressure and gunfire, meaning a vast amount of pheasants has been harvested. There are still plenty of roosters to be had, but a different approach needs … Read entire article »