Daily Edge for Mon. Oct. 15

RISING. Temperatures are on the upswing starting today, and the early morning will provide a great pre-work (or late-to-work) opportunity for some hunting and fishing before winds pick up in the afternoon.  We go around the horn with the daily news and notes to get you set for your Monday in today’s Three Things.  …

Daily Edge for Sun. Oct. 14

HEAD DOWN.  One more cool, gusty day for the region before an autumnal paradise (relatively speaking) sets in.  In the meantime, plan your hunts, your sits and your late-season fishing trips as we look ahead to the week in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Blown Around.  Milkweed seeds hang from a dried pod, ready…

Double Down on Optimism

By Nick Simonson Even in these times of want and woe and low pheasant numbers and dwindling CRP and the tales of empty fields and bare draws and a million other stories that the would-be-hunting populace spins to justify the lack of wear on their boot leather, there are still many more reasons to be…

Daily Edge for Sat. Oct. 13

BLOWIN’ UP.  Alright, we know, it’s going to be a windy weekend which just might make you change a few of your outdoor plans. But don’t worry, next week looks like something out of the “the autumn you wish we had for hunting” fairy tale book. Just hold on, things will improve (on Monday, of course)! …

Dakota Uplander: The Early Late Season

By Nick Simonson The unpredictable nature of October in the upper Midwest means one year kids are sprinting down the street in their Halloween costumes, and the next those outfits wear costumes of their own, consisting of snow pants, boots and thick down jackets.  With all its unpredictability, the tenth month on the calendar keeps…

Daily Edge for Fri. Oct. 12

FEELS GOOD. With temps touching 50, things will feel warm, despite that high being below average.  Use today to get out and kick your weekend off with a little hunting or fishing, as conditions deteriorate rapidly overnight. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Edges.  The sun breaks over…

Our Outdoors: Opener Lessons

By Nick Simonson Every pheasant season – and every opener – teaches me something.  This year, hunting solely public-access parcels near home provided even greater insight into the need for areas for all and how hunting them can provide surprising starts and fitting ends to an adventure.  When my group of four set out after…

Daily Edge for Thu. Oct. 11

BREATHE EASY! Here’s hoping you dodged the snow storm yesterday and were able to hunker down if you were under the bullseye! Take a deep breath, dig out and get ready for a nice pair of days before winds return for the weekend to add some (more) challenges to your hunts.  We talk about that…

Daily Edge for Wed. Oct. 10

EASTERN WHITE OUT.  The backside of a slow-moving system will blanket the eastern portion of ND with six inches of snow today and into this evening, putting immediate hunting plans on hold.  When conditions do settle down, we’ve got the tips for when early season hunting suddenly becomes late season hunting in today’s Three Things….

Daily Edge for Tue. Oct. 9

SWAMPY. Wet and cold conditions persist today, good if you’re a duck, not so good if you’re anything else.  When it comes to treading water, those duck and goose feet are highly-evolved tools, we talk about those and more in today’s Three Things Featured Photo: A full slough near Regan, N.D. supports dozens of waterfowl…

Daily Edge for Mon. Oct. 8

CHILLY MIXERS.  Today and tomorrow bring a mix of rain and snow for those hanging on to their long weekend of pheasant hunting.  We talk about where to look for these birds in cold, wet conditions in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo:  Hunters should look for pheasants in areas of thermal cover that also help…

50 Pheasant Flies: PT Emerger Nymph

By Nick Simonson With early snowfall, it’s always a harsh reminder that it may be a long time before we re-emerge and get back to open water fishing in the spring.  But when we do, so will the insects, and it’s those emerging bugs – the ones that are headed up to the surface to…