Daily Edge for Mon. Nov. 12

LAST COLD ONE.  The complexion of your deer season will change tomorrow as we work through one last day of cold conditions before things heat up some.  We get you set for the week with fun outdoor videos to burn away the last cold day and and a great tying site to get you set…

Deer Season Tactics for Late Season Pheasants

By Nick Simonson It seems to happen all the time once firearms deer season opens; a hunter sitting on stand sees countless pheasants flushing in a grassy field the next section over or a walking group puts up dozens of birds without a dog and armed only with their rifles.  It’s a case of right…

Daily Edge for Sun. Nov. 11

FAST MOVING. We’re already into the final stretch of the first weekend of firearms deer season with lots of good reports from around the state of moving deer, despite less-than-ideal conditions including continued wind today.  We look ahead to the week to come for some good hunting days and check out veterans’ celebrations in the…

Daily Edge for Sat. Nov. 10

DAY TWO!  Your first full day of firearms deer season kicks off with some wind and snow as a small squall sneaks across the western half of the state in the morning, Reports of half-rutted bucks are coming in, meaning the best is yet to come.  We take a trek for outdoor news in today’s…

Dakota Uplander: A Perfect Morning

By Nick Simonson On my first pheasant hunt in 2003, setting foot on the east side of the open grass field down from my grandmother’s green farmhouse with my uncle and my cousin, I received a piece of advice about upland hunting that served not only as an extremely optimistic guidepost for a first time…

Daily Edge for Fri. Nov. 9

WELCOME TO THE BIG ONE!  It’s firearms deer opener – YOU MADE IT! For the thousands that will hit the field today at noon sharp, we’ll see you out there in cold temps but relatively calm conditions.  Watch for a day full of movement as deer get bumped by walkers and driven by the rut and…

Our Outdoors: What You Don’t See

By Nick Simonson The flash of white caught my attention, as two yearling does bounded off into the grass on the south side of the small stretch of hayland I was bowhunting.  I quickly replayed all the factors in my head.  Did I move? Not more than normal.  Was it the wind? No, blowing lightly…

Daily Edge for Thu. Nov. 8

AND THEN THERE WAS 1.5.  We’re a mere day and a half out from the firearms deer opener and things will start to FEEL like November as cold conditions settle in behind the end of yesterday’s Low moving east.  Temps for opening hour at mid-day tomorrow will be in the low teens for much of…

Daily Edge for Wed. Nov. 7

COOL OUT. Post frontal spits of snow and lessening winds will highlight today’s chilly temps, making things start to feel like winter and kick the rut into high gear.  Tonight will be a good one to sit for your last ditch bow buck, and speaking of deer, we stay on that topic to keep you…

Daily Edge for Tue. Nov. 6

SLIVERS & SHIVERS.  As we approach tomorrow’s new moon, strong winds and spitting snow flurries will be the tale of the day as gusts up to 35 mph will keep would-be hunters indoors.  Everyone needs a prep day anyhow with firearms deer opener just 3.5 days away!  With that, we find more good deer news…

Daily Edge for Mon. Nov. 5

STANKONIA.  Nah, we’re not talking the Outkast album that mainstreamed dirty south rap, but we are talking about how to eliminate your scent and keep from offending the deer in your hunting area in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Piled Up.  Ahead of this week’s deer opener, a camo coat and blaze orange vest…

Antler Magic

By Nick Simonson Antlers.  Those that are big enough reduce even the best hunter to a shaking pile of human-shaped jello on stand. Beyond their power in the field, however, there is a huge market – however sometimes dubious or even illegal – for antlers in one form or another.  From curing ailments to bringing…