The Skitter Caddis

By Nick Simonson While fishing in the mountains of Norway, everything felt so basic.  From the small matchbox of flies my buddy Einar packed for me, to the wood cup used to scoop water from the hillside springs, simplicity equaled success.  Aside from a handful of synthetic winged silver flies for grayling, everything we threw…

Daily Edge for Fri. Nov. 16

THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY! Today’s snow event jumped from three, to five to seven-plus inches with three consecutive model runs – YIKES! Batten down the hatches and put your hunting plans on pause (or at least slow-mo).  We talk about the forecast and second weekend deer tactics in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo: Headed Home.  A…

Our Outdoors: Looking Up

By Nick Simonson More than a decade ago, I was introduced to still hunting for deer by a co-worker, Gene, before I married and moved away from my hometown.  Being a new deer hunter at the time, I was beyond the edge of my ability with the more experienced sportsmen in my usual group of…

Daily Edge for Thu. Nov. 15

HALFWAY THERE.  At the halfway point in the month of November, and the hunting season in general, we take a look at the highs and lows and how to get ready for what’s to come in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo: Go for Snow! Ole the lab takes cover with a pair of roosters as…

Daily Edge for Wed. Nov. 14

SQUISHY. Watch for the melt today as temps jump into the 50s.  Moving about in the field will be a bit wetter, so pack your waterproof swamp stompers.  We talk current crop conditions, getting geared up for early ice and the power of a rotary vise in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: A rooster…

Daily Edge for Tue. Nov. 13

STILL.  A windless morning will start your day off right and animal movement should be fast and frequent in the calm conditions after a five-day stretch of gusts.  Watch for the same this evening as things warm up.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: A shadow is cast…

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…