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…

Daily Edge for Sun. Oct. 7

DAY TWO. Things were sloppy around much of the central portion of the state, as Thursday’s weather softened up roads for pheasant hunters.  Similar cold, wet conditions will hang on til midweek, slowing harvest and outdoor activities.  We talk about where to go when things straighten up in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo: Turn Tail!…

Daily Edge for Fri. Oct. 5

RUDE AWAKENING. Rain, sleet, snow and at times a mix of all three hit much of the state last night, making highways slick, but pheasant tracking a little bit easier for tomorrow’s big opener.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo: Rooster pheasants find shelter in a treerow.  Simonson Photo….

Our Outdoors: Tools for Tracking

By Nick Simonson “Go down…go down…go down…go down…” Audibly from my stand, I urged the buck to tumble in the open field, and at the south end of it, it almost looked like he was ready to as his sprint slowed to a stumble-run.  The shot from my bow was a resounding “thwack” that left…

Daily Edge for Thu. Oct. 4

GO EARLY! While today’s sunrise and early morning stretch will be the best time of day to get out before the weather arrives this afternoon, sunrise is typically a great time to be hunting and fishing.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo: The sun breaks free of the clouds…