Beyond Whitetail

August 14, 2018

A couple years ago, I saw a blog post that encouraged bass anglers to keep a bottle of Coke with them at all times. And no, it wasn’t for the caffeine high.

Instead, fishermen were supposed to use this magical elixir as a healing agent for bleeding fish. The thought was that when a fish is gill hooked or gut hooked, you can pour Coke on the wound to stop the bleeding. The soda provided a combination of carbonatio...

July 26, 2018

When I used to work for the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, it was inevitable that every summer I’d get approached by people asking about sharks in the Missouri River. I’d always explain that sharks have never been documented this far north, but that usually didn’t quell their fears.

The furthest inland a bull shark has ever been seen in North America is Alton, Illinois. Alton sits along the Mississippi River ab...

July 15, 2018

On one of my very first deer hunts, I remember thinking that Dad didn’t dress me warm enough. We hadn’t even been in the field an hour and I was ready to call it a day.

“It’s always coldest at sunrise,” he whispered to me, seeing that I was shivering.

Knowing that temps wouldn’t continue to fall kept me there long enough to kill a doe. It was a memorable hunt, but more so because I think about that sentence ever...

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