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...

June 1, 2018

As sportsmen, I often feel like we’re trying to justify what it is that we do. Just look to social media, where you’ll see a fisherman with a bucket of bluegills captioned, “Had to fill the freezer,” or a hunter holding a scraggly buck that says, “Needed to get this one out of the gene pool.”  With coyote management, it’s a lot of the same. Outdoorsmen typically perceive what they’re doing as a favor to deer and w...

June 1, 2018

In an upcoming article for Turkey & Turkey Hunting, I break down the biology of turkeys and what makes them such a badass. I look at their incredible sense of sight, which allows them to see certain things that fall into the UV light range like the phosphates in our laundry detergent. I look at their ears, which allows them to hear in 20x more detail than us. I look at their wings, which are an anomaly in the worl...

June 1, 2018

Last winter, I got an invite from a veteran predator hunter. On his resume are over 80 coyotes in 10 different states, with experience in all topographies and seasons. I, on the other hand, could count the number of coyotes that I’ve killed without getting to my toes.
 

It was an eye opening experience – getting to learn from a pro – but the biggest thing I took away from the hunt was that his passion is similar to...

June 1, 2018

Often deemed “the greatest conservation success story in North America,” I think we’ve all heard about the supposed near extinction of the wild turkey. Is it true, though? Was our favorite game bird nearly wiped out at one time?
 

I reached back into the turkey timeline to see if the now prosperous bird was really on the verge of dying out or not. It seems hard to fathom that the big game tag we’re so capable of dr...

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