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Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time setting at boat ramps launching and loading my boat.

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As I mentioned before, doing what I do for a job, has given me excellent opportunities to spend time with some of the true legends in the outdoors, those I’ve written about in our Legends in the Outdoors columns as well as others.

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They can be big, bad and ugly and found lurking on the bottom of just about every body of water in the upper Midwest.

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It had been one miserable spring turkey season, with downpours and heavy winds for weeks at a time, making it tough not only to call birds, even tougher to get to them. 

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I know most of you have heard that 10% of the water holds 90% of the fish and I know this for a fact, as many times while out fishing, I know I have spent too much time fishing that 90% of the water that did not hold fish.

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If you grew up in northeastern South Dakota as I did, the first fish you tangled with and probably lost was the northern pike, the Sioux River just a block from our home and numerous other bodies of water in the Glacial Lakes area had excellent northern numbers.

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PIERRE — South Dakota fisheries biologists are voiding the state’s oldest record fish, a channel catfish caught by Roy Groves in 1949. The record will be opened due to a seventy year old fish misidentification.

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If you are from Northeastern South Dakota and listen to Team Outdoorsmen Adventures Don Fjerstad’s KWAT Outdoors Radio show every Thursday, you’ve heard this Legend in the Outdoors.

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PIERRE — Beginning in April, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will launch a series of Live Trapping 101 classes to provide education on trapping wildlife; primarily nest predators like red fox, striped skunk, badgers, raccoons and opossums.

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As the hunters neared the center of the field, several birds came up out of the cover, Micah Likness (Yankton) as well as others, yelled “Rooster”, allowing those hunters on either side and those blocking know that they were shootable birds.

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This winter, I’ve plans to do some predator calling and ice fishing, but looking forward to and counting the days until spring arrives.

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Thank God, we had some nice weather locally, between those subzero temperatures and the cold this week, it’s not the best weather, but, as long as the wind doesn’t blow and we have some sunshine, it doesn’t seem that bad.

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It’s that time of the year, when the gun and sport shows are in full swing; and I like to hit as few of them on the weekends. There are some great deals at many of the Gun shows and at the Sport shows you’ll have an opportunity to talk with outfitters and guides with many of them having grea…

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Hunting deer is one of the more popular big game animals and the reason for this is simple; they are located throughout the Americas. They are very adaptable and living in close proximity to where we live and at times depending on the terrain, may live not far from your dwelling.

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Scouting may be the most important part of hunting and one thing that some hunters have neglected doing.

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I have been involved in the outdoors since I was a youngster growing up in Watertown, S.D. and over the years, I have found that spending time in the outdoors becomes much more precious to me.

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It is hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by, and it seems as every year goes by even quicker.