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I have been riding snowmobiles for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Northwestern Ontario, I was afforded some of the best back country lake options for fishing that an individual could enjoy on this planet. Species include, Lake Trout (my personal favorite), Walleye, Pike, Perch, Crappies and even the occasional Musky is possible through the ice, with some travel and a little portage hopping in this area. People tend to underestimate what it takes to accomplish a proper trip in the back country in this area, my priority is safety. By safety, I mean that you need to have the proper gear to complete remote travel in the woods in this area. My form of winter travel is always a reliable snowmobile. One that I trust to get me out and get me back again. Often trips could be more than 60 miles by sled in each day. My personal items that I will never go into the bush without are: • Ax - this is very necessary for putting up enough firewood, should you have to spend the night outdoors in winter. • Fire making kit - I like a fire steel and petroleum jelly soaked cotton balls. • Food - enough calories to last 2-3 days. This is often, for me, beef jerky, granola bars etc. there’s lots of options out there in this regard, choose what you like and rotate it often. • Stainless kettle - I have a small personal kit that contains tea bags and all the fixings for a hot drink in the woods. • Snow shoes - a must have item should your sled breakdown, get stuck in slush or anything you could imagine. • Packable snow shovel - useful for shelter building if needed or to assist if you’re stuck in deep snow. Now that we have the gear bases covered, let’s talk a little about what lakes to choose and where to target fish in these lakes after you arrive at a given destination. Page 6 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019

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In the back country of most areas, there is not a single place that hasn’t been touched by human activity in some form. When I start to look at places to fish, I’ll start with how I am going to gain access. This could be a portage trail or even making my own trails into the lake by sled in the winter. Most lakes in my area are accessible via portage trails and trap line trails. When accessing areas like this, I’ll often pack along a small chainsaw for cutting larger trees that have fallen across my chosen path. Work smarter, not harder, is my motto when clearing portage trails. People think I’m crazy to do this, but I’m often rewarded with amazing fishing. A little work often goes a long way. Enjoying these types of trips is often a team effort, bring along your family and friends. Get outdoors and enjoy these types of adventures. Make those memories! After considering where I’m going to fish, I’ll immediately look it up on google earth. I like this for planning access, parking locations and choosing a most direct route to the given body of water I am wanting to fish. Now with 21st century technology at hand, I use an Iphone and have an app on my phone that allows me to download and cache 1:50,000 topo maps to have on my Phone. With Iphone 6 and later, they have a built in GPS to locate yourself on the Topo maps App and it makes things easy when your boots are on the ground and everything looks the same in winter.

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My back up plan for this is a reliable GPS with extra batteries. Do not just rely on your phone, as with any technology, batteries die, and things don’t always work right in the cold weather. Have a backup! Now that we have talked about survival gear and navigation, let’s talk about fishing gear. As much as possible, I like to travel light. By light, I mean if it doesn’t fit directly on my snowmobile, it doesn’t come along on the trip. Now this can widely vary based on temperatures and how remote the trip is. I really only want to take what I need and nothing extra. Basically a sleigh that is towed behind the sled is a last resort. I’ll only drag a flip style fish house if the temperatures warrant the need. In the last number of seasons since the invention of the Clam Outdoors Drill plate, I have fished 98% of my seasons using nothing but a battery powered drill auger. It weighs 12lbs all in with an 8” K-Drill and I can drill a pile of holes quickly and efficiently without the need for a gas auger and associated gear. Plus I pull the trigger and it always starts! An added bonus when you’re planning on fishing a lake that is 50 miles by sled from your vehicle. Next is a Vexilar, nothing much special here, they’ve been around for years now, right? While you’re correct on if I’m nuts mentioning this tool, it’s a definite bonus in many respects for finding depth, fish and shortening the learning curve on new water.

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I had mentioned that I like to travel light, though right? Well, that is correct. Remember that 21st century technology that I mentioned earlier, enter in Dakota Lithium Batteries. Weighing roughly 50% less than the traditional SLA battery that comes with your unit, it’s simply a must have item for extended fishing trips in the back country. I’ve gotten over 60 hours of use fishing on a single charge! Ok, so we’ve got all the gear covered, navigation covered, the what, hows, and whys. Let’s talk about the special tips that I am going to share. The things I’ll look for to shorten that learning curve I mentioned, even more when I set foot for the first time on new water.

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Remember when I mentioned earlier in the article that there’s not any places on this earth that haven’t seen human interaction? Well when I set foot on a new lake for the first time that is exactly what I look for. Things like chain sawed tree stumps, blackened rocks from fire are the obvious signs that people have fished close to those areas. Let’s face it, the human race is lazy and they won’t often go far from where they’re spending time in the outdoors to get what they need to PM make a fire or to fish. Special tips right? This flat out works for me!

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If you’re lucky, you may even find an old tea pail left behind or if you’re extra lucky, you may even find an original rock painting from the first of the nation’s people that have explored this great land before us. I’ve seen several of these in my travels over the seasons and they deserve respect from us. Take photos, discuss, but, please never touch these or deface them in anyway. I’ve seen a few cases in recent years where this was done. It’s abhorrent to think that someone could do that­­—Destroy a piece of history marking a significant event in that traveller’s life. To find these locations, I’ll cruise the shorelines closely on my power toboggan looking for evidence of human activity and simply fish in front of it or near its location. I’ve been rewarded with good fishing often, by paying attention to the signs of human activity on remote waters. While catching fish is the goal on these types of trips, it’s not what drives me to do these kinds of things in the back country. I like to explore. I’ve always wanted to see what’s around the next bend in the road and that simply transfers to feed my need to explore in the winter. A simple snowmobile and some proper gear, friends and family­—there’s nothing finer on this earth to experience in the winter.

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It was a long haul to the back bay of our chosen lake. Even though our faces were well covered, the four wheeler ride was more than a little fresh. I was quite happy when we arrived at our destination! My fishing partner, Steve Taylor, was well experienced in the art of locating fish. Working as a team, we started cruising through the deep basin we were targeting to see if we could pinpoint any suspended crappies. We had both angled this area dozens of times over the years and were quite confident there would be fish somewhere in the basin. Some days, like today, it took a little more time to find them. When we finally did start marking crappies on our Vexilars, we were a bit dismayed at the quantity. There didn’t appear to be any schools of fish but usually just one or two. Still, fish are fish and we began the process of drilling out a bunch of holes in the vicinity. Past experience had taught us that these fish, like many other winter basin crappies, are real roamers. For that reason, we cut more than a dozen holes in the general area we were marking fish. The process of hole-hopping to keep up with roaming crappies is just part of the game in the winter. By dropping a transducer into a hole, it is easy to see if there is anybody home. If there is, we drop a jig down to greet them, if not, we keep looking. Although the bite was slow, we did manage to get numerous crappies on the ice. We also discovered that we had not cut nearly enough holes. As the morning progressed, we kept expanding our fishing area in an effort to keep up with the ever moving fish. Gradually, our targeted fish disappeared and this spot was done. Since the day was still young, we loaded up the gear and moved on to search out another basin further down the lake. Winter fishing for crappies and bluegills is often like this. It is a game of hide and seek where mobility is a critical factor for success. This is especially true of anglers like Taylor and me that do our fishing during the daylight hours. Undoubtedly, we have locations where consistent evening bites do take place. Dozens of ice houses are set in these deep holes as anglers show up late in the day to take advantage of the crappies that move in at dusk. Our goal is to locate these fish during the daylight hours and be home by the time darkness sets in. Sometimes it is easy to do and other times, not so much. Page 10 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019

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Daytime crappies are often very neutral biters. For this reason, small jigs, light line and sensitive rods are a must. I nearly always fish with plastic on my jig and usually tip it with one or two Euro larvae. I never use minnows for daytime crappies. I won’t say we are successful 100 % of the time, but we are very consistent at locating fish. Again, it is a mobility thing. If they aren’t at one location, we check another. Typically, crappies are often found in the same deep basins year after year. Everyone has their own approach to winter angling and it is important to do what a person enjoys. For me and my angling cronies, that means working through the location issues that are associated with frozen water success. Aggressive searching for the correct location is the key. After all, winter panfish are experts at hide and seek.

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Fish head activated! Babbling thoughts about ice fishing panfish translated to paper. Unorganized? Yes. Informative? Maybe. No exceptions? Never, there is always an exception.

There is no such thing as a “first ice” feeding frenzy.

(that’s an attention getter!) Hence, why I will never be in a rush to walk on 3” of ice for any fish. What is actually happening is the awesome late Fall fishing patterns are simply frozen over and the action extended (it’s not like the fish were waiting for ice over to feed like crazy). Anyone who fishes open water up until actual first ice can attest that late Fall fishing is actually better than “first ice” fishing when the late Fall patterns actually start to dwindle and change. “First Ice” fishing is actually a false first impression for most anglers simply because they haven’t fished throughout the Fall patterns up to actual ice over. Another factor is that presentation (bait) control through a hole in the ice is very precise vs. sloppy boat control. This gives any angler a perfectly positioned presentation over a bunch of “Fall” schooled fish—a perfect combination to create a magical “first ice bite”. Try the theory next Fall—fish a late Fall / early ice spot in the boat. Let the lake freeze over. Go back to the spot on safe ice. Compare notes. For fast action you have to find big schools of fish! (Summer too!) Big schools create competition amongst its members thus creating a great “bite” for us anglers above. Low numbers will create a “slow” bite—even if the fish feeding factors/moods are “good”. So in other words, to maintain a solid fast paced “bite” try to locate big schools of panfish—not just one or two fish at a time. That Vexilar should light up like a Christmas tree! Start by fishing the top of the school and as the active fish are caught “work” your way down through the main body of the school until you end up at the bottom of the school. I like to imagine the school of fish like a layered birthday cake. Eventually, the action will slow to almost a complete stand still due to the fact that the active fish are caught and or the fish catching commotion has made the other fish leery. Time to leave and find another big school of fish (unless you really want to sit there and grind a few more out). I like to make a “milk run” of multiple schools of fish throughout a lake that I can harass throughout the day. By fishing multiple schools of fish throughout the day (sometimes hundreds of yards or miles apart), it allows an angler to “circle back around” to the other schools that were hit earlier in the day by letting them “rest” for an hour or two. And trust me, it only takes an hour or two to “recharge” a bunch of new “feeders” in a school of fish. In other words—not all fish feed at the same time! Panfish eat small stuff—like plankton, insect larvae, cool looking crustaceans, and small minnows. Keep your presentations tiny or small in general. Remember, even a trophy bluegill has a mouth the size of a Cheerio! Panfish are sight feeders—high light conditions = small baits, low light/dark conditions = larger baits. Ice thickness and snow pack will influence light levels as well. Page 12 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019 12

Fish shallower than you think. Start shallow when you begin your search. Bluegills and crappies in many bodies of water spend all winter in water less than 10 ft. deep cruising weed/sand edges. Many of my largest panfish have been caught in 6-8 ft. of water on weedy flats throughout the entire winter season. Last season for example, I had good “bites” in 4 ft. of water well into February. Weed growth, oxygen levels, and the food supply (plankton in the weeds) will dictate this shallow water pattern. Stay away from heavy fishing line. In my opinion, 3 lb. Berkely monofilament is a great all around line for just about everything panfish. Don’t get me wrong, 1 or 2 lb. line is great, but 3 lb. gets the job done with a lot more room for error involved— especially when fishing weed growth were bass and pike will be caught. Maybe, I will jack it up to 4lb line for slip bobber set ups in deeper water. A tear drop on 10 lb. test—Never. Play the shadows to extend your morning bite. Obviously, the sun comes up in the East. The shadows on the East side of the lake linger a long time, so start on the west side of the lake where the sun hits first. As the West side shadows dissolve due to the sun getting higher in the sky and the fish may start to “settle down” or “roam less”, jump over to the East side of the lake to take advantage of the shadows that are still in full effect. This plan of attack requires an angler to have pre-determined locations “ready to go”— there will be no time to search out fish at this point. Midwesthuntfish.com


Keep it simple! Everything including your sonar should fit into a back pack, a five gallon bucket, or a small sled. Two to Three rods, a small pocket sized tackle box about the size of an I-Phone, bait puck, a squirting water bottle for searching/Vexilar work, a tiny minnow container (small thermos will hold minnows and water). The auger can be carried. I typically start using a power auger at around 10”of ice, before that—an old fashioned hand auger. Simplicity equals efficiency. While you are fumbling with too much gear, I’ve already got 6 fish on the ice. Not to mention, if ya look like you know what you’re doing (even if you don’t), desperate anglers will follow. Try to get as precise as possible before choosing were to drill. Search, Search, Search. Location, Location, Location is the name of the game. Finding the break line or a good “edge” to fish is to be done 15’ at a time using your Vexilar looking “through” the ice—not drilling

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Instead of a bobber, some anglers use an ice fishing rod with a sensitive tip on a bucket. The tip can detect a walleye or sauger just barely hanging on the minnow often times barely pulling the tip down which often leads to that sensitive biter that would otherwise have not been detected.

It’s called the “one two punch” when ice fishing. Jigging one line and dead sticking or basically a live minnow under a bobber the other. The idea is the jigging line attracts walleyes and if they are somewhat active, there is a good chance they will whack whatever is being jigged. In some cases when walleyes turn to more of a neutral mood, the dead stick can be the hottest stick in the fish house. Success with a dead stick isn’t just about hanging a live minnow under a bobber. By really paying attention and knowing some nuances, the dead stick can be your liveliest stick. The author with a massive 31.5" Lake of the Woods walleye that hit a dead stick line with a live minnow. While jigging in the adjacent hole, the fish came in on the Vexilar. He thought the fish was going to hit the jigging line when the bobber started to go under!

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Traditional dead stick The most common set up is a plain hook or ice jig with a minnow hooked just under the dorsal fin under a bobber set at about a foot off of the bottom. This set up catches a lot of walleyes, but when the fish are not reacting very well to this presentation, mix it up. Raise it up After dozens of hours watching fish react to my presentations on my Vexilar, there have been numerous times I would set my rod down to grab something and often times my lure would be hanging three feet off of the bottom. And many times I would watch a red line rise slowly off of the bottom to eat my suspended offering. Walleyes are used to feeding up or even sliding up in the water column to catch minnows. Sometimes, it can be very effective and almost triggering to have your live minnow on your dead stick set higher up in the water column vs. six inches to a foot off, which is a normal starting spot for many anglers. Color Color absolutely makes a difference and can change from hour to hour based on snow cover, cloud cover and the angle of the sun. When you are fishing with someone, try different colors until you figure out what the walleyes want that day. Details such as the color of your hook will make a difference. This came into play recently while fishing with a buddy. He was using a glow hook with a dead shiner, and for whatever reason, that was the ticket that day. That dead stick caught the majority of the walleyes and saugers that day. Something about the glow hook combined with a dead bait was the ticket. Paying attention to color will pay dividends. In stained water, gold, glow and bright colors are good bets. In clear water, silvers and more natural colors are a good starting point. Dead stick lures In addition to plain hooks combined with a minnow, there are a lot of effective ice jigs for dead sticking on the market. A plain jig head with a minnow will work but there are other options. The Jig-O-Bit uses a Kahle hook attached to a lead head in a variety of colors. With a live minnow, it hangs nicely. The demon is a well known crappie bait but in larger sizes does well for walleyes and saugers. Something about that lure just works. The Danlure jig is a unique jig that has a swivel between the lead head and the hook allowing the minnow more freedom to swim and at a different angle. On some days, this nuance has been the ticket. There are definitely a lot of options. Some dead stick baits have propellers, small spinners, UV glow paint, glitter, rattles, single hook, treble hooks, etc. Again, experiment until you find out the preference that day or for that particular body of water. Good electronics really helps the process of deciding to change lures. If fish are coming through and not reacting positively to your offering, it is time to change things up. Without electronics, it would be hard to know if the fish are not reacting or the fish are not there. Change the flavor Walleyes can be particular. One day they prefer fatheads, the next day it has to be emerald shiners, on other days, a good rainbow will do the trick. The trick here is have at least a couple of different options of minnows and try and have both options down in the same fish house if you are fishing with a partner or two. The walleyes will tell you what they prefer that day and eventually everyone can hone in. Midwesthuntfish.com


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On a recent fishing trip on Lake of the Woods, a buddy tried hooking a dead emerald and caught a nice walleye. He again reached for a dead minnow vs. a live minnow and caught another. For whatever reason, the dead minnows that day combined with a glow hook was the ticket and caught twice as many as live minnows. It is good to experiment. Size does matter Size can relate to the ice jig you are using. At times, walleyes will prefer something larger as it is a bigger target, acts differently and makes more noise. A larger jig can also have a different action as the minnow cannot roam as freely. In other cases, when you jig it, you can bang it on the bottom which can cause the fish to become active. Size also matters when considering bait. Some days the fish prefer a larger minnow. On other days, especially when in a neutral mood, they prefer a very small minnow. There have been many times when a crappie minnow is my most desired minnow amongst a bucket of larger minnows. The point is, experiment and figure out what the fish want that given day or even hour. Hook that minnow The most common way to hook a minnow is just under the dorsal fin. Another nuance is to clip off half of the tail of the minnow which changes the vibration of the swimming minnow. The minnow will also work harder to swim often enticing that finicky walleye. Some anglers will hook the minnow through the mouth giving it a different look. Others will hook the minnow back by the tail but on the bottom or underbelly of the minnow. This causes the minnow to sit upside down in which they will work hard to upright themselves which can trigger a bite. Remove the bobber I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was many years ago on Lake of the Woods and we were fishing the afternoon bite before it got dark. One of the anglers fishing with me was a long time guide. Instead of using a bobber on his dead stick line, he had a fairly flexible tip on the end of his rod and would lay his rod over a bucket with the minnow set at the desired depth and instead of watching the bobber which can be difficult to detect the light bites, the walleyes would lower his rod tip just the slightest bit. He would pick the rod up slowly, feel just a bit of weight and nail them. The thought process is when the fish are just breathing on the minnow, the bobber isn’t as sensitive as a flexible rod tip. He out-fished the other two of us in the house that day with his dead stick alone. It made me wonder how many times a walleye hit my bobber line and I didn’t notice. After that instance, I will lay my dead stick line over a five gallon pail or on a bench next to me where I can see the tip move when a walleye or sauger breathes on it. Dead sticks often do not receive the attention the jigging line does. It’s one of those lines that are often set and left alone. However, there are many days when a dead stick can be the most productive rod in the fish house. Paying attention to details and trying a variety of presentations will increase the number of walleyes and saugers pulled through the ice hole. It may not be as sexy as the jigging line, but on any given day, a dead stick can definitely be as productive. Midwesthuntfish.com

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From mid-December through February, Central and Northern Minnesota come alive with the roar of snowmobiles and the sounds of ice augers. The lakes become ice villages, complete with roads, shacks and a population of ice anglers. They are all on the ice to take advantage of walleye, northern pike and other game fish, even Eelpouts. Ice fishing is one of Minnesota's top winter outdoors activities, and with more than 11,800 lakes, Minnesota is an ice angler’s paradise. Many of these lakes become winter vacation destinations and are home to winter resorts, ice house rental and guiding business.

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Devils Lake

offers an Overlooked Experience When most people think of ice fishing on Devils Lake, North Dakota they are thinking giant perch by the bushel. Yes, that is what most people travel from far and wide to experience but there is another fish, a hard fighting, bad to the bone fish with a bad reputation, the NORTHERN PIKE. Pike fishing on Devils Lake during the winter months offers a totally different experience. North Dakota allows up to four lines per angler on ice, making tip up fishing even more exciting. The pike are plentiful and the average fish is not just a “hammer handle” but a respectable foe. They are fairly easy to find, they fight hard and there is just something about seeing the flag of a tip up jumping up out of the snow that gets a middle-aged man’s heart pumping. I don’t remember the year of my first “pike party” as our fishing group calls them actually took place but I know that it was one to remember. A group of us set a spread of about 20 tip ups near sunken trees. We had many flags fly that day, caught more fish than anyone could have expected and had laughs until our sides hurt. Its hard not to get hooked on something that is that fun. It was that one trip that set up pike fishing with tip ups on Devils Lake as my favorite form of ice fishing even all these years later. Our group has grown and we have gotten more creative in our outings. We have a system to set up fast, we love to fire up the grill for a hot lunch and we may even throw a football around from time to time. Catching Devils Lake Pike There are two ways to run tip ups on Devils Lake that can produce a great fishing day. The first is find sharp drop offs from point, saddles or humps. Set along these edges on the shallow and the deep side. (Remember you get four lines per person so you can really cover some ground.) This will cover many ambush points where these wolves will roam for prey. This can be a slower way to fish but tends to offer up a shot at bigger pike. The second (and my favorite) way to catch pike on Devils Lake is set up on a flat right on a shallow weed edge. When I say shallow, I mean shallow like eight inches to a couple feet of water under the ice. Right on the edge of the weeds is also a great place to set up. These areas range from two to four feet of water under the ice. Don’t be afraid to put your bait right on the bottom when fishing this shallow as the pike will find it. This way of fishing tends to not catch as big of pike but it is a great way to catch numbers of pike. On Devils Lake in the dead of winter we can commonly catch eight to twenty fish in a day with two or three anglers.

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Find sharp drop offs from point, saddles or humps. Set along these edges on the shallow and the deep side. This will cover many ambush points where these wolves will roam for prey. This can be a slower way to fish but tends to offer up a shot at bigger pike.

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For bait in both of these scenarios I use grocery store smelt most of the time. Occasionally I will use hotdogs just to mix things up. It should be mentioned that live suckers are illegal to use west of the Red River. Getting Kids Involved Kids do not have the attention spans that we do as adults. Getting a small kid to sit in a portable shack all day staring at a bobber or a Humminbird for that matter is a challenge. If there is not fairly fast action the day will get long unless your kid is some ice fishing saint. Tip ups offer an element for kids that keeps their fishing interest high while allowing them to be kids and do other things in between bites. When my boy was really young, I was good for about two hours in an ice shack with him but with a spread of tip ups we could fish all day. We would set up a shack to use as a home base so he could warm up or grab a quick snack. For the most part he would spend his days running around on the ice doing things from making snow angels to fighting imaginary storm troopers with a stick he had found. When someone yelled FLAG it did not matter where he was in his battle or his cupcake, he was on a mission to get that fish or at least watch whoever’s turn it was to catch the fish. These trips with my boy eventually became the basis for the annual “little boy’s trip” (It needs a new name because these guys aren’t little anymore.) that happens in mid-February. My buddies who also have boys about the same age all join us at Devils Lake. This trip has become an annual hit where friends get together have fun, chase flags and catch some fish. Conservation of these awesome creatures Pike have a bad reputation among northern anglers but this attitude needs to change. Even though there are liberal limits on pike we must be selective in what we take from the lake. The best lakes for other fish like walleye, crappie and perch have a healthy population of big pike in them. These are the enforcers that keep everything in balance. Please keep that in mind when you are planning your fish fry. Come Visit us on Devils Lake When you are looking for your next ice fishing adventure, think Devils Lake and consider a day of running tip ups for the hardest fighter out there. Remember in North Dakota you get four lines per person so with even a small group of people you can really cover some ground to find the fish and have a great time chasing flags. If you want some help I am offering guiding services this winter for pike using tip ups. Captain Brad Durick is a nationally recognized catfish guide on the Red River of the North as well as pike guide on Devils Lake, ND. He is a seminar speaker, and author of the books Cracking the Channel Catfish Code and Advanced Catfishing Made Easy. For more information go to www. redrivercatfish.com

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Devils Lake North Dakota is at the top of many ice anglers’ winter destinations checklists. Ice fishing on this prairie lake can make for a great multi-species trip. Most anglers coming to North Dakota and Devils Lake are always chasing the jumbo perch and the fan favorite walleye and often forget what else this lake has to offer. The northern pike population is exploding and can provide some nonstop action throughout the day and the crappie bite on Devils Lake is becoming a little more well-known over the last few ice seasons. With a little homework and understanding of each specific pattern for the particular species of fish, one can have a trip of a lifetime on this central North Dakota lake. Many people often ask the question… how does one tackle Devils Lake and the 160,000 acres of water that cover this glacial formed lake? Let’s begin by breaking the lake down by the targeted species. Jumbo perch pushing 2 plus pounds is what every ice angler dreams of when planning a trip up here. Traditionally perch fishing on Devils Lake is going to be a run and gun style. It won’t be uncommon to drill 50 or even upwards of 100 holes a day to stay on active schools of perch. The vast majority of the perch that live in Devils Lake tend to roam the basin of the lake as they are gorging themselves on the brine shrimp that call this lake home. Occasionally you will find schools of perch up shallow in the submerged timber that many people have come to know Devils Lake for. Fishing for these perch up shallow in the trees can be a lot of fun but one must be dialed into their electronics to be able to pick apart the fish from the branches lurking below the ice 10 feet. A key factor when looking for schools of perch is to find a hole you drill that will be full of shrimp when you pull your auger out. If there is shrimp where you are at, odds are there is a school of fish nearby. Tungsten jigs and small rattling spoons are a couple great lures to have on hand when targeting these perch that often present a finesse bite.

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Walleyes up here tend to be a little easier to target as you will find them hugging the bottom foot of the lake near any of our famous structure (rock piles, sunken roads, old lake shorelines, house foundations, and flooded timber). Look to target the walleyes during low light conditions, sunrise and sunset times are usually best but walleye can be found active all day long when overcast conditions present themselves. Rattling spoons with minnow heads is a staple for walleye fishing up here. If the bite is a little tougher try utilizing a full minnow and dead stick in a second hole nearby your jiggin’ hole. Looking for a way to keep the kids busy or finish off your day after you have caught a morning limit of walleyes? Try your hand at running tip-ups in the many shallow bays of the lake where northern pike claim their hunting grounds. Pike in Devils Lake are often overlooked and are doing extremely well. If tip-ups aren’t your thing bring a heavier jigging rod and be prepared to hold on while these strong pike give your reels drag a true test of its ability. Access onto Devils Lake has been made easier by the Lake Access Committee which clears snow at 5 boat ramps for easier access onto the lake. Grahams Island State Park clears their boat ramp throughout the winter and Woodland Resort has a few miles of plowed roads you can pay a small fee to get onto. There are not a lot of places wherein an 8 hour day of ice fishing you can land a perch, walleye, pike, white bass and crappie. The beauty of Devils Lake is that once the hook is set you just never know what you may be pulling in until you get the fish topside.

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This is an annual event held at ICAST each year in Orlando, FL for the open water fishing products, but this would be the first of its kind for ice fishing products. There were several different classes of products to choose from such as best rod/reel combo, best Hub Style Ice shelter, best ice auger etc. These items were voted on by the show attendee’s therefor being chosen by the consumer who is truly the best judge of the products they use each day. Shown here are just a few of the category winners as well as the “Best in Show” overall product which was the new Garmin Panoptix Ice fishing bundle.

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By the time January rolls around, all of the smaller lakes are frozen rock-hard, and they're likely to be the scene of some of the heaviest fishing of the year. Lakes are in good shape, and fish populations are expected to be good in most waters. And ice-fishermen will be out for all the primary species on the northern Great Plains walleyes, northern pike and yellow perch. Of those three, the yellow perch is the one that attracts the majority of fishing activity during winter; fishermen go after the perch more in the winter than in the summer. And, of course, lots of walleyes will be caught through the ice. Practically every lake of any consequence in South Dakota has at least a decent walleye population and many of them have excellent numbers. Check out the many access maps on the SD Game Fish & Parks web site: gfp.sd.gov

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The Missouri River is one of the most sought out destinations for early spring walleye fishing. With surrounding states having walleye fishing season closed until early May. South Dakota's acclaimed Lake Francis Case is a hot spot for anglers looking to scratch that early season itch and get into some great fishing near Chamberlain, SD. No matter your method of fishing or even lack of a boat. These fish are feeding and most all techniques and methods can be effective from early March through May. Shore anglers are able to utilize the fishing piers and rocky shores located throughout the town of Chamberlain while boaters have plenty of opportunities to explore all 540 miles of beautiful shoreline along Lake Francis Case.

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Pierre is in the heart and soul of South Dakota and the main artery that keeps South Dakota going is the Missouri River. The Missouri River offers ample opportunity for anglers and family fun. Early spring is a great time of year to target large walleye out of the Pierre area. With many of the walleye moving upriver to spawn and the first open water occurring near the Oahe Dam located just on the edge of town. Pierre offers some of the best early season open water walleye fishing. Pulling cranks baits or pitching jigs tipped with minnows or plastics are just a few of the best tried and true methods for these early spring walleyes. After an eventful day of fishing, Pierre offers lots of lodging and restaurants to refuel and relax at. Check out Pierre, SD this spring for your fishing getaway and bring the whole family.

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Buying a new or used boat can be a daunting task just as is anything when it comes to spending a small fortune on it. So here is your guide to a few key things to be looking at, asking for and taking into consideration when looking to make the move of updating or joining the crowd of new boat owners.

Boats, just like vehicles come in many different shapes and sizes, with each design being built for a particular use. That is the first step when in search of your number one leisure activity purchase. Know what you are purchasing it for. Are you a hardcore fisherman or maybe an occasional weekend angler but need the ability to pull water skiers? Maybe you are looking to entertain friends and family during your weekend getaway. Guess what? There is a boat for virtually every circumstance listed here and many more. If you identify your need or want for a new or used boat, it will help you limit your search to the right type of boat and dealer that can guide you through the process.

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Now that you have figured out what you want in a new boat, you will need to determine your budget. A new boat is a big investment, so don’t forget to consider a slightly used model to save a few thousand dollars. Most dealers have a few used models available. One thing I can guarantee you from the few boats I have purchased, is the price has never gone down from year to year. So, if you're looking to purchase a new boat, just remember it’s not going to get cheaper next season. Like I said, this can be a major purchase, especially if buying new. A few things to consider are how long do you plan on keeping the boat, what is the resale value of a particular brand and what type of warranty options are available.

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at a used boat, it’s perfectly normal to ask to speak to the previous owner and if a test ride is possible then take it. Don’t get caught up in how many hours are on the motor, even though that is an important aspect. But if it has been well maintained, I would consider it just broken in. One very important aspect of purchasing a boat that is overlooked at first, and far too often, is how much will it cost to insure it? What do I have to do to insure my boat properly? Most people just add it to their current policy that they have their home and auto on. In some circumstances, that may be just fine. As I stated previously, a boat can be a major investment and like any major investment, you want it to be as little risk as possible. This is where the right insurance policy comes into play. Let's face it Insurance isn’t something we like to talk about or deal with and we only want it when we need it. Being properly covered from the beginning will save you a lot of headaches in the end if an unforeseen accident ever happens. I have trusted my marine insurance with one of the top marine insurers in the upper Midwest. World Wide Marine. A good insurance company is only as good as the agent, and Bob Luellen knows marine insurance and has worked in the Marine insurance industry, creating policies and practices for years.

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A few very important factors of one's insurance policy that are not thoroughly looked at or discussed are: 1. Actual Cash Value (ACV). This can really come back and bite you in the backside. ACV is the amount that the watercraft is valued at the time of the claim. Just like vehicles, boats and other watercraft depreciate as well and, in most circumstance, they depreciate faster than what you owe on the boat. This could literally leave you high and dry if your boat was to be totaled out and you still owe 10k more over the ACV that was paid out. 2. Agreed Value Policy. This is where a good agent comes into play, such as Bob. An agent that knows marine insurance will always recommend this type of policy. This is where you and the insurance company agree on a dollar amount for the boat, and all its accessories. This is the amount that will be paid out in case an accident was to happen.

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If you hunt turkeys long enough with a shotgun, eventually you’ll want to go after them with a bow. If you shoot a few of them using a trusty box call, you’ll someday want to try your hand at bringing them in with a mouth call. So goes the evolution of a turkey hunter. Kill enough birds in your backyard, and you’ll soon be ready for a new challenge in a new place, with birds that you’ve never picked on before. Why? Well, the leap’s not that big, considering you already love to do it. As turkey hunters, we tend to be optimists, dreaming of what could be as much as what really is. I’ll give you another reason; there’s different turkeys in different parts of the U.S. Don’t look now, but those eastern subspecies birds you have figured out in Minnesota don’t extend too far past our border when you head west. South Dakota, Nebraska and the mountainous states contain a bird I consider to not only be the most beautiful, but also one of the most fun to hunt in the Merriam’s.

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From a planning standpoint, one thing that makes traveling for western birds a no-brainer is that in many states, getting a turkey tag is easy. There are bow seasons, over-the-counter tags for some states, and even separate reservation land tags available. Opportunity abounds, but there are a few things to straighten out in terms of planning long before you consider buying a tag. How far are you willing to travel? Do you need a hotel/motel setup, or would “tenting” it be fine for most nights. What is your weapon of choice and are you flexible in that regard? Also, is one turkey enough, or if you go will you try to make an extended vacation and like to have the opportunity to take multiple toms? Each state offers slightly different tag options, but there’s one detail to me that needs addressing first and foremost – pay or public? Public Lands or Private? Public hunting opportunities have a lot going for them, especially out west. National Forest lands often have plenty of birds, and many states like South Dakota have walk-in hunting areas and other public land designations that make public turkey hunting no problem. There’s also door-knocking, though as you might expect, the farmers with large visible flocks next to their farmyards get plenty of visitors already come turkey season. Also, there’s competition for the best of the best habitat, and areas that are easily accessible, isolated, or otherwise heavily traveled will have few birds or extremely pressured birds. This effect is exacerbated on shotgun hunts, definitely the more popular in terms of numbers of hunters, where the opening weekend or two sees the lion’s-share of the pressure for those months. Still, especially with time, persistence, and the willingness to wear off some boot-sole, hunters are typically rewarded with success.

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Now what if you’re short on time, or what if you simply don’t have enough general knowledge of the state/area you select to get started? Outfitters are a good way to shave back the front end of the learning curve, very similar to a fishing guide when tackling a new body of water. On a hunt last spring, In-Depth Outdoors’ Ben Brettingen and I employed the services of Tom Steinhauser at Platte Creek Lodge in Platte, SD to help us get on track. Being a touch ambitious, we had both South Dakota bow tags, and Nebraska turkey tags in tow. Tom acted like a broker of hunting lands, which is exactly what we needed. South Dakota’s Missouri River has incredible turkey hunting habitat, but it can be like a maze with vast sections of it falling under individual ownership and literally blocked off from hunting without permission. There are public lands directly adjacent to the river, but the birds we found were relating more to corn and other crop residue located on the higher, private land portions of the slopes where croplands met deep ravines. Tom also put us in contact with Nets Peak Outfitters in Nebraska to line up our opportunities across the border. Nebraska is a wonderful state to hunt turkeys in, as there’s a 3 bird limit, and all licenses are over the counter. Ben and I would start with one tag, and buy tags as we filled them until our hunting time was finished, giving us the ultimate in flexibility throughout our stay. We chose to hunt Nebraska with shotguns to get the monkey off our backs, then move back to South Dakota to try and take on a more challenging hunt with a bow. This worked great, giving us both tons of opportunities, and the ability to select what weapon we wanted to hunt with and how many birds we wanted to take.

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What to Bring? I’m not going to tell you what to put in your vest, as we all have our favorite trinkets, doo-dads, and whatchamacallits. I will however offer up a few items that most people need on hunts, but you REALLY need on an out of state hunt. Power – Smart phones become indispensable tools to the traveling turkey hunter, as provided you can find some service, everything from lodging to land access can be figured out on your mobile device. That is, until your phone that’s been roaming for two counties, and quickly drains itself trying to find a signal. Gas station chargers often only keep your phone at a stand-still, so do some research on the front end to find a maxoutput charging solution. There’s also mobile battery banks, and extra cell phone batteries to look into. Come prepared if you plan to use your phone!

Cooler – A well-stocked cooler keeps you out hunting more, plain and simple. Keep this item well-stocked, and you won’t need additional trips to town to ice-down birds or get some snacks. Heavy duty plastic bags in various sizes will keep turkeys separated from other items in the cooler, and keep food from swimming in all the ice water that accumulates. One big box of quart, gallon, and two-gallon sizes each isn’t overkill. Good Raingear - I learned last season, again, the value of not forgetting your raingear. It’s a lesson I’m no stranger to, as inevitably, rain will come at the most inopportune time while you’re hunting. More importantly, without it, you’re either sidelined or soaked, with the latter being something you pay for with wet clothes throughout the rest of the trip. Or worse, with some sniffles and a chill you’ll have a hard time shaking.

That wraps up most of the highlights. Suffice to say, if you haven’t hit the road in search of additional turkey hunting opportunities yet, you likely soon will. To me, the road west is the one I enjoy most. Maybe it’s the wide-open-spaces or the Merriam’s sub-species itself, but whatever the reason I can’t envision a season where I won’t head westward to take in some new wild turkey hunting adventures.

Years ago, my turkey preparation regimen was well-defined and carefully executed, with one glaring error – I started way too soon. That may seem a conflicting lead-in given that this is an article aimed at properly prepping you for the upcoming season, but my issue was that it drove me crazy. I’d get to the point where I was more than ready to hunt birds, but there were piles of snow on the ground and it would be months before any seasons opened. Still, those years of overzealous rituals and long nights waiting did a good job of laying the groundwork for successful seasons. So much so, that I’ve been able to condense that prep-work into a few short steps. Here’s what I’ve learned... Landowner Permission Asking permission early is far easier than doing it later when warm-weather activities make you more of a pest than a partner. 90% or more of the upper Midwest turkey hunting is done on private land, so getting good at this aspect of your game is a very important part of your hunt. Birds continually migrate throughout different parts of ridges and valleys, and also move through stages of the breeding cycle with regional irregularity. Having 2 or more parcels with good bird activity ensures that if property “A” birds are in a funk and henned-up, the Property “B” birds may be willing to play. Page 50 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019

Gear Now is the time to figure out if you need new gloves, not when you have to headout bare-handed opening morning. Gear junkies love heading into the woods with weighed down turkey vests, but focus first on fixing, replacing parts, or simply testing the critical gear, and then focus on getting a goodie or two that may increase your chances of success. This part is the fun part, but beware the tendency to over-do it. All the knick-knacks in the world won’t help if you can’t quietly slip down a logging road, cross a barbed-wire fence, or belly crawl under some pines. Focus on a lightweight addition or two that stows nicely and try on your gear.

Calls A good deal is written on calls and calling, but the most important part of it is first and foremost actually practicing, but a close second is claimed by practicing like you play. It matters not if you can yelp like a live hen after you get warmed up for 15 minutes. Progress your practice by starting small and just working on a few vocalizations, but eventually get to the point where you can pick up a call, and make concise noises, at the cadence of your choice, with few to no screw-ups. After all, that’s what you need to do in the woods.

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Best Call Backups – I have a box call and a mouth call that I’d prefer to never do without. In fact, I have several of them, some just not in my current possession. One of them is under a tree in northwestern Nebraska where I killed a particularly bright-white-tailfeather-tipped Merriam’s. In all the excitement, I just walked off without my box. A few more calls are scattered casualties of unbuttoned vest pockets, strewn about the hillsides of Minnesota and Wisconsin. If you need it, you better bring two, especially if they’re small.

Shells – Turkey hunters are a fickle lot these days regarding ammo. I used to just pick up any 3” magnum shell in #5 or #6 copper-plated shot, and kill plenty of turkeys. These days, I trust the consistency and performance of the loads I pattern well before turkey season starts. So much so, that I’d prefer not to have to deal with the uncertainty of what I might find out on the road. I’ve shot as many as 9 shells in a single out of state hunt (I don’t want to talk about it), so 2-3 boxes isn’t too many. I’ve also been with hunters that have run out of ammo.

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Remote Scouting Drive backroads now and find the segregated gobbler groups, knowing that they will use natural cover and other landscape corridors to disperse. Birds will become increasingly more active as days warm and the sun-angle increases melting on certain slopes. Look for birds here that are picking at soybean stubble, corn stalks, and other grain waste. Sometimes, some Google Earth scouting, combined with simple gravel-travel in the area you hunt can give you clues and cues to some new and overlooked possibilities either for more ground, or different ways to hunt the ground you already have. Recently, for Minnesota I’ve been using LiDAR elevation data, which offers a hyper-accurate accounting of the land’s surface here - http://arcgis.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/mntopo/ Gun This continues to be one of the most overlooked parts of our turkey hunting experience. Good, consistent patterns lead to more confident shots, and effective kills. The only way to know how your gun performs is to shoot it at 40 yards, and count pellets in a 10” circle. Somewhere in that 100 pellet range, provided there are no gaps and holes in your coverage, is where you want to be to cleanly kill at that same distance. If you don’t have anything close to that, limit the ranges you shoot at birds to under that mark. This year I’ll be trying the new TSS loads in my constant quest to put as many pellets in that kill zone as possible. I’m a big fan of smaller shot sizes in general, provided they’ve got the down-range energy to perform. Lastly, don’t ignore your sights either, as most shooters tend to shoot over the top of a turkey in an actual hunting situation when using just a plain bead.

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Journaling Writing, studying, and ultimately re-living your turkey hunting experiences is not only fun, it’s incredibly effective at helping you to hit the ground running. I start each season relatively green, forgetting the swing of things until I’m a few days in. My journals offer keys to forgotten bits of my brain that inform current plans based on the experiences I’ve amassed. Every turkey is different, but just like poker, you want to play the odds and make the move that gives you the best percentage of success each time you do it. Few hunts are as decision-dependent as a turkey hunt, and using a journal as a playbook to storyboard each decision in the turkey woods, ensures that more often than not you’ll be in the right mindset to exploit behaviors of the past that play out in the future.

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Most of us have read the articles about care for Fido during and leading up to the Duck and Pheasant opener. There is a copious amount of information on how to get Fido ready to hunt. However, once the seasons are over, Fido goes back to guarding the couch for another year! We have all been there, more than any of us would like to admit. However this is the perfect time to make sure our four legged hunting companion is ready for next season. I recommend a trip to the vet, for a healthy pet check up. This is the perfect time to access his health, decide what did and didn’t work last year. We instinctively do this for our hunting equipment; don’t leave Rover out of this very important step. During this visit your four legged partner should have a Complete Physical Exam, a comprehensive organ function panel, complete blood count, urinalysis and testing for heartworm and the common tick borne diseases. Your vet will probably use a series of tests that are done at the clinic. These tests are very comprehensive, and if problems arise now is the time to correct them. Hunting season is right around the corner! It is also a perfect time to have his teeth cleaned, and inspected for damage. Most Veterinary clinics offer February specials on dental cleaning as February is pet dental health month. Since dental cleanings usually require anesthesia, it is a good time to have any small skin tags removed, toe nails trimmed back to the correct length, and anything else the Dr. recommends. I don’t however recommend a dental cleaning in conjunction with any major surgery, as bacteria from the teeth cleaning can get introduced to the blood stream and set up an infection at other surgery locations. The off season is also a great time to adjust Fido’s weight. We routinely give recommendations on quantity of food to feed her, in fact I usually send home a exact sized measuring cup for the specific caloric needs of my patients. Dog foods vary greatly in the quality and calorie level, so speak to Fido’s Vet about the best food and correct amount to feed her. Some dog foods have as much as 500 calories per cup, whereas others may have as few as 200. It is important to correctly assess this! All dog food companies sell dog food, so their goal is to sell you as much dog food as Fido will eat! Also as dogs age they require less overall calories to maintain the same weight as years earlier.

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Ducks Unlimited is a volunteer driven organization. The volunteers are what make DU so effective at being the best and most efficient wetlands conservation organization in the world. Volunteers are the driving force for raising the money that the DU professionals use to enhance and preserve wetlands and associated uplands for the benefit of wildlife and man. Volunteers staff the numerous national committees that keep DU focused on it’s mission. Last but not least the DU Board of Directors is made up of volunteers that steer DU on its ultimate course. Because volunteers are so important to DU, it has always been important to recognize and thank volunteers for their dedicated service to the DU cause. The newest approach to do this will be initiated in 2019. This program will recognize years of volunteer service to DU beginning with 25 years and continuing at 5 year increments all the way to 50 years. Yes, we have a few volunteers with 50 years of volunteer service to DU. Special lapel pins have been designed for each of the service levels, similar to the pins for levels of giving by major donors. DU staff has also begun to pull together the list of volunteers with 20 years of service for the next stage of this recognition project. The pins and recipient lists will be distributed to each state and the states will determine the best approach for presentation of the pins and recognition of the volunteers at the local level. It is important to note that this has been a difficult project pulling all the years of service together for all of the over 3,000 active volunteers that makeup the DU volunteer family. The system for record keeping has changed several times over the past 50 years and the headquarters for DU has moved from Chicago to Memphis during this time as well. Recruiting and retaining good volunteers in DU is extremely important to the success of DU. Ask a long time DU volunteer and they will always tell you that you “Join DU for the Cause, but you stay with DU because of the People”, friends you will have for a life time. If you would like to become a DU volunteer contact Bill Marketon, State Chairman 605-310-9793 or Don Thorpe, Senior Regional Director 605-630-8696. Page 54 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019

Bruce and Annie Knowlan have enjoyed the outdoors all their lives. Growing up in Minnesota they frequented the lakes in the northern part of the state to enjoy the summers and each autumn they traveled to the South Dakota prairies to enjoy the bounty of the fall migration.

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They so appreciated the prairie pothole region along with the friendly farmers and ranchers in northeast South Dakota they decided to purchase their own a piece of paradise. Many fall seasons and longtime relationships have been enjoyed since they purchased the land. They restored both upland and wetland habitats and enrolled those acres into long term conservation programs. Bruce and Anne have shared their land with many family members and outdoor enthusiasts and now they plan to leave this treasured place to Ducks Unlimited to ensure it will be protected and passed on to future generations. In 2017, Bruce attended a DU “Evening of Conservation” event in Aberdeen, South Dakota where he discovered the difference DU is making on the landscape and how he can become a part of DU conservation mission. Bruce and Annie have made 2 major donor gifts since that event and now intend to give their land in South Dakota to DU through their estate plans. Midwesthuntfish.com

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Over nine million acres of cropland are planted to corn and soybeans every year in the portion of eastern South Dakota considered to be a high priority landscape for waterfowl. Ducks are attracted to this landscape because it is filled with an abundance of small prairie pothole wetlands. These extremely productive wetlands are rich with aquatic foods needed by breeding waterfowl and other wildlife. However, the native grasslands that most of these ducks would have naturally used as nesting cover have largely been converted to cropland primarily planted to corn and soybeans. Ducks are programmed to establish nests in thick grasslands, not bare fields being planted to row crops. “Up until a couple years ago, you would have been laughed at by waterfowl biologists if you would have suggested ducks would nest in a soybean or corn field”, observed Steve Donovan, DU’s Manager of Conservation Programs in the state. According to Donovan, corn and soybeans are typically planted into a recently tilled field and the resulting bare soil is not conducive to attract nesting ducks. However, something has happened in the last several years that appears to be challenging this long-standing assumption. The agricultural world is starting to embrace “regenerative agriculture” as a means to improve soil health.

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The basic concepts of this new strategy include a reduction in tillage, planting more diverse crops and using cover crops. It is not uncommon now to see a farmer planting soybeans into knee high green cover crops. The cover crops protect his soil, reduce fertilizer costs, improve organic matter levels which will increase water storage capability and provide wildlife habitat, including grassland cover sufficient to attract ducks looking for a place to nest. “It’s exciting and definitely a game changer”, according to DU’s agronomist Brad Schmidt. “Farmers are adopting these practices because it improves their bottom line by reducing input costs while protecting yields and also provides longterm benefits to soil health”, he added. A research project partially funded by DU is looking at the benefits of cover crops to nesting birds, primarily waterfowl. Initial results are promising. Duck nests are being found in cover crops. “There remains a lot to learn about cover crops and nesting birds, but we are excited about the initial results”, added Donovan, who firmly believes that the development of new and improved farming practices, including the use of precision planting equipment, will further improve nest success rates in cover crops by reducing the number of nests accidently destroyed by planting equipment.

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But potential nesting cover is not the only benefit that cover crops provide to ducks and other wildlife. Cover crops protect soil and reduce erosion, which means that fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals stay in the field where they belong, instead of being washed downstream into wetlands, streams, rivers and lakes. The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is largely caused by nutrients running off farmland in the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Applying regenerative farming principles can substantially reduce the loss of these nutrients from this landscape, dramatically improving downstream water quality. “It’s an exciting development for agriculture in South Dakota and Ducks Unlimited is thrilled to help support this movement”, added Schmidt. DU’s new “Soil Health Program” is providing cost share assistance for a variety of soil health practices, including cover crops. In the fall of 2018, DU provided financial assistance to producers who established over 5,000 acres of cover crops. Many of these producers had never tried cover crops before.

Donovan believes working with producers in the Prairie Pothole Region to promote regenerative agricultural practices will be a big part of DU’s conservation program for decades to come. “Profitable and sustainable agriculture, and wetlands conservation, are not mutually exclusive”, said Donovan. “We believe in profitable agriculture, vibrant local communities, protecting water quality and having abundant wildlife. It’s a way of life that South Dakotans enjoy, and expect to enjoy long into the future.”

Regenerative agriculture just might be the answer to achieving these goals.

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TransCanada

Fast Facts: • TransCanada Corporation recently awarded DU $75,000 for habitat conservation and community investment work in South Dakota. • This partnership helps local landowners, rural communities and wildlife populations. • Funds will be invested in DU’s soil health initiative and a 600-acre restoration project. BROOKINGS, S.D. – TransCanada Corp. recently awarded DU $75,000 to promote soil health, rural communities and wildlife habitat initiatives across eastern SD. These community investment funds will be focused in the Prairie Pothole Region, one of DU’s highest conservation priority areas for North American breeding waterfowl populations. “Soil health initiative funds will be used to partner with private landowners interested in improving their operations. This is a voluntary program that offers help to establish cover crops, diversify crop rotations, reduce tillage, conserve wetlands, plant grasslands and improve livestock production,” said Steve Donovan, DU’s manager of conservation programs for South Dakota. “We will also restore a 600-acre Roberts County parcel we own, which is open to the public.” DU and TransCanada Corporation share a long history of working with private landowners in SD and the many other states in which they operate. This program builds on that success and advances a new and exciting partnership. “TransCanada strives to build stronger communities where we live, work and operate. We have been a part of SD for decades and will continue to be for the foreseeable future,” said Emily  Stibbs, TransCanada’s community investment lead for the U.S. “As a result, we want to safeguard our soil and land, so they can sustain vital industries, like agriculture, for many years to come. We are thrilled to work with Ducks Unlimited to achieve these shared goals.” “This partnership is about more than ducks. It is about helping landowners, enhancing agricultural lands, improving wildlife habitat and Page 58 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019

providing places for people to enjoy and recreate, said Eric Lindstrom, managing director of development for DU’s Great Plains Region “These are the things that make SD so great.” TransCanada and DU funds will also be used to leverage other local, state and federal resources to expand this work. DU plans to protect, enhance and restore more than 14,000 acres in SD this year. Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. With more than 65 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates one of the largest natural gas transmission networks that extends more than 91,900 km (57,100 mi.), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is a leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cu. ft. of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in approximately 5,700 MW of power generation in Canada and the U.S. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America's leading liquids pipeline systems that extends approximately 4,900 km (3,000 mi.), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit www.transcanada.com to learn more or connect with us on social media. Media Contacts: Becky Jones Mahlum, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 701-355-3507, bjonesmahlum@ducks.org Emily Stibbs, TransCanada Corporation, 832-320-5293, emily_stibbs@transcanada.com Midwesthuntfish.com


By Bill Marketon, South Dakota State Chairman

How about a fun filled weekend in Pierre in January of 2019. It is a time to renew friendships, celebrate and educate those interested in Conservation. Ducks Unlimited is having our annual state convention at the Ramkota Convention Hall January 24-27. It begins on Thursday evening with a Legislative and Political leader get together. We are asking our SD Political leaders at all levels to join us for a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 PM. Our goal is to inform everyone in attendance of the Ducks Unlimited mission and to explain how we can better reach our mission with their help. Friday evening is a fun Hawaiian themed social and banquet. There will be many games, raffles and silent auction items to bid on. This is a great evening of fellowship with other Conservation oriented volunteers.

Saturday is a long day that begins with our State Council meeting. Shortly thereafter we begin educational sessions and speeches on what is happening in South Dakota on the Conservation front. There will be sessions on clean water, drain tiling, crop rotation and cover crops to name a few. We will have several high profile speakers including Nick Wiley, the Chief Conservation Officer of Ducks Unlimited in attendance. At lunch we will recognize our volunteer committees for their achievements. The evening Gala will include recognition of key volunteers, a keynote speaker, live auction and entertainment. It will be a GRAND weekend. Please go to www.ducks.org. Click on events, then select South Dakota. You will be able to register under State Convention. If you have any questions, please feel to call or email me at 605-310-9793 or sd.du.ce@gmail.com. We hope to see you there.

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Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients: • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided • 1 tsp. baking powder • 3/4 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. sugar • 1 large egg, lightly beaten • 2/3 cup water • 2/3 cup lemon juice, divided • 2 lb. perch or walleye fillets, cut in serving-size pieces • Oil for frying • Lemon wedges, optional Directions: Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. In another bowl, combine egg, water and 1/3 cup lemon juice; stir into dry ingredients until smooth.

Recipe by: Kraft

Ingredients: • 1/3 cup butter, divided • 1/2 cup chopped celery • 1/4 cup chopped green peppers • 1 cup chopped tomatoes • 1 tsp. Creole seasoning

• 1-1/2 lb. ocean perch fillets, 1” thick • 1/4 cup chopped onions • 1 Tbsp. flour • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) Velveeta®, in 1/2”cubes

Directions: Heat broiler. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter. Place fish on rack of broiler pan sprayed with cooking spray. Broil 5 to 6 min. on each side or until fish flakes easily with fork, brushing frequently with melted butter. Cook and stir celery, onions and peppers in remaining butter in medium skillet on medium heat 3 to 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in flour until blended. Add tomatoes, Velveeta and seasoning; cook on low heat until Velveeta is completely melted, stirring occasionally. Serve over fish.

Place remaining lemon juice and remaining flour in shallow bowls. Dip fillets in lemon juice, then flour, then coat with egg mixture. In a large skillet, heat 1 in. oil over medium-high heat. Fry fillets until golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork, 2-3 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve with lemon wedges.

Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients: • 1/2 cup apricot preserves • 1/4 cup light corn syrup • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger • 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 50 crackers) • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut • 2 Tbsp. evaporated milk • 3 lb. perch fillets

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• 1/4 cup ketchup • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice • 2 large eggs • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1 cup canola oil, divided

Directions: For sweet-sour sauce, combine the preserves, ketchup, corn syrup, lemon juice and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and keep warm. In a shallow dish, combine the cracker crumbs and coconut. In another shallow dish, whisk the eggs, milk and salt. Dip each fillet in egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture. In a large skillet, cook fish in 3 tablespoons oil in batches over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes on each side or until fish just begins to flake with a fork, adding oil as needed. Serve with sweet-sour sauce. Page 60 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019 60

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Recipe by: Gourmet Housewife

Ingredients: • 5 slices bacon, cooked & chopped • 3 Tbsp. butter • 1/2 cup celery, chopped • 1 lg. yellow onion, chopped • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour • 4 cups cold milk • 2 cups cubed red potatoes (approx. 2 potatoes) • 2 (8 oz.) walleye fillets, cut into chunks • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley Directions: Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the celery and onions, sauté until softened. Stir in flour to form a roux. Slowly whisk in the milk. Add potatoes and bacon and stir gently. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 min., or until potatoes are cooked through. Add fish chunks and cook for an additional 6-8 min., or until fish is cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients: • 1/4 cup butter, melted • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley • 1 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. paprika • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano • 1/4 tsp. dried basil • 1/4 tsp. pepper • 1 lb. bluegill or crappie Directions: Place butter in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings. Dip fish in butter, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in a greased 15x10x1” baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

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Ingredients: • 1 lb. walleye, perch or pike fillets • 1/4 cup milk • 1 cup crushed potato chips • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme • 1 Tbsp. dry bread crumbs • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Directions: Cut fish into serving-size pieces. Place milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the potato chips, Parmesan cheese and thyme. Dip fish in milk, then roll in potato chip mixture. Sprinkle a greased 9” square baking pan with bread crumbs. Place fish over crumbs; drizzle with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 500° for 12-14 min. or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

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Ingredients: • 2 lb. fresh fish • 3 eggs • 1/4 cup cashew or regular milk • 2 tsp. lemon pepper, or to taste • 1 tsp. celery seed or celery salt (Use less salt if using celery salt) • 2 tsp. salt, or to taste

Recipe by: binkysculinarycarnival.com

For Gluten Free Northern Pike

• 1-1 1/2 cup Gluten free flour or a good gluten free bread or GF cereal For Panko Crusted Northern Pike

• 1-1.5 cups all purpose flour or panko bread crumbs Directions: Break eggs into a medium bowl. Add milk and pepper to taste. Whisk together. In new bowl, incorporate flour, lemon pepper, celery seed & a bit of salt. Note: If using Gluten Free bread for coating, pulse in food processor until desired coarseness. Place on baking sheet; bake 20 min. at 200°, turning after 10 min. Mixed breading, spices, salt & pepper in separate bowl for dredging. Use heavy bottom frying pan set to med-high heat. Add Olive oil; let come up to 350°. Dip fish into egg mixture to coat. Let excess egg drip off. Immediately dredge fish in flour or bread crumbs on both sides, shaking off excess. Place on parchment lined baking sheet; rest about 30 min. Place fish in pan, slowly, waiting for oil to come back up to temp. Fry fish until nicely browned on first side. Turn; check temp between additions. Done temp. should be 130°; rest for about 5 min. Keep warm in a 200° oven until ready to serve.

Recipe by: saveur.com

Ingredients: • 2 sticks plus 4 Tbsp. butter • 1 3/4 lb. cremini mushrooms, halved • Kosher salt • Ground white pepper • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream • 1 (4 oz.) piece fresh horseradish, peeled & finely grated • 1 1/4 lb. skin-on pike or walleye fillets • Freshly ground black pepper • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs • 2 Tbsp. roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

Recipe by: reddishkitchen.com

Ingredients: • 4 Northern Pike fillets (or Walleye or Cod) • Salt & Pepper • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk (400 ml can) • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger • 2 tsp. red curry paste • 1 tsp. parsley Directions: Preheat oven to 400°. Spray casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Rinse fillets; pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Add coconut milk, ginger & red curry paste to a small saucepan. Whisk at med. heat until mixture starts to steam. Remove pan from stove; pour thin layer of sauce into bottom of casserole dish. Place fish on top of sauce; pour remainder of sauce over it. Layer fish in 2 layers if needed. Sprinkle with parsley. Bake for 20 min. Page 62 • Midwest Hunting & Fishing - January-February 2019 62

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Recipe by: Taste of Home

Ingredients: • 6 bacon strips, in 1” pieces • 1/2 cup chopped celery • 2 cups water • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley • 1/2 tsp. dill weed • 1/8 tsp. pepper • 1 cup half-and-half cream

• 2/3 cup chopped onion • 3 med. potatoes, peeled/cubed • 1/2 cup chopped carrots • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt • 1 lb. fillets, in 1” chunks

Directions: In a 3-qt. saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings. Saute onion & celery in reserved drippings until tender. Add potatoes, water, carrots, parsley, lemon juice and seasonings. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, about 30 min. Add fish and bacon; simmer for 5 minutes or just until fish flakes with a fork. Add cream and heat through.

Directions: In lg. skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. of butter over hi. When butter just melts, add mushrooms; cook, undisturbed, for 4 min. Continue cooking, stir occasionally, until lightly browned & liquid evaporates, 4 min. Season mushrooms with salt & white pepper; stir in 2 Tbsp. butter & cream. Remove pan from heat; keep warm. In small saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter over med. heat; stir in horseradish. Cover pan; turn off heat. Let horseradish-butter stand 10 min. In another lg. skillet, heat 1 stick butter over med-hi until it begins to brown. Season fillets with salt & black pepper; sprinkle with bread crumbs, coat evenly. In batches, add to skillet, skin side down; cook, turning once, until golden brown & cooked through, 5 min. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Spoon mushrooms onto larger serving platter; sprinkle with the parsley. Arrange fillets, skin side up, over the mushrooms and then spoon over warm horseradish butter and serve immediately.

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Recipe by: roughfish.com

Ingredients: • 1 lb. burbot backstraps, cut into bite-sized pieces • 1 qt. water • 1/4 cup vinegar • 2 tsp. salt Directions: Add salt to water in saucepan. Stir well. Bring to a full boil. Add vinegar. Let itcome to a full boil again. Slowly add burbot chunks. Let it come to a full boil and boil for 2 minutes. Drain. Serve with melted butter and salt and pepper.

Recipe by: Taste of Home Ingredients: • 1 large egg • 2 tsp. honey • 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (45 to 50) • 1/2 tsp. salt • 1-1/2 lb. walleye fillets • 1/3 to 1/2 cup canola oil • Lemon wedge & minced fresh parsley, opt.

Directions: In a shallow bowl, beat egg; add honey. In a shallow dish, combine crackers and salt. Dip fish in egg mixture, then in cracker mixture; turn until coated. In a cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook fillets in oil over medium heat until golden and fish flakes easily with a fork, 3-5 minutes on each side. If desired, top with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

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Along with its cold, ice and snow, winter brings lots of opportunities to get outdoors, whether you’re ice fishing, hunting, snow-shoeing or hiking. But before you head out, it’s always smart to review the threats posed by low temperatures and all that comes with winter. Avera Medical Group Marshall family medicine physician Brent Griffin, MD, has spent his life in North Dakota and Minnesota and said there are common challenges that come with the season and gives advice as to how you can avoid them at their worst. “We’re hardy folks, us Midwesterners, but winter threats can crop up, especially for people who work or recreate outdoors,” Griffin said. “Remember that wetness, along with handling cold tools or equipment, can lower your body temperature. Using your brain is the No. 1 step for a safe winter season.” Common sense goes a long way toward fighting winter’s ills, but sometimes things get bad. “In general, people do a good job of avoiding cold-weather injuries, but it’s always wise to know what the risks are,” said Avera Medical Group emergency physician Jared Friedman, MD. “We do see some in our emergency rooms each winter.” The threat: Chilblains What it is and how to avoid it: This inflammatory condition can crop up after you’ve been out of the cold, and that delay can throw people off. “Red skin and swelling can show up hours, or sometimes up to a day or two after your exposure. It’s painful, but not serious,” said Griffin. “Make sure you wear gloves or mittens, even on short trips outside because cold exposure is at the root of chilblains.” The threat: Frost nip What it is and how to avoid it: Frostbite’s “little brother” is frost nip, and it’s a sign that you need to take a break and get out of the wind and white stuff. “The tissue is beginning to freeze, but it’s still flexible. There’s usually pain and numbness, especially in the nose, ears and fingers,” Griffin said. “Get inside and use gradual warming to increase temps. Don’t use rapid heating like very hot water or a hair dryer as it can lead to burns.” The threat: Circulation conditions and cold weather What it is and how to avoid it: Many people who face cold weather may have higher risks of injury due to circulation problems related to chronic conditions such as peripheral vascular disease and diabetes. “People who smoke also have a higher risk, and while it may feel like alcohol will ‘warm you’ it’s actually helping your body shed heat faster since it’s a vasodilating chemical,” said Friedman. “The very young and old also are more prone to skin damage and hypothermia in winter, and they should be bundled up and protected.” The threat: Immersion foot What it is and how to avoid it: While rare, individuals who spend hours in wet socks and shoes can develop rashes, swelling and sensitivity to touch. Pack along extra socks and change them regularly. In most cases, a break from time outdoors and a change of footwear will help avoid this less-common condition that occurs in sloppy seasons.

The threat: Frostbite What it is and how to avoid it: As body temperature drops, finger tips, earlobes and toes may actually begin to freeze if exposure is extreme. After frost nip, frostbite sets in, and if you’re not careful, it can lead to permanent damage. In its most dangerous form, it can lead to blisters and in some cases, amputation to avoid gangrene. “When skin goes from numb and red to firm and rigid, like a steak in the freezer, it’s frostbite,” said Griffin. “In some cases it can be an emergency and medical attention should be sought. The tissue damage can lead to infection and further complications. Start by getting out of the cold, but if the tissue remains rigid and tender, get an appointment or visit an urgent-care clinic.” The threat: Snow blindness What it is and how to avoid it: Glare from sunlight, especially off of snow and ice, can impact the cornea of the eye. While this condition more often affects skiers and explorers in the Arctic, it can happen to anyone. Sunglasses are a good way to keep your eyes safe all winter long, especially on days with sharp sunlight when you’re out for a long hike. The threat: Hypothermia This condition is serious and potentially fatal. “Shivering is the natural response to cold, and as your body temp drops, warming up at home may not be enough,” Friedman said. “When you stop shivering, you’re now moving into moderate hypothermia as the body temperature dips below 90. This is when people will feel clumsy or confused. They need to take immediate action: get out of the cold and if necessary, get to an emergency room.”

When people fail to warm up, severe hypothermia can set in and lead to death. When someone does get too cold, gradually warm the person and seek medical attention if their body temperature does not increase. “True hypothermia can be difficult to treat, is quite serious and may require quick action to help the person,” Friedman said. “Medical attention can make a difference and could end up saving a person’s life.”

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+Nationally Advertised Price; actual sales price determined by dealer. Price does not include freight, dealer prep, and T.T.L. uManufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Prices may vary due to supply, location, freight etc. Actual prices are set by the dealer. *Terms and Conditions: Nationally Advertised Price with $2,500 Rebate. Consumer benefit for purchasing a new (unused, not previously warranty registered) eligible MY 2019 and prior boat from 1/1/19-3/31/19 is an instant rebate applied at time of final sale by dealer, at no extra cost to consumer. Actual rebate amount is determined by model selected. NO BENEFIT SUBSTITUTIONS. Promotion is only applicable from authorized participating Skeeter dealers in the U.S.A. and Canada sold to purchasing consumers residing in the U.S.A. and Canada. Promotion is limited to available stock in dealer inventory that is sold, PDI completed, delivered and warranty registered in accordance with Skeeter’s promotion and warranty registration requirements during applicable dates. No model substitutions, benefit substitutions, extensions or rain checks will be allowed. Not redeemable for cash. Boats sold or provided for commercial, camp, resort, rental, promotional/demo, government agency, competition, tournament or sponsorship use are not eligible. This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other Skeeter offer or discounts. Some exceptions may apply. See authorized, participating Skeeter dealer for complete details. Skeeter reserves the right to change or cancel this promotion at any time. Other restrictions and conditions apply. ©2019 Skeeter Products, Inc. All rights reserved. This document contains many of Skeeter’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement. Remember to observe all applicable boating laws. Never drink and ride. Dress properly with a USCG approved flotation device and protective gear. Boats may be shown with optional equipment. See your local Skeeter dealer for complete details.

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