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Game & Fish Midwest

Game & Fish Midwest March 2020

Each issue of Game & Fish Midwest details proven local strategies for whitetails, turkeys, bass, walleyes and more. Discover the best places to hunt and fish from North Dakota to Kentucky, and learn the top times for success in the field and on the water. Get info on hot new gear and how it performs, as well as updates on trends, regulations, seasons and destinations to help you plan your next outing.

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3 min.
fan club

“WHAT DID you do with the fans from those birds?” my friend asked. “They were both nice turkeys.” He was talking about a pair of gobblers I had killed while hunting with him near the Black Hills for a few days last spring. It had been a great trip that stretched over two states, and together we had taken three birds. I wanted to tell him that, in a fitting tribute to the glorious longbeards that once proudly carried them, both tail fans now hung side-by-side on my office wall. Or my living room wall. Or any wall. Instead, I told him the truth. “They’re still in my freezer,” I said with a shameful grimace. “Yeah, so is mine,” he admitted. With a new turkey season rapidly approaching, I have a confession to make: Those…

3 min.
the perfect pattern

I’VE BEEN known to say that turkey hunting is stupid. You get up before the crows and drive for miles into the country. Just as the sun is starting to pink up the morning sky, you pull out a wooden tube and blow into it trying to sound like an owl. What you really sound like is a cow with digestion problems. Then … nothing happens. You walk about a mile and blow into your fake owl/cow call again. This time you hear a turkey gobble back where you parked the truck. The sun is almost up so you run. Yes, you run like Forrest Gump back toward your truck. You quickly throw out some plastic birds that look like depressed turkeys on meth, put your back against a tree and pull a…

1 min.
dense means dead

HIGH-TECH ammunition, primarily loads that use tungsten-alloy pellets, can tip the odds of killing a gobbler in your favor. Federal offers Heavyweight TSS turkey loads in 20 and 12 gauge, and even .410 bore. Heavyweight TSS shot pellets are small—No. 7, 8, 9 and 10—but heavy. The tungsten alloy Federal uses for the pellets has a density of 18 grams per cubic centimeter, almost 60 percent denser than lead and 22 percent denser than standard tungsten-alloy shot. The small but heavy shot allows for higher pellet counts and denser patterns, while still hitting hard at distance. Federal Heavyweight TSS turkey offerings range from a 3-inch, .410-bore load with 13/16 ounce of No. 9 shot to a 3 1/2-inch, 12-gauge load with 2 1/4 ounces of No. 7 shot. Duplex loads are…

4 min.
pick a color

THINK ABOUT the choices you make every time you tie a bait onto your line: Topwater or subsurface? Hard lure or soft? Aggressive action or subtle? After these questions are answered, the internal debate shifts to color. Indeed, picking the best lure color can be as agonizing as any other bait-related choice, and the decision is frequently dominated by personal preferences and experiences. But what does science say? Somewhat remarkably, biological research into largemouth bass color vision extends all the way back to 1937 (“Responses of the largemouth black bass to color,” by F.A. Brown Jr.). In this initial study, bass were trained with the help of food rewards to approach different colored targets, including red, yellow, green, blue, black and others. The results of this 80-plus-year-old work revealed that bass…

5 min.
give woodies a home

ON A crisp, early fall morning, I heard the distinct high-pitched squeal and then observed a colorful wood duck drake rocket past my location along a wooded river corridor. It was the first one I had seen in that area—ever. The river was a ribbon of water that snaked through a maze of mature timber, and at a wide pool I had erected a wood duck nesting box the previous winter. When I opened and checked the nest box later that fall, I found shards of eggshells and fluffy duck down. Success! A wood duck had laid eggs and reared young there. The return of the wood duck to America’s landscape is much like that of the wild turkey. This bird species was once thought to be headed to extinction until hunters,…

1 min.
build or buy?

THERE ARE many online sources of information on building and placing wood duck nesting boxes. For detailed plans, search “nest box” at any of the following sites: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, wdfw.wa.gov Pennsylvania Game Commission, pgc.pa.gov Ducks Unlimited, ducks.org Plans are also available from: Delta Waterfowl, deltawaterfowl.org/ hen-houses The Wood Duck Society, woodducksociety.com/duckhouse If you don’t have the time or tools to build a box, you can purchase durable plastic duck boxes made from recycled milk jugs for $44.95 at cattailproducts.com. These boxes are easy to install and care for, and they last many years.…