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June 21, 2016
Wiltz: A bucket list and catching an afflicted fish
I don't know Ted Takasaki personally, but I do know he gained notoriety as a successful walleye angler. He also writes an occasional outdoor column for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. He recently penned a fishing bucket list column and included some of the waters he has already fished,...
June 21, 2016 - 11:23pm
June 14, 2016
Wiltz: The why to when and where we hunt
Why do I hunt? I avoid philosophical views as much as possible, but there are times I can't seem to avoid it. Last week, I mentioned a visit with Andrew, my nephew, who resides in inner-city Chicago. Our worlds, views, and politics are as different as rural South Dakota and urban...
June 14, 2016 - 11:30pm
June 7, 2016
The good and bad that can get ugly
A few weeks ago I spent the better part of a pleasant day with my nephew, Andrew, in Chicago. Andrew's world is a whole different universe than mine, and when he said, "Uncle Roger, do you enjoy going out and killing animals?", he really gave me something to think about. The answer...
June 7, 2016 - 10:18pm
June 1, 2016
The ins and outs of handguns and concealed carry
Handguns and the ammunition to feed them may currently be the hottest selling goods in America. It's not just a "man" thing. Women are serious buyers. Though self-defense is a factor, recreational shooting is very popular. Handgun hunting is growing in popularity, and many handguns...
June 1, 2016 - 12:00am
May 26, 2016
WILTZ: On egg farms and SD's underappreciated fighting fish
During the past year, I've written about wind turbines, pipelines, and livestock confinement units. Were it not for a growing population with a gluttonous appetite for food and energy, there might be easier answers to these issues. As it is, all sides have reasonable arguments.
May 26, 2016 - 12:20am
May 17, 2016
WILTZ: What's for dinner? Something new
How receptive are you to eating wild game? Most of us would probably fall into a "shades of gray" category. A recent experience has left me wondering exactly where I am on the gray scale.
May 17, 2016 - 11:47pm
May 10, 2016
WILTZ: World of hunting trips not immune to change
Recent changes in the world of hunting have affected some of the places I've been. Another touches my recently booked British Columbia moose hunt.
May 10, 2016 - 11:41pm
May 3, 2016
This book taught me more than I garnered in a year of college
Occasionally I read a book I just have to talk about, and Peter Aughton's Endeavor is such a work. Aughton chronicled Capt. James Cook's initial three year around the world expedition that included the discovery and limited exploration of Australia. Cook set sail on the HMS Endeavor...
May 3, 2016 - 11:47pm
April 26, 2016
WILTZ: On South Dakota's scenery and hunting buffaloes
Have you ever felt like you wanted a change in scenery for a few days? After church on Sunday April 10, Betsy and I headed for the Black Hills. We took the scenic route by heading west on State Highway 44, crossing the Platte-Winner Bridge, turning north on Highway 47 at the Lone...
April 26, 2016 - 11:50pm
April 20, 2016
WILTZ: Preparing one's mind and body for the big hunt
In early October, hunting partner Mike Hall and I will head to British Columbia for a moose hunt. We plan to drive. Other than experiencing some incredible landscape, we will be able to take home our moose meat if either or both of us are successful. We will also be able to avoid...
April 20, 2016 - 12:13am
April 13, 2016
Let's take a look at our Game, Fish & Parks commissioners
As you probably know, our eight South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks commissioners are appointed by our governor to four-year terms. I have sometimes wondered about our GF&P commissioners. Are their appointments political favors? Are they themselves fishermen, hunters and campers? Do their...
April 13, 2016 - 1:33am
April 5, 2016
WILTZ: More than 50 years worth of fishing tips
I've recently encouraged you to chase walleyes beneath the Fort Randall Dam or the Big Bend Dam with a jig and minnow. While the stretch between Chamberlain and Fort Thompson was good advice, the action at Randall has been almost non-existent. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has...
April 5, 2016 - 11:29pm
March 30, 2016
WILTZ: Current background checks are plenty thorough
It was about 48 years ago when Betsy and I drove to Olivet in order to change our voter registrations from Democrat to Independent. It probably had to do with gun control, as I had recently become of life member of the National Rifle Association. Politics-wise, we were like many young...
March 30, 2016 - 1:47pm
March 22, 2016
Improved eyes means better hunting next fall
While I attempt to keep this column relevant for all ages, I sometimes reveal my age and such will be the case today. Back in January, I admitted that a doe I had dropped with my muzzleloader got up and ran off. I had apparently nicked the top of its spine and momentarily stunned...
March 22, 2016 - 10:47pm
February 9, 2016
Knowing the lay of the land for tag draws
I've never really done much of what I'm going to talk about today, but I do have a hunter friend who is constantly "rolling the dice," so to speak. I'm talking about Jerry Hnetynka. I would guess that he has been applying for various hunting licenses for the past 45 years. Like South...
February 9, 2016 - 11:38pm