Check out the latest outdoor adventures with Simon Fuller and Gary Howey. Each week has something new, from hunting to fishing, and everything in between. Remember to tune into Classic Hits 106.3 and ESPN Radio 1570 each day at 6:45 AM to here the daily Outdoor Adventure!

January 20, 2018

Today Simon and Gary give their final tips about literally getting hooked while fishing. Simon mentions when his dad, Jeff, got hooked while fighting a Northern. Next week, a new adventure! Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures

January 19, 2018

Today the gentleman talk about what do after getting the hook out. ALWAYS CLEAN OUT THE WOUND!! Gary and Simon always remind you to carry a fish aid kit. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures

January 18, 2018

Today Gary and Simon talk about single hook getting stuck in you while fishing. Gary mentions a couple few simple methods to get that hook unstuck. Hopefully you never get stuck while fishing, might need to bring along a first aid kit if you do. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures

January 17, 2018

Getting hooked while fishing… Gary talks about getting a treble hook stuck in your leg, and how a hospital visit may be necessary to get that out. Find out what happened to Gary’s friend when he got a treble hook stuck in his body. What is a treble hook? Treble hooks consist of three hooks with a single eye. These hooks are used by fishermen in a variety of applications and on many fishing lures. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 16, 2018

Today Gary and Simon talk about the first step of what you should do if you get hooked while fishing. Remember not to hank and pull, that can cause more damage. So what should you do? Take a listen. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 15, 2018

Outdoor Adventures continues once again this week and today they continue their talk about fishing. Today Gary talks about getting hooked while out fishing. Literally. Jeff Fuller, our owner, also is mentioned when he got hooked. That’s all on today’s episode. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

Ice Fishing Then and Now

The sport of ice fishing has really changed a lot from when I started ice fishing as a kid back in Watertown, South Dakota.

Our clothing we wore outside in the winter, whether it was to go ice fishing or scoop a few walks to earn spending money was basic. It consisted of blue jeans, long johns, tee shirt, sweatshirt, two pair of socks, covered by a plastic bread sack, the only pair of shoes we owned, overshoes, a parka, a pair of Jersey gloves and a stocking cap.

Today, there are dozens of ice fishing suits, such as the Clam line of outerwear, in numerous accent colors in sizes to fit men, women and kid.  The Clam bibs and parkas allow you to face some of the most extreme conditions that  we ice fisherman may have to endure, utilizing cutting-edge engineering with segmented flotation assist material to help you float should you fall through the ice.

On our first ice-fishing trip, we borrowed a spud bar (a heavy sharpened steel rod) that you banged on the ice until you got a hole punched through the ice.  The hole would start out about two-foot wide and ended up the size of the rod as it slipped from our cold hands and went to the bottom of Lake Pelican.

 

Later on, I moved up to a hand auger and it worked fine for a few holes and by that time, you had no more energy to drill another hole and decided to fish the two or three holes you managed to dig.

Now I have a Jiffy Model 46 Propane 8″ auger, which is great as there is no mixing gas and oil, so you avoid the smell and odor on your clothes and tackle.  They start quickly and have enough power to tear through any depth of Ice.

Back in the “old” days, our sled was a Flexible Flyer with a peach crate wired to it where we threw in our gear, not much, but it hauled what little tackle we had and gave one of us a place to sit down and rest.

Now, there are numerous companies manufacturing ice fishing sleds, one, two and three man sleds with a bench seat or with comfortable swivel seats as well as pop up ice houses that can hold your entire fishing crew.  Some come with light covers while others have a tough denier thermal insulated covers. Some include a place to store a small 12-volt 9-amp battery out of the way; the battery used to run your sleds LED lighting and fish locator.  They also have rod holders and other accessories that will make your ice fishing experience more enjoyable as well as more productive.

Tackle, back when I was a kid consisted of a short piece of a broom handle with a couple of nails in it to hold our line, a bobber, hook and our bait were minnows. The bobbers we had were generally so large that a hooked fish would die from exhaustion trying to move the large bobbers and when and if you did get a bite, you pulled your line in with the “old” hand over hand method.


Ice fishing gear has changed with early equipment being one-size-fits-all to today’s species-specific spinning reel rigs (left), spooler reels (right) with lures in numerous sizes from the mini lures used for panfish to the larger spoons for pike and colors ranging from flashy to fluorescent.

In modern times, now we use species-specific rods that come in numerous lengths and actions, some with spinning reels while others have spooler reels like the Clam Genz 200 Ice Spooler Reel.

The line we had back then was Dacron, the black heavy line used for all types of fishing; today manufacturers such as Berkley have lines for all seasons, made from different compounds and different types of ice fishing conditions. These include Berkley Trilene Cold Weather, Micro-Ice Mono, FireLine Micro Ice Fusion, FireLine Fused Micro Ice Crystal and Trilene Fluorocarbon Ice Line.

Depth finders back then consisted of a nut attached onto our lines or perhaps a small spark plug that allowed us to judge the depth of the water and at what depth we should set our bobber so that our baits suspended just off the bottom as that is where we thought hard-water fish would be located in the winter.

Today we have ice-fishing electronics including flashers, LCD units, underwater cameras and combination units with both locators and underwater cameras.


Serious ice anglers equip themselves with many of the above; I have several Vexilar locators and one that has the locator and camera combination.

 

Vexilar also has a unit, which can turn your cell phone into a Fish Phone, allowing you to see what is under the ice on your cell phone.

Modern electronics has taught us a lot, including that not all hard-water fish spend all winter on the bottom, as fish under the ice, will move throughout the depths to feed.

Today, almost any company that makes fishing lures has a line of ice fishing baits, with small baits for panfish, larger ones for walleyes and bass  with larger spoons with treble hooks and double hooked rigs on short leaders for the toothy critters, the northern pike.

Clam Outdoors, Northland, Lindy and others tackle companies all have ice-fishing baits made from numerous materials, including tungsten, which gives you a smaller bait with the additional weight to get it down quickly to where the fish are located.

Bobbers now days are small or even minute made from balsa wood with a slipknot above it, allowing you to change the depth you want to fish. While others made from foam allow you to down size your bobber so only a tiny piece of it floats on the water; this lets the angler detect the slightest bait movement and bites.

 

The different baits offered by these companies come in a diversity of different colors some with flat paint, some sparkly, multi-colored while others are florescent.

Then there are different sizes baits for numerous different species, which include those names like the ant, maggot, dingle, spoons, blade spoons, dingle drop and hundreds of others names.

 

Every year these companies keep manufacturing warmer clothing, lighter more efficient augers, better baits, well equipped sleds and shelters, all of these help hard water anglers to enjoy ice fishing, one of the fastest growing winter outdoor activities.

January 13, 2018

Today Gary and Simon wrap up there talk on ice fishing, and how technology has helped change fishing, and catch more fish.Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 12, 2018

Gary used to break his moms brooms to catch fish… Find out why and what continues to change in the world of Ice Fishing. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 11, 2018

Today on the ice fishing adventure, Gary talks about augers and how they can be handy when out in the cold temperatures of winter. They also talk about suits to wear to stay warm when out in the cold weather. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 10, 2018

Gary and Simon continue their talk about ice fishing then and now. Today sheds are the topic and how they have changed so much. They talk about staying warm and more all on today’s Outdoor Adventure. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

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January 9, 2018

Today on “Ice Fishing” Adventures, Gary talks about when he first started Ice Fishing. Using bobbers the size of softballs, and how annoying it was when Gary was young! How did he stick with it? Take a listen and find out how. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 8, 2018

Fishing is a wonderful sport and activity because it can be enjoyed all year round. Whether it’s fishing off the speed boat on a hot July summer day, or bundled up with blankets on a crisp January afternoon, fishing is always there. This week Gary and Simon enjoy and discuss Ice Fishing! Today they talk about how Ice Fishing has changed throughout the generations, and more! Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 6, 2018

Today Gary and Simon wrap up what they were talking about this week. Hunters being true conservationist. Hunters not only enjoy hunting but also helping out create land for others to use and enjoy just as they do! As the temperatures drop, the water begins to freeze and that make it perfect for ice fishing! That is coming up next week on Outdoor Adventures with Gary and Simon. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 5, 2018

Hunters are always having fun when they go out hunting, but they are also practicing safety and being responsible at the same time. Today Gary and Simon talk more about hunter safety along with the life lessons that hunting brings. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 4, 2018

Elk Point was named after the Elk in the area! Today Gary discusses how Hunter have been able to help keep the Elk around in the area, and grow! They also talk about how the Turkey population grew as well. That and more is on today’s Outdoor Adventure! Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

January 3, 2018

Sometimes Hunters get a bad reputation, but take a look and you will see a true giver. Hunters are always giving back and raising money. From Pheasants Forever, to Ducks Unlimited, hunters are always giving back to each other, others, and the environment. With all these great organizations, hunters have been able to help save such animals as the Canada Goose (Right) or the White Tail Deer. 

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Tomorrow Gary and Simon will talk more about how these organizations are helping with wildlife in North America. Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

Also don’t forget about your local Pheasants Forever Yankton Area Chapter! They are having their 25th Annual Banquet on Saturday, January 20 at Minervas. Check out more on the Community Calendar.

The Yankton Are Chapter of Pheasants Forever is the First and ONLY of all SD Pheasants Forever Chapters to be credited with $1 Million in Habitat Expenditures!

Late Season Pheasant Hunting

January 3, 2018, Gary Howey

Every year as the pheasant season progresses, pheasants become harder to locate and to get close enough for a decent shot.

Younger birds have either learned from those pheasants taken during the early season with the older birds being more educated than they were at the end of last season and a whole lot spookier.

During the late season you will find that hunting to be a long-range proposition as the birds have been hunted and will run, taking off like world-class sprinters, putting as much distance between themselves and [Read More…]

January 2, 2018

Hunters are builders, or as we should say. Hunters are conservers. Hunters are helping build wildlife areas not just for themselves but also for bird watchers, hikers, and everyone in between. Today Gary and Simon as talk about the “Hunter’s Tax” and what it all goes to. To read more about the Excise Tax, check it out below! Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

“Manufacturers of hunting and shooting arms and ammunition, archery equipment, and fishing equipment pay an excise tax on the equipment they produce. These funds, combined with a tax on motorboat fuels, are collected by the federal government and distributed to each state’s fish and wildlife agency.” (Federal Aid in Wildlife)

January 1, 2018

It’s a new year, but Simon Fuller and Gary Howey are up to their same adventures out in the wild. To start off a new year, and a new week, they spent today discussing what a hunter is. A hunter is a conserver, not a preserver. Hunting wild life such as deer and coyotes help protect other animals. Hunter safety and Habitat for Humanity is coming up throughout the week! Remember to tune in every morning on Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN Radio 1570 at 6:45 to hear the latest Outdoor Adventures with Simon and Gary, and check back here for all the latest on Outdoor Adventures.

Advantages Of Supplemental Feeding Deer

December 28 2017, Gary Howey

Providing a year-round source of nutrition for your whitetail herd is very important. Inadequate nutrition leads to weight loss, poor conception rates, lower fawn survival, increased susceptibility to disease…and where it counts to some gamekeepers most – poor antler development and increased mortality rates. Food plots can be vital [Read More…]

Early Ice

December 27 2017, Gary Howey

I know it is hard to believe, but its December and the time of the year when people really start to think seriously about ice fishing.

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, the phones in our office goes wild with people wondering where the ice is good enough to go ice fishing and where the fish are biting.

Well this year, the ice particularly on the larger bodies of water [Read More…]

My First Wabbit Hunt,

December 13 2017, Gary Howey

As a kid growing up in N.E. South Dakota, my friends and I would pursue what we thought was big game that inhabited the thickets and woodlot along the Sioux River, the Wily Wabbit.

With my Daisy BB guns in hand, off we would go, heading down the River out towards Lake Pelican.

It did not matter much what type of rabbit it was, we were just after rabbits, it could have been a black-tailed or white-tailed jackrabbit or a cottontail, and we just wanted to say that we had bagged a rabbit.

We knew there were many rabbits around as we had seen their tracks in the snow, so it was only a matter [Read More…]