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The “In” Between Time of the Year By Gary Howey

This is the time of the year, we call the “in” between” seasons because hunting is winding down and in some areas; the weather has not been cold enough to build what I would call good ice. We are in between seasons or things we can do in the outdoors.

If you are going to do any ice fishing, you will have to head north to find any “good” ice.

The ice fishing in northeastern South Dakota is going strong, as there is good ice and good fishing on most of the Glacial Lakes and sloughs.

If you are going to ice fish anywhere, exercise caution, as the ice in some areas is thin!

There have been reports indicating from Iowa of vehicles going through the ice; Caution needs to be used when venturing out on the ice since the thickness can vary greatly from one location to another.

Call me a little too cautious, but I like to have plenty of ice before I before I even think about driving my vehicle on it.

We recently made a trip north into South Dakota to do some ice fishing where we fished on several lakes and slough, where we had plenty of ice and some great walleye and perch fishing. Team Member Eric Brandreit, Big Stone City, South Dakota has also been doing well on perch on Big Stone on the Minnesota South Dakota border.

If you are not into ice fishing, you might want to give predator calling a shot, as there are plenty of hungry predators out there looking for an easy meal. My Team and I really get excited about predator calling once temperatures turn cold and the ground is snow covered.

Numerous manufacturers make mouth and electronic calls that will do an excellent job at bringing coyote and fox into rifle range.

Light caliber rifles such as 22-250, 223 and 243 all are excellent choices when calling predators. Shotguns also work well when loaded with heavier loads for close range shots.

If you are more into indoor events this time of the year, there are numerous things going on in the area you might want to check out.

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No matter what you are into: guns, fishing, hunting or travel, you will be able to find it at the numerous gun shows and at the boat, sport and travel shows going on throughout the upper Midwest.

The Gun Shows and Boat, Sport, Outdoor and Travel shows are just getting started.

Some of the Gun Shows in the upper Midwest will be held will be in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Watertown and Yankton, SD,

At these shows, you will be able to look over and purchase about any type of gun, parts, collectables, reloading supplies and ammunition.

Listed below are some of the guns shows and information on when they are held.

Dakota Territorial Gun Collector’s Association Gun Shows

January 24-25      National Field Archer Bldg.  Yankton, S.D.

February 7-8         RAMKOTA Hotel & Conference CTR.   Aberdeen, S.D.

February 14-15     Trophy Show-The Big One,  Conference Ctr One, RAMKOTA Hotel &  Conference Ctr.

February 21-22     Ramkota River Event Ctr.  Pierre, S.D.

March 14-15           RAMKOTA Hotel Exhibit Hall ,  Collectors Classic,  Sioux Falls, S.D.

March 21-22           Codington City Ag Bldg.   Watertown, S.D.

Several other events that are held during the “in” between time of the year include Big Buck Classics, which are opportunities for hunters to display the hunting trophies they have taken over the years as well as opportunities to see some of the newest deer hunting productThis is also when the Boat Sport and Travel Shows will kick off in Nebraska and South Dakota, where outdoorsmen and women will have the opportunity to visit with guides, resorts and outfitters from throughout the Midwest and Canada. At these shows, there will be hunting and fishing seminars as well as exhibitors highlighting the new gear.

As I have mentioned in previous columns, we need to support conservation groups including Pheasants Forever, Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well as others.

These conservation groups are very instrumental in helping to developing government farm programs dealing with habitat. Through their local chapters, they help promote youth mentoring programs, habitat improvement s, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. By attending their banquets, needed dollars is raised, much of which stays in our area

Listed below are a few of these events that held in our area.

Jan. 31:                  Bazille Creek Pheasants Forever Banquet,   Bloomfield Pavilion-Fairgrounds

Jan 31-Feb 2:       Nebraska Big Buck Classic,   Century Link Center,    Omaha, NE.                                          

Jan 31-Feb 2:       Boat, Sport & Travel Show,   Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, NE.

February 6-8:      Nebraska, Boat, Sports & Travel Show,  Lancaster Event Center,  Lincoln, NE.

 February 7th:     Nebraska Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever  State Habitat/Meeting Banquet,  Younes Conference Center,   Kearney NE.

February 7th:       Lewis & Clark Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet, Minerva’s Grill & Bar, Yankton, S.D.

March 12-15 :       Sioux Empire Sportsmen’s Show,  Sioux Falls Convention Center,  Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mar. 20:                  Northeast Nebraska Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited, Wausa Fire Hall, Wausa, NE.

Once we get through January and into February, the snow geese migration will begin as the birds make their way north and light goose hunting conservation season will be open. With the warming weather, we will have the opportunity to get our boats out and do some early spring open water fishing, followed by the spring turkey season and we will have the opportunity to once again, be out in the outdoors.

Until things open up stay warm, stay safe and have a great 2015.