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Local anglers complete Wyoming’s Cutt-Slam by Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal

Last summer was a milestone of sorts for two local fly anglers. They spent 10 days in the western part of Wyoming fishing for three subspecies of cutthroat trout in their native drainages.

Most of their time was spent high in the mountain ranges of the Bridger Teton National Forest fishing headwater streams where pure strains of Colorado, Snake River and Bonneville cutthroat swim.

For years fish management programs have threatened the cutthroats through the introduction of non-native trout, including browns, rainbows and lake trout.

Today’s fish management is changing.

In an effort to develop more appreciation and support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s cutthroat management efforts, the department has initiated a fisherman’s recognition program. Titled the Wyoming’s Cutt-Slam Program, it recognizes anglers who have caught each of the four subspecies in their native range within the state.

“The first I heard about the program was when I was visiting the Dakota Angler Fly Shop in Rapid City and saw the certificate on the wall,” says Robert Gillespie.

Gillespie, Sioux City, was on his way to Montana to fish the Yellowstone River with his fishing partner Charlie Thoman, Dakota Dunes. After learning more about the program, they decided to document their catch of the Yellowstone subspecies and plan a trip to Wyoming the next year to catch the other three.

It was, they both agree, a wonderful and challenging time.

“It was the best trip ever,” Gillespie says. “I’d never fished the Bridger Teton National Forest. The scenery is gorgeous, and we both like fishing smaller streams.”

Thoman agreed.

“It was fantastic,” he says. “It was the best fishing experience I’ve ever had.”

But it wasn’t easy.

The cutthroat were finicky, and weather sometimes threw them a curve. [Read more…]


Spring Turkey Hunting By Gary Howey

I can’t wait until old man winter releases his grip on the upper Midwest and spring arrives when I can hit the woods to begin another season to pursue spring turkey.

This will be my forty-first season where I hope to add my 104th bird to my turkey log. This year, I’ll have three Nebraska tags and help my Son-in-Law Matt and grandson Teddy to tag their first birds in South Dakota.

It’s a good time to get out, spend some time in the woods doing a combination turkey scouting and shed hunting trip. Deer general; shed their headgear in mid-February, but not all deer shed at the same time. It’s possible you will find sheds shortly after the rut. While I’m out looking for sheds, I have my eye out for turkey sign as I hunt sheds in the same areas where I hunt turkeys.

When my camera crew and I are seriously thinking about turkey hunting, the first thing we need to do is to put together some sort of a plan.

If you are hunting locally, putting a plan together doesn’t take much time, but if you’re looking at hunting in a different area or even a different state, making a plan will be very important.

If I’m going to be hunting in a different state, I start by checking the web sites of the state’s Game and Parks or DNR I’m looking at getting a permit. If they have a lot of information and columns devoted to turkey hunting, it’s a good bet there a good numbers of the birds in the state.

After looking at the South Dakota Game & Parks site where I had hoped to have the opportunity to do some turkey hunting with my son in law and grandson, I was disappointed to find out the county they would be hunting in, didn’t issue any nonresident permits, I had to re-plan the hunt.

We would have to start checking around at the states where we would have a chance at obtaining a permit; I’ll grab the phone and contact the game department of the state. This is where I obtain as much information as I can from their experts. I’ll talk with the people that spend a lot of time in the field and have their finger on what’s happening as far as turkey numbers. This information helps me to zero in on an area with good numbers of birds and if I’m lucky, I may even be able to obtain some names of folks in the area that may allow hunting.

I choose a zone or area where I have a good chance of getting a permit. Then it’s that anxious time, waiting to find out if you were successful on the draw. Once I know I have a permit or tag I look for any public land in the area, if that area happens to be one the game department was high on, I get an aerial map of it and see what’s there, checking out any heavily wooded areas for possible roosts and areas where the birds could feed.

I’ve hunted turkeys in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Mississippi and got my best information from those states Game & Parks-DNR’s. Some of them have turkey density and harvest information that helps us to choose what area to hunt. [Read more…]