Take tenkara to the next level

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re­cover from the rig­ors of the rut and build up re­serves for the up­com­ing win­ter. Take a stand and wait them out. Bud­get Break­down: • Fuel (15 mpg ve­hi­cle at $2.50/gal. for 1,700 to­tal miles): $285

• Lodg­ing (7 nights at $50/night: $350 • Food (7 days at $20/day): $140

• Deer li­cense and habi­tat stamp: $267

To­tal: $1,042 Money-saver Tip: Camp out in warmer weather for $0–$10 per night and save $280–$350. Li­cens­ing:

out­door ne­braska.gov/ hunt­ing Solid mu­ley bucks cer­tainly ex­ist in South Dakota, and there is abun­dant pub­lic land, rel­a­tively light hunt­ing pres­sure, re­li­able pop­u­la­tions, and de­cent tro­phy po­ten­tial. Lo­ca­tions/habi­tat: • Mis­souri River Breaks: Deep, brushy canyons and steep, cedar-dot­ted hills

I’VE AR­ROWED THREE MA­TURE SOUTH DAKOTA BUCKS—ONE ON PUB­LIC

LAND—IN NOVEM­BER.

• Bad­lands: Rock for­ma­tions, deep canyons, and sprawl­ing grass­lands

• Black Hills: Pon­derosa pines and steep canyons bordered by gen­tle hills, ag, and coulees

• North­west South Dakota: Pine forests and rolling, sage­dot­ted prairies Food Sources:

Corn, grasses, al­falfa, and sun­flow­ers Where to Hunt: Gain­ing ac­cess to pri­vate land is fea­si­ble (some­times with a small tres­pass fee); pri­vate lands en­rolled in the state’s Walk-in Area pro­gram; Black Hills Na­tional For­est; Buf­falo Gap Na­tional Grass­land; Custer Na­tional For­est; state game pro­duc­tion ar­eas

Strat­egy: I’ve ar­rowed three ma­ture South Dakota bucks—one on pub­lic land—in Novem­ber. The com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor? The rut gets wild, and ma­ture bucks some­times for­sake all com­mon sense. Watch the wind, but hunt ag­gres­sively. Use a sil­hou­ette decoy to draw a buck in close. Bud­get Break­down: •

Fuel (15 mpg ve­hi­cle at $2.50/gal. for 1,700 to­tal miles): $285

• Lodg­ing (7 nights at $60/night): $420 • Food (7 days at $20/day): $140

• Deer li­cense: $286 • Pri­vate land tres­pass fee: $500

To­tal: $1,631

Money-saver Tip:

Tent camp­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able. Li­cens­ing:

gfp. sd.gov/hunt­ing Nowhere else will you see so many speed goats. If you’re new to West­ern hunt­ing or love an­te­lope steaks as much as I do, Wy­oming is the place to be. Lo­ca­tions/habi­tat: • Lusk/gil­lette/ Casper: Flat, as well as rolling prairies dot­ted with sage and oc­ca­sional drainages Food Sources: Forbs, grasses, al­falfa, and sage­brush Where to Hunt: State land, Walk-in Ar­eas, BLM land, Hunter/landowner As­sis­tance Pro­gram Strat­egy:

Con­sider ac­cu­mu­lat­ing one or more pref­er­ence points be­fore try­ing for a tag. If you don’t draw, check for left­over tags for a unit with less pub­lic land and lower tro­phy po­ten­tial but still plenty of goats. In hot weather, fo­cus on wa­ter and al­falfa fields. If that doesn’t work, spot-and-stalk a buck. In late Septem­ber, de­ploy a decoy. Bud­get Break­down: • Fuel (15 mpg ve­hi­cle at $2.50/gal. for 3,050 to­tal miles): $510

• Lodg­ing (7 nights at $18/night in a camp­ground): $126

• Food (7 days at $20/day): $140 • Ap­pli­ca­tion fee, hunt­ing li­cense, archery li­cense and con­ser­va­tion stamp: $328.50

To­tal: $1,104.50 Money-saver Tip: Food costs can add up quickly. Save cash by pre­par­ing meals at home and freez­ing them for easy, in­ex­pen­sive din­ners. And don’t over­look the stand­bys of PB&JS, ra­men noo­dles, or canned tuna. Li­cens­ing: wgfd.wyo.gov Au­thor’s note:

Costs will vary based on ac­tual mileage or changes in fuel costs, flight rates, etc.

Over­all hunt­ing suc­cess for Wy­oming an­te­lope is 85 per­cent.

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