Although Deadwood, South Dakota, still offers plenty of opportunities for gamblers, the town also deals out plenty of chances to anglers for a full house of trout, walleye, perch, smallmouth bass, and other fish! It’s a perfect place to go on a fishing adventure no matter what the season. Within an hour of Deadwood you can be on walleye, trout or bass.
The dawning of our third day in the plains of South Dakota found me eager to enjoy even more of the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside. I jumped into my truck and headed out for a day of exploration. Heading north, there was a method to my madness — an area of high mesas, canyons and rolling foothills, lingering in the distance.
After one day spent along the Niobrara River of north-central Nebraska, I found myself with a turkey tag already filled. Deciding that it was time for a change of scenery … the Claypool clan was rolling down the road, heading north into South Dakota.
With the humbling experience of my mule deer recurve stalk behind me … we went to a big riverbottom that held a lot of deer, and set up a drive. I clutched my bow tensely and leaned into a tree. First I spotted a flicker of movement, then noticed the movement was coming my way. The first object I could distinguish clearly was a huge set of polished whitetail antlers!