Late Doves

Late Doves

Sep 16, 2013

  This year’s dove season has been providing local hunters with some pretty good shooting.  But during the past couple of mornings, things have tailed off dramatically with fewer and fewer birds showing up in the usual haunts.  By early this week, it appeared [and sounded] as if most hunters had packed it in.  On Monday, I only got a couple of...

The Stage is Set – Ducks are on the Move

The Stage is Set – Ducks are on the Move

Sep 12, 2013

            Northern Iowa’s prairie wetlands have made a dramatic comeback during 2013.  Following two years of searing drought, improved water levels have led to excellent production of locally nesting mallards and wood ducks.  The fruits of those labors are currently on display as flocks gather in preparation for the fall...

Iowa Dove Opener – 2013

Iowa Dove Opener – 2013

Sep 3, 2013

  The 2013 Iowa Dove Opener was accented by strong hunter turnout, unseasonably mild weather and, hunter success that ranged all the way from fair to excellent:  that’s the official assessment of Conservation Officers across the North Central region.  Although mourning dove numbers were high leading into the season, birds were widely scattered and...

Black Hills Pronghorns

Black Hills Pronghorns

Sep 1, 2013

Black Hills pronghorns are known by many names.  Most Easterners still call them antelope; they’re not.  Most locals refer to them as Speed Goats; still incorrect, though much closer to the truth.  But regardless of what you may choose to call it, one thing is certain.  The pronghorn is one very amazing creature.  Perhaps most amazing is its ability...