Wildlife 101: Cottontail Dynamics

Wildlife 101:  Cottontail Dynamics

Jan 31, 2014

  After you’ve heard or read the same old stuff for about the millionth time,  there are topics that seem to lose a bit of their original luster.  You know, like the standard Wildlife Management 101 speech stating how you can’t stockpile small game or those lessons regarding the ultra dynamic nature of local wildlife populations.  We all...

Feeding Birds with Birds

Feeding Birds with Birds

Jan 29, 2014

  The woman at the opposite end of the phone line was — well, she was hysterical.  Absolutely in a rage, and that’s putting it mildly.  Whenever she’d stop to take a breath, I’d seize the opportunity to try working in a few words of my own.  Didn’t work.  Before I’d get half way through the first sentence, off she’d go again.  At...

Pursuing the Late Season Buck

  It was mid-winter.  Hunting seasons were winding down and there could be little doubt that today would be a tough hunt.  Even with a good rifle and dialed in scope, taking a mature buck would present a challenge. In spite of all that, there were some encouraging signs.  Although the freshest snow had only been on the ground for two days, woodland...

All Buttoned Up

All Buttoned Up

Jan 12, 2014

  The Iowa deer season ended Friday, January 10.  It was a tough hunt.  During this year’s archery season, I hunted harder but encountered fewer deer in Northern Iowa than I’ve seen in several decades.  During the peak of the November rut I had ‘close encounters’ with two mature bucks.  The first was a wide beamed, high tined...

Cold Turkey!

Cold Turkey!

Jan 8, 2014

      It was something I’d been putting off for way too long.  Last weekend, I finally crossed the bridge.  Finally made the decision to go cold turkey — literally.       What I mean to say is that I literally ventured into the snow clad woodlands and attempted to bag an end of the season wild turkey — with bow and...