Spring Setback

Spring Setback

Mar 26, 2014

    The spring waterfowl migration was put on temporary hold this week as another arctic cold front swept across Northern Iowa.  Yesterday’s weather added insult to injury as strong winds and whiteout snow squalls raged off and on throughout much of the day.  Although such days are extremely tough on equipment, who could dream of staying...

Turkey Decoy Field Test

Turkey Decoy Field Test

Mar 24, 2014

Yesterday afternoon, my wife, Carol decided that I needed a new turkey decoy.  In reality, I probably did not.  I already have a lot of turkey decoys.  I have turkey silhouettes, folding turkeys, inflatable turkeys, hard rubber turkeys, plastic turkeys, hens, jakes, gobblers, and so on.  In my search for the perfect decoy, I feel like I’ve tried them...

Spring Spectacular

Spring Spectacular

Mar 22, 2014

The annual mass migration of snow geese is one of  creation’s most amazing spectacles.  More than six million of the snow white birds are currently moving toward ancestral breeding grounds on the sodden tundras of the Canadian arctic.  The northbound geese are unaware, of course, that nesting areas will remain locked under snow and ice until early to...

Spring Ritual

Spring Ritual

Mar 16, 2014

  It’s mid-March, and the days are getting long.  In spite of the fact that our North Iowa woodlands remain snow covered and spring turkey seasons are still nearly a month in the offing; I couldn’t resist getting out into the timber this weekend.  Glad I did. Saturday morning was certainly no disappointment.  Right on cue, and without any...

Spring Thaw

Spring Thaw

Mar 15, 2014

  What a difference a week [or maybe a couple of days] can make!  As recently as March 10, I still needed snowshoes to navigate across much of the North Iowa landscape and wind chills were still routinely dropping into negative numbers.  And then came the Big Thaw.  Snow depths that looked [and felt] as if they should take weeks to melt, have...