Straight Shooter

Straight Shooter

Apr 23, 2014

  It’s likely that every Iowa turkey hunter has had dreams of finding themselves surrounded by cooperative spring gobblers.  Although the dream usually remains unfulfilled, that’s the exact scenario that unfolded for Lake Mills Police Chief and traditional archery enthusiast Dave Thomas this weekend.  After placing his blind and a single...

Spins on a Dime

Spins on a Dime

Apr 23, 2014

  We all know that turkey hunting success — or failure — can spin on a dime.  My son Matt and I each got a good reminder of that this morning.  Sequestered in a favorite woodland, I heard my first gobble while it was still pitch black at 5:25.  The tom was soon answered by a second gobbler and, as daylight increased, the chorus was joined by...

Hide & Sneak!

Hide & Sneak!

Apr 18, 2014

    In an effort to avoid detection, nesting Canada geese try to keep a low profile.  The goose’s crafty “hide & sneak” routine works even better when the ice...

Iowa Turkey Opener

Iowa Turkey Opener

Apr 16, 2014

  I’m thinkin’ that this morning’s kickoff to the 2014  Spring Turkey Season wasn’t exactly what area hunters had in mind.  With heavy overcast, below freezing temperatures, a blanket of new snow on the ground, and winds gusting to 38 mph; the prognoses seemed bleak.  But it was still Opening Day after all, and no turkey hunter...

Iowa Scaup Research

Iowa Scaup Research

Apr 16, 2014

Swarming northward from their winter resorts; tens of thousands of lesser scaup [bluebill] ducks are currently making their way through Iowa.  Ever since I was introduced to the species during the 1960s, I have loved watching and, of course, hunting bluebills.  With this spring’s flight at its peak, I grabbed my camera and a big bag of diver decoys, and...