Morel of the Story

Morel of the Story

May 21, 2014

  Once they’ve been at it for a few seasons, most mushroom hunters will have amassed a collection of stories recounting their grandest moments in the spring woodlands.  Most tales are accounts of big hauls and mother lodes.  We’ve struck it big a time or two ourselves, and the ‘big finds’ never fail to provide cherished memories — like the...

Spring Woodlands

Spring Woodlands

May 20, 2014

    Only got close to one turkey today [a hen], but there were plenty of other interesting things to observe in Iowa’s spring woodlands.  Plum, and other, blossoms are really beginning to perfume the woods.  What an incredible time of...

Predictably Unpredictable

Predictably Unpredictable

May 20, 2014

  Of all the wild game the outdoors has to offer, no species is more predictably unpredictable than the elusive wild turkey.  To pursue the bird is to engage in a never ending cycle of extreme highs and extreme lows. Yesterday, the turkeys had it going their way.  I didn’t hear many birds at daybreak, but was finally able to strike up a mid-morning...

Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

May 11, 2014

  Spring has finally arrived; dandelions are beginning to bloom.  For ultra-urbanized lawn care fanatics, the annual appearance of the dandelion’s familiar yellow flower is most unwelcome.  But for those of us who stalk the elusive wild mushroom, it’s a sure sign of good things to come. No one can argue that the full flavored morel mushroom is our...

Blue-Wings on the Move

Blue-Wings on the Move

May 4, 2014

    There are few things I enjoy more than hunting blue-winged teal as they migrate through Iowa each September.  Although they can easily withstand a chill, they usually choose not to; and there is no denying that the speedy BWT is partial to warm climates.  The first to move south each fall, blue-wings are also the last to arrive each...