Afternoon Invasion of the Mosquito Hawks

Afternoon Invasion of the Mosquito Hawks

Aug 31, 2014

“ . . It soon became apparent that I had become witness to a predatory blood bath of dynamic proportions.  Gnats and mosquitoes were dying by the thousands!”   Back when I was a school kid, organized summer youth activities were virtually nonexistent.  Consequently, we invented our own entertainment.  For boys, the Dog Days of August were mostly...

Blue-Winged Teal Provide Opening Day Memories

Blue-Winged Teal Provide Opening Day Memories

Aug 29, 2014

For most budding waterfowl hunters, an early season blue-winged teal is the very first duck brought to bag.  I was no exception to that rule, and shot my very first blue-wing during my very first duck hunt.  It was just Dad and I, and the hunt took place in Northern Iowa along a quiet backwater pond of the Winnebago River.  Less than 50 yards in width, the...

A Match Made In Heaven

A Match Made In Heaven

Aug 19, 2014

  Hummingbirds and Jewelweed The ruby-throated hummingbird is aptly named.  When illuminated by even the slightest hint of sunlight, the male’s ruby red bib sparkles with all the intensity of the finest jewel.  The hummingbird’s glossy emerald back is equally iridescent, making the species one of our most attractive backyard birds. But it is the...

World Gone Mad — Turkey vs. Red-tail

World Gone Mad — Turkey vs. Red-tail

Aug 9, 2014

  For the past 12 summers, I’ve been observing the daily activities at a red-tailed hawk nest located near the south shore of Clear Lake.  This year, the hawks successfully raised two young.  Out of the nest and on the wing, the fledglings are currently learning to hunt for themselves.  Their first inexperienced and clumsy attempts at catching meadow...

At Long Last; Iowa’s Special Teal Season is Back

At Long Last; Iowa’s Special Teal Season is Back

Aug 7, 2014

  There’s a big change for this year’s duck season.  For the first time since the 1960s, Iowa waterfowlers will have an opportunity to participate in a Special Teal Only Hunting Season.  The statewide 16-day season begins Saturday, September 6 and runs through September 21.  Authorized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the hunt is being...