King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain

Sep 25, 2014

  All is not quiet on the Western Front. It is, in fact, getting noisier by the day.  Across the vast expanse of the American West; the annual elk rut is in full swing.  From the rugged slopes of northern Montana to the rim rock canyons of Arizona; majestic heavy antlered bulls have gathered to scream, bugle, and wage war.  What began as halfhearted...

Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen

Sep 20, 2014

The morning duck hunt was off to a slow start.  Although several teal had visited my location prior to legal shooting time, no birds had appeared in the twenty minutes since sunrise.  That’s the way teal hunting often is; lots of flocks milling around in the half light of dawn with most birds settling in to feed by the time the sun comes up. Another...

Changing the Menu

Changing the Menu

Sep 16, 2014

Iowa’s bonus teal season has been running for ten days now and Iowa duck hunters have been enjoying some incredible “bonus fun”.  But following several consecutive meals of grilled blue-wing; it was definitely time to change the menu.  So, instead of placing the baked wild rice on the left side of the duck — we decided to serve it on...

Dove Migration

Dove Migration

Sep 13, 2014

No one will argue that the 2014 Iowa dove season is easily our best yet.  So far, there have been five straight, back to back days of high intensity wing shooting excitement.  Today was perhaps the most exciting yet.  Plummeting temperatures and brisk NW winds triggered a mass movement of doves.  But the morning got off to a slow start; only saw two doves...

2014 Dove Opener – The Best One Yet

2014 Dove Opener – The Best One Yet

Sep 7, 2014

  The popularity of Iowa’s dove season continues to grow.  This year, for example, there were actual “dove camps” on public areas.  On the eve of Monday’s September 1st Opener, hunters’ campfires glimmered near the outskirts of favored sunflower plots — more reminiscent of traditional duck openers than what we’ve seen for Iowa dove...