Daybreak Dancers Provide Unique Glimpse into Iowa’s Prairie Heritgage

Daybreak Dancers Provide Unique Glimpse into Iowa’s Prairie Heritgage

Apr 25, 2015

I’m sitting on an isolated prairie hilltop.  It’s still pitch dark; more than an hour to go until sunrise.  Inside my photo blind, I’m fighting the urge to doze off.  I’m located at the edge of an active prairie chicken booming ground [more properly called a lek] hoping to catch a literal glimpse of Iowa’s prairie heritage.   Sharing vast...

Text Book Tom

Text Book Tom

Apr 18, 2015

    Once in a Blue Moon there are times when wild turkeys follow the script and the hunt goes exactly as planned.  We’ve all heard and read about those mythical Text Book Turkey Hunts.  You know, the hunts where the weather is perfect, the calling is perfect, and the Old Swamp Gobbler you’ve been plotting against for weeks comes roaring into...

Five Minute Gobbler

Five Minute Gobbler

Apr 18, 2015

With Less Than An Hour to Hunt, It Was Still Worth A Try   McGREGOR, IA. — April 13, 2015; the long awaited Opening Day of the Iowa spring turkey season.  Turkey openers are always a big day on the outdoor calendar, and the 2015 kickoff would mark the 36th consecutive year that hunting partner Steve Schutte and I have been attempting to match wits...

Wing Bone Yelpers

Wing Bone Yelpers

Apr 10, 2015

 Wing Bone Calls Provide Link to Turkey Hunting Heritage Most people purchase their turkey calls at a retail outlet or from an online catalog.  Outdoor enthusiast, Dave Thomas gets his calls straight from the woods. Skilled woodsman and longtime Police Chief of Lake Mills, Iowa, Thomas has a long running passion for pursuing elk, white-tails, and wild turkeys...

Blood Moon Gobblers

Blood Moon Gobblers

Apr 10, 2015

  Nebraska Sandhills Provide Exciting Kickoff to Spring Turkey Hunt                                                                                            The night air was clear and crisp.  And although nearly two hours remained until sunrise, hunting partner...