Aquatic Bullying

Aquatic Bullying

Sep 23, 2015

          No matter how many trips I make to the marsh, it seems there is always  something new to see.  No two days are alike.  Although this year’s special teal season ended yesterday, there was no reason for not going to the cattails with my camera.  The place I chose was a shallow, quiet pothole that is completely...

Iowa’s Special Teal Season – September 2015 Recap

Iowa’s Special Teal Season – September 2015 Recap

Sep 23, 2015

Iowa’s second installment in a series of three year, experimental Early Teal Seasons has concluded. Timed to coincide with peak migrations of blue-winged teal, the September hunt was reauthorized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2014. The season has been offered to Iowa waterfowlers as a 16-day free bonus and does not subtract days from the...

Hummingbirds Move Through Iowa

Hummingbirds Move Through Iowa

Sep 16, 2015

  The fall bird migration is gaining momentum.  And although the annual travels of all bird species are fascinating, perhaps none is more intriguing, or more often overlooked, than the autumn migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds. Regardless of where you live in the state, this year’s migration is currently at its peak.  After a somewhat...

Iowa’s Special Teal Season – Bonus Hunting Days; Early Season Excitement

Iowa’s Special Teal Season – Bonus Hunting Days; Early Season Excitement

Sep 9, 2015

  This year’s Special [Teal Only] Duck Season began Saturday, September 5. The second in a three year experiment, the early-16 day hunt is timed to coincide with the peak migration of blue-winged teal – one of the continent’s most abundant but least utilized waterfowl.   According to Iowa Conservation Officers and DNR Wildlife Biologists,...

Excellent Dove Numbers; Strong Hunter Turnout

Excellent Dove Numbers; Strong Hunter Turnout

Sep 3, 2015

  This year’s Iowa dove opener is officially in the can. In spite of the fact that unseasonably cool weather during late August resulted in a substantial reduction in dove numbers across the state’s northern tiers of counties, more than enough birds remained to provide plenty of excitement. Farther south, the northern exodus may have bolstered dove...