December Snowstorm

December Snowstorm

Dec 31, 2015

Today’s magnificent snowstorm delivered the kind of weather I wait all year for.  The noisy crusted over snow was quickly buried, the woods became completely silent again, and the landscape soon resembled an upside down Christmas globe on steroids.  Best of all, resident white-tails were on the move.  With three unused deer tags still in my pocket, I...

Banded Duck Completes Epic Flight

Banded Duck Completes Epic Flight

Dec 12, 2015

  It’s rumored that when throwing important dinner parties, some of our local high rollers like to impress their guests by having live lobsters flown in from Maine or gallons of jumbo shrimp delivered fresh from the Gulf.  And although I’m not likely to receive an engraved invitation to any of those social events any time soon, I have no reason to...

Pan-Seared Redhead – In the air or in the skillet; the redhead duck is one class act.

Pan-Seared Redhead – In the air or in the skillet; the redhead duck is one class act.

Dec 3, 2015

  Across Iowa’s northern tier, the signals are clear.  This year’s duck season is rapidly winding down.  Smaller ponds and sloughs – even the larger marshes — are completely iced over – have been that way for more than a week now.  Winter is at hand and even the largest lakes are on borrowed time. But for those who hunt diving ducks, there...

Mallard Madness – Winter Storm Triggers Waterfowl Frenzy

Mallard Madness – Winter Storm Triggers Waterfowl Frenzy

Dec 3, 2015

  Monday morning, the final day of November.  A significant winter storm was brewing and you could feel it in the air.  A light skiff of snow had already fallen during the night and area weather forecasters were all but guaranteeing that more snow and maybe even some ice was headed our way.  With more than an hour to go until daylight, school...