Early Morning Standoff

Early Morning Standoff

Jan 27, 2016

It was a classic encounter of predator and prey.  When a hen turkey was approached by a foraging fox, she immediately moved into the thickest cover available which in this case, wasn’t all that much.  At a distance of mere feet, the advancing hunter stopped as the two animals sized each other up; both obviously contemplating their next move.  Waiting...

Sheds

Sheds

Jan 22, 2016

  With the November rut long past, Iowa white-tails have no further need of their magnificent antlers. So what do deer do with something they don’t need anymore?  The same thing we do; they throw it away.  Bucks annually accomplish this task through an involuntary process called shedding.  Sudden spikes in stress levels may hasten the event.  A...

Legends of the Fall – Iowa White-tails Prove as Elusive as Ever

Legends of the Fall – Iowa White-tails Prove as Elusive as Ever

Jan 13, 2016

  My first encounter with the Gray Faced Buck occurred on November 1st, 2014.  It was during my first bow hunt of the season, and the annual rut was in full swing. Prior to first light, I had set a ground blind along a strip of hay ground bordered on one side by an oak woodlot and by a corn field on the other. The action came quickly.  As soon as the...

Northern Shrike – Iowa’s Most Vicious Songbird

Northern Shrike – Iowa’s Most Vicious Songbird

Jan 10, 2016

  At first glance, the blue jay-sized northern shrike looks pretty harmless. But for resident mice, shrews, and juncos this slate colored songbird is anything but harmless.  In reality, the shrike is a complete carnivore — as brutally predacious as any raptor could hope to be.  The shrike’s list of fair game includes just about anything and...

Tribute to the Lowly Muskrat

Tribute to the Lowly Muskrat

Jan 6, 2016

  Overcast skies, chill winter wind, rural landscapes cloaked in nine inches of new snow. Absolute perfect conditions for an end of December goose hunt.  But for hunting companion Curt Stille and I, the anticipated slam dunk outing was rapidly turning into the proverbial wild goose chase. The dilemma wasn’t for a lack of birds. There were plenty of...