Strutting Their Stuff

Strutting Their Stuff

Mar 26, 2016

  Mature Gobblers Spend Around Four Months of Their Year in the Strut. So why do birds expend so much time and energy in display? Is it to guard territory or attract hens? The answer may come as a surprise. Calling a spring gobbler into close range is one of hunting’s most rewarding challenges. With tail fanned and wings dragging, there are few sights...

PRESEASON SCOUTING LEADS TO TURKEY HUNTING SUCCESS

PRESEASON SCOUTING LEADS TO TURKEY HUNTING SUCCESS

Mar 16, 2016

  Iowa’s youth turkey hunting season begins April 9. The regular spring seasons commence April 18. For local turkey hunting enthusiasts, the seasons can’t come a minute too soon. Most hunters are already pacing the floor in anticipation of what to expect when they finally take to their favorite woodland in search of the elusive gobbler. Chronic...

Spring Turkeys

Spring Turkeys

Mar 12, 2016

I’m hearing from a lot of Iowa turkey hunters who are getting more than a little bit anxious for spring.  Apparently, Iowa’s wild turkeys are feeling the same.  Under the influence of lengthening days, our local woodlands are starting to echo with plenty predawn gobbling — even saw my first turkey rumble this morning.  Immediately after...

Late Season Cottontails

Late Season Cottontails

Mar 6, 2016

Here in the Heartland, the cottontail rabbit is one of our most important links in the natural food chain. Prolific to a fault, cottontails are the bane of summer gardeners, preferred menu items for foxes, and time honored fair game for young human hunters packing a pocket full of ammo. Although cottontail rabbits were once a mainstay of Iowa small game...