Turkey Liver & Onions

Turkey Liver & Onions

Dec 31, 2016

Turkey Hollow – Late last week: The arrow was launched and my New Year’s Day turkey dinner was in the bag. In prime condition, I was amazed – as always — at just how much fat the winter turkey was carrying. The bird’s gizzard, for example, was completely engulfed in a thick layer of bright yellow fat. But it was the turkey’s liver that I was...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2016

  Procuring the perfect Christmas goose is an annual priority of my winter agenda. This year’s honored entree arrived during a cold and blustery afternoon when nearly two dozen hog fat Canada geese decided to investigate my decoys. With the beautiful Christmas goose plucked and on ice; there only remained a single uncompleted item on my 2016 Outdoor...

A Hallmark Moment

A Hallmark Moment

Dec 23, 2016

A spectacular winter storm system is currently careening across the upper mid-west – including Clear Lake – today.  Snow is coming down in huge clumps of clean white flakes; 3 to 5 additional inches is expected.  This photo includes two of my favorite subjects – new snow & Canada geese.  I think this one comes as close as I’ll likely ever get to...

END OF THE LINE

END OF THE LINE

Dec 17, 2016

  Notes on Goldeneyes – Shotguns – and Eagles For Iowa duck hunters, the appearance of migrating goldeneyes is a bittersweet moment. Although a prime goldeneye drake is regarded as a waterfowling trophy, the species’ arrival signals the beginning of the end. Make no mistake. Open water has been officially put on notice. Freeze-up is at hand. Like it...

Wintery Blast Provides Premier Bird Show

Wintery Blast Provides Premier Bird Show

Dec 16, 2016

  By the second week of December, there remained little question that winter had arrived. In northern Iowa, marshlands were frozen solid. At Clear Lake [where I live] more than 3,600 acres of open water had been reduced to two small air holes. But although local weather conditions had turned frigid, the late season bird show was heating up as clouds of...