October Woodlands

October Woodlands

Oct 20, 2018

The season is changing and white-tail bucks are beginning to shift gears.  Along the edge of Iowa’s woodlands, fresh scrapes are beginning to appear as bucks mark territories  and announce their presence.  I normally don’t start bow hunting for deer until the first week of November.  This year, however, I decided to do my own gear shifting and take...

Best Duck Season Ever

Best Duck Season Ever

Oct 12, 2018

A Year Like No Other – an early season duck hunt in Cerro Gordo County, 1979. Back row [left to right] Lowell Washburn, Earl Leaman, Sterling Washburn, Leonard Washburn, Ed Kotz, Jr. / Front row – Sandy the Chesapeake & Shad the Lab Photo By: Ed Kotz, Sr.   Duck hunters love to reminisce. Recounting the great hunts of yesteryear is a popular and...

Day of the Merlin

Day of the Merlin

Oct 8, 2018

  DULUTH, MN. — According to our calendars, autumn has officially begun. If you look to the skies, there are some undeniable signs that the season is changing. In America’s North Country, the annual raptor migration is in full swing. Although the grand passage can be viewed from a variety of locations, there is no better place to witness the winged...

Surprise Visitors

Surprise Visitors

Oct 3, 2018

We’ve all heard that “Variety is the Spice of Life”.  Although generally applied to other topics, the familiar saying can certainly hold true for the outdoors as well.  One of the things I like most about duck hunting, for example, is that you just never know what’s going to drop into the decoys.  Some visitors come as a surprise.  Some of the...