Iowa’s Spring Turkey Hunt is Just Around the Corner

Iowa’s Spring Turkey Hunt is Just Around the Corner

Mar 28, 2019

PRESEASON SCOUTING CAN BRING EARLY SEASON SUCCESS The first segment of Iowa’s four-part, spring turkey season begins April 8. With snow drifts melted and mature gobblers currently making the timbers ring, hunters are already pacing the floor in anticipation of the upcoming season. But what a lot of hunters don’t realize is that there’s no reason to...

Cooper’s hawks — Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admire their speed and agility

Cooper’s hawks — Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admire their speed and agility

Mar 19, 2019

It would be hard to think of a bird exhibiting more cunning, speed, and raw savagery than the crow-sized Cooper’s hawk. Equally at home in wilderness forest and suburban hedgerow, the highly maneuverable Cooper’s is perhaps best known for its surprise attacks on backyard bird feeders — raids that usually result in an unfortunate dove,...

Visiting Siskins

Visiting Siskins

Mar 5, 2019

Considering the dramatic mix of weather we’ve endured during the past several weeks, I’m guessin’ that it would be hard for most of us to think of Northern Iowa as a Sunny South, winter destination. You know, the kind of place you’d go to escape unreasonably deep snow cover, extreme cold, polar wind chills and other winter unpleasantries. But for an...