Iowa Teal Season is Flying By

Iowa Teal Season is Flying By

Sep 11, 2019

Iowa’s September teal season is the best thing that’s happened to duck hunting in the past half century.  Timed to take advantage of early migrating blue-winged teal, the season is offered to Mississippi Flyway states by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a sixteen-day, teal only bonus hunt.  The special season is referred to as a bonus...

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

Sep 8, 2019

Mix the sugar water.  Fill the backyard feeders.  The fall migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird is underway.  For those wishing to obtain an eyeball to eyeball encounter with our tiniest feathered travelers; there’s no better time than the present. Although some of the hummingbirds we’re seeing may be holdovers from birds raised...

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Duck Numbers For 2019

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Duck Numbers For 2019

Aug 21, 2019

Duck hunters can expect to see strong waterfowl numbers during the 2019 fall migration and hunting seasons, says the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in a report released earlier this week.  The assessment was based on data gathered during this year’s North American Breeding Duck and Habitat Survey.  Conducted each year since 1955, the...

Despite Hard Winter — Iowa Deer Enjoy Excellent Production

Despite Hard Winter — Iowa Deer Enjoy Excellent Production

Aug 12, 2019

Intelligent, adaptable, unbelievably resilient; the white-tailed deer is one amazing creature.  The white-tail’s resilience – its ability to survive under extreme circumstances — has never been more evident than it has this spring and summer.  Everywhere I go, I see does with fawns. So, what makes this noteworthy?  To put things...

Sandhill Cranes Reclaim Historic Iowa Wetlands

Sandhill Cranes Reclaim Historic Iowa Wetlands

Aug 7, 2019

Following months of austere reclusion, resident families of sandhill cranes are beginning to appear.  Stealthily prowling marsh edge, cow pasture, and bean field; crane parents are busily teaching youngsters – more properly called crane colts — the useful art of frog spearing.  Learning to successfully hunt frogs, snakes, and other edible...