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,...

Winter Weather Extremes Bring Bizarre Wildlife Sighting

Winter Weather Extremes Bring Bizarre Wildlife Sighting

Feb 7, 2019

No one will argue that our Iowa winter has been one of weather extremes. Gone but not forgotten, the month of January provided our most dramatic example; offering everything from unseasonable warmth to polar blasts of life threatening cold and minus 60-degree wind chills. The month included a rich variety of rain showers, freezing drizzle, fog, heavy snowfall,...

September Hunting Seasons Underway

September Hunting Seasons Underway

Sep 5, 2017

     Strong Hunter Turnout – Good Success For Iowa hunting enthusiasts, the Labor Day weekend is a big time, nonstop, action-packed event. The 2017 dove season began September 1st, and although large numbers of doves had already migrated out of the state, most of Iowa’s 10,000 participants appear to have enjoyed anywhere from good to somewhere beyond...

They Can Hide But They Can’t Run

They Can Hide But They Can’t Run

Apr 23, 2017

When It Comes To Hunting The Elusive Wild Mushroom –                  Timing is Everything   April showers may bring May flowers, but they also produce mushrooms. And there’s just something about the mushroom that makes people go absolutely crazy. Succulent and elusive, the morel mushroom is Iowa’s most coveted wild edible. Hunting...

2016 Waterfowl Forecast

2016 Waterfowl Forecast

Aug 13, 2016

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Duck Migration For 2016             When the leaves turn color and autumn winds blow, Iowa duck hunters can anticipate seeing a strong migration during 2016. That’s the official assessment from this year’s North American Breeding Duck and Habitat Survey released this week by the U.S. Fish &...

Pursuing the Late Season Buck

  It was mid-winter.  Hunting seasons were winding down and there could be little doubt that today would be a tough hunt.  Even with a good rifle and dialed in scope, taking a mature buck would present a challenge. In spite of all that, there were some encouraging signs.  Although the freshest snow had only been on the ground for two days, woodland...