Wild Turkeys Provide A Lifelong Education

Wild Turkeys Provide A Lifelong Education

Apr 16, 2019

Blessed with extraordinary hearing, keen eyesight, and a profound ability to detect danger; the eastern wild turkey is America’s most challenging gamebird. The Long Beard’s instinct for survival is legendary. No other creature has been the subject of more hype, myth and folk lore than the elusive gobbler. In spite of major technological improvements to...

Spring Turkeys – Nebraska Style

Spring Turkeys – Nebraska Style

Apr 6, 2019

Turkey Season Kickoff: The great state of Nebraska is one my favorite destinations for pursuing wild turkeys. Nebraska’s early archery season begins in late March and for the past nine years, Dave Thomas and I have used the early days for our turkey season kickoff. Nebraska has some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. Over the years, Dave and...

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...

Iowa Cottontails Present Late Winter Challenge

Iowa Cottontails Present Late Winter Challenge

Feb 21, 2019

Rabbit hunting is one of my favorite winter pastimes. I especially love getting out in new snow. Fresh, crisp, and clean; the winter woodlands are never more beautiful. The rabbits sit tight, and every track is fresh. I’m not alone in my enthusiasm. An important link in the natural food chain, rabbits have been a time-honored menu item for foxes,...