Roast Turkey – Not Just for Thanksgiving Anymore!

Roast Turkey – Not Just for Thanksgiving Anymore!

Jan 15, 2021

I love homemade stuffing.  You know, turkey and dressing, pheasant and dressing; stuff like that.  Although exceedingly popular during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, stuffing quickly becomes a never-to-be-seen food item during the rest of the year.  It doesn’t have to be that way, of course.  There is really no reason...

Iowa’s Late Seasons

Iowa’s Late Seasons

Jan 7, 2021

The final segment of Iowa’s deer and turkey seasons is one of my favorite times to enjoy the Iowa outdoors.  OK, I know the obvious down sides.  By now, groups of already suspicious turkeys have assembled into large wintering flocks.  And following the conclusion of five separate firearms seasons, it’s no wonder that local white-tail...

How to Quickly Identify Red Finches

How to Quickly Identify Red Finches

Dec 23, 2020

For thousands of Iowa wildlife enthusiasts, winter bird feeding is an increasingly popular winter pastime.  The more birds we attract to our feeders, the more fun the activity becomes.  Properly identifying those backyard visitors – chickadees, cardinals, jays and others — is generally an easy task.   There are exceptions, of...

Christmas Goose

Christmas Goose

Dec 16, 2020

Sometimes it’s hard to tell which activity is most enjoyable – pursuing wild game, preparing wild game, or eating wild game.  What I do know is that all three rank high on my list of favorite pastimes which brings us to today’s topic – preparing the Christmas goose. Few flavors can match that of a corn-fed Iowa honker.  For our family,...

Iowa Swans Enjoy Amazing Recovery

Iowa Swans Enjoy Amazing Recovery

Dec 3, 2020

With only three days remaining in North Iowa’s 2020 Iowa duck season, the morning of November 29 had all the makings of a good hunt.   Temperatures hovered near freezing, overcast skies were dark and glowering and, best of all, a hurricane wind was ripping from the northwest.  If this wouldn’t have the birds stirred up, then nothing...

Notes on Coot Shooting

Notes on Coot Shooting

Nov 24, 2020

One of the things I keep an eye out for each year, is the peak migration of American coots.  Most commonly referred to as mud hens, coots are those large black birds that appear on local wetlands each autumn – often in incredible abundance.  Coots are our largest representatives of the rail family, and I never let a season pass without bagging and...