The Rogue of Mallard Marsh

The Rogue of Mallard Marsh

Jan 20, 2018

    The American mink is a highly curious, yet amazingly wary, aquatic predator. An outsized member of the weasel family, the mink is so crafty, in fact, that many experienced trappers think catching one presents a challenge equal to outwitting the fox or coyote. I don’t know if mink are really that smart or not, although at least one animal...

END OF SEASON

END OF SEASON

Jan 13, 2018

  Last Chance Turkeys Once there is snow on the ground, the Iowa woodlands are never truly dark. Hunting for end of the season turkeys means getting there early – I mean really early — and moving slow. With two full hours to go until sunrise, I was in the blind. It was going to be a bit of wait. And although I had hoped to be entertained by the sight...

Coping with Winter

Coping with Winter

Jan 10, 2018

To say that the 2018 New Year got off to a chilling start would be a gross understatement. Once the mercury started to drop, it seemed as if the temperature free fall would never hit bottom.   With wind chills plummeting beyond 40 degrees below zero, Iowa ranked as one of the coldest places on earth. The final three days of the North Iowa goose season were...

Deep Freeze Goose Hunt

Deep Freeze Goose Hunt

Dec 29, 2017

  The lead colored skies were dark and somber. Around two inches of new snow had fallen during the night and the weatherman was promising more on the way. Flurries, in the form of huge dry flakes, were continuing to fall. Wind chills were pushing minus twenty degrees. Up at International Falls, the actual temperature had plummeted to a brutal negative 37,...

Red Fox – Friend or Foe?

Red Fox – Friend or Foe?

Dec 16, 2017

  I trapped a prime red fox the other day. I don’t do much trapping anymore, and the fox came as a bit of a surprise. Although the set was located where I’ve seen fox or fox tracks in the past, I figured that I was most likely to catch a raccoon. In reality, catching the fox was probably as much accident as anything. One thing is certain, though....

Nighttime Owl Walks Represent Excellent Form of Winter Recreation

Searching the forest for unsuspecting prey, owls prowl the darkness on silent wings. Although rarely seen in daylight, owls are a lot more common than most folks realize. No matter where you live in Iowa, there are probably owls nearby. They inhabit our state forests and river corridors, live in our farmstead windbreaks, reside in urban backyards. Since owls...