Spring Turkeys

Spring Turkeys

Apr 9, 2018

  Early April is not only a good time to put the finishing touches on spring turkey scouting; it’s also a great time to hone your calling skills.  Nothing sounds more like a hen turkey than, well, a hen turkey.  Spring hens will never be more vocal than they are right now.  If a hunter really wants to know what to say and exactly when to say it;...

Redhead Ducks

Redhead Ducks

Apr 6, 2018

    The redhead is one of my favorite ducks. I know. I say that about a lot of ducks. But when it comes to redheads; I really mean it. All things considered, there’s really nothing not to like about these incredible heavy bodied, broad breasted, monster-webbed, red headed deep divers. They’re big. They’re beautiful. And they readily come to...

Foggy Morning

  Today’s forecast called for mostly sunny skies.  With temperatures hovering at 16-degrees, the partially open wetland where I’d seen quite a few ducks yesterday would now be reduced to an airhole or two; birds would be concentrated – good place to put a photo blind.  I had almost reached the marsh when a frog strangling fog descended on the...

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

Apr 4, 2018

When Pursuing the World’s Ficklest Fowl, You Just Never Know What’s Going to Happen The phone didn’t ring until late afternoon. It was my friend, Curt Stille calling with the latest, most up to date snow goose report. Surrounded by a spread of white wind socks, Curt was currently perched atop a prominent North Iowa hillside keeping company with last...

One for the Record Book

One for the Record Book

Apr 3, 2018

 WINTER STORM UMA MARCH 23 & 24, 2018     Promises. Promises. Promises. After a full season of hyping those great big winter snow storms that never ever materialized, the Weather Channel finally got it right. Dubbed by the channel as Winter Storm Uma, the massive system that plowed across parts of Iowa Friday night was a real winter...

Pan-Fried Snow Goose

Pan-Fried Snow Goose

Apr 3, 2018

Sometimes the Simplest Methods are the Best “Can I get you anything?” the guy behind the Fareway meat counter asked. Stopping my cart, I replied, “No thanks,” and then mentioned that we were having fresh snow goose for supper. “Hmmm; snow goose,” he mused. “Don’t they melt when you put ‘em in the oven?” “Good one,” I said. “You know...