Decoy Addiction

Decoy Addiction

Aug 26, 2017

  My initial exposure to the ancient art of duck hunting was a memorable occasion. I had barely settled into the blind when the first flock of web-foots appeared. They were blue-winged teal, on the deck and traveling at warp speed. As they passed the blind, the birds suddenly took interest in our decoys. Executing a spectacular U-turn, the compact...

Iowa Dove Season Opens September 1st

Iowa Dove Season Opens September 1st

Aug 19, 2017

  Iowa’s fall dove season begins Sept. 1st, when around ten thousand licensed hunters are expected to take to the fields in search of North America’s most abundant migratory gamebird. According to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service surveys, dove populations in the “Lower 48” stood at 279 million on September 1, 2016. During the 2016 dove season, a...

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Duck Migration For 2017

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Predicts Strong Duck Migration For 2017

Aug 17, 2017

    When leaves fall and autumn winds blow, Iowa duck hunters can anticipate a strong migration of southbound waterfowl during 2017. That’s the official assessment from this year’s North American Breeding Duck and Habitat Survey released today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Conducted every year since 1955, the continent-wide annual...

BEAUTIFYING THE IOWA LANDSCAPE – ONE ROADKILL AT A TIME

BEAUTIFYING THE IOWA LANDSCAPE  –  ONE ROADKILL AT A TIME

Jul 24, 2017

  Smelly and disgusting, the scene was anything but pretty. No one would argue that the highway cleanup crew was facing a nasty job. But in spite of sweltering summer heat, foul odor, and grisly conditions; the crew was enthusiastically engaged in the task at hand. It was a dirty job, and they were doing it. In this particular case, the cleanup crew did not...

Summer Velvet

Summer Velvet

Jul 15, 2017

  For Iowa deer hunters, it’s never too early to start thinking of fall. I was reminded of this fact this morning when, just after sunrise, I spotted a group containing four mature, bachelor bucks. Standing in an open grassland, the deer were a sight to behold. The antlers on three of the bucks had already extended well beyond the width of their ears....

Tasty & Nutritious — Summer’s Wild Edibles Are Worth Fighting For

Tasty & Nutritious — Summer’s Wild Edibles Are Worth Fighting For

Jul 1, 2017

      The best things are always worth fighting for. For the past several days, I’ve been fighting. Fighting with deer, fighting with robins, fighting with catbirds. We’re fighting every day. Fighting at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Perhaps competing is a better term. My – or maybe I should now say our — favorite stands of wild mulberries...