Mother Goose – A Tale of Survival

Mother Goose – A Tale of Survival

May 8, 2018

  Ventura Heights wildlife enthusiasts have found reason to celebrate. Following weeks of mixed speculation, the female Canada goose which serves as the Height’s unofficial mascot has been successful at hatching her eggs. Located near the far west end of Cerro Gordo County’s Clear Lake, the goose nest was located atop an abandoned muskrat lodge at...

Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

May 2, 2018

  There is no sound in nature that stirs my blood like the daybreak call of the wild turkey. No wild chorus incites more anticipation, produces more goose bumps, or penetrates deeper to my core than the ancient, staccato rattle of a mature spring gobbler. The closer you can get to spring gobbling, the louder and more exciting it becomes. But since the...

Spring Arrives!

Spring Arrives!

Apr 26, 2018

  It’s the 23rd of April. For today at least, it appears as if spring has finally arrived in Northern Iowa. With sunny skies and temperatures soaring into the lower 60s, we’ve melted a foot of snow during the last day and a half. About all that’s left now are a few scattered patches along the marsh edge and some rapidly disappearing mounds in rural...

A Spring to Remember – or Forget!

A Spring to Remember – or Forget!

Apr 19, 2018

For those of us living in Northern Iowa, it’s been a spring to remember. Or perhaps I should say, a spring to forget. Our extreme weather has been so over the top that most of us can’t even remember how many late season storms or how many inches of wet snow we’ve received since the middle of March. Come to think of it, I can’t even remember how much...

2018 Spring Turkey Opener – Extreme Weather!

2018 Spring Turkey Opener – Extreme Weather!

Apr 17, 2018

  Iowans are used to dealing with extreme weather. We take it in stride. But you have to admit that at 19-degrees, winds gusting to 26 mph, and several inches of bright snow on the ground, that the Opening Day of the 2018 Iowa turkey season was a bit out of the ordinary. We really hated to miss an opener, so Matt and I decided to give a try in spite of the...

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;...