End of Season Rabbit Hawkin’

End of Season Rabbit Hawkin’

Mar 7, 2018

  Widespread and abundant, cottontail rabbits are an important component of Iowa’s natural food chain. I’m an active member of that chain. I love finding, chasing, and consuming rabbits. White, light and extremely nutritious, rabbit is one of my favorite entrees. There are lots of ways to pursue cottontails. I’ve hunted them with bow and arrow, .22...

The Russians Are Coming!

The Russians Are Coming!

Mar 4, 2018

    The swift and powerful group of raptors collectively known as goshawks reside in forested habitats across much of the planet. The northern goshawk is the subspecies nesting in northern North America. Large and aggressive, northern goshawks are fast enough to catch ruffed grouse and strong enough to easily subdue snowshoe hare.   Although...

Buckwheat Basics

Buckwheat Basics

Feb 15, 2018

  A Return to Traditional Flavor After tromping the woodlots for early morning cottontails or hiking onto the ice for daybreak walleyes, there’s nothing like coming home to a good hot breakfast. For my way of thinking, there is no better way to recharge your body engine than by tying into a stack of piping hot pancakes. All flapjacks have their strong...

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...