Wintery Blast Provides Premier Bird Show

Wintery Blast Provides Premier Bird Show

Dec 16, 2016

  By the second week of December, there remained little question that winter had arrived. In northern Iowa, marshlands were frozen solid. At Clear Lake [where I live] more than 3,600 acres of open water had been reduced to two small air holes. But although local weather conditions had turned frigid, the late season bird show was heating up as clouds of...

Long Live the King

Long Live the King

Dec 9, 2016

     Swift of wing and unique in profile, the regal canvasback is duck hunting‘s greatest treasure. No species is more thrilling to observe. No species is more thrilling to hunt. No species provides finer dining. It’s little wonder that the mighty ‘can has enjoyed a long term standing as the King of...

Red-breasted Nuthatches Visit Iowa

Red-breasted Nuthatches Visit Iowa

Nov 22, 2016

Winter bird feeding brings countless hours of pleasure to thousands of Iowans statewide. Observing our backyard visitors becomes even more interesting whenever a rare or unusual species makes a surprise appearance. The red-breasted nuthatch is a species currently filling that bill. A resident of northern and western mountain pine forests, the red-breasted...

Monstrous November Bucks on the Prowl

Monstrous November Bucks on the Prowl

Nov 12, 2016

November is the month deer hunters live for. And for those who thrill to the sight of wide beamed heavy antlered bucks, November is the gateway to all things good. For Iowa’s 60,000 archery hunting enthusiasts, the time to be in the woods is now. The annual rut is swinging into overdrive and heavy tined stags are making their appearance.   After spending...

October Archery Tip

October Archery Tip

Oct 22, 2016

The annual fall rut is picking up steam across the state and with mild weather and colorful fall foliage living on borrowed time, there’s no better time to begin hunting Iowa white-tails.  But although bow hunters will be seeing a good number of deer when they take to the early woodlands,  most will be reluctant to fill their tags as they wait out the...

Tribute to October

Tribute to October

Oct 7, 2016

  If I were to choose a single month as my favorite, I’d pick the month of October – hands down. Here’s some of what I like about October. Fall foliage is at its colorful peak, and the early autumn weather seems to agree with just about everyone. Generally speaking, October mornings are crisp and cool; the afternoons warm and sunny. Early morning...