Daybreak Gatherings & Early Morning Party Chrashers

Daybreak Gatherings & Early Morning Party Chrashers

Apr 12, 2014

  The beauty of today’s spectacular sunrise was enhanced even further by the rattling gobble of a nearby tom.  This morning, I had decided to visit a stand of oaks located about three miles from where I did yesterday’s morning turkey shoot.  Although official sunrise was still 45 minutes away, a single bird was already sounding  off with...

The Countdown is On!

The Countdown is On!

Apr 12, 2014

Less than a week to go until the first segment of Iowa’s spring turkey season begins — The countdown is on.  I’ve been playing with the birds off and on since mid-February, and this morning was the best yet.  Although toms were actively gobbling on the roost, things cranked up even more once they hit the ground.  Their close range rattling...

Clear Lake Hunter Bags Rare Trophy

Clear Lake Hunter Bags Rare Trophy

Apr 12, 2014

For waterfowl hunting enthusiast, Greg Duesenberg, this year’s spring snow goose season has been as good as it gets.  The first big waves of migrating snow geese arrived in Northern Iowa during mid-March, and hunting has remained good since.  Success has been so high, in fact, that Duesenberg even managed to bag a goose that was captured and banded four...

Speeding Eagle Nabs Traveling Broadbill

Speeding Eagle Nabs Traveling Broadbill

Apr 8, 2014

  The ice is shifting, open water areas are enlarging, and the bluebills have arrived at Clear Lake.  Although our latest 4-inch snowfall ended early this morning, the NW winds continued to rage with gusts exceeding 40 mph.  Light conditions remained gloomy, but there were just too many birds on the wing to stay indoors.  Finding a quiet cove, I settled...

Snow Goose Close Encounter

Snow Goose Close Encounter

Apr 6, 2014

I like to tell people that modern-day snow geese are the smartest birds in the sky.  When under the direct supervision of experienced adults, even first year geese can be almost impossible to dupe; and bagging one can present hunters with an extreme challenge.  There are still some occasional exceptions, however.  One such episode occurred to me yesterday. ...