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Decoying Cardinals

Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.With its prominent crest, crimson plumage, and cheery song, the cardinal is one of Iowa’s most beloved songbirds.  Considering the species current abundance, it seems hard to imagine that cardinals were historically rare …

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High Speed Denizens of the Winter Woodlands – Cottontail Rabbits Present Late Season Challenge

Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.Pursuing late season cottontails is one of my favorite forms of winter recreation.  It’s a team effort, and I never go it alone but always include my longtime feathered hunting partner, Attila.  Attila …

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Preparing Your Christmas Goose –  Few flavors can compare to that of a properly prepared, corn-fed Canada goose

Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.Sometimes it’s hard to tell which activity is most enjoyable – pursuing wild game, preparing wild game, or eating wild game.  What I do know is that all three endeavors rank high on …

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When it Comes to Late Season Goose Hunting, Let it Snow – Let it Snow – Let it Snow!

Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.The wild turkey is an exceptionally wary bird.  Spooked of its own shadow, a seasoned gobbler is suspicious of everything he sees and hears.  Set on perpetual hair trigger, he’s ready to run …

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Winter Bird Feeding – Entertainment For You: A Potential Life Saver For The Birds

Photography courtesy of Lowell Washburn, all rights reserved.Winter bird feeding has become one of Iowa’s most popular cold weather pastimes.  Strategically placed feeders provide we humans with fascinating, through-the-window entertainment while, at the same time, saving foraging winter birdlife valuable …

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