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Outdoors Today

Iowa River Wildlife Area is big and wild

The Iowa River Wildlife Management Area awaits those who like to explore natural areas. A good familiarization with maps before hiking deep into this area would be a good piece of advice to avoid getting lost or disoriented. Topographic land features range from flat floodplain river bottoms to ...

Wild Turkeys: Well adapted survivors

Wild turkey populations in Iowa are doing well. These birds are hardy and adaptable to life close to our cities as well as into many niches of the countryside, especially forested areas along the Iowa River and its major tributaries. From initial transplanting of live trapped turkeys in ...

The ethics of Hunting: Boone and Crockett standard

BOONE & CROCKETT CLUB membership is something every wildlife enthusiast, hunter or not, could benefit from. This organization has stood the test of time, grown in stature and credibility, and continues to be a benchmark for science based wildlife research endorsement and official record ...

Antlers are unique proof of what is possible

WHITETAIL DEER ANTLERS always draw the admiration of people, whether those antlers are small, medium or large. Each antler set grown by a buck deer is unique. No two are ever exactly alike. Similar yes; perfect matches, no. And periodically a hunter, archer or gun hunter, will be in the right ...

Fall colors coming soon

AUTUMN COLOR SHOWS will soon descend upon us. Mother Nature provides this natural history display that we enjoy looking at, marveling at, and in some locations, fall tree color extravaganza’s bring large numbers of tourists to various parts of the United States. A bit closer to home here in ...

Geology program to tell story of the land

GEOLOGY is a very interesting topic of science investigation. Clues are everywhere on the landscape, in its soil profiles, and in buried rock layers underlying all of the Midwest and Iowa. Deciphering those clues is in part what geologists do. Geologists have long recognized the value of ...