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Playing spring water conditions in your favor

May 10, 2014 A heavy downpour, bright blue skies, 40 mph wind, or not a breath of wind — all of these are factors of finding and catching fish in the spring. more »»

Teal time at local wetlands

May 3, 2014 BLUE-WINGED TEAL are just one of more than a dozen species of waterfowl that move through Iowa each spring during migration. They are fun to watch. more »»

Fire rejuvenates prairie land

April 26, 2014 PRAIRIE FIRE did its job of reinvigorating the grasses and forbs at the Grimes Far. more »»

Spring — are you ready to enjoy it?  

April 19, 2014 DAYLENGTH is increasing by about three minutes per day in April. That sure sign of spring is evidence that our winter is over (we hope). Goodbye snow. more »»

April is big fish month

April 19, 2014 Each year as the snow and ice melt away, thousands of anglers across Iowa plan and look forward to that first time out on the wate. more »»

Tangled tines tell the tale

April 12, 2014 TANGLED TINES from battling deer happens. Most shoving matches between male white-tailed deer using their antlers usually ends with the dominant buck proving his superiority. more »»

Sandhill Cranes return to Otter Creek Marsh

April 5, 2014 SANDHILL CRANES are big, tall and slender. But their eerie call of trebling notes is what usually draws the attention of people. more »»

Wet your line at an area lake this spring

April 5, 2014 Sadly, ice fishing is gone for the year, and now the focus of area anglers should be aimed at the rivers and lakes throughout Iowa. more »»

Spring turkey hunting season approaches

March 29, 2014 TOM TURKEYS are on the menu for a lot of hunters. Getting the turkey to cooperate is another matter. It is a problem that lots of hunters are willing to face. more »»

Spring migrations shifting to high gear

March 22, 2014 MIGRATION is well underway. One doesn’t have to even look to the sky. Just listen to the voices of birds. more »»

Local Ducks Unlimited marks 40 years

March 15, 2014 FORTY YEARS of active participation in DUCKS UNLIMITED is a great milestone. A big thank you is in order to the folks who helped organize the Iowa River Chapter of DU a long time ag. more »»

Trophy deer pull in the public

March 8, 2014 The recent DEER CLASSIC is now in the history books. more »»

It’s not too late for ice fishing

March 8, 2014 Spring has sprung, as we finally saw some melting snow and ice this week, but that doesn’t mean the ice fishing season is over. more »»

Thaw still distant for Iowa River

March 1, 2014 RIVER WATCHING is a spring time event across the Midwest at this time of year. more »»

Deer Classic a tradition for sportsmen

February 22, 2014 The IOWA DEER CLASSIC is a tradition on the top of the must do list for many Iowa sportsmen. This year’s show is shaping up to be as good as ever. more »»

Color to brighten your winter day

February 15, 2014 This scribe needed a winter break. Traveling to meet friends and relatives in Arizona and Nevada last week was just the right excuse to drive all the way to Arizona and a few places beyond. more »»

Fish hatchery work at top speed

February 8, 2014 TROUT are primarily a hatchery raised critter in Iowa. more »»

February slow down?

February 8, 2014 The month of February is always good for at least one thing, a slow down in the ice fishing action. It also appears this year that February may be just as cold as January. more »»

‘Icing on the cake’ provided by nature

February 1, 2014 WINTER is packing punch after punch on us human beings this winter. While we do not have much snow, wind and cold air temps are helping define this winter in pretty harsh terms. So it goes in Iowa. more »»

Digging in the dirt is a good thing

January 25, 2014 GREEN CASTLE lake bed reshaping is pretty well wrapped up. Heavy equipment use during the past month has moved lots of cubic yards of silt and other soils out of the impoundment. more »»



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