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Take time to smell the roses

June 29, 2013 The WILD ROSE is a neat flower. Even though there are several species of this ‘rose’, the wild prairie rose, Rosa pratincola, is usually cited as the official flower. more »»

Welcome summer, let’s go fishing

June 22, 2013 KIDS FISHING IS FUN, especially when guaranteed catching is the name of the game. more »»

Six new cygnets at Green Castle

June 15, 2013 TRUMPETER SWANS seem to have made a great comeback from the brink of extinction. Prior to settlement, these swans, Cygnus buccinator, nested throughout the state. more »»

Big Fishin’

June 8, 2013 KIDS FISHING for fun is an exciting time. Even more exciting is what happens after a fish bites hard on the bait that has been presented. more »»

The flood of 2013

June 8, 2013 Central Iowa has been blasted with rain for the past two weeks. This caused every stream, creek and river in the area to overflow and caused mass chaos. more »»

Flood is Mother Nature trump card

June 1, 2013 The IOWA RIVER rose up to demand our full attention this past week.  It would have been hard for anybody to not feel the influence of too much rain falling in very short periods of time. more »»

Sporting Clays

May 25, 2013 In the REAL WORLD of wing shooting for quail, pheasant, grouse or waterfowl, the birds never flush from cover exactly where one might expect and fly a course that offers an “easy” shoot opportunity. more »»

Spring is alive with color

May 18, 2013 SPRING is alive with color. And lately this scribe has been seeing lots of color. more »»

Louisiana men found guilty of poaching Iowa deer

May 18, 2013 RED OAK — Four Louisiana men were found guilty of poaching Iowa deer from a case that started when someone made a call to the Turn in Poachers hotline. more »»

River a magnet for migrating birds

May 11, 2013 CORMORANTS are not that common locally except when they migrate and have stopovers at local watering holes. Today’s photo was one of several images captured recently. more »»

Take a kid fishing

May 11, 2013 I have always said, the next best thing to catching a fish is watching a kid catch a fish. If you have ventured out with a child in recent years for a fishing adventure, you know exactly what I mea. more »»

Turkey hunts slowed by snow

May 4, 2013 Hunting WILD TURKEY is hardly easy. Many times all the factors do not fall into place no matter what the hunter does to put him or herself in the right place at the right time. more »»

Wood carved wildlife hobby a big deal

April 27, 2013 WOODCARVING is an art form. One takes a block of wood, cuts it and sands it into contours to make a desired shape, adds a desired finish and admires what they have created. more »»

Spring fishing is all about timing

April 27, 2013 Like many things in life, timing can be everything. Fishing is no different, and most certainly very important in the spring season. Let’s face it, so far the month of April has been down right mea. more »»

Gar fishes are living fossils

April 20, 2013 ALLIGATOR GAR, Atractosteus spatula, is a big fish when adult. It can grow to lengths of over nine feet and weigh up to 350 pounds. All that on diet of other fishes. more »»

Turkey time returns

April 13, 2013 The outdoors is calling each spring as wild turkey hunters hold out their best expectations to be in the right place at the right time to call in a tom turke. more »»

Spring fishing has arrived

April 13, 2013 As we all know, March 21 marked the first day of spring, and if you can remember that day, it didn’t feel like it or look like it here in Marshalltown. more »»

Smiling at spring weather

April 6, 2013 EAGLE EYES are terrific at finding food sources for this majestic bird of prey. Its eyesight is four to eight times sharper than a human’s. more »»

Mallards make marshland splash dance

March 30, 2013 MALLARDS are this week’s featured critter. more »»

Anglers take season’s last adventure on the ice

March 30, 2013 I think everyone in Central Iowa would agree that this winter has been a very unusual one. Back in December I was just hoping to go ice fishing, which happened for the first time on Dec. 24. more »»



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