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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 »»

Deer harvest confirms reduced herd

January 18, 2014 ANTLER SCORING for Iowa buck whitetail is coming up in one month. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 18, antlered deer will be officially measured by a team of certified persons. more »»

Ice fishing at Rock Creek Lake

January 18, 2014 As most of you know the ice fishing season is in full swing right now. The ice is in great condition and hundreds of anglers are enjoying the winter days sitting on the ice catching fis. more »»

Fur trapping is part of wildlife management

January 11, 2014 TRAPPING is an outdoor activity that involves many skills. Close observation of the details of how wild fur bearer animals live day-to-day is one important aspect. more »»

Ice fishing at Hickory Grove Lake

January 11, 2014 Hickory Grove Lake is one of the area’s top ice fishing locations. The lake is located in a county park just south of Colo. more »»

Iowa weather promises the unexpected

January 4, 2014 Happy New Year! As a new year begins we look back over the past and into the new. As I reflect on 2013 the first thoughts that come to mind are the extremes in weather patterns. more »»

Swan’s first Christmas

December 21, 2013 FIRST CHRISTMASES are milestones in one’s life. At one time we were all too small and too young to know what all the excitement was about. more »»

Ice fishing is among us

December 21, 2013 Ice anglers have been itching to get out on the ice this winter season. Some ice on ponds and lakes are in pretty good condition, while others are not. more »»

December deer: Cold and snow

December 14, 2013 DEER HUNTERS had to brave extremely cold air temperatures last weekend for the start of shotgun season number one. For some folks, its was almost too much cold. more »»

Winter is Eagle arrival time in Iowa

December 6, 2013 BALD EAGLES are starting to show up along the Iowa River, or even in remote segments of the county. One never knows where this big raptor with its white head feathers and white tail will be see. more »»

From the top down

November 30, 2013 The GUN SEASONS for DEER will be here next weekend, Dec. 7. Hunters during shotgun seasons are the primary tool in the biologists tool kit to bring down the population of deer in Iowa. more »»

Natural history display coming soon

November 23, 2013 The TAMA COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT knows how to reward, inspire and recognize area farmers, land owners, tenants and urban dwellers for good conservation practices on the land. more »»

Winter ... it’s about time

November 23, 2013 I have been called many things in my 37 years of life, and for the most part I like to believe that at least half of them were positive names. more »»

Remembering 1940

November 16, 2013 NOVEMBER 11, 1940. This scribe was five years away from being born. So I do not have any firsthand knowledge of the big day the ducks piled into every marsh or wetland they could find. more »»

Swans ready to hit the airwaves soon

November 9, 2013 TRUMPETER SWANS (Cygnus buccinator) represent a wildlife management success story. Once on the brink of being lost as a species, this magnificent bird has come back. That is great news. more »»

Green Castle improvements continue with silt removal

November 2, 2013 GREEN CASTLE’s silt removal work is going well. Marty Malloy and Jeremiah Manken, staff members of the MCCB, were able to use rented heavy equipment for the initial stages of soil movin. more »»

Fishing still in full swing

November 2, 2013 The calendar may read November, and there is a plethora of hunting seasons going on, but there is still time to catch some fish before Mother Nature freezes the water. more »»

Deer are on the move

October 26, 2013 DEER are extra active now due to nature’s plan for continuation of the next generation of whitetails. more »»



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