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They are called snappers for a reason

August 11, 2012 SNAPPERS are found fairly often, most often in random situations. While fishing at an area pond, lake or river, coming across this reptile would be expected. more »»

A walk on the wild side

August 4, 2012 Lots of things wildlife-related are happening and being reported. Keen observers see lots of interesting items and are willing to share the who, what and where to this scribe. Thank you. more »»

Drought persists, river shows it

July 28, 2012 HOW LOW can the river go? Rivers in Iowa seldom go completely dry— Very low, yes. Right now the river gauging station on Highway 14 is reading 9.25 feet. more »»

Bison jump sites part of prairie history

July 21, 2012 BUFFALO, or more correctly bison, were so numerous at one time that naturalists later estimated the peak population of these giant beasts of the prairie lands at 60 million. more »»

Wildlife surveys a summer necessity

July 14, 2012 SURVEYS help pull in the numbers. But to mean anything, the validity of the survey methodology must be scientifically base. more »»

Orioles brighten summer skies

July 7, 2012 This week's featured critter is the BALTIMORE ORIOLE, a colorful orange and black feathered bird with a body size similar to a robin. more »»

Fishing friends find Canada a good choice

June 30, 2012 CANADA CALLS for some folks to return every year, same place, same station. more »»

Summertime panfish

June 30, 2012 Summer weather has once again graced central Iowa, and as anglers we must change our thinking if we want to continue to catch fish. more »»

Summer outdoor activities are in session

June 23, 2012 ROBINS like to take baths. So do many other bird species, even resorting to shallow mud puddles or the edges of ponds, lakes or streams. more »»

Nature thrives in summer to survive winter

June 16, 2012 CEDAR WAXWINGS are cool birds. They usually are found in flocks of six to 12 as they dart into berry laden bushe. more »»

Fishing for fun a great summer task

June 9, 2012 Last weekend was FREE FISHING in Iowa for residents. I hope you took the opportunity to go fishing somewhere, anywhere for a few hours. It can be some of the best relaxation time ever invente. more »»

Moths work the night shift

June 2, 2012 SPINX MOTHS are big, almost as big as a hummingbird. They are pretty to watch. They also sound, at close range, like a hummingbird due to the fast action of its wing. more »»

Knowing the laws of fishing

June 2, 2012 I have had the chance to fish on 12 public bodies of water this year. more »»

High school shooting sports thriving

May 26, 2012 When these teenage boys and girls take aim at a flying target, a compacted disc of clay painted bright orange, you can rest assured that many of those targets will turn to dust in midair. more »»

It’s time to hit the Hickory Grove fish population

May 26, 2012 This week local lake review travels west to Hickory Grove Lake. This lake and large park area is just south of highway 30, and just west of the town of Colo. more »»

Nature ushers in new life

May 19, 2012 WILDLIFE young of the year are becoming an every day happening from now and into the early summer. more »»

Lucky or well prepared?

May 12, 2012 GREAT BLUE HERONS (Ardea herodias) are those long legged, long necked, long billed birds that one may see standing in shallow waters of any stream, river, pond or lake. They are patient. more »»

Crappies top choice for anglers at Rock Creek Lake

May 12, 2012 In the world of fishing, the most popular question is always, “are they biting?” My belief over my countless trips to area lakes are that 95 percent of the time, yes they are biting … if you can fin... more »»

Singing the sounds of spring

May 5, 2012 It is hard to not notice the small critters of our world. I’m talking about birds, that quick splash of color that just darted across the roadway. more »»

How to tip over a turkey

April 28, 2012 TURKEYS can be tough birds to hunt. Excellent eyesight and excellent hearing combine to put this critter on survival mode most of the time. more »»



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