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A woodpecker as big as a crow

January 19, 2013 PILEATED WOODPECKERS (Dryocopus pileatus) are big birds that do draw attention to themselves. They are not particularly common for us in central Iowa, but they do call our mature forest areas home. more »»

An Iowa snow scorpion?

January 12, 2013 SNOW and ICE can be shaped by the wind into some very art-like creations. more »»

Ice fishing in full swing

January 12, 2013 The weather has been delightful as of late, and local ice anglers have been taking advantage of some good ice fishing opportunities. more »»

The long wait is over for ice anglers

January 5, 2013 Right around the Dec. 25 ice anglers in the area were given their holiday gift — thick ice. more »»

Iowa’s deer take exceeds 103,000

January 5, 2013 DEER hunting seasons are still in effect for late muzzle loader and the soon to start late antlerless deer season between Jan. 11-20 in select southern and western Iowa counties. more »»

HAPPY NEW YEAR almost here

December 29, 2012 Christmas trees are about to be dismantled. Ornaments will be tucked away for another year. more »»

The First Christmas

December 22, 2012 It was a clear, cold and starlight night. A blanket of the whitest snow bedded down the valley of the Iowa ... there were no lights from farms or villages ... because there were no farms of villages . more »»

Merry Christmas to all

December 22, 2012 MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of the loyal readers of Outdoors Today. I get many favorable comments from you by our casual meetings in stores, on the street, or via telephone calls and letters. Thank you. more »»

Caution is needed

December 22, 2012 The colder weather that has finally hit the Marshalltown area is just what I wanted for Christmas. more »»

First Snow Turkeys

December 15, 2012 Will the weather produce snow this winter? Answer: Yes. Have you ever not seen an Iowa winter without snow? Answer: No. The only question is .. more »»

It’s almost here — ice fishing

December 15, 2012 Not Christmas! Ice fishing!!! With the colder temperatures in the near forecast, Iowans all over the state will soon be able to do the winter sport that they love, ice fishing. more »»

Photo Contest entries welcome

December 8, 2012 PHOTO CONTEST competitors are reminded to pick and chose their best images for submission in the Marshall County Conservation Board competitio. more »»

Shotgun deer season underway

December 1, 2012 DEER season opens today in Iowa for those with shotgun licenses for season number one. This season runs through Dec. 5. A second gun season begins on Dec. 8 and culminates on Dec. 16. more »»

Swans numbers in good shape

November 24, 2012 TRUMPETER SWANS (Cygnus buccinator) are the largest waterfowl. It is all white except for its black beak. It can weigh up to 32 pounds and fly very well on its powerful wings spanning 8 feet. more »»

Goodbye fall, hello winter

November 24, 2012 Where did fall go? Did we ever really get fall weather? Either way, as you picked up your paper today, you could feel that winter is finally her. more »»

Thankful for the Great Outdoors

November 17, 2012 GREEN CASTLE’s water is slipping away, trickling through a special spillway tube gate. The once 16 acre surface area lake is shrinking on purpose as a management strategy. more »»

Waterfowl habitat improvements made during drought

November 10, 2012 DROUGHT can be tough to deal with. We have to adapt. Wildlife adapts too. I’m inclined to think that wildlife take drought years in stride just as they do excessively wet years. more »»

November is magical month outdoors

November 3, 2012 DEER are on the minds of lots of hunters this month. November is a magical time of cool air, frosty mornings and increasing movement of deer due to the breeding season. more »»

It’s not over for fishing

November 3, 2012 Fall can be some of the best fishing all year long, if you know what to look for and prepare for the trip. more »»

Trout = Fishing Fun

October 27, 2012 “Gone Fishing’” is a sign many people love to hang on their door. It helps explain a lot of things ... more »»



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