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Better times for pheasants

January 2, 2016 PHEASANTS are easier to see when there is snow on the ground. Easier for people obviously since the plumage of this popular game bird stands in contrast to an all white snowy landscape. more »»

Winter takes center stage

December 26, 2015 First of all, to all the loyal readers of OUTDOORS TODAY, thank you for your tips, sightings and interest in what the natural world has to offer. more »»

The First Christmas

December 19, 2015 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 »»

White Christmas history is 50 percent

December 19, 2015 WHITE CHRISTMAS, a nice soft dusting of one inch of snow is what lots of Iowans wish for. Sometimes we get what we wish. Sometimes we get a lot more snow ... blizzard conditions .. more »»

Canada geese are big beautiful birds

December 12, 2015 CANADA GEESE are everywhere it seems. Any farm pond, area lake, river or Marshalltown's Riverside Cemetery pond hold plenty of this large waterfowl. more »»

Ice, ice baby!

December 12, 2015 Just a few more weeks — but not Christmas, ice fishing! With the colder temperatures in the 20-day forecast, Iowans all over the state will soon be able to do the winter sport that they love, ice... more »»

Deer gun hunting opens today

December 5, 2015 DEER SHOTGUN SEASON number one is under way for the 2015 season. more »»

Snow blankets the landscape

November 28, 2015 It was a natural event, a snowstorm of moderate proportions, but it still served as a wake-up call to all the folks living in the Midwest of how quickly November weather can change. more »»

Winter is coming ... hopefully

November 28, 2015 The fall season, which only seemed to last extremely long this year is finally starting to let go. We saw our first snowfall a week ago and that had people scrambling for their winter item. more »»

Christmas trees locally grown

November 21, 2015 CHRISTMAS TREES are in season. At this time of year, people start thinking about our annual Christmas traditions. more »»

Turkey feasts coming soon

November 14, 2015 WILD TURKEYS know how to survive and thrive if given adequate habitat coupled with modern scientific wildlife management. more »»

Deer hunters must register their animals

October 31, 2015 IOWA DEER HUNTERS are noting that special time of the year, late October and the first two weeks of November, called the rut. more »»

Wild places are good for the human spirit

October 24, 2015 The IOWA RIVER WILDLIFE AREA is a wild and diverse series of habitats for wildlife of all kinds. more »»

European wildlife pretty cool

October 17, 2015 WILDLIFE in other countries is always of interest to this author. more »»

It’s panfish time!

October 17, 2015 Fall is in the air and the calendar certainly suggests that fall is here. more »»

So God made a (tree) farmer

October 10, 2015 ­“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. more »»

First duck season opens today

October 3, 2015 With fall in the air many of the Iowa hunting seasons are beginning to open for various species. more »»

Death on the plains

September 26, 2015 ­Today's story is about one of earth's natural history events involving a volcano, lots of plains animals on an ancient savanna landscape in northeast Nebraska, and how scientists have and continue... more »»

Autumn is here

September 26, 2015 Fall officially began Sept. 21. I welcome these cooler air temperatures. Looking at the future forecasts shows most days will bottom out with temperatures in the 40s. more »»

National Hunting and Fishing Day next weekend

September 19, 2015 NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY is next weekend, Sept. 26. more »»



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