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The next day was another beautiful and sunny mid western day with not a cloud in the sky. Most of my friends that hunt turkeys are up before dawn cracks and are on site at first light to nail a big bird as they come off the roost. I have done that before, but an old turkey hunter rec...
I arrived just as it was getting light and parked down in a valley. The landowner had told me of a big tom hanging around the house and being a big loud mouth just after day light. He acted like he was the only one in the woods and valleys. I knew right away what he needed was a goo...
How do I get to hunt and fish whenever I want and spend money on hunting trips all over North America? It is really quite simple. My wife likes to travel to faraway and exotic places in the world and this year I planned a trip to Japan through our favorite tour company, Odesseys Unli...
The eastern wild turkey offers one of the most challenging hunting experiences available and appeals only to the most dedicated outdoors-men
Wild turkeys are primarily birds of the forest. The eastern subspecies found in Iowa and most of the United States east of the Missouri River thrives in mature oak-hickory forests native to this region. Turkeys primarily eat nuts, seeds and berries (collectively called mast) produced i...
Wild turkeys numbered in the millions nationwide when the first settlers landed at Plymouth Rock and provided a readily available source of food for the table and the market. Like much of our native wildlife, turkey populations were unable to withstand unregulated hunting pressures dur...
One of the local papers had an article about Squaw National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City, Missouri close to the Missouri River. The article discussed the migration patterns of Snow Geese through our area. It is only a 1.5 hour drive south for my wife and I.
We see bison meat in some grocery stores priced at about nine dollars per pound or more. Is it cheaper to hunt one or just buy the meat in the store? From a personal experience if all you want is the meat, go and buy it in the store. It tastes just as good, and it is a whole lot saf...
We are well into the season and it is now right after Thanksgiving. When I was a mere boy and hunted with my Dad, when Thanksgiving came, it was over. Everything was frozen and the birds had mostly left the area.
My wife and I arrived back from our vacation to Japan mid November. It took me just 24 hours to get my clock turned around and I was ready to hit the blinds and pound the ducks. I found what was going on hard to believe. The corn was out and the weather all the way up to North Dakot...
My wife and I left for Japan on October 29th for a fifteen day tour of the country with our favorite tour company Odesseys Unlimited. You can look on line and see what the trip was all about at their website to see the fantastic experience we had with Odesseys.
We have meat for the winter along with plenty of people who enjoy wild game. Just recently a friend asked when I was going hunting as he and his wife want to dine on some fine fresh elk. The original plan was to hunt Axis deer at High Adventure Ranch. After lengthy research, it ...
September 3rd was the opening of the teal season in Nebraska. The blinds were all ready and the lake was pumped full of water. Now all it needed was hunters and the birds. I did not make the opening day. This information is from my good friend John and he gave me this report.
For my family and friends the ultimate goal is the meat. This is what the thought pattern always is in the back of my mind while stomping around in the mountains, woods, or valleys somewhere in north America. The hunt, of course, is how this goal is accomplished and is always extreme...
For the last twenty years I have fished the Glacial Lakes around Webster, South Dakota. When I first went up to the region it was very common to catch a really nice mess of walleye, a few nice size northern, and a perch or two. Depending on the time of the year we would land a few re...
We awoke on the third day of a three day trip that so far had been a total disaster. Read over the two previous blogs. Stepping out of the motel room there was not a breath of fresh air and the beautiful blue sky was cloudless.
After a good nights sleep, we were ready to hit it bright and early. This time my wife, Pam, was up before I was because she wanted to get onto Bitter and catch a plethora of walleye.
We studied the weather patterns for two weeks waiting for another opportunity to travel north to Webster, SD and fish the glacial lakes. With numerous lakes within a 30 mile radius of the town, we can always find good fishing on one of the lakes if we are patient enough and the weathe...
For the last two weeks, I studied weather patterns in eastern South Dakota waiting for the right time to head north to Webster, SD and pound the lakes there for walleye and whatever else was swimming by our lures. The windy conditions just kept prevailing and would follow with storms ...
Icaria is an island in the Agean Sea 10 miles southwest of Samos. It is also a lake four miles north of Corning, Iowa and about sixty miles from my home in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We had tried the lake a couple of years ago, and now it was time to hit it again. One of my friends in th...
The early spring when the temperatures were chilly, it was rainy or windy and on many days or a little of both. Dredging operations were scheduled on Lake Manawa to start and we did not know what the effect would be on water quality or the different method of dredging that would be us...
They have appeared again and we do not know where they came from. A neighbor who is really into birds told my wife to put out some grape jelly and we would see a beautiful bird come and feed on the grape jelly. It is the Baltimore Oriole.
In the past week we had a total of ten inches of rain and things were really soaked. When I previously scouted the new farm the pasture grass was only ankle deep. You could set up anywhere you wanted and the turkeys were plentiful with plenty of sign. How things have changed in a we...
Great news happened this week. I got an invitation to check out a farm just north of Council Bluffs located in the Loess Hills that is overrun per the landowner with turkeys. The farm consists of 60 acres of timber and pasture and a few acres of crop ground.
One of the local papers had an article about Squaw National Wildlife Refuge south of Mound City, Missouri close to the Missouri River. The article discussed the migration patterns of Snow Geese through our area. It is only a 1.5 hour drive south for us.
Hunting turkeys is one of the most challenging of hunts I've experienced and it is fun. With a turkey's brain being the size of a quarter, there cannot be a thought pattern there, but they sure act like it. It is all in their sight and hearing that makes them such a challenge.
One big snow with a good coating of ice hit early January. This followed by some unseasonably warm weather which melted most of it. Then came the severe cold and severe wind chills. If you live in Iowa or Nebraska, once a year you are going to get it.
Nebraska gives fall turkey hunters and especially meat hunters like me a real opportunity. You can harvest hens or toms and your bag for the fall season is two birds. This is like manna from heaven. A lot of meat can be put in the freezer when you add in the ducks that will be taken...
There was one day of duck hunting and then the weather turned really nice with clear skies and southerly flow. What is a person to do? The logical thing is to head out for some turkey hunting north of Fort Calhoun at one of my favorite farms. Striking out last spring was hard to swa...
I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of week, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer.
Two days of nasty weather produced a mixed bag of birds. We found that the recent snow line stretched from Sioux City to Watertown, SD. Also North Dakota was all frozen. That means the potholes and the big water were ice covered. When we have three consecutive days of severe cold we...
A heavy snow storm rolled across the plains dumping about 2 to 4 inches in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, but up north in Tekamah it was more like 5 to 6 inches. Everyone thought the birds would overfly us and head on down to Squaw Creek Refuge. That would be the end to the duck sea...
Eastern Nebraska produced in mid November some really nice weather. It is nice if you want to golf or work in the yard. None of those things are important. It is the smell of freshly fired gunpowder early in the morning that fires the blood up. A frontal movement finally came out o...
I passed on the mountain states for elk this year because of the great experience I have had at High Adventure Ranch. I don't have to put up with the altitude in the mountain states or the expensive licenses each state has for an out of state hunter. While there have been some great ...
September 5th was the opener for Teal season in Nebraska. We even get them well into November, but not in the flocks that you see in early September. The temperature for the opener was a balmy 80 degrees and warming up to 90 later in the day.
Where to go? That is the first question. What kind of a hunt do I want to do? That is the second question. How much am I willing to spend? That is the third question. Those are all bad questions and if you are thinking along those lines, throw them all out.
The gathering of hunters took place at the Big Chicken in Tekamah, Nebr. around 5 AM. Sixteen weary eyed hunters slid into the restaurant for breakfast and coffee and talk about the coming hunt that was going to take place. Optimism ran really high as was the usual case for the opene...
Last year at this time a fantastic experience took place as I stepped onto the tundra in Northern Manitoba. For me this was a trip dreamed about and here I was staring out across the beauty of northern Manitoba. After getting the gear stowed and the paperwork taken care of, the hunt ...
I awoke really early the next morning after taking a drubbing on Waubay Lake. Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes he eats you. I was eaten yesterday, but the call of a new lake that I had never fished was inviting.
I followed eastern South Dakota weather and it never seemed like good fishing weather. Wind, warm to hot temps and frontal activity. Then it hit. Down came a cold front from Canada bringing cold weather, rain, and storms. I should have been there before the front hit, but it was n...