Outdoors

Signs of spring: trillium, syrup, and construction barrels cited by Iowans

Passions and predilections determine what many Eastern Iowans rate as their favorite signs of spring.

Hawk researcher Jon Stravers of McGre ... »

Outdoors: Thoughts on a rare visit from a sandhill crane

A rare overwintering sandhill crane — or a thoroughly confused migrant — showed up in my neighborhood in mid February.

The bird ... »

No positive samples so far in Iowa tests for diseased deer

No positive tests for chronic wasting disease have been recorded among the first 26 samples collected in a special surveillance effort in Allamakee ... »

Two time Cedar Rapids Bassmasters fisherman of the year going for the hat trick

Having won his second straight Cedar Rapids Bassmasters fisherman of the year title, Justin Lubbock will be striving this year to join the elite co ... »

Researchers dispute claim that eagle populations are crashing

State, federal and other bald eagle researchers dispute the recent assertion by Terrence Ingram, executive director of the Eagle Nature Foundation, ... »

National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Des Moines to focus on water quality, wildlife habitat

A special session on agriculture’s critical relationship with water quality and wildlife habitat will highlight the National Pheasant Fest & ... »

Iowa DNR wants to prevent spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer

HARPERS FERRY — An unprecedented special deer hunt will likely be conducted near here in the coming weeks to gather tissue samples for addit ... »

In ice fishing, you take what you get until you can catch what you can

WILLIAMS, Minn. — The generally meaningless expression, “it is what it is,” actually held some meaning for me and my seven fri ... »

Rodeo bullfighting ‘ain’t for the faint of heart’

CEDAR RAPIDS — Being a rodeo bullfighter “ain’t for the faint of heart,” said Dustin Nelson, who has spent 14 years in ... »

Hooked on bulls

Editor’s note: Ruth Nicolaus is the “media contact” for Big Time Bull Riding, which is holding its 13th annual show in Dubuque ... »

Rodeo returns to Cedar Rapids for a 2-day run

CEDAR RAPIDS — The World’s Toughest Rodeo’s bulls and broncs are back in town tonight and tomorrow at the U.S. Cellular Center ... »

Bucking a trend

CEDAR RAPIDS — In recent years, hunting has seen an increase in popularity with both men and women, especially in Iowa.

It shou ... »

Archery shoots on tap this weekend

The Waltonian Archers will host an Indoor 3D/2D Shoot from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at their range, 3985 Wickiup Hill Rd., Toddville.

The cost ... »

Warmed by success

AFTON — Nothing keeps an ice angler warm on a cold winter day like biting fish.

When a bitter January wind howls, as it did early last ... »

Battle of the birds: Owls trying to take over Decorah eagles’ nest

DECORAH — A power struggle is underway for ownership of the Decorah eagles nest.

A pair of great horned owls have come to blows with t ... »