March / April 2017

Love of the Woods
Sitting silent and still for long periods of time in the woods allows this turkey hunter’s mind to wander. He discovers that nature is what brings him back each year and bagging a bird is a mere fraction of the overall fun and memories.
By Jim Zohrer   

Unplug And Get Outside 
Paddle alongside naturalist Brian Gibbs as he welcomes spring with a Jones County float down the Maquoketa River through Pictured Rocks Park and Indian Bluffs.
Story and Photos by Brian Gibbs

Mission Fishin’
We’ve done our part stocking a record 156 million fish last year. Now it’s your turn. This year’s fishing mission, should you choose to accept it—and you should—is to take a newbie or former angler out fishing to help us recruit and retain more fishing fanatics. Here are top spots in every county to ensure an enjoyable outing! 
By Shannon Hafner

Spring Quadfecta
Gamble on the right timing to hit the jackpot of the spring quadfecta—turkey, trout, morels and asparagus. Never was there a more quintessential and delectable spring meal. 
Story and Photos by Randy Brenton 

Making The Most Of Spring Fishing
Canals, lagoons and marinas are the first lake areas to warm—and where fish congregate right after ice-out. Take advantage of these tips for success to get a jump on early spring fishing.   
By Jim Wahl 

Outdoor Skills
Add some flash for more spring fishing success; use this proven method to protect your valuable outdoor gear; sleep in for your late-season gobblers; discover the next coming of duct tape.

Ring in spring with four family-friendly events; build a simple  bench with a great feature for watching wildlife; support wildlife diversity with these five beautiful posters, and don’t forget the oft-forgotten on your Iowa tax returns.

Lost in Iowa
Bust out of the winter blues and warm up with the best waterfowl and bird watching in Lee County.

My Backyard
Spruce up the schoolgrounds or your town with 200 free tree seedlings.

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