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Coyote Versus Wolf
Wolves once inhabited Iowa, but haven’t for well more than a century. Now the wandering canines are occasionally showing up. Here’s how to tell the difference between a wolf and the abundant coyote.
By Mariah Griffith
Cottontails and Life Lessons
Many youngsters cut their hunting teeth on cottontails and bushy tails. And in some cases, like for the author, those days helped shape lives.
By Dan Magneson
Tooth and Fang
In the high-stakes game of wildlife survival, there are no politics, tradeoffs or compromises. Only a winner and a loser.
Cold Weather Paddling
Winter doesn’t mean the end to paddling. It just means you have to play the game a little smarter.
Story and Photos by Kip Ladage
Weatherproof and small, these durable cameras are becoming more a part of outdoor activities such as hunting, paddling and biking. Learn what you need to know before going shopping.
Story and Photos by Kip Ladage
Get an easier cup of camp joe with single-serving packets; save bread sack ties for handy clothespins; learn the secret of identifying Norway spruce and learn to put old clothes to new use.
Build a better landscape with native plants and find out why hunter fatalities have dramatically declined over the decades.
Lost in Iowa
Don’t let Old Man Winter spoil your outdoor fun. Chase away the winter blues with these popular cold weather activities.
Make this hearty staple a favorite at your table tonight with inexpensive ingredients you likely already have.
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