• Frank Holdmeyer

    Winter Weather Was Tough on Pheasants and Pheasant Habitat

    The Bigger Picture

     by Frank Holdmeyer
     on March 31, 2014

    With spring finally here, I think, a lot of folks are reminiscing about the past winter. As an outdoorsman and occasional pheasant hunter, I was interested in a recent report from Pheasants Forever on what impact the tough winter had on wildlife. It's a state-by-state report regarding habitat conditions for pheasants and other wildlife as we head into the spring reproductive season. According to Rehan Nana at Pheasants Forever, two factors are critical to maintaining healthy pheasant…

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  • Mindy Ward

    Warning Hunters, The Farmer Is Checking Cows

    Show-Me Life

     by Mindy Ward
     on November 22, 2013

    A friend of ours came over last weekend to deliver a load of round hay bales. As he jumped out of the truck cab, the blaze orange cap was hard to miss. I asked if he had been hunting earlier in the day. “No, I went to check the cows and I thought, better safe than sorry,” he replied. Hunting season is here. During this time of year, I wake many mornings to the sound of “Pop. Pop. Pop.” I know that hunters, some from the city, some from my area, are in the woods. Still…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Mushroom Hunting Season Is Here

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on March 8, 2013

    Looking out my window in Kansas City, it's hard to believe March is already here. Despite the snow left on the ground after last week, spring is around the corner and Daylight Saving Time starts this weekend after what seems like a long wait – our neighbor back home used to note how the days seem to get longer a lot slower than they get shorter. With the change in seasons comes warmer weather, rain, and of course that "fresh spring" scent we all know of. Growing up in…

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  • Curt Arens

    Smelling Like a Rose...NOT

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on March 7, 2011

    What is the deal with all of the skunks lurking around my place?   Life on the farm is wonderful, most of the time. But farms are not known to smell like a rose. They are known for an earthy, pungent fragrance. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is often quite comforting and pleasant. Lately, though, our place has an unusually strong odor. My children noticed it. My wife, who has a sensitive nose that I’m sure could help in national security on some level, also noticed…

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  • Holly Spangler

    Eagles, 24/7

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 7, 2011

    After I posted last week about the eagle in our front yard, Randy and Sharon Parks shared a link to a 24/7 live streaming eagle cam. Check it out here. (Note: there's a 30 second commercial before you get to the eagles.)   My daughter has accused her grandma of being borderline obsessed with these eagles ("Grandma's watchin' the eagles again.") but the whole thing really is fascinating. It's the brainchild of the Raptor Resource Project, which has directed a camera at an eagle nest…

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  • Holly Spangler

    Soaring on Wings

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on March 4, 2011

    Earlier this week, John ran in the house and told me to grab my camera: there was an eagle in the field just next to the house. I did and we all huddled at the window to watch. He was 150 yards away or so. Or maybe 50? Or maybe 250? I'm not so good with estimating distance. He was a ways out there. Far enough that my 200 mm zoom lens really didn't pick him up all that well. Still, he was huge. We've seen more and more eagles around this part of western Illinois the past few years. They're…

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  • Curt Arens

    Why Should Punxsutawney Phil Have All the Fun?

    Husker Home Place

     by Curt Arens
     on January 30, 2011

    Nebraska has its own answer to Groundhog Day.   One summer day when I was home from college, and when my parents still lived on the farm where we live now, I peered out the kitchen window and made an announcement. “Beavers are coming up to the farm from the creek,” I said. It was quite a revelation. We live at least a half mile from West Bow Creek, and there was no reason for any well-minded beaver to search that far away from home for wood. The “beaver” I had…

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  • John Vogel

    Be On High Alert!

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on November 8, 2010

    Yes, it's that time of year. No, I'm not talking about fattening a turkey (a real one, not a political one) – although a little extra grain might make good gobbling. And no, I'm not "pushing" Christmas shopping – although stores are already selling the Santa Claus spirit. So what am I talking about? Mother Nature has cocked her hammer with the onset of buck "rut" and the hormonal rush that speeds Whitetail deer herds onto roadways. This is the season when we all need to be…

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  • Tim White

    Coyote at Play

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on November 4, 2010

    We hear coyotes around the farm on a regular basis -- as in at least once a week. In fact if the local emergency sirens went off at noon, like they do in many places, I’m sure we would hear them yelping and yapping every day. When a cat moved into our barn several years ago, the coyotes could be heard right behind the corral on a nightly basis. One day the cat disappeared and the coyotes were gone too. We don’t have many ground hogs anymore either -- plenty of squirrels and the…

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  • Tim White

    A Trip to the Prairie

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on October 1, 2009

    As a writer and photographer who makes a living portraying the pastoral scenes and citizens rural Ohio, I have at times wondered what the exotic life is like for the professionals who travel the world for an internationally renowned publication like National Geographic. Last week I had the chance to find out first hand.   With a group of college buddies, I journeyed to eastern Montana to see the work of the American Prairie Foundation. The organization is gathering funds and using the…

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