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August 24, 2023
The “Old Brown Boat” as my wife, Colleen, and I call it, usually floats tied to our dock, waiting for its next trip. It reminds me of a hunting dog on a leash, just waiting to be released.
At one point in its life, the 14-foot Alumacraft was dent-free, shiny and new. The old boat may not be quite as old as this writer, but I bet it would have some interesting stories to tell. If you look at her today, she’s well used and a little abused. There are holes in the seats, where there once were swivel seats. The motor mount has been replaced so many times that the bolt holes look like machine gun hits.
Have the cattails in your pond taken over your favorite fishing spot or crowded you from one side of the dock or swimming area?
Late summer or early fall is the best time to manage cattails, America Lotus, water lilies and other emergent or floating-leaved plants that are on the pond’s edge or are above the water. Spraying certain herbicides this time of year will eliminate the whole plant, and it will not regrow next spring. There is little risk of depleting the oxygen in the pond with treating these plants; they die-back every year at this time and decompose slowly over the coming months.
The Iowa DNR State Forest Nursery is gearing up for fall 2023 and spring 2024 seedling orders.
Seedlings can be ordered Sept. 1 through May 30. The bare-root (no container, soil root ball or moss included) seedlings are packaged in bundles of 25 inside sealed and labeled plastic bags.
Three wild turkeys disappeared quietly into the edge of the timber as Shane Frevert pulled his truck into the northeast parking lot at Iowa’s Tubaugh Wildlife Area.
Tubaugh Wildlife Area is a rugged, 533 acres of hilly timber adjacent to the Unionville Unit of Stephens State Forest, eight miles east of Moravia, in northeast Appanoose County.
“The term ‘off the beaten path’ has changed with all of our technology, but if you hike back in here, it can be a solitary experience, with spotty cell service,” said Frevert, wildlife technician with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Rathbun Wildlife Unit.
A cooling breeze swept across the early morning water as guide Zak Marinkov launched his 18-foot Rock Proof boat into the Susquehanna River a few miles north of Harrisburg, Pa.
It had rained overnight, pulling days of heat and mugginess out of the air, and the sky remained darkened by overcast clouds blocking out the sun. I had linked up with Marinkov, a middle school teacher who guides for Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimited during his summer break, to sample a morning of smallmouth bass fishing on the river.