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Conservation-A New Year By: Kevin Williams, Grundy County Conservation Director

January 2, 2020
Reinbeck Courier
It’s my first column for the New Year. 2020 – I can’t believe it! Oh, how time flies. Where did 2019 go? For that matter, where did the last decade go? As I get older, every year goes faster. I know I’m not alone in that. And closing out 2019 and ushering in 2020 was some terribly harsh winter weather. WAIT! Most years I would be writing something like that but not this year. What crazy mild weather for celebrating Christmas and though it got a bit colder following that, it was still crazy weather to close out December and start the New Year. Many of you know that I raise pigeons and doves. The mild weather has several of them sitting on eggs! I am afraid they are in for a shock. I really don’t mind winter. In fact, I really like winter. Don’t get me wrong. I can do without blizzards and icy roads and shoveling twelve inches of snow and sub-zero temperatures. But all of that is a part of most Iowa winters – correct? And remembering 2019, the last half of Iowa winters can be harsh. We can only wait and see what 2020 brings. The second part of the Iowa Archery season began on December 23. Second season is generally tougher than the first. For one thing there are fewer deer after the two gun seasons have passed. The deer are much more alert (if that can possibly be!). And it is winter. The bow season begins on October 1. It is sometimes summer feeling at that time. The November rut is fall. But when the bow season opens back up it is winter with generally much colder temperatures. This second season has started out a bit differently. While it makes sitting in a tree or in a ground blind easier, it also can mean that deer are moving out of cover to feed later. And the big bucks care waiting till dark to show themselves. Along with the second bow season is the late muzzleloader season and those hunters want to see harsh winter conditions bring the bucks into the open earlier to feed. This is starting out to be difficult for those hunters, too. I don’t think I mentioned that my wife and I added a sunroom to our home this fall. I positioned the feeders so that we can enjoy the birds that visit them from the comfort of the room and a warm cup of coffee. I filled the feeders and there they sit. Nobody is visiting them yet! It’s too nice. That, too, can easily change in a matter of days or coming weeks. Anyway, I’m ready for that with our sunroom and the coffee in hand.

 
 

 

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