Whitetail Deer at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 661290 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-12-20

  Camo and the Dog This afternoon I was hiking through Ingawanis Woodlands, dressed in full camo, but not a ghillie suit, when a biker and his dog came down the trail. Both spotted me at at about the same time. The dog promptly moved between his owner and me with an authoritative bark underway. …

Pintail Duck in Late Fall - Image 601396 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-19-19

  Late “Hanger Oners” and the Uneducated of the Wild Much to my surprise, today I found ducks –  a drake and hen pintail. According to my database, this is the latest I have ever photographed a pintail. The earliest records I have were from February 2. Who knows, maybe these two are very early? …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) in Timber - Image 600409 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-6-19

  Was This Farewell During this past couple of months I have been watching several nice whitetail bucks as they chase does during the rut. A couple of the bucks were considerably larger than other bucks, so of course they caught my attention. As often as possible I have tried to find and photograph the …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) - Image 596690 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-6-19

  Taking Care of the Girls Many years ago, before I began carrying camera equipment on my hikes in the woods, I would carry a bow or shotgun. I hunted Iowa’s whitetail deer from elevated treestands and from the ground. Many hours were spent scouting before the fall hunting seasons opened and then during the …

Whitetail Deer (Buck) in Velvet - Image 580551 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-30-19

  What Does This Make You Think Of? While on a drive this afternoon I spotted this fellow as he headed in our direction to cross the road. Before we met, he paused. By the time I had backed up and found him again, he was headed west to destinations unknown. Maybe, just maybe, I …

Whitetail Deer Jumping Fence - Image 550640 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 3-18-19

  Where’s My Bridge I doubt there was anyone else in the whole wide world asking “Where’s my bridge” other than me the past couple of days. High water moving large ice chunks took out a bridge on the Cedar River. We are not talking about a small bridge. The Green Mill Bridge was nearly …

Whitetail Deer - Image 532777 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-5-18

  Oh Deer! Although it seems like it happened overnight, the sudden visibility of whitetail deer really coincides with two occurrences of several weeks duration – the harvest of crops and the dropping of leaves. In just a couple of weeks the deer lost many of their hiding places resulting in them now being much …

Sucker (Fish Species) - Image 481729 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 1-19-18 through 1-21-18

  A Winter Weekend Getaway Every year for as long as I can remember I have said to Kristy that it would be nice to get away during the winter to some location where it is warm. I was thinking a mid-winter excursion would be a great way to break up the months of cold …

Whitetail Deer (Doe0 Running Across Field - Image 479389 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-26-17

  Quick Learners, Slow Learners, or Desperate? Only a little over a week ago the second shotgun deer season closed. During the two weeks of shotgun deer season I did not see any deer out in the open during the daylight hours. Now, with only a few days having passed, I am seeing deer again. …

Whitetail Deer (Doe) at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 473364 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-21-17

  A Doe Deer Day I went out to check on the whitetail doe with container on its face this afternoon. The good news is that I did not find the deer. The bad news is that I did not find the container either. So I don’t know whether the doe has shed the container …