A Bass Fishing Club… at St Helena High? That’s the word at the coffee shop this morning; and I’m excited about it. A note to all of our local anglers; let’s help it be the best high school bass club in California - and the best equipped. Stay tuned.

As winter approaches, we will begin to see more birds showing up at our backyard bird feeders or in our bare trees. Some of those birds will be woodpeckers. As a result, winter is a great time of year to see the many different kinds of unique woodpeckers we have in Iowa. So, grab your binoculars and check out these fascinating birds.

The most common comment heard lately has something to do with when will this incessant rain stop. The heavy rains and high water levels in September kept me from getting an article out, but I took advantage of the sunny morning last week to get to one of our higher ground parks to enjoy the brisk day and fall colors. All the moisture and the warmer temps have resulted in quite a diversity of fall fungus to go with the beginning fall foliage. While the ground was soft and sometimes squishy underfoot, my shoes were not caked in mud nor did I get wet feet. Sounds like the sun will return for a while now – go out and enjoy fall.

Like most youth, Dave McWhorter, 70, of Anniston learned about the outdoors from his dad. McWhorter began hunting when he was 13 years old after his dad retired from the Navy. On a dove hunt, McWhorter was the “dove fetcher.”

Sean Wadsworth, 22, of Munford is a big fan of camping, hiking and fishing. He enjoys camping for the alone time and getting back to nature. For Wadsworth, hiking provides a good form of exercise. He said that while hiking you can discover some spectacular views, especially around Mount Chea…

One of the largest undertakings of any hunting land improvement is developing food plots. Hunt clubs and leases utilize food plots as a supplemental food source for deer and other wildlife. The ideal plots will provide nutrition to help sustain wildlife when other food sources are scarce.

During the summer, bass retreat to the cooler depths in lakes and rivers across the state. Creek channels and river ledges become the favorite hideouts for bass seeking some reprise for the sweltering southern sun. Although some bass will move shallow to feed, most of their summer is spent l…

Elisha Burdett, 14, of Alexandria enjoys doing just about anything outdoors. About four years ago, he learned to ride a bike. This was something really special for Burdett. He is non-verbal autistic and communicates by using a special communication device, which looks like an iPad but is muc…

In 1938, Alabama took the initiative to become the first state to outlaw alligator hunting. In 1967, the American Alligator was put on the endangered species list. Through conservation efforts and protection, alligators have flourished throughout the Southeast — even more so in recent years,…

Madison Wyatt, 15, of Delta, is a tough competitor in the outdoors. She enjoys mountain and road bike racing along with running, camping and kayaking. Riding the mountain bike trails, she is in the woods and the road biking takes her along the back roads.