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  • Decoy Dilemma
  • Lots of outdoor choices
  • Kabele’s Trading Post Presents “Shop with the Pros 2014”
  • Time to throw away the spring bobbers?
  • Time to Enjoy the Fall Songbird Migration
  • The FP-45 Liberator Pistol
  • Proper positioning of arrow rests
  • Northwest Iowa Fur Exchange to hold open house on Oct. 11
  • Teal opener good
  • New Southern Archery location offers more security, expansion opportunity
  • Water Brains? In our lakes?
  • Proposed fishing regulations topic of four public meetings
  • Fingerling perch stocked in Trumbull Lake and Virgin Lake
  • Get set for hunting seasons
  • Sportsmen need a better sense of smell
  • Good condition bow strings are crucial to accuracy & safety
  • Summer begins to wind down
  • Big changes in 2014-15 deer season
  • Chasing big bluegills on West Lake Okoboji
  • Special 16-day teal season set for this fall

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Recent NWIO Articles

  • Decoy Dilemma
    Decoy Dilemma

    by Clark Schmitz Over many years of bow hunting whitetails, one thing I can count on, certain- things will change. Good or bad, no two hunting seasons will be the same. Ever changing deer patterns, weather conditions, neighbor’s livestock / pets, and food sources result in the need to be flexible in your hunting tactics. I‘ve enjoyed using deer decoys off and on for a long time and find it fascinating how differently each deer may react to the decoy. The use of a life sized deer decoy is definitely a two edged sword. It may put a deer right Read more →

  • Lots of outdoor choices
    Lots of outdoor choices

    By Steve Weisman This is one of those times of the year when the outdoor activity action seems to go crazy, After all, with the fall weather, we still have anglers wading for walleyes in the evening, boat fishermen chasing perch during the day, pheasant season underway, archery deer hunting going on, waterfowl hunting and as of last Saturday, the furharvester season is now open. Hard to do it all, isn’t it! As with a lot of our seasons, the furharvesters take the most fur in the first two weeks of the season. According to the Iowa DNR, the number Read more →

  • Kabele’s Trading Post Presents “Shop with the Pros 2014”
    Kabele’s Trading Post Presents “Shop with the Pros 2014”

    By Steve Weisman By mid-November, ice fishermen are chomping at the bit hoping for that first real cold snap to put enough ice on the lakes to begin the ice fishing season. That’s why Thane and Tanya Johnson, owners of Kabele’s Trading Post in Spirit Lake have put their annual “Shop with the Pros 2014” event on Saturday, November 15. What better way to kick off the ice fishing season than with a day set aside just for ice fishing, a day to meet the pros, to listen to five different seminars, to browse and look at all the latest Read more →

  • Time to throw away the spring bobbers?
    Time to throw away the spring bobbers?

    Over the years of ice fishing, many anglers can attest to problems with spring bobbers in cold environments. From icing up to losing sensitivity, ice fishermen had to go back to their shanty to warm up their spring bobbers to get the desired action back. Many companies have tried to combat this issue with different materials and tensile strengths, only to satisfy ice anglers partly. This issue with spring bobbers opened the door to many companies designing “noodle rods”, to take place of the spring bobber due to a more flexible tip. The drawbacks to that idea is you still Read more →

  • Time to Enjoy the Fall Songbird Migration
    Time to Enjoy the Fall Songbird Migration

     Darial Weisman Fall is a time of anticipation and a desire to get our outdoor “things” done before winter decides to arrive. Fall is also a great time to attract a wide range of songbirds, both migrating and those that stick around. Bird feeding and bird watching continues to gain popularity. According to an outdoor recreation survey conducted by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Americans spend about $300 million each year to view wildlife. Most of that comes with bird feeding and bird watching! With just a few feeders, you can draw some of the most beautiful songbirds Read more →

  • The FP-45 Liberator Pistol
    The FP-45 Liberator Pistol

    By: John Hackett I think it would be a safe bet to say that for the most part old military guns don’t have much appeal to the average “Joe”. Outside of the military collectors most of them don’t have much “aesthetic” appeal.  But inside the realm of the military collectors these guns are true works of art, and garner as much interest as do vintage Winchester’s with the Winchester collector’s crowd.  And as far as that goes, military arms offer collectors the same thrill of discovering the many models and variations produced.  With that being said this month’s old gun, Read more →

  • Proper positioning of arrow rests
    Proper positioning of arrow rests

    By: Chuck Campbell There are literally 100’s of different styles and kinds of arrow rests on the market. Drop-away, fixed, you name it, and they sell it!  In choosing an arrow rest you should consider what you will be doing, hunting, 3D shooting, indoor or outdoor spot shooting.  The style of rest you chose is really just a matter of personal preference. All of the arrow rests have their purposes, and some are better than others for their specific purposes. For example the new “whisker biscuit” style of rests work great for hunting situations, but will not offer the best Read more →

  • Northwest Iowa Fur Exchange to hold open house on Oct. 11
    Northwest Iowa Fur Exchange to hold open house on Oct. 11

    By Steve Weisman With trapping season quickly approaching its November 1 starting date, Mike Mazur, owner of Northwest Iowa Fur Exchange, has scheduled a “Fall Open House behind Kabele’s Trading Post on Hill Avenue for Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “During the open house, there will be free demonstrations, how-to seminars, a question and answer session with conservation officers from the Iowa DNR and, of course, a free lunch,” says Mazur. The first seminar will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a how-to session by Kendall Obermeier from Green, IA. A well-known trap maker and owner Read more →

  • Teal opener good
    Teal opener good

    By Steve Weisman The early teal season opener (Sept. 6-7) proved to be a success, according to Greg Harson, acting law enforcement supervisor for the DNR in northwest Iowa. “From all of the reports that I have received, there were a lot of hunters out and a lot of teal harvested. Most of the success came on the shallow water marshes and ponds that hunters could walk to.” Almost all of the teal were blue wing teal. This past weekend, although the action was spottier, hunters also bagging teal as they filtered down with the brief cold snap. It will Read more →

  • New Southern Archery location offers more security, expansion opportunity
    New Southern Archery location offers more security, expansion opportunity

    (Original story appeared in Spencer Daily Reporter, Thursday, August 21, 2014) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/story/2111734.html By Kate Padilla, Daily Reporter Staff Southern Archery is moving from 305 11th St. SE to 325 11th St SW. The new location, located next to Cindy’s Steakhouse in Spencer, is a “better traffic area” and will offer “better security,” according to Southern Archery owner, Ted Bruning. They are looking to be in their new location by mid-October.(Photo by Kate Padilla) If construction continues at the pace it’s been keeping, Southern Archery owner Ted Bruning said the hunting accessories store will be in its new location by the Read more →


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