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  • 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
  • Plymouth County Conservation to host its first ever FRIENDS FALL FESTIVAL
  • American Arms Company Derringers
  • Ammo shortage continues!
  • Curly-leaf pondweed more noticeable this year

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  • 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 →

  • Water Brains? In our lakes?
    Water Brains? In our lakes?

    By John H. Wills Clean Water Alliance Coordinator If you are swimming and bump into what looks like a brain from Saturn don’t get freaked out because it is just a harmless bryozoan colony. Recently an interesting find has been discovered in the Iowa Great Lakes. Just as last year’s discovery of fresh water sponges, this year an unusual discovery of Bryozoans was found. Many who have lived and worked in the area for years have not seen these fascinating creatures. Because they are unusual, below is the “description of this weird blobby critter”. There are 20 kinds of fresh water Read more →

  • Proposed fishing regulations topic of four public meetings

    Des Moines – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled four public meetings to discuss proposed changes to the state fishing regulations for 2015. In northwest Iowa, the meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the Dickinson County Nature Center, 2279 170th Street, Okoboji. The DNR is proposing a series of rule changes to make the regulations easier to understand, to protect lake improvements, remove duplicate language in the Iowa code and to enhance fishing opportunities. Proposals include aligning the muskie season on Iowa’s border lakes with Minnesota with the Iowa Great Lakes’ season; modifying the Read more →

  • Fingerling perch stocked in Trumbull Lake and Virgin Lake
    Fingerling perch stocked in Trumbull Lake and Virgin Lake

    By Steve Weisman Trumbull Lake located northwest of Ruthven and south of Terril reached pool earlier this summer as a result of the heavy June rains, which is definitely excellent news for area anglers. After eradicating rough fish and a subsequent drawdown to help the lake bottom dry out and compact, aquatic plant life has returned and according to Mike Hawkins, Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist, yellow perch stocking has taken place twice since this spring. The initial stocking of approximately 900,000 perch eggs took place in May, while an additional stocking of 80,000 1-2” perch fingerlings was completed in early Read more →

  • Get set for hunting seasons
    Get set for hunting seasons

    By Steve Weisman Here we are in mid-August, and we can already see four hunting seasons on the horizon: the cottontail, squirrel, dove and early teal seasons. Both the cottontail and squirrel seasons open on Thursday, August 31 with cottontail lasting until February 31 and squirrel until January 31. Both have slipped in popularity the past few years as hunters have chosen to pursue other upland game and waterfowl. Cottontail rabbits are found throughout Iowa, but the greater numbers are found in the southern counties. Usually the best rabbit hunting takes place during the snowy months of December-February. Most of Read more →


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