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  • 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
  • Youth fishermen line the banks of Little Sioux Park Lake
  • IGLFC hosts annual Rendezvous and Let’s Go Fishing Outing
  • Trumbull Lake on its Way Back
  • “Defender 89” Revolver
  • Attracting the jewels of the songbird world: hummingbirds

Recent Articles

  • 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 →

  • Sportsmen need a better sense of smell

    By: Some Guy I think a better sense of smell would benefit the sportsman.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if hunters could actually smell their quarry?  The only living thing we can currently smell reliably is the skunk.  Think about the possibilities!  No need to ever again painfully trudge through nettle and cocklebur infested weed patches over your head looking for pheasants that aren’t there.  You could just get up wind, sniff the air like an English setter and know the ditch is void of all forms of pheasant like.  You could immediately return to driving around in your warm pickup. Read more →

  • Good condition bow strings are crucial to accuracy & safety
    Good condition bow strings are crucial to accuracy & safety

    By: Chuck Campbell The bow string is one of the most important parts of your bow, both for safety and accuracy.  In both cases you want to make sure your string is in the best possible condition. Safety wise, a weakened string that breaks while shooting can result in serious injuries.  A broken string flailing about can result in deep cuts and possible severed digits.  A lot of times when a string breaks other parts of the bow will also be launched towards shooters at high rates of speed. Accuracy wise, a weakened string will greatly affect your arrow grouping.  Read more →

  • Summer begins to wind down
    Summer begins to wind down

    By Steve Weisman It’s amazing how fast the summer goes once we hit the 4th of July! With the cooler than normal temperatures so far, it makes fall and the start of school seem even closer. This is the time of year that the panfish action can be great on both West Okoboji. The bays have tremendous weed growth, and the deep weedlines are now established. The only trouble I have is just how massive a fishing area this is when you say deep weedline in 18-25 feet of water. No matter the bay or the point, you can find Read more →

  • Big changes in 2014-15 deer season
    Big changes in 2014-15 deer season

    (Resource – Iowadnr.gov) 2014 Iowa Hunting Seasons Released Posted: 07/29/2014 Iowa deer hunters will notice fewer seasons and changes in certain seasons this year. The January antlerless deer season has been eliminated, the number of antlerless deer tags has been reduced and hunters in 27 northwest counties are allowed only antlered deer during the first shotgun and early muzzleloader seasons. Crossbows were allowed as a legal method of take for resident Iowa hunters during the late muzzleloader season. Iowa waterfowl hunters have an experimental September teal only season from Sept. 6-21 in all three waterfowl zones. The remaining waterfowl seasons Read more →

  • Chasing big bluegills on West Lake Okoboji
    Chasing big bluegills on West Lake Okoboji

    By Steve Weisman When John Grosvenor, longtime Iowa Great Lakes fishing guide (www.jtgexpeditions), thinks about taking his clients fishing on West Lake Okoboji, his eyes light up. After all, West Lake Okoboji is home to some of the finest bluegill fishing in the Midwest. “With its incredible water clarity, extensive weedbeds/lines that can be found in all of the bays and a strong bluegill population, fishing bluegills on this lake is an awesome experience.” Here is what Grosvenor and his clients experience each time he runs his WX 2060 Skeeter on West Lake. During the month of June (just completed), Read more →


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