Welcome to Northwest Iowa Outdoors

  • 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
  • Update on Marble and West Hottes Lake Restoration Project
  • Visiting the Iowa Lakeside Lab
  • Regulations for transporting fish from our lakes
  • Orioles are on their way
  • Sportsmen need better awareness!
  • “Smoker” Revolver
  • Oak Ridge Gobblers host Hunting Heritage Banquet
  • Spirit Lake Hatchery filling with walleyes
  • Muskie Seminar Set for Friday, April 11

Recent Articles

  • 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 →

  • Special 16-day teal season set for this fall
    Special 16-day teal season set for this fall

    By Steve Weisman Since 1979, Iowa duck hunters have had the opportunity to hunt an early five-day duck season. The one stipulation was that these five days were then subtracted from the number of days allowed during the regular duck hunting season and the regular season could not open before October 10. There was a period of time from 1988-1993 that the five-day season was suspended because of severe drought conditions and exceptionally low teal populations. DNR data shows that this five-day season has been highly popular with Iowa’s duck hunters. However, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is Read more →

  • Plymouth County Conservation to host its first ever FRIENDS FALL FESTIVAL
    Plymouth County Conservation to host its first ever FRIENDS FALL FESTIVAL

    In Conjunction with Halloween at Hillview, Plymouth County Conservation is hosting its first ever FRIENDS FALL FESTIVAL.  There will be a fun run, games for the kids, pumpkins to purchase and a craft fair. Halloween at Hillview is October 11 from 6pm to 8pm and the fall festival will be October 12 from 9am to 4pm. This is a fund raising event in hopes to make it an annual event.  For at least the first couple of years the proceeds will go toward building a new playground on the south side of Hillview.  The playground will be located between Bur Oak Read more →

  • American Arms Company Derringers
    American Arms Company Derringers

    By: John Hackett This month we have set of American Arms Co. derringers.  The bottom pistol has a 3” barrel, is 6 ¼” overall in length, and is chambered for .32 rimfire.  The barrel on this derringer unlocks and twists to allow for loading.  This style of derringer is known in the collector world as a “swivel breech, double barrel pocket pistol”. This derringer was made by the American Arms Co. of Boston Mass. from around 1866 to 1878.  Total production was estimated at only a few thousand pieces.  This pistol has been reblued at one point in its life. Read more →

  • Ammo shortage continues!
    Ammo shortage continues!

    By: John Hackett By now anyone who shoots even the least bit knows there is an ammo shortage.  When it first started a couple of years ago just the avid shooters were affected, but now even the casual “shoot-a-box-a-year” guys are feeling the sting.  It seemed to start with .223’s, worked its way into pistol ammo, and now finding a single box of .22LR is like pulling hen’s teeth! There are a lot of theories floating about as to why there is a shortage. The most prevalent is that the Government is buying up all the ammo to keep civilians Read more →


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