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  • Spring issue in stands now!
  • Life can be so fleeting
  • Walleye Opener around corner; good walleye population expected
  • Muskie Study to Look at Yearling Muskie Survival on Big Spirit Lake
  • Frank Wesson 1870 Pocket Rifle
  • Spirit Lake Hatchery now open “for business”
  • Giving back to others
  • Gotta love this time of year
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  • Hillview Snow Scamper draws 43 runners
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  • Long beard bow hunt
    Long beard bow hunt

    by Clark Schmitz As the 2016 spring turkey seasons approached, my eager anticipation seemed to be at an all time high. Iowa’s spring turkey season opened on April 18 and I couldn’t wait. In Iowa we hunt the “Eastern” turkey subspecies which is found predominantly east of the Mississippi. The Eastern is found in 38 states and parts of Canada. Many avid turkey hunters consider the Eastern to be quite difficult to call. The other four subspecies found in the U.S. include the Osceola, Merriam’s, Gould’s and Rio Grande. The Osceola is found only in Florida and is considered the Read more →

  • NWIO Youth Fishing Derby Approaching
    NWIO Youth Fishing Derby Approaching

    The annual NWIO Youth Fishing Derby is set for Saturday June 4th at Little Sioux Park in Correctionville. The derby will run from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Admission is free to all youth. This is Iowa’s free fishing weekend so no fishing license is required. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. A prize drawing will conclude the event. Nightcrawlers will be supplied compliments of Smalltown Sportsman of Kingsley.   THANK YOU to the following sponsors: Dirt Road Design - Kingsley West Fork Firearms Training - Kingsley Outdoors with John Show – KSCJ Sioux City Small Town Sportsman - Kingsley Malm Read more →

  • Spring issue in stands now!
    Spring issue in stands now!

    The spring issue of Northwest Iowa Outdoors is now out. This free tabloid-style newspaper is available in various locations throughout the area. Inside you will find articles from the same great writers you’ve come to enjoy on the website, plus a few other contributors.  NWIO is released quarterly. You can find NWIO at these fine locations. Read more →

  • Life can be so fleeting
    Life can be so fleeting

    By Steve Weisman Wow, 12 years can pass by so quickly. Back in 2004, I had the privilege of interviewing the famous Americana and wildlife artist, Terry Redlin. My wife and I actually went to Watertown and spent two hours visiting with Terry, his wife, son and Julie Ranum, the director of the Redlin Art Museum. Having grown up in South Dakota, I guess you could say we had a common bond: love for the beauty of the great outdoors. However, he had the ability to capture those images and bring them to life on canvas. My wife and I Read more →

  • Walleye Opener around corner; good walleye population expected
    Walleye Opener around corner; good walleye population expected

    By Steve Weisman It’s almost show time! The time is drawing nearer and nearer. The Annual Great Walleye Weekend is just around the corner. This year will be the 34th Annual Great Walleye Weekend, May 7 and 8. This two-day fishing tournament brings thousands of anglers to the Iowa Great Lakes to see if they can catch one of the specially tagged walleye. This year’s event includes an increase in the number of tagged walleyes to 10 versus the normal 6-tagged walleyes. Plus, the grand prize for this year is $34,000 to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the tournament. In Read more →

  • Muskie Study to Look at Yearling Muskie Survival on Big Spirit Lake
    Muskie Study to Look at Yearling Muskie Survival on Big Spirit Lake

    By Steve Weisman The local chapter of Upper Great Plains Muskie Inc. Chapter 29 (Iowa Great Lakes), along with a donation from the national chapter’s Hugh Becker Foundation and the Heartland Muskies Inc. chapter from Clear Lake, have donated a combined total of nearly $15,500 to help the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University fund a study of yearling muskie survival on Big Spirit Lake. Once muskies hatch they are held in the hatchery the first summer and then sent to the Lake Rathbun Hatchery in September and held in cement lined ponds until the following spring, Read more →

  • Frank Wesson 1870 Pocket Rifle
    Frank Wesson 1870 Pocket Rifle

    By: John Hackett The Wesson name is no stranger to historic firearms. Most laymen know of Daniel Wesson of Smith & Wesson fame, but few know of his younger brother Frank Wesson. But most serious collectors of vintage firearms do know of Frank Wesson’s guns, and that an early partnership forged by him still exists in today’s gun manufacturing landscape. Frank Wesson established his gun factory in 1854 in Worcester MA. In 1871 Wesson entered into a partnership with his nephew Gilbert Harrington under the name Wesson & Harrington. The partnership dissolved in 1874, and Wesson went back into his Read more →

  • Spirit Lake Hatchery now open “for business”
    Spirit Lake Hatchery now open “for business”

    By Steve Weisman Slowly and steadily, the netting crews have been making progress in their walleye seining efforts. According to Kim Hawkins, Natural Resources Biologist and the Spirit Lake Hatchery Manager, two sample crews went out on East Okoboji Sunday, April 3 and collected 114 walleyes (male and female combined). That number increased to 176 on the next night. On Tuesday, a total of seven crews netted on both East Okoboji and Big Spirit with 131 walleyes brought to the hatchery from East Okoboji and 282 from Big Spirit. Things went down dramatically on East Okoboji after that, but last Read more →

  • Giving back to others
    Giving back to others

    By Steve Weisman Easter week is such a powerful week bringing together all elements of human life: birth, life’s struggles and death, culminating with the victory over death through the Resurrection. It has always been an inspirational week for our family. This past week was even more impactful for our entire family as my wife’s 91-year-old father, Dr. Alvin Scheffel passed away. It was so hard for the entire family as we watched him slowly slipping away before our eyes. Yet, it was also uplifting for us because we knew he was going to a far, far better place. His Read more →

  • Gotta love this time of year
    Gotta love this time of year

    By Steve Weisman This is one of those times of the year that I really get antsy…ice is still on (barely) the Iowa Great Lakes but slowly fading away, waterfowl are pushing the snowline, open water walleye is only a day trip away and we’re at the end of the outdoor shows! The colder temperatures the first week of March actually firmed up the shorelines and gave us at least another weak of ice fishing. This past weekend anglers were all over the lakes – West Okoboji, East Okoboji and Big Spirit – kind of like a last fling! I Read more →


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