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Friday Oct. 13, 2017 10:00 AM
Auction held on site.
Located 12 miles west of Keosauqua on Highway J40, then 1 mile north on 205th Road. 11014 205th Road, Milton, IA 52570.

57.25 Acres M/L selling in one tract & borders hundreds of acres of timber!

If you are looking for a getaway recreational property take a look here. The work has already been done. Already in place is a gravel site with electricity & rural water. It is perfect for a cabin, RV or building site overlooking the pond. There are two holding tanks installed, ready for a leach field to be installed.

Hunting & recreational opportunities galore with this property as this piece offers perfect cover for wildlife with two ponds & timber. The elevated hunting blind is in a prime location in the open field between two timberlines.

Owner: Sara R. Knebel


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2017 Fall Gun & Military Auction

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Selling over 400 Firearms, Civil War arms & collectibles, WWII German & US military, Nazi Items, Early Western Colts & Winchesters, Plus good modern estate guns, Ruger, Browning, Remington & More!


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Antique Firearms & WWII Era Memorabilia Auction

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LOCATION: Steffes Group Facility, 2000 Main Ave E, West Fargo, ND 58078
FIREARMS Selling Live: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 @ 10AM.

Antique Firearms & WWII Era Memorabilia Auction
Please join Steffes Group on September 23 for this once in a lifetime auction featuring an amazing firearms collection and WWII Era artifacts and memorabilia. Steve Burton has been a student of history all his life and has spent decades amassing this incredible collection of significantly historic pieces and firearms. He purchased these items with care and an eye for quality and uniqueness. Collection includes several military firearms along with high-quality Schuetzen, Winchester, Remington, Steyr, Springfield Armory, and many more. This vast collection will include rare and exceptional WWII memorabilia including German Nazi, Japanese, and Soviet items.

AUCTIONEERS NOTE: Firearms and all other lots will be in secure storage and are NOT available for preview until Friday, September 22, from 4:00-6:00 PM and starting at 7:30 AM on auction day. Live online bidding available. Terms, registration and details available online at www.SteffesGroup.com. On-Site Buyer’s premium of 10% applies to all purchases. Internet Buyer’s Premium is 10% plus 2%, capped at $500 per item.


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Iowa OutDoor Expo for Kids & Families

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Sept 23rd & 24th, 2017
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Des Moines Izaak Walton League
and Water Works Park
4343 George Flagg Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by bringing the entire family out for a fun weekend discovering new and exciting ways to enjoy Iowa's outdoors. With over 50 free hands-on activities and daily family presentations, visitor's are able to learn, observe and experience recreation opportunities in the great outdoors.

Hands-on activities include (but are not limited to):Fishing-Reel Fishing, Bow Fishing, Casting games, Fish Printing, Fish Cleaning & Cooking. Water Sports-Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Life Jacket Safety, Knot Tying. Kid's Corner-Fossil & Treasure Dig, Live Animals, Minnow Races, Build a Bird Feeder, Camping
Tent Demonstrations, Dutch Oven and Game Cooking Buckskinners EncampmentTraditional encampment, Blacksmith Shop, Tomahawk Range, Atl AtlArchery Beginners Foam Range, Traditional Range (9 and over), 3D Range, Aerial Range, Bow Fishing. Tree Stand Safety, Shooting Sports Trap Shooting (height requirement), Sling Shot, BB Gun Range, Air Gun Range, Muzzle Loading Demo's Wildlife & Hunting
Furharvesting and Trapping in Iowa, Waterfowl Hunting, Turn In Poachers (TIP), Wild Game Care/Food Safety, Turkey Hunting Conservation - Urban Garden Program, Polk County Soil & Water Conservation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Sierra Club, Urban Pollinator Program, Outdoor Health Raptor Release - SOAR (release times available at the Registration Tent) Live Game Field Dressing - Milo Locker

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Middle River Buck Blinds Pre-Season Deer Hunting Open House

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Middle River Buck Blinds Pre-Season Deer Hunting Open House

Saturday September 9th, 2017 9:00am to 5:00pm
1075 Highway 25, Menlo, IA (Exit 86 on Interstate 80) South of the Interstate ¼ of a mile.

There will be Deer Blinds, HuntVe (all electric UTV), mineral, food plots and more. Several Deer Blinds are going to be set up on stands. Our popular trailer blinds are going to be on site. This will allow you to get up close and sit in the blinds. Our staff will be there to answer any of your questions.

The HuntVes will be there. This is the all-electric UTV. Stealth has a new name it is called the HuntVe. Getting to your Deer stand quietly is very important. We will have one model available for demo test.

We are going to have military HMMWVs available for purchase at the event. These units are fully licensed and titled for road use.

We are going to have Dan Miller at this event to help you with all of your food plots needs. He has many years of experience in the agricultural industry from CRP to cover crops.

RAKS Big Game Supplements will be on hand at the event to talk about the need for mineral and feed supplementation for the deer, year round. We will have their product on hand to sell. Combine this with one of our feeders and you have deadly combination.

Lunch will be provided during the event.


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Long Bow Building Workshop 8/26 & 27 near CR

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Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 8am-4:30pm
Learn the nearly lost art of bow building under the guidance of
an experienced instructor during a special workshop. See the
article on page 9 for more information. Cost: $220 per person.
Registration deadline is August 23.

Bow Building Workshop at Wickiup Hill Learning Center 10260 Morris Hills Road Toddville, IA 52341
Over time, many types of building skills have been lost to
modern manufacturing. A skill that is still used today, as it has
been for generations, is bow building. If you have an interest
in building your own bow built from one piece of wood, also
known as a selfbow, with the help of an experienced instructor,
this is your chance. The style of bow is also called a longbow.
Gene Winter has been building bows for many years and
will be sharing his skill with workshop participants on Saturday,
August 26, and Sunday, August 27 from 8am – 4:30pm
The workshop will be held at Wickiup Hill Learning Center.
Workshop cost is $220 per person, which includes one
stave. Additional staves may be purchased for an additional
cost. Pre-registration by August 23 is required. Class size
is limited. For more information or to pre-register, contact
Chuck at 319-(eight92)-6485.

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Allen's Missouri River Fishing and Hunting Lodge

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Allen's Missouri River Guide Service is the premier guide service in the upper Midwest. Our motto is action is the attraction. It is not uncommon to catch 60 to 100 plus fish per day. Our area produces limits from ice out to ice on. Our guides will take the time to make sure you have a trip of a lifetime. We guide over 600 groups in the course of a season. We have 7 full time guides on staff, with 5 more other 3/4 time guides. It is full service, all you need is license, warm clothes and food and beverage. We will take nice pictures and send one home in a frame for you. You can have a complimentary beverage or 2 while we clean and freeze your fish. Our area is not surrounded by house and lodges. WE are fishing in the outdoors on primitive waters of the Missouri River. We also have premier pheasant hunting. Guiding over 5,000 acres of prime pheasant land.


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“Reach Anywhere” Attachment for Power Washer Spray Wands

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Anyone who uses a power washer will be interested in this new rotating attachment for power washer wands. It lets you adjust the spray tip to multiple angles anywhere up to 90 degrees, and then lock it in place.
The 4-in long, brass Wand Wizard is designed to attach to the wand on most any pressure washer. It has a male coupler at one end and a female coupler at the other, and a spring-assisted locking collar in the middle. You remove the wand’s original spray tip and attach the Wand Wizard in its place, then attach the spray tip back onto the Wand Wizard (a thread-type model is also available).
To change the spray angle, you slide the locking collar back with one hand and use your other hand to twist the spray tip up or down and then lock it in place.
“It’s very handy to use because you can reach areas you could never reach with a straightaway spray wand,” says inventor Gene Johnson. “One customer uses it to get behind a valve body on his combine where oil and debris collects, and if the valve body gets hot it could start a fire. He couldn’t reach this area with a straightaway wand, but he can with the Wand Wizard. It has many other uses, including washing debris away from under lawn mower decks.” According to Johnson, the Wand Wizard will work on 90 percent of the pressure washer spray wands on the market. You can check out a short video of it at www.thewandwizard.com.

Contact: Gene Johnson, 426 NW 48th Pl, Des Moines, IA 50313 (ph. 515-480-4646: www.thewandwizard.com; gjohnsonmail@yahoo.com

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Three Months in a Tree

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Three months in a tree. On January 8th I felt that I had spent three months in a tree watching squirrels. Slowly waiting for the sun to go down had become monotonous. There had been exciting moments when several bucks walked passed or a group of deer emerged out of nowhere, and the season had been a success on several levels. I had shot my first coyote with a bow and filmed my first kill, a doe, but the grind of hunting in January had begun to get to me. I hadn’t had a deer in range in three hunts and hadn’t seen a shooter in over a month. I always have a feeling of excited optimism for deer hunting, yet at that point it was beginning to feel a little hopeless.

I had been in the stand for thirty minutes when a coyote came up the trail towards me, then skirted to the other side of the creek and out of sight. An hour passed, nothing showed. The transition from being alone in the woods to watching a deer is always somewhat abrupt. My thoughts are wondering as I stare at the trees, then suddenly a deer is in sight. I can never remember what I was thinking about prior to the deer’s arrival. All I know is a buck stood sixty yards away. Slowly he began moving up the trail in my direction. The wind was crossing slightly towards him. He stopped abruptly, turned and walked in the opposite direction. “That was it,” I thought to myself. “I have waited all this time to have a marginal wind ruin my opportunity.” He walked ten yards then broke from the trail and began to slowly circle back towards my stand. Using no particular trail he picked his way into thick cover and out of sight. I snapped into my d-loop and prepared for the buck to arrive. He appeared at thirty yards, still in thick cover. The buck plodded along through the brush focused on crossing the creek. I realized he would pass through a small shooting lane at around thirty yards before entering into thick cover again and there would be no remaining opportunity for a shot. He walked quickly forward. As his body filled the clearing I grunted twice. For a brief moment nothing moved, then the arrow connected halfway up and slightly back. He turned and ran up the hill. His gait seemed normal until I saw him wobble near the top of the hill, I realized later that he collapsed several steps later. The shot had missed his lungs but severed the liver, leaving only a small blood trail but killing the deer within 200 yards. As I stared into the camera all I could think to say was “We did it, we did it, we did it.”

My brother Harrison and my buddy Jared run a website with blogs and videos on hunting every species in Iowa. Bowhunting in January is unusual for our group. Most seasons we are able to tag out by late November, then focus on muzzleloader season. Yet, this season had been more challenging than most. The rut had been warm, and we constantly felt we were one step behind the bucks. Harrison and Jared had each shot deer that we were unable to recover. It is frustrating to miss deer, but to hit them non-lethally is something that we feel is unacceptable. Thus, to complete a hunt as a member of a team was truly special. Those guys were as excited as I was and I was happy to end our season on a high note. If you would like to read any more blogs or watch videos then check out iowaslam.wordpress.com . We are happy to share any of our material with Iowa Sportsman.

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The Best Day Ever

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The Best Day Ever

July 23rd 2016. For those of you who do not remember the date, it was a Saturday. I will never forget this day because it was one of the best days of my life. I will set the scenario for you. Bear with me please cause I am not what you would call a novelist.
My wife works for the post office as a substitute rural carrier, which means she carries the mail every Saturday. This is really good for me and my two kids. Now I don't want to sound like I am thrilled she is gone every Saturday because it has its bad points too, however; my kids and I love the outdoors and her…. not so much. Her idea of enjoying outdoors is canoeing. Im not a fan due to the fact we cant stop and fish, at least when I am with her. The only time you stop whilst canoeing with my wife is to have a few beverages.
The wife was working and my son ditched old dad to go to a friends house and spend the night. He is 11 so he is at the age where friends are way cooler than dad. I was left with my daughter Isabella. I call her Izzy. I asked her what she wanted to do. Without hesitation she says, “ Oh my god dad lets go trout fishing.” At this point I was excited as she was. I don't think I have ever loaded up tackle and a cooler so fast in all my time on this earth.
We head for Bailey’s Ford near Manchester. This is one of our favorite spots to trout fish due to the fact I can get the kids to catch fish fairly easy. After a 25 to 30 minute drive we arrive. We park at the stream beside the nature trail bridge which is usually a honey hole. To my demise there are 4 people fishing and two kids throwing rocks. We grab our gear and head down the stream towards the river.
Between the parking lot and the river we stop at two more holes that are usually productive. They were not productive on this day. I think the fisherman came out in droves there was nothing there and anglers all over the place. I decide to switch gears so we headed back to the truck. On the way back to the truck Izzy asks me what we are going to do. I tell her honey we are going to another place.
We head up to Greeley to Fountain Springs park. Fountain Springs is a diamond in the rough. For those who have never been to this park you should go. All primitive camping very quiet and good trout fishing. A very well kept county park. While driving to get there you really wonder how far back into nowhere the road takes you. The trip is all worth the dust on the truck to get there.
I don't know if the truck was even in park yet when she jumped out of the pick up. We started fishing by the upside down bridge. The water by the upside down bridge is very murky. I am glad it is murky cause my lovely daughter wore a bright pink shirt and some pretty wild colored gymnastics tights. We fish here for about a half hour and no luck.
I am so determined to catch something we move to another hole towards the middle of the park. With the water running dirty I had a feeling we could catch something in this particular hole. It is a narrow strip of swift water with an exposed system of tree roots. It is about three to four feet deep. I have had luck here before. Where the water goes around the tree roots is an area of calm water just outside the main current. I have a silver lead head with a white glittery skirt tied on my ultra light. I showed her how to flip the jig in there and bounce it.
She flips the jig into the exact location I showed her. About 2 feet down I see that silver head disappear and the line go tight. She screams. To an innocent bystander you would think this child is either dying or hurt badly. No everyone she just hooked her first trout. My heart is racing because I know if she looses this fish she is going to be so disappointed. I tell her what to do to get it to the shore. It is a beautiful Rainbow Trout.
I take the hook out of it and she wants to hold it. I let her hold it while I get the stringer ready and realize it’s back at the truck. Now, in my mind I am really praying that this fish does not squirm its way out of her hand and back into the stream from which it came. I move her and the fish back away from the water well into dry land so I could go all the way back to the truck and retrieve the stringer without worries of a sad little girl upon my return.
I place the beautiful fish on the stringer and her and I both start jigging again in the same hole. I managed to get a very nice brown trout after about a half hour and she had a couple hits but missed hooking them. I decide once again to move.
We relocate about 500 feet up stream to a hole right beside the road. Her and I climb out onto some big rocks to get a better vantage point. With the same jigs previously used, we commence to fishing again. Her fifth cast the fight is on once again. I can see it is a nice rainbow hooked very nicely in the top of the mouth. This fish is much bigger than the one she landed before. Somehow through all the screaming and jumping up and down I got through to her how to bring in this one. She drug the fish onto the bank and just before getting it totally out of the water the hook comes out. I jump into the shallows to grab ahold of it and luckily retrieve the escapee. I put him on the stringer and we fished about a half hour longer.
I suggest to my daughter that we leave for home. It is starting to sprinkle off and on and I could tell it is getting cooler. My wife and I had to meet up some friends of ours for The Great Jones County Fair. I had to go back to get ready anyway. Her and I together cleaned the trout and started for home. On the way home she asked how come we had to ruin this day. Feeling really bad I tell her the day isn't ruined we just have to go. Needless to say she didn't want to go home. We hit about Manchester and the rain was pouring down which made it a lot easier to go home. The sky the whole 25 minute drive looked very eerie. Almost a greenish color.
We pull in the drive way of our residence and unload our equipment. Of course she couldn't wait to show mom what she had caught. In the house she goes. in the house channel nine KCRG had tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings all over the Eastern part of the state. A tornado warning for Delaware county had been issued and a video of a twister going down the river to around the lake Delhi area was played. I told Izzy we are lucky that we left cause we were really close to the tornado they played video of. Once she realized we would have been impacted by the storms she was feeling much better about being home.
This was one of the most memorable trips I have had with her. If you are a father of a daughter you all know about Daddy and Daughter dates. This one will be with me forever and I hope one day she can share this with her kids. I’m not a professional writer (as you can probably tell) nor am I a professional fisherman. I just hope that I am teaching both my kids activities they can pass on to their kids as I have. I love taking the kids along and I hope all of you take a kid out hunting, fishing, or hiking in the near future.

Written by: Christopher Taylor

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