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04/17/2014 @ 07:28 AM

Geocaches 101 & 201 Class Plus Potluck

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Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center is hosting an introductory and an advanced Geocaching Classes on Saturday, May 22 from Noon until 4:30 p.m. at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center near Toddville. The classes will be preceded by a potluck from 11:00 a.m. until Noon. Participants are asked to bring their own table service and a dish to share.

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It is that time of year again to start planning for the Summer Outing. To exedite the process and allow for members to schedule the event in pleanty of time the admins/moderators have pre-determined the date and location. This year's summer outing will be held at Blackhawk State Park, Lake View Iowa on July 23-25. We hope as many people can attend as possible as these events are always a great time to meet and talk with friends from the site.

Below is a link to the Iowa Parks Reservation site. If you plan on attending make sure to reserve a spot. More details on the outing will be posted in the next few weeks.



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IDNR Press Release

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a public meeting to discuss a number of new proposed regulations including changes to waterfowl seasons, and the antlerless deer season quotas. The meeting will be conducted over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) on April 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Iowa DNR Fishing Report

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Press Releases from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

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For those interested there is now Iowa Sportsman Apparel available to purchase in the EBAY store. You can locate the EBAY store on the right hand side of the website or visit the address below. Currently there are hooded sweatshirts, t-shirts, and youth sweatshirts availalbe with more items to come.


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Iowa: Shall-Issue Right-To-Carry Bill Re-Introduced by Leadership

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Today, March 16, House File 2528 was introduced by the Iowa House and Senate Leadership. This NRA-backed bill would change Iowa from a "May-Issue" state to a "Shall-Issue" state. This legislation would require law enforcement to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon to all applicants who meet the necessary criteria, without limiting them to narrowly-drawn disqualifiers.  This pro-gun legislation would:

  • Increase from 1-year to 5-years the validity of a carry permit;
  • Narrow the disqualifying circumstances for a permit to the federal minimum in most cases, while further narrowing state-specific disqualifiers;
  • Ensure that denials, suspensions, and revocations of permits would be subject to both administrative and judicial review;
  • Protect personally-identifying information in permit applications from public disclosure;
  • Allow Iowa to enter reciprocity agreements with other states for recognition of each other's permits;
  • Broaden the types of training that would fulfil the state-mandated training requirement for permit applicants;  

HF 2528 has not yet been scheduled, but the Leadership is primed to fast-track this bill through the legislature.  Iowa's legislative session adjourns in a week, so it is vital that this bill gets your support NOW.  The Senate has also prepared a companion bill which has not yet been named. 

It is important that you contact your legislators NOW and respectfully urge them to support HF 2528 and its Senate companion bill.  To find contact information for your legislator please click here.

Quote by: IAJack
"Okay folks, this is what we've been waiting for! It's time to do the work that needs to be done to get Shall Issue for Iowa. The time for speculation is over.

Today, HF 2528 and 6267XS were introduced. These bills are companion bills introduced by the House and Senate leadership (McCarthy and Gronstal). They contain the exact language originally submitted in HF 2255 - before the horrible Olson changes. This is the bill - the one we are supporting!

Start making polite and respectful phone calls and sending emails to your Representative and Senator. Do both and get your friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters to do so too. The message is simple, "Please pass (HF 2528, in the house and 6267XS, in the Senate) as written - with no amendments!" This is the language we want and messing with it will only open the door for others to mess with it as well.

On the House side, the HF 2528 has been assigned already to a subcommittee of the Public Safety Committee - comprised of Lykum, Baudler, and R. Olson. Olson will try to change this bill in subcommittee! He's already said so! In the most respectful way possible we have to try to stop this from happening. So, make polite and respectful calls and send emails to these three gentlemen as well! Same message! No amendments!!!

This is a great opportunity for Iowans to get Shall Issue. These bills have a real chance for passage. But, we all have to do the work that will push this over the top.

Here is a link to the Legislative Action Center. Just click on the take action button and fill in your information and it will send a message to your Sen. & Reps. for you!"


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Bald Eagle Shot in Davis County

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Press Release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources

BLOOMFIELD, Iowa – State conservation officials are asking for help to catch the person or persons responsible for shooting a bald eagle in southwest Davis County. The eagle was shot from a gravel road while it was feeding on a deer that died during the winter.
Bald eagles are opportunistic feeders including scavenging on dead fish or animals. Officials fear this activity could continue as more dead deer are revealed from the disappearing snow.
The incident was reported to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on March 10.
Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact State Conservation Officer Bob Stuchel at 641-777-2169, State Conservation Officer Matt Rush at 641-777-7805, or the Turn-in-Poachers hotline at 1-800-532-2020, or online by going to www.iowadnr.gov/tip. Callers can remain anonymous.
“If someone provides information that leads to a conviction, they could receive an award of up to $1,000 from the Turn-in-Poachers program,” said Steve Dermand, DNR representative to the TIP board.

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Boat Registrations Due in 2010

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IADNR press release

DES MOINES – Boat owners are reminded that 2010 is a registration year. Iowa boat registration fees are due April 30, and are valid for three years.
Boat registration fees help to manage aquatic invasive species, support the seasonal water patrol program and the water trails program. There are more than 247,000 boats registered in Iowa.

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Hard Winter Takes Toll On Iowa Fish

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Press release from the IDNR

DES MOINES – The winter that seemingly wouldn’t quit is finally beginning to show signs of weakening as the thick crust of snow and ice covering Iowa lakes, ponds and streams begins its slow retreat. Once the ice is gone, the evidence will be seen in shallow lakes and ponds as fish that died during the hard winter will be found along shore.

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Here are the rules to this years turkey contest. If you want to sign up go to:http://www.iowasportsman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=485836


1. (2)two person teams. You can choose your teammate or just be randomly placed with and individual. Please let me know if you want to chose your teammate and team name if you want one. All teams will be announce on the HARVEST page under the Turkey Forum. You don't have to hunt with with your teammate.
2. All participants must be an Iowa Sportsman Website Member.
3. A limit of 3 birds will be scored.
4. Teams that score 3 birds have to have harvested birds by both members. (One teamate can't shoot all the birds.)
5. You can cull birds.
6. Only bearded birds, obviously.
7. Out of state birds ARE allowed.
8. NWTF scoring will be used. Here is the link to score your bird: http://www.nwtf.org/all_about_turkeys/turkey_score.html
9. Report score at HARVEST page under the Turkey Forum.
10.. A picture of the harvested bird must be posted with beard visible.
11. No bonus points for archery kills or any other reasons.
12. Multiple bearded birds will be scored by the longest beard/Same goes for spurs.
13. Last day to sign up is March 31st.
14. Contest begins April 1st and end May 16th.
15. If it is your child, son or daughter sign up is allowed as a team. Updated 3-3-2010

Teams will be announced in the harvest page. If you are waiting for a teammate I will update them daily so make sure to check out the harvest page. If by chance we have an odd number I will join the competition...this may hinder your chances of winning though

Prizes will go to:

Top Scoring Team
Top Scoring Bird
Top Scoring Bird Harvested By A Youth (18 and under)

If there are any questions please send me a PM. This is a contest but the main thing is to HAVE FUN! Thanks for participating.

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