11/09/2011 @ 10:48 AM Contributed by: Anonymous Views:: 4,866
It seems there is an abundance of pundits espousing their "knowledge" about environmental issues as they pertain to fishing. It's obvious there is a following of bandwagon armchair biologists (and some real biologists who have forgotten how real science works) lining up to sing the praises of lead bans in Iowa. I'm sharing the following SCIENCE-BASED article on lead in fishing. There are people lining up to take lead out of your ammunition, well they plan to do the same with your tackle box, and there is NO defensible argument for this. Read the following, It's a policy statement that is being considered by the Iowa Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. These are fisheries professionals, in the DNR, universities, and private sector in Iowa who's job it is to follow the science, promote water quality and angling. This isn't the only statement they are considering, but it is the one that is based on science and rationality. It seems that is the way it should be.
Tri-state Rod Builders Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center
Come and learn about rodbuilding with many masters of the art form from throughout the Midwest at a beautiful Nature Center outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We are arranging a variety of topics, demonstrations and exhibitors. Current presenters include Al Hutchison, Steve Cox, Sam Fox, Paul Rohrbacher, Dr. Garry Land, Scott Kleppe and perhaps others.
The meeting is free to anyone interested in rodbuilding from beginners to professionals and all should leave with new thoughts and ideas on how to build better fishing rods. We will take a good will donation to cover food expenses. Chuck's Venison Chili will be featured for the meal again this year. We will be drawing for a limited number of door prizes during the day. Sponsors of the event and door prizes include Batson Enterprises, Bingham Enterprises, Jann's Netcraft, Linn County Conservation Department, MudHole.com, Rodguild.com and Rodmakermagazine.com
Topics we intend to cover this year include lathe use for handles and butt caps, snake skin application, decorative weaving, rod actions explained, rod building trials and errors, and much more.
Part of the program this year will be a show and tell session with the rods folks have brought in to display their craft. We also will have a limited time at the end of the day for a swap meet so bring in anything related to building fishing rods for a bit of buy, sell or trade.
For more information or to RSVP so we can plan an appropriate amount of food please contact Chuck at (319) 892-6485 or at Chuck.Ungs@LinnCounty.org
For those who have built custom rods before - please bring a few along to display your work. We will have racks set up to display all the works of art - it is always a learning experience to see what other folks have designed. During the workshop the last several years we have had visitors here from as many as 6 or 7 states. Hope to see you here.
09/16/2011 @ 12:39 AM Contributed by: Larry Richard Views:: 3,618
As we jogged along keeping in shape after returning from my African safari in 09 my lovely Mrs. said "you know, if you want to get that sheep, you'd better do it while you can still get into shape to do it." Me, I'd already written it off as an impossibility. Armed with her confidence and approval, I found a trip to hunt Dall sheep in Alaska in 2010. I got a nice grizzly bear, but of the many rams I saw, none made full curl. The obsession, however, had been lit.of my wife and father to thank for fulfilling another boyhood dream.
09/15/2011 @ 04:45 PM Contributed by: patrick Views:: 3,235
The Iowa Sportsman website is excited to announce the launch of a video library function to all users! Within the next few days’ users of the site will be able to upload and view hunting and fishing videos from their personal collection along with being able to view other member’s videos on the site.
Filming hunts and fishing excursions is becoming more and more popular and that is why we created this. We want to give the users of the site a chance to display their experiences in a lifelike format. There is no better way in doing that than allowing you to show your hunts and fishing trips on the website.
The process to upload and view videos will be extremely easy. To get to the videos home page simply click on the tab in the upper right hand corner of the website. This will take you to a page that has all the different categories of videos that your videos can/will go into. To view the videos you will simply click on the categories you’re interested in and start watching yours’ and other user’s videos.
To upload a video you do the same process as you would to view a video. Click on the homepage video tab in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. Once you get to the landing page you will simply click on the upload tab (bottom right tab). Once at the upload page follow the instructions. After uploaded your video will go into a holding tank to get approved and to get compressed, so give it some time to appear in the category you uploaded it to.
Please give this some time to populate, as it is brand new and will take a while to get a good number of videos posted. We are excited to watch this grow and even more excited to see some great videos from Iowa Sportsmen!
Make sure to read the rules of uploading videos. If you have any questions at all please let us know at nick [at] twinriversmedia [dot] com or send me a PM.
Boone – Results Of Iowa’s statewide survey of upland game are in and show a small gain in pheasant numbers in southern Iowa and fewer birds across northern Iowa.Overall, pheasant hunters will continue to find better hunting in Iowa’pheasant belt – northwest, central and north-central Iowa, and a few more birds in south central and southwest Iowa.
The Iowa pheasant population has fallen to a new all-time low with a statewide average of 7 birds counted for each 30 mile route driven, after a fifth winter in a row with above normal snowfall, followed by a wet nesting season. The2010 statewide average was 11 birds per route.
College is all about expanding your horizons and having new experiences. As an established shooter, you are well equipped to help your friends, classmates and faculty learn about target shooting and firearm safety. Just as other students and faculty members have done, you can help start a shooting club at your college.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation provides resources through its Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative. NSSF offers $300,000 in grants, expertise and contacts with coaches and others in the collegiate target shooting community.
The grants are for implementing new clubs as well as expanding and sustaining existing ones.
Get all the details at nssf.org/college. There you'll find:
· Grant application
· "Fast facts" and grant guidelines
· Sample proposals and sample final proposals
· And many more resources to help you get started.
The deadline to submit grant proposals is Sept. 23. In you have any questions, please contact NSSF's Zach Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-426-1320 (ext. 224).
Learn more about NSSF's Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative at nssf.org/college and "Like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/NSSFcollege.
08/23/2011 @ 02:44 PM Contributed by: patrick Views:: 3,331
Take a road trip to Lake Kabetogama, Minnesota on Saturday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Gather your buddies, sit back and relax as a coach bus takes you from the following cities: Burlington, Iowa City, Quad Cities, Des Moines and Clear Lake. Arrive at Driftwood Lodge Resort on Saturday evening. Spend Sunday, Monday and Tuesday fishing for walleye, northern and smallmouth bass. Then share your fish tales on the return to Iowa Wednesday.
You get a long weekend getaway without the headache of driving or pulling your boat. This fall getaway package is just $595 per person, based on two or more people.
The package includes:
A modern cabin with all dishes, pots/pans, utensils, coffee pot and microwave.
Your refrigerator will be stocked with groceries and a few meals will be made for you.
Each cabin features Wi-fi and Direct TV.
Boats will be sized accordingly and are rigged and ready, complete with a live well
for all those fish you catch.
Full dock service
Expert fishing guides are available upon request. Lake Kabetogama is a glacier lake in Voyageurs National Park with 25,000 acres of fresh water to fish in. The lake boasts 500 miles of shoreline and is connected to Rainy Lake, Namakan Lake, Crane Lake and Sandpoint Lake.
08/10/2011 @ 10:45 AM Contributed by: kenhump Views:: 2,792
Iowa DNR For immediate release: august 9, 2011
1. Fish Salvage After Missouri Flood Waters Recede
2. Natural Resource Commission to Meet August 11 in Des Moines
Fish salvage after Missouri flood waters recede
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will allow promiscuous fishing to take place in waters bodies left behind from the 2011 Missouri River flood, beginning on Aug. 15. These waters bodies need to be completely isolated from the river, unlikely to be connected to the river during normal flows, did not exist before the flood, and are less than 5 feet in depth if on public land. Anglers will need permission to access water bodies on private land.
Promiscuous fishing regulations for isolated water bodies in Missouri River flood plain in Iowa will remain in effect until on or about November 30, 2011.
Anglers with a valid fishing license will be allowed to harvest any size or number of fish species from these isolated flood waters. Any number of fishing poles, jugs or nets will be allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules. Trot lines will be allowed (name and address must be attached), however lines may not be set across entire water body and at least one end must be above the water level and visible.
Dynamite, poison, or electric shocking devices, or any stupefying substances will not be allowed. It is illegal to sell fish or stock captured fish into public waters.
If anglers capture a sturgeon fish species the DNR asked that they be returned to the river as quickly as possible. Pallid sturgeon is listed as an endangered species in the Missouri River and is protected under federal law.
Media Contact: Chris Larson, Southwest Iowa Fisheries Supervisor, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 712-769-2587.