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.
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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.
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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.
Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon 2011
Recycled Fish, A Non-Profit Corporation
Anglers raise awareness and funds to help fisheries in the Recycled Fish 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon
How long can you fish? Find out in the 2011 24-Hour Fish-A-Thon, September 9 – 10, and you could also help improve the waters you fish in. In its third year, anglers across North America compete to see who can raise the most money – and catch the most fish – while creating awareness about the problems facing our waters. Teams also compete for prizes such as the fishing trip of the lifetime.
“Anglers will fish around the clock and across North America to raise awareness of problems facing our fisheries, and money to help solve those problems,” said Teeg Stouffer, executive director of Recycled Fish, a national non-profit organization of “anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream.”
The 24-Hour Fish-A-Thon is open to freshwater anglers in all 50 states and Canada. To participate, anglers begin by becoming a Fish-A-Thon Ambassador at www.recycledfish.org , and sign up their team of two to four anglers, along with a $25 registration fee. After they receive their Fish-A-Thon welcome kit in the mail, each team member’s next step is to secure donations from family, friends, co-workers and the public in general. Donations in the past have ranged anywhere from $5 - $500.
Next they go fishing! Lines are cast Friday, September 9 at 7 pm until Saturday September 10 at 7 pm. During the event anglers are also encouraged to pick up any trash and use tackle that is easier on the environment, such as lead-free weights or biodegradable baits and lures, and practice good catch-and-release tactics.
“Fishing for 24 hours can be quite the challenge. It’s like the marathon of fishing”, said Ben Leal, Program Director for Recycled Fish. “One of the great things about this event is not only does it helps raise funds for Recycled Fish, it also helps raise awareness on a specific body of water that each team is fishing on. This year each teams message will be, “We are more than sportsmen…We are stewards.”
Every team raising a minimum of $100 will get a complimentary 24-Hour Fish-A-Thon shirt for all team members, plus additional prizes like tackle, apparel and gift cards.
Participating anglers take photos of their fish and self-score their catch at the online Angling Masters Fish Calculator, then submit their score to the Fish-A-Thon judges. Top prizes go to the team with the most funds raised and the team with the highest score based on their best five fish photos. Prizes are also given for the best photos, the most “unusual” trash picked up and more!
For complete Fish-A-Thon information and rules, go to www.recycledfish.org, or contact Ben Leal, Program Director at email@example.com
About Recycled Fish:
Recycled Fish is the national non-profit organization of “anglers living a lifestyle of stewardship both on and off the water, because our lifestyle runs downstream.” The Recycled Fish “Sportsman’s Stewardship Pledge” invites anglers to embrace the Stewardship Ethic and join the organization, free of charge. The SAFE Angling Program — Sustaining Angling, Fish and Ecosystems — is a way to help anglers embrace a lifestyle of stewardship on the water. It involves catch and release fishing, including the use of single barbless hooks, biodegradable lures, and non-toxic lead-free weights. Recycled Fish also strives to educate anglers about invasive species, habitat loss, waterway litter and pollution prevention, urban fisheries, and increase participation in recreational fishing for both adults and children. For more information on the 501(c)3 group go to: www.recycledfish.org or call (402) 873-7255.
Iowa hunters spoke loudly about the lack of hunting opportunities when the Iowa DNR hosted open houses across the state last fall to discuss the fish and wildlife trust fund.
"Frankly, we were not at all surprised to hear that," said Kelly Smith, private lands program coordinator for the Iowa DNR. "We are 49th in the nation in the amount of public land available for hunting. Hunting access on private land is a concern and it grows each year."
Increasing hunter access has been a focal point within the DNR and in an effort to address that need, the Wildlife Bureau was awarded a three year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide funding to landowners who voluntarily sign up to install wildlife habitat on their land in exchange for allowing hunters access to that habitat.
"We are excited to see how this pilot project will be received from our landowners," Smith said.
The program works like this. A landowner who is interested in installing wildlife habitat or improving existing habitat contacts the DNR, who will come out to visit the property and together they write a habitat plan that is submitted for consideration. If accepted, the DNR will provide an incentive payment in exchange for the landowner installing the habitat. Agreements last from a minimum of three years to a maximum of 10 years.
The agreement says hunters may have access to the portion of the property covered by the agreement, which will be treated like a public wildlife management area and open to hunting from Sept. 1 to May 31. DNR law enforcement will provide assistance and enforcement if needed.
"Some landowners expressed concerns that if they choose to participate, they would be held liable for hunting accidents or for the people who come on to their property, but landowners are specifically covered by Iowa law for limited liability pertaining to incidents or accidents by hunters on their property," Smith said.
"We believe this program is good for natural resources by creating more wildlife habitat and good for hunters by working to increase hunter access to private land," Smith said.
Iowa will have a new, lower limit for boating while intoxicated beginning July 1. The new .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), signed into law this spring, is intended to reduce vessel accidents, injuries and fatalities caused by alcohol impaired boat operators. The previous blood alcohol limit was .10.
"This reduction in the blood alcohol concentration for boat operators will hopefully result in fewer crashes and fatalities on the water," said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
"Our busiest holiday is right around the corner and we want people to enjoy their time on the water and to do it safely," Stocker said. "Part of the enjoyment is being safe while on the water, and driving to and from the ramp. The lakes and boat ramps will be busy."
In addition to the new lower BAC limit, Stocker said boaters should spend a few minutes checking the boat and required safety equipment at home in order to prevent problems or delays on the water.
"We don't want boaters to have to leave the water because of things that can be corrected by going through the boat and trailer before pulling on to the ramp," Stocker said.
Stocker said patience and ramp courtesy will be at a premium this holiday.
"I would encourage boaters to prepare their boat for launching before it is their turn to launch because there will likely be a line of traffic waiting behind them," Stocker said. "The ramps will be busy, we know that. Be patient and respectful to other boaters. Everyone has the same goal of getting on the water."
There are about 247,000 registered boats in Iowa. The DNR as well as other law enforcement agencies will be patrolling rivers and lakes during the popular holiday weekend.
May 24 Meeting to Discuss Rules for Dove Hunting Season
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on May 24 to discuss a proposed amendment that adds a mourning dove hunting season. The proposed dove hunting rules are included in the season information covering common snipe, Virginia rail and sora, wood*censored* and ruffed grouse.
The proposed mourning dove season would begin Sept. 1 and continue for 70 consecutive days. Proposed shooting hours would be from one half hour before sunrise to sunset each day. The daily bag limit would be 15 and possession limit would be 30. The entire state would be open to the hunting season.
Hunters will be required to have a plug in their gun that limits them to three shots.
The Eurasian collard dove or white-winged dove would not be included in the season unless the rule is amended. Currently, a migratory bird stamp is not required to hunt mourning doves in Iowa. Non-toxic shot requirement will apply on areas currently listed as non-toxic shot only.
The public hearing will begin at 1 p.m., May 24, in the auditorium on the second floor of the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines. At the public hearing, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the proposal.
Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments should contact the Department of Natural Resources and request specific accommodations.
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendment on or before May 24, 2011. Written comments may be directed to Wildlife Bureau Chief, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax at 515-281-6794
Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact the wildlife Bureau by phone at 515- 281-5034 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.