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24 Hour Fish-A-Thon 2011 (September)

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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 tournaments@recycledfish.org

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.

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New Iowa Hunting Access Program Accepting Landowner Inquiries

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Iowa DNR Press Release

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.

The pilot program will last for three years. Landowner participation is completely voluntary. More information is available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/wildlife/privatelands/mgt_access.html.

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New Iowa BWI Law Begins July 1

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From the Iowa DNR

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.

2010: 5 Fatalities, 3 Alcohol related

2009: 3 Fatalities, 2 Alcohol related

2008: No Fatalities

2007: 10 Fatalities, 5 Alcohol related

2006: 5 Fatalities, 3 Alcohol related

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Dove Hunting Season

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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 wildlife@dnr.iowa.gov; 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.

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Commission Approves Proposed Dove Season Rules

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IDNR Press release

MORAVIA- The Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources took the first step toward a mourning dove season Wednesday, when commissioners approved the proposed rules on a 5-to-2 vote. Commissioners Elizabeth Garstand Janelle Rettig voted against the proposal.

The proposed rules will now be available for public comment before the commission votes on their final approval, probably in June. A public meeting has been scheduled for 1 p.m., May 24, in the fourth floor west conference room, Wallace Building in Des Moines.

The proposed season would begin Sept. 1, last for 70 days, have a daily bag limit of 15 doves, and possession limit of 30. The mourning dove season does not include Eurasian collard doves or white winged doves.

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There are two new forums under the FORUMS LIST: Food Plot/Wildlife Management and Gardening.

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Second Public Meeting Planned for Pilot Program on Hunting Access

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DNR press release

DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host a second public meeting on the voluntary public access habitat incentive program at 1 p.m.,March 29, in the fourth floor west conference room of the Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.

The program is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture farm bill. The Iowa DNR was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the USDA to test a pilot program for three years. The program provides funding to landowners who voluntarily sign up to install wildlife habitat or habitat improvements on their land. In turn, the landowner would allow hunters access to their land.

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Drake Sportmen's Club 5 Gun Raffle Pack

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We are holding a Remington 5 gun raffle pack with the proceeds going towards the Drake University Sportsmen's Club, which is a student organization devoted to teaching students how to safely and properly enjoy firearms and the shooting sports. This raffle has 250 tickets to sell at $50 a piece, once the tickets are gone there are no more. Each ticket gives you one chance to win the grand prize package which is made up of; a Remington Versamax (12 gauge), Remington Model 597 Magnum (.22 Win Mag), Remington Model 1911 R1 (.45 Auto), Remington 870 Wingmaster (28 gauge), and a Remington 870 Wingmaster Classic Trap (12 Guage). Again we are only selling 250 tickets for the package therefore each entry gives you a 1 in 250 chance to win. If anyone is interested in the gun raffle or knows someone who may be please send me an email at uriah.hansen@drake.edu with any questions. Thank you for reading and good luck if you choose to enter! I also have the official raffle flier that I am able to email to you in order to see all the guns and order form if you would like to see it.

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WAUKON – A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 1st in Waukon to discuss recent efforts to prevent chronic wasting disease and other livestock-related diseases in Allamakee County.

The meeting is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. at the Waukon Banquet Center, 612 Rossville Road, and will feature Dr. Dale Garner, chief of the wildlife bureau for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Dr. David Schmitt, state veterinarian for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).

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Saylorville Lake Accepting Applications for Wheelin' Sportsmen Turkey Hunt

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Central Iowa Longspurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be hosting its fourth annual Saylorville Lake Wheelin’ Sportsmen Turkey Hunt on April 16th 2011. The hunt will pair disabled individuals with volunteer guides from the NWTF in hopes of bagging a turkey and having a great time in the outdoors.

Last year’s hunt was awarded “2010 Wheelin’ Sportsmen Event of the Year” by the NWTF. If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in this year’s hunt applications are currently being accepted. For more information on this event or for an application you may contact Natural Resource Specialist Tyler Hill at 515-276-4656 ext. 6512 or visit the Saylorville Lake website at www.corpslakes.us/saylorville.

The Wheelin’ Sportsmen is an outreach program developed by the NWTF. The goal of the program is to provide all people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors through local chapter events nationwide. For more information on the Wheelin’ Sportsmen NWTF visit the website, www.wheelinsportsmen.org or call

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