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Longbow building workshop near CR Iowa

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Bow Building Workshop
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 longbow building. If you have an interest in building your own bow with the help of an experienced instructor, this is your chance. Gene Winter has been building bows for many years and will be sharing his skill with workshop participants on Saturday, February 5, and Sunday, February 6 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You will need to attend both days to receive full instruction. The workshop will be held at our maintenance shop, which is located behind the Conservation Department’s administrative building. These buildings are located at 1890 County Home Road (next to the Abbe Center in rural Marion). Workshop cost is $ 200 per person including one stave. Participants may purchase additional staves also. Pre-registration by February 2 is required, as class size is limited. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Chuck at 892-6485.

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Attendees of Iowa Sportsman Outdoors Show

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Just a quick heads up to all people that attended The Iowa Sportsman Outdoors Show we have had several people call us and tell us that a company that exhibited at the show is trying to give away vacations and then secure a credit card for hidden fees. It is a complete scam, while you may win a trip it won't be until 2012 or 2013 then as stated above they try and secure a credit card from you for hidden fees. If you get a call from "We Tour America" or "Dream Escapes" or "Vacation Get-aways" hang up immediately.

Thanks and sorry for the incovience if this company gives you a call.

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Join The Raccoon River Watershed Association

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RRWA Mission Statement“----The Raccoon River Watershed Association is a group of citizens dedicated to the stewardship of the Raccoon River. It seeks to preserve and enhance the river and its watershed. It will strive to improve the quality of the river and its watershed so that citizens can safely enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing, hunting, hiking, bird watching and other outdoor recreational activities. The association will engage in education, networking, cleanup, assessment and policy making to achieve these ends.”

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Trout Heading to Lakes Across Iowa

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Iowa DNR News Release

Posted: January 4, 2011

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be stocking trout in urban areas across Iowa in January, beginning Jan. 8 when 1,800 trout are released in North Prairie Lake, in Cedar Falls, and 1,600 are released in Bacon Creek Lake in Sioux City.

On Jan. 15, 900 trout will be stocked in West Lake in Big Lake Park at Council Bluffs, and 1,800 in Heritage Pond, in Dubuque. On Jan. 22, 1,400 trout will be stocked in Scharnberg Pond near Spencer and on Jan. 29, 1,400 trout will be stocked in Blue Pit, in Mason City.

All stockings are based on favorable weather conditions.

Anglers who want to fish for the trout are required to pay the trout fee in addition to an Iowa fishing license. The 2010 Iowa fishing licenses and stamps expire on Jan. 10.

The daily bag limit for trout is five and the possession limit is 10.

Kids under 16 may fish without a trout fee, as long as each is supervised by a properly licensed adult who has paid the trout fee. Their combined catch, however, cannot exceed a single daily limit. Those younger anglers may also pay their own trout fee and fish for their own daily limit.


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It is that time of year again to get ready for the Iowa Sportsman Ice Outing. This years ice outing will be held on Little Emerson Bay at Camp Boji. At the info you need to attend is below. We look forward to having a great turn out. Just to give us an idea of how many people are attending we will have a sign up page under the ice fishing forum. These are great events to finally put a face to a name and create great memories. I hope that all can make it!

Dates: January 21st-23rd (Cabin reserved for Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd
Location: Camp Okoboji, 1531 Edgewood Drive, Milford, IA 51351

For room reservations call 712-337-3325 ask for Lorene
Contact details: http://www.campokoboji.org/contactus.php
Cabin: Bethal Retreat Center
Cost: $20 per night/person (credit card preferred)
Email: *camp.okoboji@1idwlcms.org*

Pot Luck: Saturday 22nd evening in Bethal Retreat Center

Camp's Website: http://www.campokoboji.org/index.php
Map of Camp: http://www.campokoboji.org/pdfs/campokobojimap.pdf
Driving Directions:

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Miami Peakock Bass

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I know it's not spelled that way but the website censored the correct spelling of the peakock bass.

As much as I love ice fishing, I also love to escape the arctic blast for awhile each winter. Last winters escape from the frozen midwest was especially exciting because we took a cruise to the eastern Carribean with our daughter and our new son in law Rob.
While cruising is a delightful way to get to several wonderful ports, I was most enthusiastic about a planned bass fishing day in Miami for Pea*censored* bass. Since Rob likes to fish and had just graduated from Drake University, I decided to treat him to a day of guided Pea*censored* Bass fishing. I had reserved the day and time through a Florida fishing website and was anticipating a very special bonding day with Rob. We both had always wanted to fish for Pea*censored* Bass so this was truely a day to look forward to.

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Snowshoe Building Course near CR

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This winter Linn County Conservation will again provide the opportunity to build a pair of snowshoes from a kit. Conservation Education Specialist Chuck Ungs will guide participants through the snowshoe building process. Ungs has built 30 plus of these kits to date and has lead more than 100 others in past classes, so is qualified to lead you through the process. Those who have taken the class in the past have been very pleased with the finished shoes and have enjoyed the class. These sets would make a unique gift, functional tools or would be a grand decoration.

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Ice Fishing Safety

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I thought this would be a good topic to reprint. This is for all of the members whether they have ice fished for years or are just getting into this winter outdoors addiction. I hope this will help us all be little safer on this years frozen addiction we call Ice Fishing.

Ice Fishing Safety
01:00PM - Wednesday December 07 2005
Contributed by: Tony
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Editor's Note: This is a re-published article we originally ran back in 2000. Given the unusually high number of ice fishing accidents already, we feel it's important everybody read this.

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Green Valley to Close During Special Hunt

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Iowa DNR News Release

Posted: November 16, 2010

CRESTON - Green Valley State Park will be closed to the general public November 20 and 21, to allow the state park to conduct its annual special deer herd population management hunt. This will be the seventh year for the hunt.

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2010 Colorado Elk Hunt

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The 2010 version of the Jim Scott and company trip to Ragged Mountain began as most do, right after the completion of the previous year's hunt. Our core group was minus a couple of standard bearers, but supplemented by some eager newcomers and returners. Jim, Dr. Mounsdon, Gene Olson, myself, and I spose we have to claim him as an Iowan, Mel Mullins were the local presence. Add three Kluss's, Willie, Mitch, and Dean for eight. Mr. Bill Johnson, Russ Stark, and Jon Stripe bring us to eleven. Add Dave Scott and his friend Evan and it leaves me only forgetting one. Oh, forgive me Ryan, Russ's son.

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