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.
11/29/2010 @ 09:58 AM Contributed by: jardan Views:: 2,799
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
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.
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.
11/17/2010 @ 08:25 PM Contributed by: Larry Richard Views:: 2,683
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.
Cedar Rapids area anglers will be able to try their luck, as cold water trout are stocked this weekend in Prairie Park Fishery. About 1,500 trout will be released, as the trout program's urban fisheries expands to Cedar Rapids. The release is at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 13 at the boat ramp of Prairie Park, off Otis Road SE.
GUTHRIE CENTER - The Iowa DNR along with many sponsoring organizations has created a mentored deer hunt that has been introducing people to Iowa deer hunting since 2004.
This mentored hunt is scheduled from Nov. 19 - 21, 2010, at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center. Participants will attend educational sessions on all aspects of deer hunting including the equipment, photography, biology, management, field care, deer processing, gun handling, safety, hunting methods, shot selection/placement and regulations.
Participants will be accompanied with their mentor to hunt deer in the park.
"If participants do not feel comfortable with any aspect of deer hunting, there will be people available to assist them in a positive, supportive environment," said A Jay Winter, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who is coordinating the hunt.
The program is designed for adults and youth 12 years old and older. There is a $123 fee for the hunter to cover food, lodging and program costs, plus a $27 license. There are scholarships available to cover the registration fee.
Registration is required. To find out more information or to register, contact A Jay Winter at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center, 641-747-8383 ext 11 or e-mail email@example.com.
Iowa's furbearer harvest season opens statewide on Nov. 6, and for the more than 14,000 dedicated furharvesters, the outlook for the 2010 season is tremendous.
Iowa DNR surveys confirm larger populations for most furbearing animals, with the exception of a few isolated areas where disease, such as distemper and mange, has suppressed numbers. Raccoons are the bread and butter species for many furharvesters and their numbers are good statewide. Furharvesters should expect a good start to the season because crop harvest and tillage is well ahead of schedule concentrating furbearers in remaining areas of good habitat and the weather forecast looks very favorable for trappers and hunters.
The DNR opened 10 additional counties for hunting and trapping bobcats. Counties added to the open zone include: Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington and Louisa. The bobcat quota has increased from 200 to 250.
A Tri-state Rodbuilding Workshop will be held at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Please feel free to forward this info on to anyone you feel may be interested. Details follow…
10/28/2010 @ 08:33 AM Contributed by: munchy71 Views:: 2,403
Lrn2Fish Announces 2011 Ice Roads Schedule
For the past 3 years, Lrn2Fish has brought you their comprehensive ice fishing schools, Ice Roads, bringing you to the hottest ice fishing destinations in the ice-belt for the most in-depth ice fishing instruction in the industry. For 2011, Lrn2Fish keeps on rocking that theme - with one slight twist. More Schools and More Fish to choose from!! This winter, Lrn2Fish has handpicked three of the best fishing venues to highlight the top three fish species that ice-fishers love to pursue: Walleye, Bluegill and Crappie. So, 2011 is definitely not a year to miss, as there will be something for anyone looking to up their fishing knowledge this winter. From New Anglers that may have never ice fished before to Veteran Anglers who have years of experience, Ice Roads is designed to have you face to face with the most legendary names in ice fishing along with a hands-on approach to the hottest techniques and greatest equipment in the ice scene, allowing anyone and everyone to learn and walk away more knowledgeable about the great sport of ice fishing. This is why Lrn2Fish is accredited to being the World’s Foremost Authority on Fishing Education. So, without further ado, check out the Fish, Lakes, Dates and Host Sites for Ice Roads 2011:
Walleye WeekendJanuary 14th-15th – Leech Lake, MN/Andersons Horseshoe Bay Lodge
DNR Proposes to Change "No-Wake" Language in Boating Regulations
Posted: October 19, 2010
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on a proposal to change the use of "no-wake zones" with defined speed restrictions of five miles per hour in the Boat Motor Regulations.
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before October 28, 2010. Send written comments to Susan Stocker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, or by fax to 515-281-6794 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons wishing to convey their views orally should contact the Iowa DNR's Law Enforcement Bureau at 515-281-0122.
The proposed change will be the topic of a public hearing on October 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the fifth floor east conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., in Des Moines. At the public meeting, persons may present their views either orally or in writing.
Persons attending the public meeting who have special needs, such as hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and advise them of those specific needs.