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DeSoto, Boyer Chute refuges to host junior ranger programs

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July 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Two local wildlife refuges are hosting events this summer to teach youths about nature. The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a fishing clinic on July 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All youths from kindergarten through age 15 are encouraged to attend. Fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided along with instruction. Participants should meet near the South Gate Area near the fishing dock. Nebraska and Iowa residents younger than 16 can fish without a license.

The Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a guided nature hike on Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. The hike will focus on ecosystems. Participants will learn about prairies and forestland and will look at important plant species for each biome.

ISU Extension and Outreach to hold 2017 farm land valuation and leasing meetings.

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Lower crop prices have had a heavy impact on Iowa’s farmers and many are forming their financial plans based on continued low prices.  Farmland values and rental rates are heavily influenced by farmers’ current and future revenues.  So what does the future hold for Iowa land values and rents?  Find out at the land valuation and leasing meeting being held in your area.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach works to bring unbiased information to both land owners and renters to help both parties make successful management decisions.  The land valuation and leasing meetings discuss current land values, rental rates, trends and projections of how values and rents might change in the coming years.

Other topics will include: how to calculate a rental rate based on county specific information, the variety of leasing arrangements that land owners and tenants may use, and the expected cost of crop production in the coming year.  There will be a leasing meeting held on August 2nd at 9:00 am in Harlan, Iowa, at the Shelby County Extension Office, located at 906 Sixth Street.

The cost is $20/person pre-registered, or $25/person without pre-registration. Pre-registered by July 31.  Attendees will receive a land leasing handbook with reference and resource materials.  The workshop will last approximately 2 ½ hours.  Shane Ellis, ISU farm management specialist for the west central region of the state will be presenting.  To register, please call the Shelby County Extension office at 712-755-3104.

Iowa boaters urged to conduct vessel safety check before hitting open water

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans will be spending this holiday break in a boat and they’re being reminded to make sure the vessel is ready for the water. Dustin Eighmy is a conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Make sure that all your fluids are full, check your oil, make sure your batteries are charged – you don’t want to get out there and then your engine won’t start,” Eighmy says. “Make sure you have enough gas. If you run out of gas out there, you could be stranded for several hours.”

Eighmy suggests boat operators, before they head out on a waterway, request a vessel safety check from a DNR officer, a U.S. Army Corps ranger, or a U.S. Coastal Guard official. “One thing we require here in Iowa on all vessels with horsepower of 10 or more is a fire extinguisher,” Eighmy said. “If you have one in the boat, make sure you get it out and check it. Shake it up every now and then. The solvent inside it can settle to the bottom and then when you do need it, it’s not going to work.”

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show 85-percent of all drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket. Most boats should be equipped with other life saving floatation devices. “If your vessel is over 16-foot in length, you need to have a type-four throwable…most people call them seat cushions. That’s not what they are – they are there to save people if they fall overboard. You can throw them that type-four throwable and get them out of the water,” Eighmy said.

Iowa boat owners are also encouraged to make sure their registration is up to date. “We’re seeing some expired registrations out there,” Eighmy said. “They run on a three-year period. The current registrations now expire in 2019, so we have a couple years left, but we are still seeing some registrations out there that are expired. You cannot be on public waters in the state of Iowa if your vessel is not up to date and registered.”

There are roughly 235,000 registered boats in Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)

Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Monday, July 3

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

July 3rd, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .1″
  • Massena  .16″
  • Avoca  .5″
  • Oakland  .6″
  • Audubon  .13″
  • Neola  .4″
  • Glenwood  .15″
  • Woodbine  .11″
  • Logan  .25″
  • Council Bluffs  .22″
  • Underwood  .2″
  • Corning  .07″
  • Carroll  .32″

617 fishing tournaments in Iowa in 2016; more this year

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July 3rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A recent survey indicates at least a third of Iowans have gone fishing and the number of fishing TOURNAMENTS is growing. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued permits to 617 tournaments last year. “By far the most popular fish in tournaments are bass and bass consistently rank in the top two or three fish and usually the first fish in which anglers in Iowa go after.”

That’s Joe Larscheid, the fisheries bureau chief in the Department of Natural Resources. Tournaments aren’t about catching fish to EAT, however. Nearly all tournaments are “catch and release” events. “We have to make sure they have adequate ‘live wells’ which keep the fish alive while they’re in the tournament and they have good release procedures to ensure that the fish survive.”

Releasing the fish back into the wild makes sure a body of water isn’t depleted of fish by a tournament. “These tend to be very good anglers and they can catch a lot of fish very quickly,” Larscheid says. “The fish go back into the water and it creates a lot of excitement for other anglers to see all these big fish that are caught and subsequently re-released back into the water.”

Larscheid says fishing is part of the state’s tourism industry. “We get celebrities that participate in these tournaments and TV coverage — and things like that — that kind of highlight Iowa’s fisheries,” Larscheid says.

Last year, the state’s fisheries stocked 160 MILLION fish in Iowa waters. Most were walleyes and trout, which Larscheid says don’t reproduce well in Iowa waters. There were SIX fishing tournaments in Iowa this past weekend. Today (Monday), the Hawkeye Bass Anglers Club will hold its tournament on Badger Creek Lake near Van Meter. On Saturday, there are at least 17 fishing events scheduled in Iowa, including an all-night CATFISH tournament on the Little Sioux River at Correctionville.

For a complete list of tournaments, click on this link:   http://www.americanfishingcontests.com/contest/List.aspx?Rank=Month&Month=7&State=IA&Page=1

A national survey was conducted six years ago to gauge how many Americans are regularly hunting, fishing and boating. It found 23 percent of IOWANS had gone fishing in a boat. Even more — 36 percent — cast fishing lines from the shore of a lake or river.

(Radio Iowa)

Davenport man pulls 60-pound catfish from Mississippi River

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July 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — This is the big one that didn’t get away. The Quad-City Times reports that a Davenport man caught 60-pound flathead catfish out of the Mississippi River at Davenport on Friday. That topped the 45-pound catfish Samuel Brown hauled in at about the same spot last year.

Brown says he had told a friend he planned to “catch a big one” on Friday. When he did, he noted that he opened the fish’s mouth and “could just about put my head in there.” Brown said he set his line a couple of hours before the giant fish bit. It took him about 25 minutes to reel it in.

 

Conservation Report 07-01-2017

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

July 1st, 2017 by Chris Parks

Bob Beebensee and DNR Conservation Officer Grant Gelle talk about all things outdoors.

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Local 24-Hour Rainfall Totals ending at 7:00 am on Friday, June 30

Ag/Outdoor, Weather

June 30th, 2017 by Jim Field

  • KJAN, Atlantic  .03″
  • 2 miles NW of Atlantic  .1″
  • Avoca  .1″
  • Oakland  .2″
  • Glenwood  1.17″
  • Corning  .01″
  • Carroll  .18″
  • Woodbine  .58″
  • Red Oak  .06″
  • Logan  1.47″
  • Council Bluffs 1.2″
  • Shenandoah  .2″
  • Creston  .02″

Drunk boaters to be targeted on Iowa waterways over holiday weekend

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June 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is typically one of the busiest times of the year on Iowa’s waterways and law enforcement officers are planning to target boaters who’ve been drinking. Dustin Eighmy is a conservation officer with the Iowa DNR. This weekend, he’ll be patrolling Saylorville Lake near Des Moines. “We’re looking for anyone not having the proper lookout, they’re boating too closely to other boaters, they’re speeding through no wake zones, and when we stop them – we’re looking for the slurred speech, watery eyes, the smell of alcohol, and beer cans in there,” Eighmy said.

DNR Water Patrol boat

Iowa DNR officers are ramping up enforcement efforts this weekend as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign. Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR, says the goal is decrease crashes and deaths. “During 2016, we had a total of 46 boating while intoxicated arrests here in Iowa,” Stocker said. “On a national level, 17-percent of (boating) fatalities involve alcohol, but in Iowa, our rate is 33-percent.”

Six people were killed in Iowa in boat crashes last year. Two of those crashes involved alcohol. In Iowa, it’s illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of point-oh-eight (.08) or higher – the same as it is to drive a car. Jeff Swearngin, chief of the Iowa DNR law enforcement bureau, says alcohol tends to impair judgment and reaction time even greater on the water.

“When you’re on the water, the effects of alcohol get amplified by the wave action, the wind, the sun, dehydration – you don’t realize how much effect you have with that alcohol,” Swearngin said. “We’re looking to take those folks off the water. The folks who are out there drinking, getting drunk and driving their boat around – they’re not just endangering themselves and their families, but other people who are on the water.”

Boating while intoxicated is not only dangerous, Eighmy notes it can also be expensive. “A BWI fine can up to $1,000 and they can lose their boating privileges up to a year,” Eighmy said. “They’re going to spend a night in jail if they go with us. If you refuse, it’s an automatic $500.”

(Radio Iowa)

DNR advises caution for paddlers, boaters on Iowa’s rivers this weekend

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June 29th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES — The approaching Fourth of July weekend usually sees thousands of paddlers hitting Iowa’s waters.  With heavy rains in the forecast, the DNR is advising paddlers and boaters to carefully watch water levels and increased traffic.

“While many rivers are at safe and optimal levels today, this may change as we have a chance of heavy rains through tomorrow night and again on Friday,” said Todd Robertson with the DNR’s water trails program. “Levels will be a concern and people must be aware that rain will raise water levels in mere minutes.”

After heavy rainfall, those on the water should watch for debris causing hazards. Some log jams have already been reported, like at the Anderson Access on the Skunk River just below Story City. Paddlers will need to portage around this large log jam.

In addition, the holiday weekend can also bring more boat traffic, more canoes and kayaks on the water, and more anglers. Boaters should also be familiar with Iowa’s boating while intoxicated laws.

Current stream flows are available from the U.S. Geological Survey at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/rt.