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Hunter Apprentice License Topic of Public Hearing

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on rules covering the new hunter apprentice license for April 20, from 1-2 p.m., in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.  The new Hunter Apprentice Program will allow Iowans age 16 and older to bypass the hunter education requirement for purchasing a hunting license while they hunt under the direct supervision of an experienced, licensed hunter.  They may purchase the apprentice hunting licenses up to two times without having completed hunter education.

“The idea behind this program is to catch the generation of Iowans who missed hunter education when they were 12 and are now in their 20s and 30s and are interested in trying dove hunting or small game hunting,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “If they like it, we can get them in the hunter education program and hopefully they become lifelong hunters.”IA DNR Outdoor logo

This apprentice program was approved by the Iowa legislature and signed by Governor Branstad during the 2015 session. 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 subject of the amendments.

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 Iowa Department of Natural Resources and request specific accommodations.

Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  Written comments may be directed to Megan Wisecup, Law Enforcement Bureau, Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by email at Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov; or by fax at (515) 725-8201.  Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact Wisecup at (515) 238-4968 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.

Hunter Education Classes Available before turkey season

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Hunters who need to satisfy the hunter education requirement can search for and sign up for a course at www.iowadnr.gov/huntered. Prospective students can see which courses or field days are near them; how many seats are available for the class or if the class is full and a waiting list is available. There is also a map showing the location along with the instructor’s name, a course overview and any special instructions.

Iowa law requires all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 to satisfactorily complete a hunter education course in order to purchase a license.  Children as young as 11 may enroll in the course, but their certificate of completion will not become valid until their 12th birthday. Each year, around 12,000 students complete hunter education in Iowa.DNR logo

Online Only Course Option for Adults:

The online only course for adults is designed for Iowa residents 18 years of age or older that have prior hunting and/or firearms handling experience.  The course covers the same material as the classroom course, allowing the student to complete the entire course, including the final test, in an online setting.  Certification is received at the successful completion of the online course.

Spring turkey hunting Safety Tips

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Natural resources reports an estimated 50,000 hunters will be in the timber this spring pursuing the illusive wild turkey and while the woods will not be crawling with hunters, there is a chance for an occasional encounter.  Hunters should practice defensive hunting techniques.  Hunters should make a loud statement like “hey – hunter over here,” if they see someone coming into the same area. One loud noise shouldn’t scare a bird too much because loud noises happen in the woods. However, don’t make motion or throw something to get the other hunters attention.

“Turkey hunters are looking for movement,” said Jim Coffey, forest wildlife species technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “Don’t wave your hand or make a movement because a movement could be misconstrued. If you walk in on someone they’re probably hearing the same bird you hear, just turn and walk away.  Find a different ridge to enjoy the morning.”

The timber will change a lot from early April to middle May reducing the distance hunters can see so it will be important that hunters continuously check their distance for their zone of fire. “You can’t call the bullet back once your pull the trigger so it’s important to know your target and what’s beyond before taking the shot,” Coffey said.  He often recommends setting out distance stick for reference points.  This allows hunters to know exactly how far away a bird is and if it’s within the weapons range.

Hunters should also respect other hunters. “They are out there trying to do what you are going to do. The competition is between turkey and hunter – not hunter and hunter,” Coffey said. One way to avoid walking in on other hunters is to go later in the morning. “Rather than try to get out in the woods for the first gobble, go out a little later, like around 9 a.m., you may have the area all to yourself,” he said.

Safety Tips

  • Avoid wearing patriotic colors – red, white and blue.  These colors are also shared by gobblers.
  • Bring a blaze orange game bag or turkey vest to use to carry the harvested bird out from the woods.
  • Avoid using a gobble call.
  • Using a hunting blind can be helpful if taking a young person on their first hunt, or for hunting companions to use.
  • Make sure you have permission to be on the land and find out if anyone else has permission to the land and which season they will be hunting.  Just because you had permission a few years ago, does not mean you have permission this year.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/26/2016

Podcasts, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Ric Hanson.


National Sports Headlines: Sat., 3/26/16


March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An all-ACC night: Virginia, Syracuse win in Midwest…North Carolina, Notre Dame survive in East….

CHICAGO (AP) — Virginia is going to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995. Anthony Gill had 23 points and eight rebounds, leading the top-seeded Cavaliers to an 84-71 victory over No. 4 Iowa State in the Midwest regional semifinals. Mike Tobey added 18 points and seven boards.

CHICAGO (AP) — No. 11 seed Syracuse scored the final nine points of the game in beating 10th seed Gonzaga 63-60 to reach Sunday’s Midwest regional final behind 20 points from Michael Gbinije. On Sunday, the Orange will be trying to avenge a 73-65 loss to Virginia in Charlottesville in January

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Top seed North Carolina dismissed fifth seed Indiana 101-86 in a matchup of college basketball blue bloods in the East regional semifinal. Marcus Paige canned six 3-pointers and led the Tar Heels with 21 points. Brice Johnson added 20.

PHILADELPHIA (AP)— Also in the East regional, sixth seed Notre Dame made three key steals in the final 13 seconds to stun Wisconsin 61-56. Demetrius Jackson made two of those steals and finished with 16 points and six assists.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are into the round of 16 at the Dell Match Play championship. But Phil Mickelson is leaving early after Patrick Reed eliminated Lefty, 5 and 4.


Cav’s down ISU 84-71 & advances to the Elite 8


March 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Virginia is going to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995. Anthony Gill had 23 points and eight rebounds, leading the top-seeded Cavaliers to an 84-71 victory over No. 4 Iowa State in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Mike Tobey added 18 points and seven boards. Next up for the Cavaliers is the winner of Gonzaga-Syracuse on Sunday. Virginia hasn’t made it to the Final Four since 1984.

That also makes three No. 1 seeds in the round of eight with the Cavaliers joining Kansas and Oregon. North Carolina will try to make it four for four against Indiana later.

Scherzer leads Nationals over Wainwright, Cardinals 8-2


March 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer outpitched Adam Wainwright in a matchup worthy of opening day, and the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 Thursday. Scherzer struck out nine and walked three in five innings, allowing two runs — both unearned — and three hits. Wainwright gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one.

Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run double and a two-run homer for the Nationals. Anthony Rendon drove in two runs with his third double in two days. Scherzer struck out eight of the Cardinals he faced, failing to fan Tommy Pham but getting Jedd Gyorko twice. Wainwright was relieved by Nick Maness, who gave up two doubles, Taylor’s homer and a single among his first four batters.


Nodaway Valley’s Lamb signs with Briar Cliff hoops


March 24th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Nodaway Valley Senior Jackson Lamb held a signing event at Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield on Wednesday.  Lamb signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.  He’ll join a strong Chargers team that finished with a 32-4 record last season.

Lamb finished his career with the Wolverines as the all-time leader in points with 1,838, points per game – 18.95, field goals made- 622, three-pointers made -234,  free-throws made -360, and steals -249. He also owns many of the Wolverines’ single season record.

Lamb joins a few other southwest Iowa alum on the Chargers roster.  Jay Wolfe from Creston and Ricky Williams from Riverside are currently on the team.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/24/2016

Podcasts, Sports

March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Cards’ Martinez throws 5 sharp innings; Stanton HR for Miami


March 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton’s first home run of the spring wasn’t enough to help Miami overcome a dazzling pitching performance by Carlos Martinez for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-1 win Wednesday. An All-Star last season, Martinez threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five.

Stanton tied it at 1 in the seventh when he hit a 3-0 fastball from Trevor Rosenthal over the center field wall. Brandon Moss doubled home two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Cardinals had been 0-6-2 in their last eight games.