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Fishing Tournament Applications Accepted by IDNR starting Nov. 1

Tue, November 07, 2017

Applications can be submitted to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through IDNR fishing tournament online accounts and through the I Fish Illinois website at https://www.ifishillinois.org/tournament/index.php.

Catch results from 2017 tournaments must be entered before fishing clubs and tournament trails will be allowed to request tournament dates for 2018. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The Illinois DNR is grateful for the compliance that our tournament anglers have shown with this process of online tournament applications and reporting,” said Dan Stephenson, fisheries chief for the IDNR.  “We also salute the staff at the Illinois Natural History Survey, which oversees the tournament permit system.”

Tournament fishing is extremely popular in Illinois.  For 2017, nearly 3,000 applications for fishing tournaments were received.  The catch data submitted by tournament organizers is vital information needed for the management of the waters they fish.

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Man charged with deer poaching

Tue, November 07, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Adam Gacke, DNR Conservation Officer, (712) 520-5570, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Iowa DNR Conservation Officers have charged Nicholas W. Slater, 31, of Glendale, AZ with deer poaching in Lake Manawa State Park on November 19, 2016.

Slater has been charged with the following in Iowa:

No valid non-resident deer license (Iowa Code section 483A.1(2)(K)

No valid non-resident deer license (antlered or any sex) (Iowa Code section 483A.1(2)(I))

Restrictions on taking game – illegal transportation of deer (Iowa Code section 481A.38)

Restrictions on taking game – illegal taking of deer (Iowa Code section 481A.38)

Restrictions on taking game – illegal possession of deer (Iowa Code section 481A.38)

Hunting on game refuge (Iowa Code section 481A.7)

No non-resident hunting license and habitat fee (Iowa Code section 483A.1(2)(G)).

The total fines for Slater are $2,243.20, plus liquidated damages for an antlered deer scoring 150 points or less. A judge will determine the exact total of liquidated damages.

These charges are part of a large, multi-state investigation that is ongoing.

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PRÓIS®  ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR FULL NEW LINE IN PRÓIS/ VEIL® CUMBRE™ CAMO IN

Fri, October 27, 2017

Gunnison, CO - Próis® Hunting & Field Apparel, manufacturers of the most technical, high-performance hunting apparel for women, is proud to announce its plans to launch in 2018 an entirely new assortment of designs from head to toe in its new Próis /Veil® Cumbre™ camo pattern. 



“We have recently secured all new sourcing for the Próis line. This means our plans for a fresh new line-up in 2018 are in full swing, which will completely replace our current inventory,” states Próis CEO, Kirstie Pike.  “We are knocking it out of the park on our new-for-2018 designs and we can’t wait to share them with female hunters everywhere.”

Próis worked closely with Veil® Camo to create a pattern with a diverse western

landscape in mind, while also utilizing colorations that provide excellent concealment in all regions.  Próis/Veil Cumbre contains both macro disruption and textural disruption strategies that come together in one of the most aggressive, high functioning and visually distinctive patterns available.  The color palette is a careful combination of tones pulled directly from the environment and used in a calculated balance that ensures maximum performance.  The blends of browns, grays, greens and tans are carefully synchronized to create disruption that works in open space as well as deep timber.  Cumbre stands for “above the rest”..and it is THE ideal camouflage for serious female hunters that demand a new level of performance from their concealment strategy.

About Próis Hunting & Field Apparel
Próis has been the leader in women’s technical hunting gear since 2008 and believes women hunt hard and deserve the highest performing gear to support their pursuits.  All Próis gear is engineered expressly for women and the company utilizes only the most top-rated performance fabrics to provide wind stopping, wicking, waterproofing, silence and thermoregulation. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in award-winning designs that have raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.  For more information about Próis Hunting & Field Apparel, visit: Próishunting.com

Próis is working diligently to offer new designs complete with new fabrics and new cuts. “With our new sourcing, we are able to focus on every minute detail to achieve a whole new level of perfection.” Pike adds.  The 2018 assortment will include everything a female hunter will need for any type of hunting in any weather condition - from merino wool, new down products and updated rain gear to state-of-the-art warm weather and mid-weight apparel.

Perhaps the most exciting news of all is that all current inventory at Próis is on clearance to make room for the new lines.  All Próis clothing is currently marked down to 50% off MSRP while supplies last.  Check out this fantastic sale at proishunting.com.

Próis worked closely with Veil® Camo to create a pattern with a diverse western landscape in mind, while also utilizing colorations that provide excellent concealment in all regions.  Próis/Veil Cumbre contains both macro disruption and textural disruption strategies that come together in one of the most aggressive, high functioning and visually distinctive patterns available.  The color palette is a careful combination of tones pulled directly from the environment and used in a calculated balance that ensures maximum performance.  The blends of browns, grays, greens and tans are carefully synchronized to create disruption that works in open space as well as deep timber.  Cumbre stands for “above the rest”..and it is THE ideal camouflage for serious female hunters that demand a new level of performance from their concealment strategy.

About Próis Hunting & Field Apparel
Próis has been the leader in women’s technical hunting gear since 2008 and believes women hunt hard and deserve the highest performing gear to support their pursuits.  All Próis gear is engineered expressly for women and the company utilizes only the most top-rated performance fabrics to provide wind stopping, wicking, waterproofing, silence and thermoregulation. The company’s out-of-the-box thinking has resulted in award-winning designs that have raised the bar for women’s outdoor apparel.  For more information about Próis Hunting & Field Apparel, visit: Próishunting.com

Próis offers sub-licensing opportunities of the Próis /Veil Cumbre pattern to fellow manufacturers. For more information, email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

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Hunting blinds for hunters with disabilities

Wed, October 25, 2017

BALDWIN, IL – With the upcoming waterfowl season approaching, the Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area has hunting opportunities for hunters with disabilities.  The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has two designated handicapped waterfowl hunting blinds at the Dry Lake Area at Kaskaskia River SFWA – listed as the North or South blinds.

The blinds for hunters with disabilities can be reserved by sending a postcard to the Kaskaskia River SFWA main office stating on what day and which blind the hunter would like to reserve a hunt during the waterfowl season.  If more than one card is received for a date, there will be an in-house drawing.

The Kaskaskia River SFWA at Baldwin, IL is located in the South-Central Zone for Illinois waterfowl hunting.  The South-Central Zone season opens on November 11, 2017.

Requests for the handicapped blinds should be received on or before November 2, 2017 at the Kaskaskia River SFWA office, 10981 Conservation Road, Baldwin, IL 62217.  For more information, call the site office at 618-785-2555.

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Iowa’s youth enjoy special pheasant season Oct. 21-22

Wed, October 18, 2017

The residents-only youth season gives Iowans age 15 and younger the opportunity to hunt for rooster pheasants without purchasing a license, habitat fee or taking hunter education. Youths must hunt under direct supervision of an adult age 18 or older that has a valid hunting license and habitat fee.

Special youth only seasons allows young hunters an opportunity for success without pressure or competition from other hunters. Only the youth are allowed shoot pheasants and they may bag one rooster per day.

Tips for a Safe Hunt


Iowa law requires hunters to wear at least one of the following articles of visible, external apparel with at least 50 percent of its surface area solid blaze orange: hat, cap, vest, coat, jacket, sweatshirt, shirt or coveralls.
Hunters should stay in communication with each other and to stay in a straight line while pushing a field.
Discuss the hunting plan that spells out how the hunt will take place, each person’s role in the hunt and where each person will be at all times.
Know exactly where standers will be located, especially when hunting standing corn or tall switch grass to avoid having the standers get shot by the pushers as they near the end of the field and the birds begin to flush.
Make sure to unload the gun when crossing a fence or other obstacle to avoid it accidentally discharging.
Properly identify the target and what is beyond it especially if hunting in fields that still have standing corn.
If hunting with a dog, never lay a loaded gun against a fence.  Hunting dogs are usually excited to be in the field and could knock the gun over causing it to discharge.
Share the hunt. Take someone new along to help keep Iowa’s great hunting tradition alive.

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Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities

Wed, October 18, 2017

CARLYLE LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to announce waterfowl hunting opportunities for sportsmen with disabilities at Carlyle Lake. Two accessible waterfowl blinds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 2017-2018 Illinois South Central Zone Waterfowl Season. The first blind is located at the Saddle Dam III Wetland Complex area near the Hughes Road East entrance to Saddle Dam III. The second blind is located south of the Steins Field Parking Lot on Huey Road. 

    The use of the accessible waterfowl hunting blinds is by reservation only.  Hunters can make reservations beginning October 23, 2017 by calling the Carlyle Lake Project Office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the hunting day. The areas will be open to hunting Thursday through Sunday and shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise until 1:00 p.m.  All other State of Illinois rules and regulations apply. 

    Sportsmen will be asked to provide proof of their disability and may reserve a maximum of two reservation dates at any time.  After using one reservation date sportsmen may call to reserve another day.  Each hunter is allowed a maximum of two assistants to accompany them, the assistants will be allowed to hunt.  Sportsmen are encouraged to bring a dog, or canoe with them to retrieve harvested waterfowl. 

For more information on this and other accessible recreation opportunities please contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 618-594-2484.

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Fall urban trout stocking begins October 14

Thu, October 12, 2017

Seventeen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer months.

“Grab your neighbors, friends and kids and try trout fishing this fall,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau.  “It’s time well spent. The fish are here, easy to catch and good to eat.”

The fall urban trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A small hook with a nightcrawler or corn under a small bobber or small simple spinners such as a panther martin or mepps is all you need to get in on the fun.

Bringing trout to cities and towns offers a “close to home” option for Iowans who might not travel to northeast Iowa to discover trout fishing. A family friendly event is often paired with the stocking to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

The popular program is supported by the sales of the trout fee. Anglers need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10.

Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their catch to one daily limit. The child can purchase a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

2017 Fall Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Oct. 14, Lake of the Hills, Davenport, 10:30 a.m.

Oct. 20, Sand Lake, Marshalltown, Noon

Oct. 26, Banner Lake (South), Summerset State Park, Indianola, 11 a.m.

Oct. 26, Big Lake, Council Bluffs, 2 p.m.

Oct. 27, Ottumwa Park Pond, Ottumwa, 11 a.m.

Oct. 27, Lake Petocka, Bondurant, Noon

Oct. 28, Discovery Park, Muscatine, 10 a.m.

Oct. 28, Heritage Pond, Dubuque, 10 a.m.

Oct. 28, Wilson Lake, Fort Madison, Noon

Nov. 1, Bacon Creek, Sioux City, 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 2, North Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls, Noon

Nov. 2, Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, Noon

Nov. 16, Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake, Ames, Noon

Nov. 17, Prairie Park (Cedar Bend), Cedar Rapids, 10 a.m.

Nov. 17, Terry Trueblood Lake, Iowa City, 11 a.m.

Nov. 18, Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, Noon

Nov. 22, Blue Pit, Mason City, 11 a.m.

Find more information about trout fishing in urban lakes on the DNR trout fishing webpage.

Media Contact: Mike Steuck, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, Northeast Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 563-927-3276.

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