News And Notes From The Iowa DNR 8/28/12

Dove Season Begins September 1st

An estimated 30,000 hunters will be in the field when Iowa’s dove season opens on Saturday.

The dry summer likely created conditions that will benefit dove hunters. Doves eat seeds, like sunflowers, corn and weed seeds, and prefer eating on bare ground.

If looking for a place to hunt, the Iowa DNR has a listing of public hunting areas with food plots for doves online at

Even without a dedicated food plot, hunters should look for any area that offers them concealment and small grains or weed seed, water or grit.

Since doves are considered a migratory game bird, hunters will need to have a plug in their gun limiting them to three shells and must register with the Harvest Information Program before they go hunting. Hunters may register online at or by calling

Hunters are required to have a valid Iowa small game hunting license and the habitat fee to hunt doves. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 doves with a possession limit of 30.

Iowa’s dove population is similar to last year and doves can be found in all 99 Iowa counties. Dove hunting is a great way to introduce individuals to hunting because it takes place when the weather is nice and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Heavy Boat Traffic Expected for Labor Day Weekend

Boaters heading out for the Labor Day holiday will likely find busy waterways and low water levels.

Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the low water will require boat operators to pay extra attention to hazards starting at the boat ramp.

“Use caution when loading and unloading the boat. Back in only as far as necessary to get the boat on and off the trailer to avoid backing off the ramp,” Stocker said. “Our lakes and rivers are really low so use caution when boating near shore to avoid any low water hazards that have recently been exposed.”

The weekend weather forecast is favorable for boaters and combined with a three day weekend should produce heavy boat traffic.

Stocker said ramps will likely be busy, placing boating etiquette at a premium.

“Everyone is excited to get on the water,” she said. “Be patient, and when it’s your turn be ready to launch. Courtesy on the water goes a long way in avoiding problems.”

She said given the drought conditions, boaters should operate in areas they are familiar with and slow their speeds.

Another way to prevent problems is for the boat operator to avoid alcohol while operating the craft.

“We want boaters to have fun on the water, but we don’t want that fun to end in a boating tragedy. Boaters need to keep safety in mind while on the water,” Stocker said.

Preparing for a safe day on the water begins in the driveway. Make sure to have a properly fitting life jacket for each person on board and that all of the safety equipment, including a properly working fire extinguisher, is on board.

“Remember, life jackets only work when worn,” Stocker said. “Life jackets float, you don’t.”

Campgrounds Filling for Labor Day Weekend

The last big camping weekend of the summer recreation season begins Friday and nearly every reservable campsite with electricity in an Iowa state park has been claimed. Campers who are wanting to partake but do not have a site reserved should plan to arrive as early in the week as possible to claim a first come, first served campsite.

“People just don’t miss spending these three day weekends in our parks,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau.

“We are going to be busy so having patience and being respectful of your neighbors will be important. Campers should watch their noise level during quiet hours, only burn firewood in fire rings and leave the fireworks at home. It only takes one loud campsite to ruin the experience for a lot of people,” Szcodronski said.

While Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the summer recreation season, it also is the beginning of fall camping when the crowds are lighter, bugs are fewer, weather is cooler and the leaves begin to show all the colors in the spectrum.

“We’ve had a good year in our campgrounds and we hope to continue that into the fall,” he said.



Latest Radio Iowa Football Poll Out 8/28/12

Boyden Hull Rock Valley is the highest rated team in the area in the latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll comming in at number 2 in the Class 2A poll. West Lyon is number 3 in the Class A poll.

Class 4A
1. WDM Valley (2-0), LW #1 vs #5 Dowling
2. Ankeny (1-0), LW #2 vs DSM Lincoln
3. Bettendorf (1-0), LW #3 vs Davenport Central
4. Iowa City West (1-0), LW #4 vs #8 CR Washington
5. Dowling Catholic (2-0), LW #6 @ #1 Valley
6. Cedar Falls (1-0), LW #7 @ Waterloo East
7. Davenport Assumption (1-0), LW #10 vs Pleasant Valley
8. Cedar Rapids Washington (1-0), LW (X) @ #4 Iowa City West
9. S.E. Polk (0-1), LW #5 @ Ames
10.Urbandale (1-0), LW (X) vs DSM Hoover

Class 3A
1. Decorah (1-0), LW #1 @ Marion
2. Sioux City Heelan (1-0), LW #2 vs Sioux City North
3. Solon (1-0), LW #3 @ 1A-#1 Iowa City Regina
4. Lewis Central (1-0), LW #5 @ 1A-#2 St. Albert
5. Harlan (1-0), LW #6 at CB Abe Lincoln
6. Norwalk (1-0), LW #7 vs Dallas Center-Grimes
7. Clear Lake (1-0), LW #8 vs Forest City
8. Grinnell (1-0), LW #9 @ Oskaloosa
9. Creston/O-M (1-0), LW (X) @ Clarinda
10.Pella (0-1), LW #4 vs Washington

Class 2A
1. Mediapolis (1-0), LW #2 vs Keokuk
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (1-0), LW #3 @ 1A-#6 Emmetsburg
3. Carroll Kuemper (1-0), LW #4 @ Denison-Schleswig
4. Spirit Lake (1-0), LW #5 @ Storm Lake
5. West Marshall (2-0), LW #7@ Panorama
6. South Central Calhoun (1-0), LW #6 @ Humboldt
7. New Hampton (1-0), LW #8 @ Crestwood
8. Union (LaPorte City) (0-1), LW #1 @ 1A-#5 Aplington-Parkersburg
9. Bondurant-Farrar (1-0), LW #9 @ Nevada
10.Clarion-Goldfield (1-0), LW #10 @ Eagle Grove

Class 1A

1. Iowa City Regina (1-0), LW #1 vs 3A-#3 Solon
2. St. Albert (Council Bluffs) (1-0), LW #2 vs 3A-#4 Lewis Central
3. West Branch (1-0), LW #3 @ Durant
4. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (1-0), LW #4 vs A-#6 Mason City Newman
5. Aplington-Parkersburg (1-0), LW #5 vs 2A-#8 Union
6. Emmetsburg (1-0), LW #6 vs 2A-#2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
7. South Winneshiek (1-0), LW #7 vs Turkey Valley
8. Pella Christian (1-0), LW #8 vs PCM Monroe
9. Sumner-Fredricksburg (1-0), LW #9 @ Postville
10.Saint Ansgar (1-0), LW (X) vs A-#2 West Hancock

Class A
1. Woodward-Granger (1-0), LW #1 vs DSM Christian
2. West Hancock (1-0), LW #2 @ 1A-#10 Saint Ansgar
3. West Lyon (1-0), LW #3@ Sioux Center
4. Logan-Magnolia (1-0), LW #7 vs IKM-Manning
5. Wapsie Valley (1-0), LW #8 @ Denver
6. Mason City Newman (0-1), LW #4 @ 1A-#4 St. Edmond
7. BGM (Brooklyn) (1-0), LW (X) @ Belle Plaine
8. North Tama (1-1), LW #6 vs Lone Tree
9. Woodbury Central (1-0), LW (X) @ Ridge View
10.Madrid (0-1), LW #5 vs Van Meter

1. Adair-Casey (2-0), LW #1 @ East Union
2. Murray (2-0), LW #2 @ Ankeny Christian
3. Newell-Fonda (1-0), LW #4 @ Kingsley-Pierson
4. Don Bosco (1-0), LW #10 vs #6 Janesville
5. Melcher-Dallas (2-0), LW #5 vs Seymour
6. Janesville (1-0), LW #6 @ #4 Don Bosco
7. West Bend-Mallard (2-0), LW #7 vs Marcus MMC
8. Fremont-Mills (1-0), LW #9 @ Whiting
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard (2-0), LW #9 @ Heartland Christian
10.Preston (1-0), LW (X) @ West Central (Maynard)

Sports Schedule For Tuesday 8/28/12

Volleyball Tournaments are on the schedule for today at MOC Floyd Valley and Okoboji. On the Cross Country front a great deal of talent will be gathering at Brooks Golf Course for the Spirit Lake meet today.




Sheldon, Cherokee, LeMars, Sergeant Bluff Luton and Spencer at MOC Floyd Valley Tourney

Sibley Ocheyedan, Harris Lake Park and Graettinger Terril Ruthven Ayrshire at Okoboji Tourney

Unity at Akron Westfield

HMS at Spalding

MMC at Gehlen

Hinton at South O’Brien
Cross Country

Sheldon, MOC Floyd Valley, Cherokee, Emmetsburg, E-LC, Laurens Marathon, Spencer, Storm Lake, Unity and Western at the Spirit Lake meet being run at Brooks Golf Course

The Nighthawks Beat Crosstown Rivals

Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks toppled the Western Christian Wolfpack 48-12 in Hull Friday night.

Western Christian opened the game with two costly fumbles giving the Nighthawks great field position and the first 13 points. After the first turnover, Miguel Alvarado finished the 43 yard drive with a 1 yard touchdown run. The second fumble was created by Dallas Rozeboom when he broke into the backfield unscathed and forced the fumble. The Nighthawks recovered on the 14 yard line and scored when Rozeboom punched it in a few plays later.

The first quarter barrage of points didn’t end there however, as the Nighthawks would score two more touchdowns. After forcing a 3 and out by the Wolfpack, Brandt Van Roekel scored on a 47 yard quarterback scramble making the score 20-0. Van Roekel wasn’t finished as he returned a punt following a Western Christian 3 and out 38 yards down to the 15 yard line. Dallas Rozeboom punched his second ticket to the endzone making the score 27-0 with 1:46 left in the first quarter.

Western Christian answered after Jeffery Granstra recovered a Nighthawk fumble at the 48 yard line. The offense than capitalized on a 3:34 second drive capped by an 18 yard Dan Van Maanen TD pass to Ethan Fenchel to make the score 27-6 after the missed extra point.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley than went on a 2:51 drive of there own scoring on a 1 yard TD run by Dallas Rozeboom with 9 seconds left in the first half. The score after Western Christian ran out the first half clock was 34-6. The Nighthawks took the 2nd half kickoff and scored on the first drive. Led by the rushing attack, Boyden Hull Rock Valley took 4:30 of clock time scoring on a Miguel Alvarado 6 yard touchdown run. Western Christian and Boyden Hull Rock Valley traded scores after that point to make the final score 48-12.

The touchdowns were scored by Logan Steins of BHRV (24 yard TD run) and a long scoring run of 95 yards by Drew Van Sloten of Western Christian. Next week the Nighthawks (1-0) will face Emmetsburg in Emmetsburg. Western Christian (0-1) will play at Central Lyon George Little Rock.

Orab Football Team Opens Season With 42-32 Win

The Sheldon Orab football Team opened the season on the road at Albert City Friday night as they posted a 42-32 non district win over Sioux Central.

After a scoreless first quarter the Orabs  got on the board first when they went on a 72 yard drive capped by a 4 yard Hunter McDonald touchdown run. The extra point was no good and Sheldon had the early 6-0 lead with 11:54 to go in the second quarter.

The Rebels answered with a 66 yard drive. Parker Habben tossed a 40 yard touchdown pass to Dallas Heuton. The 2 point attempt was no good and the score was tied at 6-6 with 7:21 to go in the first half.

Sheldon got on the board again on a 68 yard drive as quarterback Chris Balster found Tom Brown for an 11 yard touchdown completion. It was Balster to McDonald for the 2 point conversion and Sheldon was up 14-6 with 3:44 to go in the half.

The Rebels would answer again taking advantage of a 35 yard field after their defense held Sheldon deep in Orab territory on third down. Devin Tripp scored on a 1 yard run. The 2 point attempt was no good and the Sheldon lead was cut to 14-12 with: 27 seconds to go in the second quarter and that would be the halftime score.

Sheldon got the ball to start the second half and scored on a quick two play drive. A 41 yard run by Hunter McDonald got the Orabs to the 22 yard line. From there Balster found Tom Brown for a 22 yard touchdown pass. The 2 point attempt was no good and the Sheldon lead was 22-12 with 10:35 left in the third quarter.

Sioux Central answered with a 60 yard drive capped when Tripp went in from a yard out. Habben scored the 2 point conversion with a quarterback keeper to tie the score at 20-20 with 7:09 left in the third and that was the way the quarter ended.

Early in the fourth quarter Balster found Nate Oostra on a 70 yard touchdown strike. It was Balster to Matt Dykstra for two and Sheldon was back in front 28-20 with 10:42 left in the game.

On the ensuing kick off the Rebels Nathan Leer brought the ball back 70 yards plus to set up a 4 yard touchdown run by Tripp. The 2 point attempt was no good and the Orab lead was 28-26 with 10:21 to play.

On their next possession Chris Balster broke free on a 65 yard touchdown run. The 2 point attempt was no good and the Sheldon lead was up to 34-26.

The game finally swung completely the Orabs way when a Clayton Scheibler hit caused a fumble that Sheldon recovered at their own 44 yard line. Balster quickly turned it into points when he weaved his way through traffic and won a footrace to the end zone 56 yards later. Matt Dykstra scored on the 2 point attempt and the Sheldon lead was 42-26 with 8:40 to play.

The Rebels ended the scoring with a 74 yard drive that took the clock down to 2:12 as Leer went in from 6 yards out. The 2 point attempt was no good and the final score would be 42-32 as the Orabs ran out the clock on their final possession.

The Orabs home opener with come on Friday when they host the Spencer Tigers at Orab Field in another non district game.

Final High School Football Scores – Week #1


District 1

Sheldon 42, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 32 (ND)

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 48, Western Christian,Hull12 (ND)

LeMars 43, Sioux Center 6 (ND)

MOC-FloydValley21, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6 (ND)

StormLake41, Cherokee,Washington14 (ND)

West Lyon14, CL-G-LR 7 (ND)



District 1

Emmetsburg 46, Spencer 21 (ND)

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 43, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0 (ND)

North Union20, Estherville Lincoln Central 13 (ND)


South O’Brien, Paullina 13, West Sioux, Hawarden (ND) 0



District 1

Lawton-Bronson 28, Ridge View 20 (ND)

Pocahontas Area 21, Alta/Aurelia 8 (ND)


8 Player:

District 1


CAM, Anita 74,RiverValley, Correctionville 42 (ND)

Charter Oak-Ute 44, Whiting 20 (ND)

Harris-LakePark57, CWL, Corwith 14 (ND)

Laurens-Marathon 24, Kingsley-Pierson 22 (ND)

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 48, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 12 (ND)

Newell-Fonda 59, Remsen St. Mary’s 6 (ND)

North Iowa,BuffaloCenter46, Clay Central-Everly 0 (ND)

West Bend-Mallard 28, Remsen-Union 14 (ND)