Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Well the cold air has arrived and soon everyone will be on the ice! While you wait, check out the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report! Plus Todd talks about the Dakota Angler Customer Appreciation Weekend coming up on December 16-18!
Iowa hunters have reported harvesting nearly 54,000 deer through the first weekend of the first shotgun season. First shotgun deer season ends on Dec. 7.
Second season shotgun deer season is Dec. 10-18, offering hunters two weekends in the field. The second shotgun season typically has about 50,000 hunters but could see an increase in hunter participation by hunters who normally go during the first season, but opted for second season due to the warmer weather.
Report your harvest
The deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. But the harvest is not complete until the deer is registered; either online, over the phone or at a license vendor.
Online, it takes just a couple minutes. Go to www.iowadnr.gov/deerhunting and click (left margin) on ‘Report Your Harvest.’ From there, scroll down and follow instructions. Be ready to enter your tag’s nine-digit harvest report number. By phone? Call 800-771-4692.
The deer should be reported by the hunter whose name is on the tag…and it must come before midnight, the day after the deer is tagged.
Hunters are encouraged to use safe hunting practices and to discuss the hunting plan so each member of the hunting group knows where the others will be at all times during the hunt.
· Treat every gun as if it is loaded
· Wear plenty of blaze orange
· Be sure of the target and what’s behind it
· Don’t shoot at running deer
Turn in poachers
See something in the field that doesn’t look right? Report hunting violations to Turn in Poachers as soon as possible by calling 1-800-532-2020. Provide as much information as possible like a description of the individual(s), vehicle and time and location of the violation.
You can remain anonymous.
Deer tissue samples
The Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will continue collecting tissue samples to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa’s wild deer herd.
Many hunters voluntarily contribute samples of their harvested deer for these testing efforts. Most samples are obtained by wildlife staff, checking with hunters in the field or at home processing points.
Hunters looking to spend more time in the timber this fall can purchase antlerless only deer tags that are still available in 27 counties. Iowa’s late muzzleloader season is Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017 and archery season reopens Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017.
Rock Valley, Iowa — The Rock Valley Rockets swept a Siouxland Conference Girls/Boys basketball doubleheader against the Sheldon Orabs Tuesday night in Rock Valley. The Girls game was 52-33 Rockets, and the Boys final score was 56-51 in overtime.
In the girls matchup, Sheldon and Rock Valley were ice cold to start the contest. After 1 quarter of play it was tied 4-4, but the Rockets would ignite and jump to a 23-11 halftime lead behind the hot shooting of Sammy Blum. After three, Rock Valley’s lead extended to 36-22, and the Rockets came away with the 52-33 victory.
The Rockets got a game high 18 points from Sammy Blum, 13 of those coming in the 2nd quarter. She was joined in double figures by Taylor Richter with 14 points. The Orabs leading scorer was Bryn Groff with 9.
With the win, Rock Valley improves to 3-1 on the year and in the Siouxland, while Sheldon falls to 1-4 on the year, and 0-4 in the conference.
In the boys matchup, Sheldon held a slim 12-11 after the first quarter, but Rock Valley was in charge heading into halftime with a 27-21 advantage. After three quarters of play, the Orabs regained the lead 33-32 on a pair of free throws from Jayden Kleinhesslink. The 4th quarter went down to the wire and the game would go into overtime with the score knotted up at 44-44. In the extra period, Rock Valley pulled away with their chances at the charity stripe and took the 56- 51 victory.
The Rockets’ leading scorer was Brett Moser with 13 points. Brayton Van Kekerix and Kobe Lutjens had 12 each and J.T. Van’t Hul added 10 points. The Orabs got a team high 13 from Ryan Van Marel. Kyle Boerhave hit for 11.
With the win, the Rockets improve to 2-0 on the year. Sheldon falls to 2-1.
The Sheldon boys are on the road again to take on Boyden-Hull Thursday night. Rock Valley travels to Central Lyon Friday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-America Teams, chosen by the NAIA Volleyball All-America Selection Committee, Monday. This committee is made up of NAIA-AVCA officers and the championship committee. Three teams are named, plus honorable mention.
Dordt’s Brooke Granstra was named to the First team, Jamie Gesink was named to the 2nd team, and Ema Altena had third team honors.
Sioux Center, Iowa — Jordan Bos, a senior at Unity Christian High School has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender cross country and track programs.
Bos has been a part of the Unity cross country program for four years and the Knights have earned state meet berths in all four of those seasons. The Knights were team runner-up in 2013 and placed sixth in 2015. She was the conference individual champion in 2015 and earned all-conference honors in both 2013 and 2015 and claimed academic all-conference honors three times. Bos has been a part of three state qualifying 4 x 800 relays and helped the Knights win the state race in 2014 along with a pair of fourth place finishes in 2015 and 2016. She has personal bests of 2:23 in the 800; 4:56 in the 1,500 and 19:29 in the 5,000.
Dordt College cross country coach Nate Wolf said, “I am excited to have Jordan join our program. Jordan is a multi-talented and driven young lady who will impact our cross country and middle distance programs in a variety of ways. Jordan is a great fit for our program in terms of her running potential, academic abilities, and strength of character. I look forward to working with Jordan and seeing her impact across the full spectrum of the Dordt College campus.”
Dordt College track and field coach Craig Heynen, “We are very excited to have Jordan joining our track and field program. Jordan will be a great fit at Dordt, and will positively contribute to the track and field program and the campus community in a wide variety of ways. We look forward to working with Jordan to develop her gifts and talents to their fullest,”
Jordan is the daughter of Matt and Teri Bos of Orange City, Iowa. She plans to studyExercise Scienceat Dordt College.
Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs swept a non conference basketball doubleheader with South O’Brien Saturday in Sheldon. The girls final was 36-19. The boys final was Sheldon 53-32 over the Wolverines.
Sheldon led at all the breaks in the girls game up 9-3 at the end of the first quarter and 22-7 at the half. At the end of three the lead was 25-10 with the Orabs going on to win 36-19.
Katie Wagner was the games top scorer with 11 points. She keyed the effort with a 7-of-11 performance from the free throw line. South O’Brien was led by Shelby Schueder with 7 points including a pair of three point bucket.
With the win Sheldon goes to 1-3 on the year while South O’Brien is even at 2-2.
In the boys game the Orabs led at all the breaks as well. Sheldon was up 10-3 at the end of the first quarter and up 20-16 at the half. A bucket by Ryan Van Marel at the buzzer pushed to 36-29 at the end of three with the Orabs winning 53-32.
Sheldon got a game high 18 from Kyle Boerhave and 16 from Van Marel. The Wolverines also had two players in double figures getting 11 from Cameron Maxwell and 10 more from Payton Brasser.
With the win Sheldon stays unbeaten on the young season at 2-0 while the Wolverines are 2-1 after their first loss of the season.
Sheldon in on the road in conference play Tuesday with a trip to Rock Valley. South O’Brien will be at home Tuesday hosting Hinton in a War Eagle Conference match up.