Iowa’s Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment

deer portrait iowa dnrIowa’s proposed 2016-17 deer hunting seasons were approved for public comment Thursday by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  The proposal included a status quo county antlerless license quota and maintained the buck only restriction for select counties in northwest Iowa during early muzzleloader season and first shotgun season.

The proposal will be available for public comment through June 1, 2016. Written comments may be directed to the Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Dale Garner, Wildlife Bureau Chief, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by e-mail at; or by Fax at 515-725-8201. Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact Dr. Garner at 515-725-8494 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.

The proposal is available online at

There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Third Floor Conference Room of the Wallace State Office Building. 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 Department and request specific accommodations.



Regular Gun 1                                                Dec. 3-7

Regular Gun 2                                            Dec. 10-18

Bow             Oct. 1-Dec. 2 and Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017

Early Muzzleloader                                    Oct. 15-23

Muzzleloader                           Dec. 19-Jan. 10, 2017

Youth                                                   Sept. 17-Oct. 2

Disabled Hunter                                 Sept. 17-Oct. 2

Holiday Antlerless-Only                      Dec. 24-Jan. 2

Macy Jacobsma to Continue Softball Career at Dordt

Macy JacobsmaSioux Center Iowa — Macy Jacobsma, senior at Sheldon High School has announced her intention to attend Dordt College and join the softball program.

As a junior, Jacobsma had 20 hits in 63 at-bats with a slugging percentage of .413 and an on-base percentage of .463. She scored 11 runs with 12 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases. Jacobsma earned Siouxland All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades in 2015 and was part of a Sheldon team that was recognized for its academic achievements in the classroom in both 2014 and 2015.

“Macy comes into the program with experience at many defensive positions. We are excited about her versatility and look forward to watching her continue to develop over her career at Dordt College,” said Dordt head softball coach Jeff Zomer.

Macy is the daughter of Kory and Karissa Jacobsma of Sheldon, Iowa. She intends to study elementary education at Dordt.

Record Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season

walleyeSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ spring fish spawning season is over and Iowa’s two walleye hatcheries are filled to capacity as netting crews collected enough walleye to produce 1,048 quarts of walleye eggs at the Spirit Lake hatchery and 846 quarts at the Rathbun hatchery.

Walleyes were caught at East and West Okoboji Lakes, Spirit Lake, Storm Lake, Clear Lake, and Rathbun Lake from April 3-13. The effort from all the lakes combined collected more than 249 million eggs.

This year’s walleye netting produced the highest number of quarts of eggs from Storm Lake since the walleye broodstock collection efforts began here in 1988. “We collected over 640 quarts of egg this year,” said Ben Wallace, DNR fisheries biologist. “This beat our old record by 144 quarts.”

“We had a very large year class of 18 to 20-inch females show up last year and we saw them again this year and they’ve put on a little growth,” said Wallace. “Egg collection at Storm Lake should be good for the foreseeable future provided we can maintain this year class of fish.”

A 30-inch female, estimated to be 13 years old, was brought through the Storm Lake hatchery. This fish was originally tagged in the hatchery in 2008 and was recaptured for egg collection in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Crews at Rathbun Lake observed good numbers of smaller fish (

At Spirit Lake, fisheries staff netted more than 2,400 walleyes on Big Spirit Lake and East and West Okoboji lakes. The Spirit Lake Hatchery also cultures muskie and northern pike and DNR personnel collected 226 muskies providing eggs for hatching. Northern pike were netted from Spirit Lake and Diamond Lake, producing more than 823,000 fry, most of which have already been stocked.

With little natural reproduction by walleye in Iowa, walleye populations rely heavily upon stockings. Walleyes are stocked throughout Iowa into natural lakes, interior rivers, flood control reservoirs, and selected larger man-made lakes.

The DNR plans to release more than 149 million walleye fry in May. While the majority of walleyes are stocked as fry, some are cultured in Iowa DNR hatcheries and stocked at different sizes. More than 1.1 million two-inch walleyes are expected to be stocked into lakes, rivers, and streams across the state this summer. Larger 6-9 inch fingerlings (more than 340 thousand) will be stocked in lakes later this fall.

Sports Schedule for Saturday April 16th

trackNorthwest Iowa — A huge field is set to compete at the Sioux City Relays. The Siouxland, War Eagle and Lakes Conferences will be well represented. Unity is hosting an eleven team boys golf tournament at Landsmeer.

Coed Track

Sheldon, MOC-Floyd Valley, Spencer, Sioux Center, Sioux Falls Washington, LeMars Gehlen, George-Little Rock, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, Central Lyon, Okoboji, Remsen Union, South O’Brien, Unity Christian, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Cherokee, LeMars, Spirit Lake, Maple Valley-Antho Oto (MVAO), OA-BCIG MS, St. Albert Catholic Junior, Sioux City North, Glenwood, Woodbine, Lawton-Bronson, Bishop Heelan, Westwood, Sioux City East, Woodbury Central, West Monona, South Sioux City, Kingsley-Pierson, Elk Point-Jefferson, Dakota Valley, River Valley, Pierce, Siouxland Community Christian, Emerson-Hubbard, Homer, Mount Michael Benedictine, Ponca, Laurel, Abraham Lincoln, Ridge View, OA-BCIG and Harris Lake Park at the Sioux City Relays


Boys Golf
Sheldon, Akron-Westfield, Hinton, Luverne MN, MOC-Floyd Valley, River Valley, Sioux Center, South O’Brien, Storm Lake and Western Christian at the Unity Christian invite at Landsmeer Golf Club

Nancy Meendering Metcalf to be Enshrined Into University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame

Western Christian 2Lincoln Nebraska — Hull native Nancy Meendering Metcalf is one of seven distinguished student-athletes who will be enshrined in the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame this fall. The Nebraska Athletics Department made the announcement on Wednesday, April 13. The group will be the second class to be inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame, which was created last spring.

Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf earned multiple first-team All-America honors on the court and in the classroom while starring for the Nebraska volleyball team from 1997 to 2001. A three-time first-team All-American, Metcalf was also a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and a two-time NCAA Regional MVP.

She capped her career with one of the greatest seasons in program history as a senior in 2001, when she was a finalist for the Honda Award – presented to the nation’s most outstanding player – and was also named the CoSIDA Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year. Metcalf helped lead Nebraska to a trio of Big 12 titles and two NCAA Semifinals appearances during her four seasons on the court, and she also played a role in the Huskers’ national championship in 2000, when Metcalf redshirted following time spent training with the U.S. National Team.

In the classroom, Metcalf was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, and she earned an NCAA Top 10 Award. Metcalf ended her career with 13 school records, and she still holds Nebraska match records for kills (39) and aces (7). She earned her degree in advertising from the University of Nebraska in 2001 and continued her career following graduation, representing the United States at the 2004 Olympics.

The Hall of Fame class is tentatively scheduled to be formally inducted into the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of September 17th when the Husker football team hosts Oregon at Memorial Stadium.

In conjunction with an enshrinement ceremony, a plaque with the names of the seven members of the 2016 Hall of Fame class will be added to the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame Plaza, which was completed last fall.

Metcalf attended Nebraska following a standout career at Western Christian High School.

This years Hall of Fame class also includes Heather Brink (women’s gymnastics),Phil Cahoy (men’s gymnastics), Janet (Kruse) Sellon (volleyball), Nicola Martial (women’s track and field) along with Johnny Rodgers and Will Shields from the football program.

Weekly DNR Fishing Report

fishingSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.


Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water temperatures are in the upper 40’s. A few walleye have been picked up near shore. Anglers have had the most luck fishing the north side of the lake near the Chautauqua Jetty.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good numbers of fish have been caught fishing the shallow rock piles casting jigs tipped with live bait. Look for sunny warm days with calm conditions for the best action. Black Bullhead – Fair: Look for action at the north grade to improve as water temperatures warm. Fish crawlers on the bottom.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers fishing after dark will catch acceptable size and larger fish. Use cut bait on the bottom for this hard fighting game fish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow perch and yellow bass action have been reported from the trestle located on the south end of the lake.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Shore anglers fishing after dark will have the best action. Cast slowing moving lures such as a modified minnow imitation lure.

West Okoboji Lake

Black Crappie – Fair: Look for action to pick up for this species as the water warms.

Due to the windy weather, fishing activity has been limited at the Iowa Great Lakes. Expect increased activity as warmer temperatures are expected.