Ryan Sterler shot this 8-point buck while hunting with his dad & brother on October 6 on some public ground near Sutherland. This is the 2nd 8-point buck Ryan has shot – the first was in 2011. He is the son of Bill & Renee Sterler of Sanborn.
Jeff Kokemiller had been catching 12-inch and longer redear sunfish in his farm pond since 2009 but the one he caught in the late afternoon on Sept. 27 looked bigger than the others, so he decided to investigate what the state record was for redear sunfish.
1 pound 1 ounce, 11 inches long.
Consider the record smashed.
Kokemiller’s redear sunfish weighed 2.04 pounds and was 13-1/8 inches. It was weighed on a certified scale and verified by Iowa Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Mark Flammang.
Kokemiller, from Ottumwa, caught the fish using a worm and hook from his 2-1/2-acre farm pond and plans to have it mounted.
“I was using jigs, but not getting the size of fish I wanted so I switched to a worm and a hook and it worked,” he said.
He caught the fish in 14 to 15 feet of water fishing from a kayak.
Waterfowl hunters using boats to reach their hunting location are reminded that they have new laws to follow that are designed to protect Iowa lakes, rivers, and wetlands from the spread of aquatic invasive species.
“Hunters are legally required to drain all water and remove plants and aquatic invasive species from boats and equipment before leaving a water access,” said Kim Bogenschutz, Iowa DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator. “Drain plugs need to remain removed or opened during transport.”
Duck hunting season opens in the north zone on Oct. 12, in the south zone on Oct. 19 and in the Missouri River zone on Oct. 26.
Boats can be carrying aquatic vegetation inside the boat and/or hanging on the trailer. Aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, purple loosestrife, and brittle naiad could be among the vegetation on a boat, decoys, or blind. Zebra mussels could also be attached to aquatic vegetation or equipment or in equipment holding water.
These species could be unintentionally transported if waterfowl hunters do not take the proper precautions to prevent their spread.
Aquatic plants can be used for construction and during transport of a shooting blind as long as there are no aquatic invasive species present in the blind and the aquatic plants used are emergent species (such as cattails) cut above the waterline and contain no seed heads, roots, or rhizomes.
Hunters should follow a simple set of procedures each time when leaving the water to avoid carrying unwanted hitchhikers.
• CLEAN any plants, mud, or debris from boat, decoys, waders, and other equipment before leaving a water body.
• DRAIN water from all equipment (boat, motor, bilge, hunting gear, decoys) before leaving a water body.
• DRY anything that comes into contact with water (boats, trailers, decoys, boots, dogs). Before transporting to another water body either:
Spray your boat and equipment with hot, high-pressure water; or
Dry your boat and equipment for at least five days.
For more information contact Kim Bogenschutz, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator, at 515-432-2823.
West Lyon remains atop the Radio Iowa High School Football Poll in Class A. Boyden Hull Rock Valley is number six in the 2A poll with Central Lyon George Little Rock in the eight spot with Spirit Lake ranked ninth. Spencer slips to number nine in 3A.
1. Dowling Catholic (6-0), LW #2 @ Ottumwa
2. Pleasant Valley (6-0), LW #3 @ Davenport Central (Thur)
3. Ames (6-0), LW #5 vs DSM North
4. Iowa City West (6-0), LW #4 @ Iowa City High
5. Waukee (5-1), LW #7 vs DSM East
6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-1), LW #1 @ Waterloo West
7. WDM Valley (4-2), LW (X) vs DSM Lincoln
8. Sioux City East (5-1), LW #8 @ Urbandale
9. Bettendorf (5-1), LW #9 @ Burlington
10.Davenport Assumption (5-1), LW (X) @ Muscatine
1. Sioux City Heelan (6-0), LW #1 vs #5 Carroll
2. Clear Lake (6-0), LW #3 @ Charles City
3. Pella (6-0), LW #4 vs Norwalk
4. Decorah (6-0), LW #5 vs Crestwood
5. Carroll (5-1), LW #6 @ #1 Heelan
6. Harlan (5-1), LW #7 @ Lewis Central
7. Washington (5-1), LW (X) @ Mount Pleasant
8. Boone (6-0), LW #9 vs South Tama
9. Spencer (5-1), LW #2 @ Denison-Schleswig
10.Dallas Center-Grimes (5-1), LW (X) vs Saydel
1. Waukon (6-0), LW #1 @ 1A-#9 South Winneshiek
2. Carroll Kuemper (6-0), LW #2 vs OA-BCIG
3. West Marshall (6-0), LW #3 vs East Marshall
4. Albia (6-0), LW #4 vs Baxter CMB
5. New Hampton (6-0), LW #5 vs Osage
6. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (5-1), LW #6 vs MOC/Floyd Valley
7. Mediapolis (6-0), LW #7 vs Mid-Prairie
8. Central Lyon/GLR (5-1), LW #8 @ Unity Christian
9. Spirit Lake (5-1), LW #9 @ Clarion-Goldfield
10.Cascade (5-1), LW #10 vs Camanche
1. Iowa City Regina (6-0), LW #1 @ #4 Wilton
2. Dike-New Hartford (6-0), LW #2 @ Hudson
3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (6-0), LW #3 vs Red Oak
4. Wilton (6-0), LW #6 vs #1 Iowa City Regina
5. North Fayette Valley (6-0), LW #10 vs MFL MarMac
6. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (6-0), LW #8 vs Manson-NW Webster
7. Maquoketa Valley (6-0), LW #7 @ Bellevue
8. Van Meter (6-0), LW #9 vs Pella Christian
9. South Winneshiek (5-1), LW #4 vs 2A #1 Waukon
10.Mount Ayr (5-1), LW #5 @ Central Decatur
1. West Lyon (5-0), LW #1 @ Alta- Aurelia (tonight)
2. BGM (Brooklyn) (6-0), LW #2 @ Enlgish Valleys
3. Wapsie Valley (6-0), LW #3 @ Turkey Valley
4. Montezuma (6-0), LW #4 vs #7 Pekin
5. AHST (Avoca) (6-0), LW #5 @ East Mills
6. AGWSR (6-0), LW #6 @ Mason City Newman (tonight)
7. Pekin (5-1), LW #7 @ #4 Montezuma
8. Lawton-Bronson (5-1), LW #8 vs #1 West Lyon
9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (4-2), LW #9 vs Grundy Center
10.Algona Garrigan (4-2), LW (X) @ Mason City Newman
1. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (6-0), LW #1 @ Southwest Valley
2. Don Bosco (7-0), LW #2 vs Riceville
3. Newell-Fonda (6-0), LW #3 vs CWL Corwith
4. Adair-Casey (7-0), LW #4 vs East Greene
5. Springville (7-0), LW #6 Idle
6. West Bend-Mallard (7-0), LW #7 @ CAL Latimer
7. River Valley (7-0), LW #8 vs Marcus MMC
8. Janesville (5-1), LW #10 @ West Central (Maynard)
9. HLV (Victor) (6-1), LW (X) vs Seymour
10.Coon Rapids-Bayard (6-1), LW #9 @ Glidden-Ralston
“I think we’re going to have a good fall color year because of the weather we’re having,” Goerndt says. “You get the best and brightest colors when you’ve got the kind of fall weather we have now where you get sunny days and crisp, cool nights.
Typically, the best fall colors are in Northeast Iowa, but there are some good areas in Central Iowa too, says Goerndt.
Leaves will change across north Iowa between the last week of September to the second week of October. Central Iowa will see leaves changing from the first to third weeks of October. Southern Iowa will see leaves change from the second week to the end of October.
What changes where is subject to weather. How vivid and how long leaves remain is also determined by weather.
As days get shorter, trees release a chemical called phytochrome. This chemical slows down chlorophyll production and allows the tree go dormant. The loss of chlorophyll (which is green) allows the colors of the leaf to show.
Leaf pigment is also influenced by the amount and acidity of sap in the trees. More acidic sap gives trees more reds and brighter colors. Less acidic saps gives trees duller and more yellow colors.
Leaf watching season can be cut short by drought and/or strong wind events.
“Drought can also cause the colors to be less brilliant,” says Goerndt. “When trees are stressed, the leaves tend to turn brown and fall off. In areas where there’s severe drought, we’re seeing early leaf drop.”
The DNR has a fall colors hotline which can be found, along with other information, at: www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/ForestryLinksPublications/FallColor.aspx
High School Volleyball:
Harris-Lake Park 21-21, Emmetsburg 16-16
Harris-Lake Park 21-21, Storm Lake 3-14
Harris-Lake Park 25-25, Humboldt 19-20
Harris-Lake Park 25-25, Laurens-Marathon 15-15
Humboldt 21-21, Harris-Lake Park 17-11
Indianola 21-21, Spencer 5-13
LeMars 19-21-15, Missouri Valley 21-18-10
LeMars 21-21, Exira-EHK -1–1
Sioux City, North 25-25, Spencer 15-19
Valley, West Des Moines 21-21, Spencer 12-7
Western Christian 21-21, Cedar Falls 16-14
Western Christian 25-25, Cncl Blfs, Abe Linc 16-19
Western Christian 25-25-15, Johnston 18-27-5
Western Christian 26-25, Urbandale 24-11
Michigan State 26
NW has the weekend off