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Outdoors: With shotgun seasons over, deer hunting shifts to late season mode

With the two shotgun seasons now in the books, Iowa’s deer hunting shifts to a more solitary endeavor with the opening of the late muzzleloader season and the reopening of the archery season.

Jace Elliott, state deer biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said roughly 15,000-20,000 hunters will participate in the late muzzleloader season and likely harvest about 10,000 deer.

Outdoors: Look forward for fish

Whenever people who like to fish gather, there are usually fishing related conversations. “How 'dja catch 'em?” “Where 'dja catch 'em?” That sort of thing. A popular topic lately relates to electronics. Mostly FFS is fisher-talk for “forward facing sonar.” FFS enables an angler to see what’s in front of the boat as well as what’s around the boat.

Outdoors: A look at Fall DNR Night

Each November the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club hosts its annual fall Department of Natural Resources night at Oak Hill Outdoor on the north side of Milford. With over 350 members, the goal is to get as many members as possible there to learn more about the efforts of the law enforcement and fisheries biologists across northwest Iowa.

No. 2 Sports Story of 2023: Lakers reach top of the mountain

TUSCON, Ariz. — Champions.

That’s the word the Iowa Lakes men’s soccer team can call themselves after claiming the NJCAA Division II Soccer title on Nov. 18 in dramatic fashion, winning a 5-3 shootout following a scoreless double-overtime affair with Phoenix College in front of a locally partisan crowd.

Nachtigal notches 100th career win

CARROLL — “We knew going into Monday’s tournament at Kuemper we were going to see some teams that we hadn’t seen before, and some quality teams that we had already faced this year,” Spencer girls wrestling coach Dave Storm said. “It’s exciting as a coach and wrestler to measure yourself against different competition and see where your team is at.”

Super Regional Girls Wrestling Assignments announced

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced Super Regional Girls Wrestling Assignments which will be conducted on Jan. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. There are four sites around the state which will host. Spencer and Sioux Central’s girls will compete in Region 2 which will be be run at Tyson Arena in Sioux City.

No. 2 'Stangs keep Spencer girls winless

SPENCER — No. 2 Newell-Fonda kept Spencer’s girls basketball winless through the pre-holiday season scheduled, dominating the first half and rolling to a 76-36 win in the Field House to close out 2023 action Friday night.

“I thought we had some good moments throughout the game,” Tiger coach Matt Stevenson said. “Consistency is the name of the game, if you can play with consistency throughout an entire game, you will stay away from extended runs by the other team.

Tiger rally falls short

Trailing 30-22 at the half, Spencer’s second half comeback attempt would fall four points short as Newell-Fonda would escape the Spencer field house with a 51-47 win Friday night. (Above) Tiger senior Eli Hokkfin attempts to take the ball along the baseline amidst a swarm of Mustang defenders. Game scoring and details were unavailable at press time. (Photo by Sondra Hookfin)

Rebel girls sweep E-Hawk quads

EMMETSBURG — The Lady E-Hawks hosted a girls wrestling quadrangular last Tuesday featuring Sioux Central, Pocahontas Area and East Sac County. The Rebel girls finished the event 3-0, scoring 50-plus points in each dual, powered by seven perfect efforts on the night with three more ladies going 2-1. Sioux Central routed Pocahontas 54-6, East Sac 52-18 and the host Emmetsburg, 54-24.

“First of all, happy to come away with three conference wins,” Rebel girls coach Joel McCoy said.

No. 3 Sports Story of 2023: Top of her class

Jerra Merchant has had her eye on the prize of becoming the top hurdler in 3A all season. She didn’t waste the opportunity to compete at the state track meet in Des Moines, winning the 100-meter hurdle final with a state record time of 14.39.

Outdoors: Winter community trout stockings start Jan. 13

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release rainbow trout in 10 locations across Iowa this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months. Locally, Scharnberg Pond located southeast of Everly will be stocked at about noon on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Winter trout stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A family-friendly event is paired with each stocking to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

Outdoors: Never give up

As a former teacher and coach, I’ve always liked motivational speakers and quotes that challenge us to do better and to “reach for the stars.” There are a lot of great ones out there, but there is one that still gives me goose bumps. This one belongs to the inspirational message by the late Jim Valvano.

Outdoors: That’s a lotta’ water out there, Daddy

I was introduced to fishing by my Dad at a very young age. We fished from shore at small ponds and streams. We caught mostly bluegills and the occasional largemouth bass. We could see the fish in the water and often got them to bite. See a fish, put a worm in front of it, and we usually caught it. That’s how we fished back in those days.

Outdoors: Looking for something to do?

So, what can a person do when waiting for a special hunting season or in the case right now, when the ice isn’t safe to ice fish and there is no snow to snowmobile or cross-country ski?

I’ve got an idea for you. Not long ago, I was looking for something to do, so I went down to the Park and visited the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum.

Sutherland, Huckfelt continue to shine

FORT DODGE — Five Spencer Tigers reached the finals at the loaded Fort Dodge Invite Friday night with Shaylee Sutherland and Olivia Huckfelt continuing to dominate, bringing home a pair of titles and helping theTiger girls to a second place finish.

Tigers still seeking first win

FORT DODGE — Spencer girls basketball team began a final brutal week of 2023 with a pair of losses, on the road at Fort Dodge Monday, 44-34, and back home Tuesday against No. 5 Mason City, 61-36. The Tigers fell to 0-8 heading into the final game of year Friday in the field house against No. 2 Newell-Fonda.

A bad second quarter against the Dodgers proved the difference in the contest as Spencer found itself on the short end of a 14-5 count.

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