• YMCA baseball camps start this weekend at Sports Complex

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Family YMCA and the City of Red Oak Park & Tree Board are sponsoring two baseball camps in April. Both camps will be under the direction of Red Oak High School Head Varsity Baseball Coach Darrell Berry.

    A Pitching Camp will be held Saturday, April 6 and April 13, from 10 a.m. – noon.

  • Strong finish for YMCA youth swimming season

    RED OAK — The YMCA youth indoor swim season ended with four area athletes qualifying for the state swim meet.

    Allison England, Madison Wendt, Sydney Sallach and John Sallach all qualified for the state meet.

    The state meet took place March 2-3 in Marshalltown.

    England qualified in two races as she finished 19th in the 200-yard freestyle and 30th in the 100-yard freestyle.

    Wendt finished 19th in the 50-yard butterfly and 25th in the 50-yard backstroke.

  • Outside Iowa: Working with two sets of eyes

    If you have followed this weekly column for any period of time, you know I have a passion for involving the next generation in our outdoor heritage. You also know that I take preliminary preparation very seriously and believe quality gear makes for a better experience—last week we discussed one of these products.

  • Registration underway for youth spring soccer

    RED OAK — Registration for the spring preschool/kindergarten coed soccer program has begun.

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA has started accepting applications for the coed soccer program.

    The program will meet for five consecutive Wednesdays starting April 17 from 5-5:45 p.m.

    Registration forms can be picked up by stopping at the YMCA, located at 101 E. Cherry St. in Red Oak or by visiting the YMCA website at www.mcymca.com.

    The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 10.

  • “Live Healthy Iowa” walk planned for April 6

    RED OAK — The sixth annual “Live Healthy Iowa” Fun Walk will be held Saturday, April 6 at the Montgomery County Family YMCA.

    Participants will have the option to either go outside to walk/run a predetermined two mile course in the neighborhood surrounding the YMCA or they can complete the two miles on the YMCA’s indoor track. Registration forms will be available at the YMCA’s customer service desk that day only. The walk is open to anyone who wishes to participate and there is no charge.

  • Outside Iowa: No gimmicks involved with Ozonics

    I’m obsessive, no question about it—just ask my Dearly Beloved. Not only that, but I also love growing with a rapidly advancing technological age, especially when it relates to hunting and fishing. Having said that, I’ll be the first to say there are a lot of gimmicks out there that sweep the face of the industry that have no business ever seeing the light of day.

  • Outside Iowa: Boating in the soft water

    It wasn’t very long ago when I was hoping for nasty cold winter weather to keep the deer on their feet.

    Now, all I want is open water. With every passing season, I seem to get the “up-next bug” sooner than the year before.

    While I’m still in the midst of searching for sheds, I simply can’t wait for that first turkey gobble of the year, or the first trip to the lake with boat in tow.

  • Outside Iowa: The traveling turk hunter

    For the past decade I have made it a point to kill at least one turkey in another state during the spring season. While I haven’t filled every tag I had, I have managed to take at least one turkey per year during hunts across Iowa’s borders. I feel this time “abroad” makes me a better hunter, but the additional spring fun is immense!

  • Outside Iowa: Iowa bass regs on the mend

    If you have spent any sizable amount of time on Iowa’s bass waters of the past couple of years, I think you’ll quickly agree the fishery is not that great. There is a myriad of reasons behind statement, but one of the primary factors is due to no bass management program whatsoever.

  • Outside Iowa: An antidote for some cabin fever

    I love Iowa’s four seasons, especially winter. But even this guy gets tired of the cold, snow and ice from time to time. I’m ready for what’s next on the “pursuit plate.” This most recent weather warm-up has really pushed me over the edge looking forward to spring turkey hunting and fishing some soft water. But, as an Iowan—and I’m sure you’d all agree—it’s too early to be thinking spring just yet.