• Outside Iowa: The December tradition of the Blaze

    There is no greater outdoor tradition in Iowa than the shotgun seasons, which are about to get underway this coming weekend. It brings families together for good eats, healthy fellowship, and big bucks! For most of Iowa’s deer hunters this is what they live for.

    Before we get into those details, let’s first discuss the final week of Iowa’s early bowseason, which closes at the end of legal shooting light Nov. 30.

  • Outside Iowa: Bringing on bass fishing for high school

    I know its fall and we love to discuss hunting of all types this time of year, but once in a while an interesting opportunity comes along that begs your involvement, and this is no exception.

    As Iowans—in short order—we will have a very exciting opportunity to implement IHSAA sanctioned competitive bass angling into high school sports.

  • Outside Iowa: Preserving the memories

    As dedicated whitetail fanatics, if we were to account for all the time and money we have put into our passion, we might end up divorced—or permanently sleeping on the couch. But, interestingly, when the buck of a lifetime finally takes a dirt nap, too seldom does it get the taxidermy attention it deserves.

  • Outside Iowa: Important Week For Iowa Pheasants

    Regardless of what side of the aisle you vote for this week, the 2012 presidential race will end with the most historical election in American history.

    I will unapologetically acknowledge I feel the Romney/Ryan ticket is the best choice for outdoor sporting men and women, but there are a great many other issues that need to be considered that will greatly impact our nation’s future throughout the next four years.

    Having said that, I will commend any of you for voting in the first place—then also for voting to support your personal beliefs.

  • Outside Iowa: Pursuing cold front fowls

    My second favorite fall pursuit is chasing big ducks and honkers across the sloughs and fields.

    I’m no expert, but I hunt with some of the finest waterfowl gurus in the state and to say it’s an education every time we get together is an understatement.

    I just love the feeling that comes with deceiving nature with calls and decoys—it never gets old!
    Last week we had a strong cold front push through. Daytime highs dropped nearly 30 degrees in less than 24 hours.

  • Outside Iowa: The change with white tails

    Just like this past spring and summer, this fall has been rather unpredictable.

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, every year we have nice cool October days followed by a heat wave that forces us to turn the AC on one more time.

    But, one thing is for sure—this fall is shaping up to be interesting for the whitetail fanatic.

  • Outside Iowa: Boat winterization: don’t forget about it

    I just fished my final bass tournament of the year during the first week of October and that was my official last “hoorah” for the 2012 fishing season as whitetails, ducks and geese will consume what free I can find from here on out. We won’t go into details about the tourney, let’s just say, I didn’t do well at all!

  • Outside Iowa: Iowa Pheasants: Up or down

    I don’t think anyone will question Iowa’s pheasants have been in decline and seem to get harder to find each fall.
    For the past several years the state’s upland biologist, special interest groups like Pheasants and Quail Forever, and enthusiasts have been collectively working to figure out why.

    There really is a plethora of reasons, but the primary culprit behind the decline is the lack of habitat.

  • Outside Iowa: The do’s and don’ts of bow opening

    It’s finally here.

    I know we all have that specific season we count down for all year long, but as far as I’m concerned—and I know I’m not alone—the next six to seven weeks are what we live for. Pheasants, ducks and geese, turkeys and whitetails, we can all take a big sigh of relief: Iowa’s 2012 hunting seasons are now in full swing.

  • YMCA offers youth yoga, zumba classes

    RED OAK — The Montgomery County Family YMCA will begin a couple of youth programs in the next week.

    The YMCA will have a High School Yoga class, as well as Zumbatomic, which is Zumba for kids.

    The yoga class will meet from 2-3 p.m. on every Red Oak School District Early-out. The sessions run from Oct. 3 until Dec. 10.

    Students can register for the entire session or pay a drop-in fee.

    Zumbatomic is open to youth currently in grades 2-6. The class meets every Friday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. Sessions will begin Oct. 12 and run until Nov. 16.