April 1, 2014 - 12:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRThe electrifying gobble of wild turkeys will grip hunters, beginning with youth season hunters, who head to the woods as early as Saturday in pursuit of Iowa’s big game bird.

“It should be a great year. We had an excellent turkey reproduction during the 2012 drought year. There should be quite a few two year old gobblers out there, this spring,” forecasts Todd Gosselink, wild turkey research biologist with the Iowa DNR.

Iowa’s youth season runs April 5-13; allowing an under 16 hunter and a licensed, adult mentor, first crack at a spring tom.  The first of four regular seasons dawns April 14-17 across the state. Ensuing seasons are April 18-22, April 23-29, and April 30-May 18. Paid combination gun/bow tags are valid statewide in the season selected. Archery-only tags are valid statewide, throughout the four regular seasons.

A late bonus for youth hunters was approved by the Iowa Legislature several weeks ago, allowing that hunter to hold on to an unfilled youth season tag, to utilize it in one of the later seasons. The hunt on that youth tag is still to be treated as a mentored hunt; just as through the earlier youth season.

“Last year we went with the longer ‘two weekend’ youth hunt and set a record for the number of hunters,” notes Gosselink. “This year, we should see another good jump in young hunters who want to pursue turkeys.”

As Iowa slips slowly away from the long winter, hunters should look for active birds. Toms will gobble year round, but that intensity turns up as the calendar gets closer to breeding season.

“You will see a lot more strutting turkeys; more gobbling. They will be ready for spring,” emphasizes Gosselink.

For many of the 40,000 or so spring hunters, that will mean being in the woods well before dawn, to gauge turkey roosting spots and flydown locations to get their decoys out and to start the day.

“I suggest a variety of calls; the box call is easy; but slate calls and mouth calls provide a variety out there,” suggests Gosselink. “Use a mouth call and one of the others and you can create the sound of a couple hens calling over each other.”

Heading into the later seasons, strategy can change; maybe hunting through midday or into the evening, especially as hens become less responsive and move off to nest.

Still, there’s no guarantee that any of that will lure in love struck gobblers. Most turkey experts urge hunters to try a variety of calls, and at various times of the day.

Keep in mind safety through the turkey hunt, where hunters are in full camouflage.

Setting up with your back against a wide tree provides good concealment, but also a safe seat in the woods. Avoid any red, blue or white clothing showing; the shades found on a tom’s head and neck in the spring. And never shoot at a movement in the brush. Identify your target as a bearded turkey, and know what lies beyond the path of your planned shot.

And after taking your turkey, have a blaze orange vest or other item to display, on your way out of the woods.

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March 31, 2014 - 1:26 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

fire truck genericThe Ocheyedan Fire Department is having their annual pancake brunch on Sunday, April 6 at the town hall from 10 am-1 pm. Due to popular demand they have added French toast to the menu along with scrambled eggs and sausage. A freewill donation will be taken. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation to the department, drop it off at the fire department.

Register for your chance to win two flashlight packages, two combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, two 2 1/2# ABC Fire Extinguishers, and one 5# ABC Fire Extinguisher.

Please ask for prices for new and recharging fire extinguishers. Feel free to bring them along with you if you need to have one serviced. as there are many different kinds on the market, they cannot guarantee they can take care of them all, but will make every effort to do so.

 

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March 31, 2014 - 9:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

crossThe Sibley Christian Reformed Church invites you to the concert of the Browns Family from Le Mars, IA which will be given on Sunday afternoon April 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Christian Reformed Church. Invite your friends to join you and come to hear the message they will be giving.

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March 27, 2014 - 2:19 pm - Posted in Sports

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 Hatchery at (712) 336-1840.

 

NORTHWEST

 

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are detraining, foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.    Bluegill – Fair:   Crappie – Fair:

 

East Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions are detraining, foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.

 

West Okoboji Lake

Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recommended and walleye season is closed.  Northern Pike – Fair: Try putting a tip-up out while bluegill fishing for a bonus pike.  Bluegill – Fair: Most activity has taken place in Millers and Emerson bays.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Continue to look in 30 plus feet of water.

 

Five Island Lake

Ice conditions are detraining foot travel is recommended.  Try fishing the edges of the dredge cuts for crappie, perch, walleye, and catfish.

 

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March 27, 2014 - 1:32 pm - Posted in Church News

Mass/Events Schedule

Sat Mar 29 Special Collection Catholic Relief Services

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun Mar 30 Special Collection Catholic Relief Services

9am Saint Mary.

Omelet Breakfast after Mass-Ashton Rectory

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

Mon Mar 31

8am Saint Andrew

7pm Liturgy Meeting @ Saint Andrews

Tue Apr 1

8am Saint Mary

Wed Apr 2

8am Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting @ Saint Marys

Thu Apr 3

8am Saint Mary

Fri Apr 4

8am Saint Andrew

Sat Apr 5

4:20 Rosary for the Unborn

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun April 6

9am Saint Mary

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

 

 

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March 27, 2014 - 9:14 am - Posted in Obituaries

Gerrit Van Der Plaats, age 82, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Sanford Hospital in Sheldon.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. Rev. Bruce Wilderdink officiating. Burial to follow at the East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon. Visitation will be Friday, March 28, from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in Sheldon.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Gerrit Van Der Plaats.

Gerrit Van Der Plaats was born on August 5, 1931 in Sibley, Iowa. He was the son of Arjen and Sadie (Damstra) Van Der Plaats. He lived his youth in Sheldon, Iowa and attended Sheldon Christian Grade School. In his early teens Gerrit was employed by Millard McNut with farming until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1955 and was honorably discharged on February 24, 1955 after serving during the Korean Conflict.

He was united in marriage to Hattie Rens of Sioux Center, Iowa on August 8, 1956 in Sioux Center. After their marriage, they lived on farms in Primghar, Hospers and Ocheyedan, Iowa, before moving to Sheldon, Iowa, in 1992. After farming until 1970, Gerrit was self-employed in general construction until he retired in 1992. Upon retirement, he drove truck for White Wolf Web in Sheldon and American Beauty in Boyden. He completely retired in 2005, due to his health. Hattie passed away on March 10, 2007.
Gerrit was a former member of the Melvin Reformed Church, where he served as an elder. He was presently a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheldon.

The most important part of Gerrit’s life was his family. He enjoyed telling stories, playing card games and family reunions. Gardening, especially growing tomatoes, was something he was proud of also.

He passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

Those left to cherish his memories are his children: Gerrit W. and Connie Van Der Plaats of Kentwood, MI, Ellen R. Korver of Sioux Center, IA, Arlen R. and Rebecca Van Der Plaats of Sheldon, IA, Harold G. and Laurie Van Der Plaats of Tarkio, MO, Lora B. and Jerry Kroon of Bellingham, WA, Lisa B. and Richard Schwanke of Rock Valley, IA; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; one sister: Myrna and Courtney Elbers of Alvord, IA; one sister-in-law: Katherine Vander Plaats of Sheldon, IA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie; his parents; and 3 brothers: Harold, John and Wilton.

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March 26, 2014 - 4:31 pm - Posted in Church News

Sat Mar 29 Special Collection Catholic Relief Services

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun Mar 30 Special Collection Catholic Relief Services

9am Saint Mary.

Omelet Breakfast after Mass-Ashton Rectory

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

Mon Mar 31

8am Saint Andrew

7pm Liturgy Meeting @ Saint Andrews

Tue Apr 1

8am Saint Mary

Wed Apr 2

8am Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting @ Saint Marys

Thu Apr 3

8am Saint Mary

Fri Apr 4

8am Saint Andrew

Sat Apr 5

4:20 Rosary for the Unborn

5pm Saint Andrew

7pm AA Meeting Saint Andrew

Sun April 6

9am Saint Mary

11am Spanish Saint Andrew

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March 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

The Osceola County Trails Committee is trying to get the word out about their trails.

You can link up with them and find out more on their Facebook page. Just go to Facebook and search for “Osceola Recreation Trail” If you have any questions, you can contact them on Facebook.

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Iowa DNRHunters with a youth turkey season license who are not successful at harvesting a turkey in the April 5-13 youth turkey season can now get a do-over. They may use that unfilled youth license in any of the spring turkey hunting seasons. Youth hunters may also obtain an additional license for the fourth season, if they choose.

Last year, 4,100 hunters participated in the youth turkey season and reported harvesting 1,050 turkeys.

This new regulation became effective when Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill into law March 14.

The youth season information in the hunting regulations was updated online at www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/HuntingLicensesLaws.aspx to reflect the change in the law. This change occurred after the printed regulations booklets were issued last August.

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March 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRJudging by the inquiries at late winter outdoor shows, anglers and boaters are getting ready for spring. One of the most-asked questions at the DNR booth was about a new regulation requiring drain plugs to be pulled as a boat leaves a ramp.

That regulation went into effect last July, so it did not make the 2013 regulations booklet. In the 2014 version, the regulation change is summarized on page 3, but is explained more fully on page 24; “Drain plugs and other water draining devices must be removed and/or remain open during transport. If you want to keep live bait when leaving a water access, you must replace water in bait containers with tap or bottle water.”

Anglers leaving with fish are recommended to put them on ice, whether in a cooler, a bucket or a live well (plug must still be removed and/or opened)

The new regulation is to avoid spreading invasive species from one body of water to another; through residual water inside your boat or vegetation which remains attached to your boat, motor or trailer. Enforcement was ‘soft’ last summer. It will step up this year.

Invasive species could range from vegetation such as Eurasian watermilfoil or brittle naiad to water dwelling animals such as zebra mussels—or even minnows purchased elsewhere. Once introduced into another water body, the unwanted species can spread throughout, often with few or no natural predators or vegetation to control the spread. That crowds out native species; disrupting the ecology of the lake or stream…as well as fishing and other recreation.

Is it worth the extra few seconds to pull a drain plug or clean that aquatic plant trailing from your boat motor? It can cost a couple million of your license dollars…and three or four years of your fishing recreation to draw down a lake, kill out the invasive species, renovate it, restock it and wait for fish to grow back to catchable size.

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