A look at the fishing report from across Iowa for Sept. 14, 2023.
September 14, 2023
Dealers face challenges on day one as New York State Police background check system debuts on firearm, ammunition sales
Although it was initially uncertain if it would happen as scheduled, on Sept. 13 the New York State Police began processing background checks for firearm, shotgun, rifle, and ammunition transactions in New York.
The new system, which replaces federal NICS checks, is part of the 2022 Concealed Carry Improvement Act legislation, which mandates the State Police to perform background checks on ammunition purchases. On it’s first day, at least, dealers and consumers alike found the new system to be challenging.
A wandering bull moose was captured in downtown Santa Fe and relocated to a suitable habitat in northern New Mexico, authorities said.
State Game and Fish officials and Animal Service Officers for the city said the moose was spotted about 8 a.m. Tuesday near Fort Marcy Park.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax the fishing regulations at Cherry Lake on the south side of Tama starting Sept. 15 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish.
Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Cherry Lake. Any number of fishing poles is allowed. Anglers must remain in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules.
In his final fishing tip of the open-water season, Hall of Fame angler “Tackle” Terry Tuma says that while the different phases can affect fishing patterns, also consider weather conditions, cold fronts, sunlight, water clarity and the time of year you are fishing.
Minnesota’s grouse-hunting season begins Saturday, and all signs suggest a mostly successful brooding season for ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse. Sharp-tailed grouse may be hunted only in the Northwest Zone again this year.
Mike Chalich, president of Minnesota Sharp-tailed Grouse Society, and James Govednik, president of the Rum River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, say that favorable conditions aided both nesting and brood-rearing of grouse this year.
“What is also a very good sign is the recruitment period – that weather was very good,” Govednik said. “The brood sizes are good and there are a lot of broods, so all the signs are pointing to a good fall.”
Iowans are invited to lend a hand at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ annual statewide Volunteer Day on Saturday, Sept. 23. Several parks and forests across the state will host volunteer events to help spruce up trails, buildings and other park amenities.
Tucked in to the southern end of the Loess Hills, within eyeshot of I-29 and nearly adjacent to Forney Lake, is the Green Hollow and Blackburn wildlife areas and state park complex in northwest Fremont County, Iowa.
While not far off the interstate, actually finding the complex has a little “am I going the right way?” feel to it. The relatively new 807-acre complex took shape after William and Sara Blackburn donated 151 acres in the Loess Hills to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in 2019.
I’ve become numb to email, phone and text surveys or post-purchase questionnaires. From a service call or store receipt, and everything in between, companies and businesses are constantly asking patrons about their activity and assessing their expectations.
Thankfully, the majority of these are voluntary and I just hang up, disregard, or click through. I figure if it was that important, I’d have to answer.
So, when it comes to hunting and fishing surveys when they are law or mandatory, hunters should understand how important the information requested is.