Fall sports to area high schools generally mean cross country, volleyball and football, but N’West Iowans inside and outside the high school sports scene also know with the start of the fall also comes hunting season.
The two most popular forms of hunting in the region involve deer and pheasants.
The 2019 youth and disabled hunter deer seasons are getting close to wrapping up. Each of those runs Sept. 21-Oct. 6. The archery season for deer opened on Tuesday. It runs Oct. 1-Dec. 6, then reopens Dec. 23-Jan. 10 for late season. The first season for deer hunting with a shotgun is Dec. 7-11 and the second season is Dec. 14-22. Muzzleloaders also have an early and late season, with the first season Oct. 12-20 and the second Dec. 23-10. There also is a January antlerless season Jan. 11-26.
As far as pheasant seasons go, rooster pheasant season for youth is Oct. 19-20. For everyone else, roosters can be harvested Oct. 26-Jan. 10. Bobwhite quail season is Oct. 26-Jan. 31. Gray partridge is Oct. 12-Jan. 31. Ruffed Grouse is Oct. 5-Jan. 31.
For more on Iowa’s hunting and trapping seasons, along with rundowns on hunting laws and licenses, visit iowadnr.gov/hunting.
On a related note, registration is open for a couple of upcoming area youth hunting events.
O’Brien County Conservation is hosting a Youth Pheasant Hunt at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Crosbie Wildlife and Nature Youth Center at 4270 Roosevelt Ave. south of Primghar. The hunt is open to ages 12-15 who have passed the hunter safety course. Activities include a warmup trapshoot and lunch. Mentors will provide youth with a one-on-one pheasant hunt experience. The event is limited to 20 participants. Register by calling the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200.
The Sioux County Conservation Board and Sioux Prairie Pheasants Forever Chapter are hosting their annual Youth-Mentor Pheasant Hunt 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Rock Valley Gun Club. Participants ages 12-15, who have passed the hunter safety program, may sign up. The free event is open to Iowa residents and will begin a review of hunting safety and trapshooting. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Each youth is paired with a mentor and placed in groups with hunting dogs. Preregister at https://bit.ly/2LLFdiF.
Elgersma to step down
Bill Elgersma has decided he will resign his position as the Dordt University women’s soccer coach effective at the end of the 2019 season.
“I can’t say enough about the work Bill has carried out and the servant’s heart he has for his student-athletes and Dordt University,” said Dordt athletic director Ross Douma. “You cannot think of Dordt soccer without recognizing the key role Bill has played in shaping the program. We wish him nothing but the best as he steps away from coaching,”
Elgersma is in his 12th year of coaching the women’s program at Dordt. He also coached the men’s team for nine seasons.
He has posted a combined coaching record of 215-153-21. He was the Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005. Elgersma also has served as an assistant coach in men’s soccer and the head coach in hockey at different points during his coaching career at Dordt.
This year’s Defender team took a 6-3-1 overall mark and a 3-0-1 GPAC record into the weekend.
NCC shooters fall
The Northwest Iowa Community College sports shooting team had its first home match of the season last Saturday, welcoming Iowa Central Community College to the Rock Valley Gun Club.
The Thunder fell to 0-3 on the fall season with a 487-439 loss.
“Even though we took the loss today, we had some student-athletes with their personal best scores,” said NCC coach Brian Lauck.
Kaleb Davied led the Thunder with a score of 90. Eric Long of Iowa Central won the event with a 99.