Members of the armed forces during wartime may soon hunt and fish in Iowa without first securing a license to do so. During 1942 numerous soldiers home on short furloughs petitioned the State Conservation Commission to allow them to hunt or fish a few days without; buying a license Members of Commission were in complete sympathy with the soldiers on leave, but there was no provision in the statutes whereby such permission would be granted. Recently the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill allowing members of the armed forces in wartime the hunting and fishing privileges free, rhe law will become effective upon publication.--
A. W. Vanderwilt was recently refereeing a red-hot basketball game between Hinton and Bronson and was being "ridden" by the fans. He called a ball out of bounds and | misspoke, saying it was "blue" out, instead of "purple", the color of the jerseys used. He then overheard a rabid fan remark, "Ye gods, doesn't even know colors."
i* * * * That's nothing, though, one time after Dale Norton of Spencer finished a rough and tough (refereeing job, a home town "patriot" walked out on the floor and presented him with a white
cane.-* o * Carp and buffalo fish are destined Wed to play a more important part | in the national food picture during! 1943 than ever before. Efforts are being made to popularize the use of these fish in the Middle West, where the majority of them are produced. At the present time there is a heavy demand on the Eastern markets, and most of them are shipped east. The old joke about roasting carp on i a plank, throwing the carp away, I and eating the plank is not true 1 and is no longer a joke. For many I years fish and game authorities in | Iowa have had a rough fish removal of the program designed to remove carp, buffalo, sheepshead, quillback, and some other fish from the lakes and streams in order to eliminate i' their competition with the.desirable species which will take the hook and provide sport. The program is to continue, and for the same reason. However, with impending food shortages, the value from an economic standpoint of the rough fish removed is greatly magnified.
Two million pounds of rough fish were removed by state crews from the inland waters of the state last year, and it is probable that this figure will be greatly exceeded during 1943. The Conservation Commission is fortunate that it has sufficient equipment on hand with which this program can be enlarged. New seines have high priority ratings. The knitting equipment necessary to make seines is, for the | most part, busy with government con- 1 tracts tying nets to be used for camouflage in the battle zones; and some | states with whom rough fish removal is a new activity and which do not already have equipment are fac- \ ed with a decided handicap. Iowa's j seines, although not new, have been | well taken care of by proper drying, repairing, tarring, and rehanging and, even with the anticipated greater use, will last for some time to
Conservation officers throughout the state report a heavy increase in the number of rabbit hunters this i winter. Two important factors are believed to be repsonsible for the revived popularity of cottontails as game. The most important is the great decline in the number of rabbits reported suffering from tularemia, or rabbit fever, which reached a peak in 1939 and has declined almost to the vanishing point. The second factor is the high cost and impending shortage of meat, which is making wild game a welcome addition to the domestic food supply. The rabbit season, the longest of all open seasons on game in Iowa, is from August 1 to March 1, with a daily bag limit of 10 and with no possession limit.
Many Iowans are snickering upl their sleeves at the startled announcement of some well-known Washington gentlemen that fried muskrat tastes like chicken, only better. They say, "We knew it all along and have been taking advantage of the fact for years." j Iowans who are impatient to sample for the first time "marsh rabbit" and see for themselves must wait until I the next open trapping season. However, at that time there will prob-I ably be enough for a taste around, for Iowa trappers take some 250,-000 of these fur-bearers each open , season.--^
Patient: Doc, I'se jest been bit by a dawg.
Doctor: Well, well. Was it a rabid dog?
Patient: No, sun, Doc, he was jestJ a plain old bird dog.-
The Sun Sports Chatter Sun Sheldon, Iowa newspaper Sioux City publishing the scores O'Brien County Bell at Primghar O'Brien County basketball tournament box-scores Sheldon's medal Jimmy Noe two million pounds of rough fish 1943 battle zones seines proper drying, repairing, tarring - /
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