Outdoors notes: Use caution when going out on ice; Regulations up for discussion

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission encourages fishermen to be cautious before venturing onto the ice.

Late-season ice fishing means conditions vary. During this time of year, run-off could open areas in lakes, springs could deteriorate ice and melting could occur along the edge of lakes, especially along the north shoreline.

The minimum ice thickness for supporting a person ice fishing is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice and 8 inches of clear, solid ice if operating an ATV or UTV on the ice.

Regulations up for discussion

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings on the Iowa Communications Network on Feb. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. to listen to the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for the fall.

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government.

“Any rule changes must be discussed with Iowa’s citizens who might be impacted by the changes before the rule changes are proposed,” said Dale Garner, chief of the wildlife bureau. “The process helps ensure that rule changes serve the public’s wishes and do not impact Iowa’s economy.”

At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see this fall.

These discussions will be used along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers to develop recommendations for any rule changes. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

Meetings will be held in Ankeny, Boone, Calmar, Centerville, Clinton, Correctionville, Council Bluffs, Creston, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Mason City, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sac City, Sheldon, Spencer, Tripoli and West Burlington.

ICN meeting locations are available at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting

Calendar

SUNDAY

» Cowboy Poetry and Music Jam, Bowring Ranch SHP, Merriman

» Nature Journaling Walk, Lake McConaughy SRA, Ogallala

» Shootout at Salt Creek, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

» Dark goose hunting season closes in East, Platte River, Panhandle and Niobrara units

» Statewide light goose hunting season closes

MONDAY

» Light Goose Conservation Order hunting begins

TUESDAY

» Valentine’s Dining, Platte River SP, Louisville

SUNDAY, FEB. 19

» Try Muzzleloader, Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

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