Western Iowa hunters woke up to a rude surprise for Saturday's shotgun season opener. Heavy fog made hunting nearly impossible through early afternoon.
Carl Priebe was only able to hunt a short time Saturday on his 240-acre farm in Fremont County, Iowa.
He held one of the more than 170,000 deer hunting permits sold in Iowa for the state's two shotgun hunting seasons.
“I hunted for an hour and a half and then had to go to work,” Priebe said.
Despite his love for deer hunting, Priebe has been too busy to get much time to hunt for the past 39 years. But that's about to change.
After a long career as a wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR, Priebe is planning to retire next summer. Soon he'll have all the time he wants to hunt and spend time with his family.
“I'll get to hunt the way I want to hunt,” he said.
Priebe has seen a lot in his nearly four decades with the DNR. Some of the highlights include seeing the reintroduction of river otters and the comeback of the American bald eagle.
“It used to be rare that you even saw an eagle in Iowa. Now they are nesting in almost every county,” he said.
Saturday, like most hunters in western Iowa, Priebe struck out on opening day. He also was having a hard time locating hunters for his survey during his working hours. But he won't let it get him down.
“The good thing about not shooting something is that you get to go hunting again,” Priebe said.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be holding a series of public informational meetings to discuss deer issues during the month of December.
Meetings are scheduled across the state, with at least one meeting in each district.
Biologists from Game and Parks will discuss a number of topics, including deer management, deer damage and depredation permits, antlerless harvests, trophy management and diseases. Antelope and elk issues may also be discussed.
The meeting schedule is:
» Monday, Dec. 3, in McCook at Red Willow County Fairgrounds, 4-H building, 1400 W. 5th St., 7 p.m.
» Thursday, Dec. 6, in Norfolk at Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Ctr, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., 7 p.m.
» Monday, Dec. 10, in Kearney at Yanney Heritage Park, Environmental Resource Center Bldg., 2020 W. 11th, 7 p.m.
» Tuesday, Dec. 11, in O'Neill at Cubby's, 204 E. U.S. Hwy. 20, 7 p.m.
» Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Gretna at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, 7 p.m.
» Thursday, Dec. 13, in York at Kilgore Memorial Library, 520 Nebraska Ave., 6 p.m.
» Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Chadron at Chadron State College, Student Center, Scottsbluff Room, 1000 Main St., 7 p.m.
» Thursday, Dec. 20, in Bridgeport at Prairie Winds Community Center, 428 N. Main St., 7 p.m.
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