January 2024 Newsletter

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Happy New Year

  I hope 2023 was a great year for all of you.  Hunting season is about to wrap up. I hope you all found success. Pheasant numbers seemed to be great. I hunted some of our public land last weekend and the number of birds we saw was fantastic. My deer season was definitely more downs than ups, but I guess that’s why they call it hunting and not shooting. I’ve heard mixed reports on deer numbers from hunters in the area. Numbers of mature deer seemed to be down in the area’s I have been hunting.  I think last winter was hard on the herd which is a good reminder of how important the habitat that we all have been working to preserve and increase is.

  This year’s kids’ events were a great success. Be sure to encourage youth to attend these events, especially those who have not been introduced to the outdoors before!    Remember any kids that attend the banquet will be given a ticket to be entered into a special drawing at the Outdoor Skills Day. Odds are typically pretty good in that drawing.                                                                

  • Outdoor skills day was once again a ton of fun. It took a few days for my old dog to recover after spending an entire day retrieving for groups of 10-20 kids at the waterfowl station I led.  It’s always exciting to see kids get introduced to the outdoors especially the ones who have never had the opportunity before. If you are looking for a way to get involved while only giving up one day please reach out to me or Sunday Ford. I guarantee you will enjoy it as much as the kids!
  • I was unable to attend  Kids Fishing Day, but the board members who volunteered said there were lots of smiles and it was the first time catching fish for some of the atendees.  
  •  Thanks to the Sioux County Conservation Board and all the volunteers for putting on these events.

Land Update

  The tract of land adjoining Oak Grove that was purchased this spring is now open for hunting. Pheasant hunting on this tract is by reservation. You can make reservations online through Sioux County parks. We have couple of other tracts we are currently working on.


Thanks to your support we were able to assist in the purchase of over 100 acres of now public hunting land again this year.


 Start making plans to attend the 27th annual banquet held again at the Dordt College Rec Center on March 2, 2024. Now is the time to buy your tickets! Tickets are available at Siouxcsc.org The Board has been hard at work preparing for the banquet.  Help us make this major fundraising event a huge success.

Grand Prizes include….

          $1,000 Joe’s Appliance GIFT Card (OC)                              CZ Supreme Field 12 GA

           Beretta A400 Extreme Plus 12 GA.                                     Bergara Highlander 300 WMG

           Browning X-Bolt 6.5 Creedmoor                                         Ruger SR-1911 10mm Stainless

           $ 500 Sthil/Rent-All Gift Card                                              $500 Cenex Gift Card

           $500 Fleet Farm Gift Card                                                    $500 Scheels Gift Card

Don’t miss out on getting your banquet tickets early!  Go to our website (www.siouxcsc.org) and click on the link in the upper right corner under BANQUET TICKETS to order them online. Easily pay with your credit card, or scan the QR code with your phone and it will take you to our website!

Purchasing your tickets online will allow us to have everyone’s information recorded accurately. No more trying to read scratchy penmanship or misspelling names on newsletters!

Don’t forget about the early bird deadline of February 1, 2024 Our early bird prizes this year will be:

Winchester SXP Turkey                       $100 cash                               4- $50 cash                            2- $25 cash

** Keep in mind that tickets are $15 more at the door the night of the banquet, so make sure to order your tickets online.

As always, businesses or individuals will have the opportunity to sponsor a gun. If you are interested in doing this, please contact any of the board members.

There are two – $500 scholarships available to high school seniors or current college students and we strongly encourage you to go online to our website (www.siouxcsc.org) for an application. Here is a great way to help with your college tuition! All applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2024.

The Legendary Sportsman Award will once again be awarded during our banquet. There are many deserving people that could receive this award, but we need you to nominate them. If you have someone in mind to nominate, please fill out a nomination form found on our website (www.siouxcsc.org). The forms must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2024.

Don’t forget to check out our website (www.siouxcsc.org) or follow us on Facebook to find information about upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you all at this years banquet! Be safe and enjoy the outdoors!

Kyle Te Slaa


Sioux County Sportsmen’s Club