Great Outdoors Stories

Fly-Tying Master Shares Wisdom at Fly-Fishing Convention

Bob Clouser is to fly tying what Bill Belichick is to football and Mike Krzyzewski is to basketball. The Pennsylvania native got hooked at an early age. "My father bought me a fly-tying kit when I... Read More »

Great Outdoors: The Xavier Trap Shooting Invitational

Over 300 sharpshooters from 13 Eastern Iowa high schools were putting it on the line Saturday at the In the field were the top male and female high school shooters in the state. Carli Berutti is a senior... Read More »

Great Outdoors: Pheasant Hunting With Former Hawkeye Matt Tobin

"Growing up, I did a lot of trap-shooting and stuff with my dad," Matt Tobin said. "When I was younger we did a lot of pheasant hunting. But there's not very much around anymore." On the weekend of March... Read More »

Hunters Gather At State Duck Calling Contest

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Football fans have the draft. Baseball fans have the Hot Stove banquet. If you are a waterfowl hunter, you have Burlington the first weekend in February: The State Duck Calling Contest.... Read More »

Cedar Rapids' Lisa Paulos Gears Up For 135-Mile Ultra Race

Lisa Paulos loves to test herself. She has run 100-mile races. On Monday, Lisa attacks the Arrowhead Ultra 135 in Northern Minnesota. It was a 15-below-zero wind chill when Lisa hit the trails at Morgan... Read More »

Great Outdoors: An Ice-Fishing Blast

KEOKUK COUNTY, Iowa -- "My wife says ice fishing is just another disease," Tom Monroe of Sigourney said. "And I have it." Tom and some equally sick buddies were having a great time on some Keokuk County... Read More »

Great Outdoors: The Last Duck Hunt of the Season

Before the duck season closed, KCRG-TV9's John Campbell jumped on board with some die-hards who were hoping to get in one last hunt. Shortly before six in the morning, with temps near zero, the hunters... Read More »

Great Outdoors: Keeping The Bird Count

Rick Hollis, Barry Buschelman and Tina Roling were trying to attract a great horned owl. The threesome spent much of the morning walking, listening, and looking for birds. Hollis hoped to spot a brown... Read More »

Great Outdoors: A Cold First Day of Deer Season

"I started hunting when I was twelve," Jim Cuddeback said. "Got my first Iowa deer in 1977. I got hooked and I have hunted every season since." Cuddeback, a hunting safety instructor from Washington... Read More »

Great Outdoors: Pheasant Hunting In Keokuk County

KEOKUK COUNTY- John Campbell travels with Wade Kisner and Ray Stefani of Cedar Rapids for some pheasant hunting down in Keokuk County. The numbers have been down, but they saw quite a few pheasants during... Read More »

Great Outdoors: Fishing for Bass on Lake Iowa

A brisk wind whipped across Lake Iowa as Darrin Isaccson of Cedar Rapids and Brian Klein worked the shoreline for bass. "Just working slow baits. It seems like they are not really chasing the lures,"... Read More »

Great Outdoors: Turning Flags Into Fishing Rods

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa -- Rick Bowers loves to wet a line as much as the next guy. He has begun tying some of his lures, but for years he has been making his own rods. "They work good with small spinners... Read More »

The Great Outdoors: Bass Biting On the Upper Mississippi

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN -- Heavy fog greeted Bob Garman of Center Point and Joel Van Etten of Walker as they headed out of Praire du Chien. The game plan was to find some early fall bass. "They're moving into... Read More »

Giant Fish Crosses Two Items Off Bellevue Man's Bucket List

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Gene Jones, a natural resource technician at the DNR office in Bellevue, crossed two items off his bucket list this summer. The first was a trip to Alaska. The second, accomplished... Read More »

The Great Outdoors: The Catfish Are Biting

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - The catfish were hitting at the Coralville Reservoir when John Campbell joined Ken-Skunk boy-Miller and Darrin Isaacson. The secret was the perfect trolling speed, fresh gizzard... Read More »

The Great Outdoors: Coralville Reservoir

CORALVILLE, Iowa - KCRG-TV9's John Campbell joined Ken "Skunk Boy" Miller and Darrin Isaacson of Cedar Rapids on a fishing trip for catfish in the Coralville Reservoir. Click the play button to watch... Read More »

The Great Outdoors: Big Hollow Lake

BURLINGTON, Iowa - KCRG-TV9’s John Campbell joined Drake DeLang and Chris King of Burlington at Big Hollow Lake for some late spring crappie fishing. Big Hollow is a relatively new body of water but it... Read More »

The 'Great Outdoors' - Turkey Hunt

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - John Campbell takes you into the "Great Outdoors" for a turkey hunt. After a scout trip that was not promising, John and his group of hunters enjoyed a good morning on the hunt. For... Read More »

'The Great Outdoors' - Spring Turkey Season

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - John Campbell takes you into the Great Outdoors with a pair of hunters near the end of spring turkey season. The two hunters found conditions to their liking - minus a tough sun -... Read More »

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