Rock County Sports

What is better then bagging a nice buck? It depends on who you are, but in my case that would be watching someone else bag a nice buck, and preferably it would be someone who has never shot a deer before. If they are really young, really old, or a lady of any age, they are all good. I have bought a...
I live in Nobles County but have been spending more time in Rock County over the few past years. I was a helper in the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Luverne last October, so that involved a few meetings and visits. The Rock County Pheasants Forever chapter officers and volunteers are a...
I can’t confirm this, but I have been told that 80 percent of all roosters harvested during the entire 10-week season will be taken in the first 10 days. There are many hunters who will only hunt the first few weeks and then take up deer hunting when that season opens in early November. If...
The Rock County Sportsman’s Club offered a salute to its 2019 champions during the annual Awards Supper Sept. 27. Team and individual champs drew honors that evening. Slocum Taxidermy 1 and Slocum Taxidermy 2 claimed the Class A team titles. Dave Stearns, Jon Lang, Jeff Stearns, Chris Balster, Jim...
In the 1980s, I had 12 different plat books that served as treasure troves of published property owners in counties where I hunted and it even had some of their phone numbers. Back then I was hunting in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota, and I had a list of over 60 landowners with whom...
Kale Wiertzema
A 2005 Hills-Beaver Creek High School graduate will be honored for his basketball prowess Saturday in Orange City, Iowa. Kale Wiertzema, the current head coach of the H-BC girls’ basketball program, will be inducted into Northwestern College’s Athletic Hall of Fame that day. Wiertzema, a 2009 NC...
The Rock County Sportsman’s Club staged its annual Open Shoot August 18. Eleven different men captured championships during the event. Doug Deutsch emerged as the overall high shooter during the competition. The 16-yard title went to Jim Slocum, while Glen Lonneman and Jack Boomgaarden claimed the...
It won’t be long until the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources releases their August roadside counts.  Just what are these reports and why are they important? Since about 1954 the DNR has conducted roadside counts primarily to count pheasants. They have individuals from all over the pheasant...
Pete Connell (middle) won the Luverne Country Club Men’s Club Tournament for the first time over the weekend. Mark Iveland (right) and Cody Hemme (left) placed second and third respectively.
A first-time champion emerged from the field during the 81st Men’s Club Tournament at the Luverne Country Club Saturday and Sunday. After watching his father, Tim Connell, win eight club titles between 1993 and 2010, Pete Connell finally celebrated his own conquest by edging Mark Iveland in a...
Mary Jo Graphenteen (middle) captured her second consecutive Women’s Club Tournament title at the Luverne Country Club Saturday. Melissa Sandbulte (left) and Pat Rieck (right) placed second and third respectively.
It appears the days of waiting are over for Luverne’s Mary Jo Graphenteen. Graphenteen, who won her second Women’s Club Tournament title last year (her first championship in 26 years), turned in a repeat performance during the 68th version of the tournament staged Saturday at the Luverne Country...

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