Brian Ritter

Brian Ritter, Nahant Marsh executive director, tests his atlatl-throwing skills in January 2016. 

Early muzzleloader season

WHEN: Today-Sunday, Oct. 22


DETAILS: Iowa's early muzzleloader season coincides with the state's first archery season, which continues through Dec. 1. All deer taken must be reported using the harvest reporting system by midnight the day after the deer is recovered. Hunters may report their deer on the DNR website at, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at a licensed vendor.

Dome Dash

WHEN: 8 a.m. today

WHERE: Augustana College, 639 38th St., Rock Island

DETAILS: 5K; for more information, go to

Trout release

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. today

WHERE: Gate 1, Lake of the Hills at West Lake Park, 14910 110th Ave., Davenport.

DETAILS: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will release 2,000 rainbow trout into Lake of the Hills. Anglers must possess a valid fishing license and a trout permit to participate. Two hundred fish will be tagged for prizes. There also will be raffle prizes. For more information about the event, go to For more information on trout fishing rules and regulations, go to

Quad-Cities Tweed Ride

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today

WHERE: Village Theatre, 2113 E. 11th St., Davenport

DETAILS: Sign up from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Village Theatre. There is no registration fee, but donations will benefit River Action. For more information about the fifth annual ride, go to

Black Hawk Hiking Club

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today 

WHERE: Eagle Point Park, 3923 N. 3rd St., Clinton, Iowa

DETAILS: Meet at the park's north overlook. For more information, including directions, go to

Sierra Club fundraiser

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 

WHERE: Freight House, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Proceeds from the event will benefit the Davenport-based eagle viewing group. Jen Loeb, the first Iowa woman to summit Mount Everest, is expected to speak. For more information, go to

Zombie archery 

WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Learn how to use a bow and arrow during this Halloween-themed class. Attendees will learn proper safety and archery techniques, outlined by the National Archery in the Schools Program. Children must be in the fourth grade or above to participate. They also must be accompanied by an adult. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.

Great Atlatl Pumpkin Hunt

WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Learn how to use an atlatl, a primitive hunting weapon that predates the bow and arrow. Naturalist Michael Granger will lead the event. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.

Halloween Hike

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Join naturalist Michael Granger for a spooky hike through the Wapsi woods. Learn about "mysterious" and "misunderstood" creatures. Campfire and grilling begin at 5 p.m.; hike and scavenger hunt begin at 6 p.m. Call 563-328-3286 to pre-register.

Cornbelt Running Club Pumpkin Dash

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

WHERE: Credit Island Park, 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: 8K; 4K; 1-mile; 1/4-mile; for more information, go to


Jack Cullen uncovers different slices of life for the Quad-City Times. He previously covered the city of Bettendorf. When he's not reporting, Jack enjoys coaching tennis and exploring the outdoors.

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