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Why doesn’t blaze orange give me away?

Why doesn’t blaze orange give me away?

  • 11/29/2017 10:57:00 AM
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If you’re trying to sneak up on a deer or pheasant, possibly decked out in some camouflage, it may not seem to make sense to top it off with a neon orange vest or hat. After all, wouldn’t that make you more noticeable?
9 ways to reduce food waste

9 ways to reduce food waste

  • 11/16/2017 10:52:00 AM
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Your parents told you to clean your plate for a good reason – Iowans send more than 190,000 tons of unopened, untouched food to the landfill.
Hiding Out in Union Grove

Hiding Out in Union Grove

  • 11/7/2017 2:27:00 PM
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Grab a backpack and discover this best-kept secret among Iowa’s state parks. Spend the day—or a season.
10 hidden surprises at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

10 hidden surprises at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

  • 10/16/2017 2:32:00 PM
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Tucked away in the southeast corner of the state, Lacey-Keosauqua is a bit of a hidden surprise in itself. But do you know about these other hidden gems, as suggested by park manager Justin Pedretti?
Fall is hawk watch time

Fall is hawk watch time

  • 10/10/2017 1:36:00 PM
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Fall is when birds of prey migrate. Attend a Hawk Watch event to see and learn about fascinating raptors!
8 hidden surprises at Pikes Peak State Park

8 hidden surprises at Pikes Peak State Park

  • 10/9/2017 3:00:00 PM
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Pikes Peak State Park may be known for its breathtaking views along the bluffs of the Mississippi River, but do you know about these “hidden surprises” suggested by park manager Matt Tschirgi?
7 cool things you should know about badgers

7 cool things you should know about badgers

  • 9/26/2017 1:55:00 PM
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You don’t need to dig too deep to know catching a glimpse of a badger is a rare sight in Iowa. However, that doesn’t mean they’re not around – they’re just good at keeping a low profile.
Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast for 2017

Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast for 2017

  • 9/18/2017 2:06:00 PM
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Fall offers fantastic fishing – get out and enjoy it. The air is cool, lakes are less crowded and fish are easy to catch. Add one of these destinations to your fall fishing itinerary.
7 things to know before you go tent camping

7 things to know before you go tent camping

  • 8/28/2017 11:51:00 AM
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The ability to successfully go tent camping in Iowa is a rite of passage for many. Roughing it without air conditioning or electronics doesn’t need to be hard, though. This list will prepare tent campers young and old, experienced or novice, with the knowledge to have a pleasant and well-prepared for adventure.
Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

Iowa's most Instagrammed state parks

  • 8/22/2017 9:07:00 AM
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For many, when they step outside to enjoy Iowa’s state parks, snapping some pictures is a natural part of the journey. Explore parks all over the state by hiking, biking, relaxing lake side and experiencing extraordinary views – you can start with these 10, which are the parks posted about the most by Iowans on Instagram
9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

9 animals you probably won’t see in Iowa

  • 8/4/2017 1:15:00 PM
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Whether they are on the endangered species list, only come out during certain times of the year, or are simply hard to see, these animals are rarely seen in Iowa.
How do fish breathe?

How do fish breathe?

  • 8/4/2017 10:50:00 AM
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Humans and fish both require oxygen to survive. The difference is, we get our oxygen through air while fish get it through water.
Why you should wash your car on the lawn

Why you should wash your car on the lawn

  • 7/21/2017 9:42:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a creative way to spend a hot summer afternoon with your kids and be productive, consider washing your car on the front lawn. Washing the car on the lawn instead of the driveway may look odd to the neighbors, but it conserves water and helps preserve the ecosystem in your community.
Rock the Rapids: turning dangerous dams into places for family fun draws crowds to communities

Rock the Rapids: turning dangerous dams into places for family fun draws crowds to communities

  • 7/6/2017 1:57:00 PM
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The mist burns off of a cozy Sunday morning as I sit, watching a flock of geese trade honks with a train. They’re preening in the calm water above the first drop of the Manchester Whitewater Park, and occasionally a brave one floats down the chute before flapping back up to its friends. Tucked between industrial buildings and Main Street, the park is already humming with cyclists, dog walkers and photographers doing portrait shoots. The structured banks of ochre boulders look amazingly inviting, and upstream, a to...
Blue bullfrogs spotted in Iowa

Blue bullfrogs spotted in Iowa

  • 7/5/2017 1:14:00 PM
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There are several genes that make a frog green or brown, and these genes result in various structures being created in the frog’s skin layers.
Iowans creating connections with creeks with signs

Iowans creating connections with creeks with signs

  • 6/28/2017 1:39:00 PM
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Thousands of motorists drive over Iowa’s waterways, big and small, each day. But unless it’s a major river, most people are crossing these streams unaware of what’s below. 
Osprey: fishing perfection in feathers

Osprey: fishing perfection in feathers

  • 6/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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From a hundred feet in the air, a hovering angler folds its wings, silently slipping downward like lightning from the sky, careening until a four-foot portion of the lake thunders into plumes of diamondized water droplets.
Flathead catfish: Iowa's Dracula of the Deep

Flathead catfish: Iowa's Dracula of the Deep

  • 6/22/2017 2:24:00 PM
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They are the aquatic version of Count Dracula, quietly resting in the same dark, hidden location by day, and prowling for living prey by night. And like a vampire, they are legendary for both their great physical strength and ability to achieve a ripe old age.
Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

Glamping: Decoration and Recreation Gone Wild

  • 6/8/2017 10:19:00 AM
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Glamping is a marriage between the words “glamour” and “camping.” Original glampers coveted the escapism of camping with the amenities and comforts of home. It has since become a popular term among women who turn vintage campers into personalized, stylized retreats.
2017 Iowa Fishing Forecast: #MissionFishin

2017 Iowa Fishing Forecast: #MissionFishin

  • 6/6/2017 3:03:00 PM
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We released a record 156 million fish last year, renovated a gob of lakes, increased fish habitat, added angler access and improved water quality. Now it’s your turn to help.
Kerns family deeply rooted in conservation

Kerns family deeply rooted in conservation

  • 5/19/2017 2:18:00 PM
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Jim and Jody Kerns’ belief in conservation and education is as deeply rooted as the trees that protect the banks along their Volga River property.
Spring panfish bite is heating up

Spring panfish bite is heating up

  • 5/16/2017 10:28:00 AM
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Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Here's a few hotspots to try this spring.
A Spring Quadfecta

A Spring Quadfecta

  • 4/7/2017 10:15:00 AM
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Last year was the first year I attempted a spring quadfecta: a turkey, a limit of trout, morels and wild asparagus.
Spring turkey hunting? Stay at a state park cabin

Spring turkey hunting? Stay at a state park cabin

  • 4/5/2017 12:33:00 PM
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Several Iowa state parks have cabins near some of the state's best wildlife management areas for turkey hunting. As you make your spring plans, consider one of these options for a convenient, comfortable place to stay: 
Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

Cedar River: the heart of Charles City

  • 3/31/2017 9:14:00 AM
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After Cedar River floodwaters hit hard in 2008 and 2016, even washing away the iconic century-old suspension bridge in 2008, you wouldn’t expect Charles City to embrace the river. 
Our picks for Iowa's top nine trout streams in 2017

Our picks for Iowa's top nine trout streams in 2017

  • 3/29/2017 10:54:00 AM
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More than 300,000 catchable-sized rainbow and brook trout, and 110,000 fingerling brown trout will be stocked in hundreds of miles of northeast Iowa streams between April 3 and October 2017.
Unplug at Pictured Rocks Park

Unplug at Pictured Rocks Park

  • 3/10/2017 2:58:00 PM
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The first oar through the cool clear water sends ripples of excitement down my spine. I’ve never canoed the Maquoketa River from Monticello to Pictured Rocks Park/Indian Bluffs, but trust the stream will get me there safely.
Build a Leopold bench

Build a Leopold bench

  • 3/10/2017 2:24:00 PM
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This model holds a functional usefulness not readily apparent. By sitting backwards with legs through the opening, the backrest now provides a sturdy support for the elbows while using binoculars or cameras to observe nature around you.
Five reasons to rent an Iowa State Parks cabin in the off-season

Five reasons to rent an Iowa State Parks cabin in the off-season

  • 3/10/2017 1:13:00 PM
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Have you ever considered staying in a cabin in Iowa state parks? We offer more than 90 cabins in 19 parks across the state. Here are five reasons why you might want to book now and stay in a cabin before Memorial Day:
Go south for spring break - in Iowa

Go south for spring break - in Iowa

  • 3/1/2017 2:14:00 PM
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In Keokuk—Iowa’s southernmost city—it’s always numerous degrees warmer, so cozy up with eagles, ducks and pelicans and a fancy bed in Lee County.
Cool things you should know about Cooper's hawks

Cool things you should know about Cooper's hawks

  • 2/24/2017 4:14:00 PM
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Cooper’s hawks (Accipiter cooperii) are one of Iowa’s three accipiter species. (Accipiter is Latin for hawk and these species are primarily woodland raptors.) The Cooper’s hawk primarily dines on other birds. It’s the most widespread accipiter on the continent, with a range at least seasonally stretching from Panama to the southern tier of Canadian provinces.
Go wild - posters help support Iowa wildlife

Go wild - posters help support Iowa wildlife

  • 2/23/2017 11:15:00 AM
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What do monarchs and warblers have in common? They, along with more than 1,000 other birds, reptiles, insects, mammals and amphibians, rely on Iowans to support wildlife diversity initiatives in the state.
Action cameras: a user's overview

Action cameras: a user's overview

  • 2/16/2017 3:36:00 PM
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Walk through many outdoor stores and videos are playing non-stop—skiers in powdery snow on a mountaintop, divers swimming in crystal clear water or incredible views of wildlife from unusual perspectives. The videos are outstanding and help sell action cameras. But, for the ordinary person, do the cameras justify the expense? Are the cameras worth the trouble? What should you look for in an action camera?
Warden's Diary: Wild Things

Warden's Diary: Wild Things

  • 2/3/2017 3:54:00 PM
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“Welcome to Wild Things,” I told the group, “You will find that Wild Things is different than school. Here, it’s okay to get dirty. It’s okay to get muddy. It’s okay to get wet.” A big grin broke out on every kid’s face. And so began the first session of “Wild Things,” my new after-school program. 
Get creative with venison cabbage rolls

Get creative with venison cabbage rolls

  • 2/3/2017 3:20:00 PM
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Cabbage rolls are pure comfort food. Savory meat, grain and seasonings wrapped in a slightly sweet, slightly bitter cabbage leaf that absorbs other flavors well—baked, simmered, slow cooked or fried—nestled in a sweet, savory, tangy or creamy sauce. So pull out some ground venison, and try out this traditional cabbage roll recipe.
Bellevue: A winter escape between the bluffs

Bellevue: A winter escape between the bluffs

  • 2/3/2017 2:22:00 PM
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Think there’s nothing to do in Iowa in deep winter? Bellevue’s abundant bald eagles, active main street and quirky lodging may change your mind.
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