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6 Cool Things You Should Know About Snakes

6 Cool Things You Should Know About Snakes

  • 10/28/2014 7:37:00 AM
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One of Iowa’s most misunderstood creatures, snakes are a vital part of our ecosystem. Undeserving of a reputation as one of Iowa’s scariest critters, snakes serve an important role in nature.
Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Fall Fishing in Iowa

Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Fall Fishing in Iowa

  • 10/10/2014 9:36:00 AM
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As we creep further into autumn, fish are going on a feeding frenzy to prepare for winter and next spring’s spawn. Fish get into predictable patterns, making them easier to locate. For anglers, that means some of the best fishing of the year –second only to spring – and a great chance at hooking a trophy fish.
Six Fish You Didn’t Know Existed in Iowa

Six Fish You Didn’t Know Existed in Iowa

  • 9/19/2014 3:26:00 PM
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You might know a largemouth bass from a smallmouth bass, a crappie from a bluegill – but how about a pirate perch and a trout-perch? What is a slimy sculpin anyway? Read on to learn about Iowa’s lesser-known and rarely seen fish.
6 Tips for Geocaching Newbies

6 Tips for Geocaching Newbies

  • 9/5/2014 3:01:00 AM
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If a high-tech treasure hunt in the great outdoors sounds fun to you, it’s time to try geocaching, and what better place to start than an Iowa state park?
Five water trails to explore this fall

Five water trails to explore this fall

  • 9/4/2014 9:11:00 AM
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If you’re looking to blaze a new trail this fall, consider hitting the water for something different. Iowa boasts a number of water trails, which offer a unique perspective on Iowa in autumn, from changing fall colors to wildlife.
How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel, Step-by-Step

How to Build Your Own Rain Barrel, Step-by-Step

  • 9/2/2014 7:14:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a simple, cost-effective way to water your plants and garden without connecting the hose to the tap, a rain barrel can help you collect and recycle rainwater.
15 Ways to Enjoy Iowa’s Outdoors this Labor Day Weekend

15 Ways to Enjoy Iowa’s Outdoors this Labor Day Weekend

  • 8/26/2014 6:11:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a way to mark the unofficial end to summer or just want to try something new instead of the old barbecue routine, try one of these 15 great Iowa outdoor activities this coming Labor Day weekend.
12 Iowa Camping Hacks and Tricks

12 Iowa Camping Hacks and Tricks

  • 8/25/2014 6:30:00 AM
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If you’re just getting started or are looking for some new ideas, try some of these camping tips and tricks.
Reuse and upcycle your old stuff with these simple projects

Reuse and upcycle your old stuff with these simple projects

  • 8/7/2014 8:01:00 AM
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Not going to watch those old 1980s VHS tapes? Have some unworn t-shirts lying around? Put them to good (and stylish) use with these simple projects from the DNR's Reusapalooza at the Iowa State Fair.
10 Tips for Taking Your Kids Fishing for the First Time

10 Tips for Taking Your Kids Fishing for the First Time

  • 8/6/2014 7:23:00 AM
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Whether it’s a passion you’re hoping to pass down to the next generation, or just an idea to get the family out of the house for an afternoon, a fishing trip with your kids can be the stuff memories are made of. Keep the experience fun and positive with these handy tips.
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