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Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 2/20/2018 11:59:00 AM
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Hunter Education Classroom courses are offered by knowledgeable and certified volunteer instructors and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Classroom courses are typically 12-15 hours in length and are held over 2 to 3 sessions (days). In order to receive certification, a student must attend all sessions and pass the final exam.
Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Trumbull Lake

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Trumbull Lake

  • 2/2/2018 10:41:00 AM
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RUTHVEN - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Trumbull Lake, Ventura Marsh, Burrows Pond and the Inlet Bay of Black Hawk Lake from Feb. 1 to April 1 to reduce the muskrat population and preserve the beneficial vegetation in the marsh.  This extension is only for muskrats on the identified areas.
​​Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

​​Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

  • 2/2/2018 10:03:00 AM
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CLEAR LAKE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Ventura Marsh, Trumbull Lake, Burrows Pond and the Inlet Bay of Black Hawk Lake from Feb. 1 to April 1 to reduce the muskrat population and preserve the beneficial vegetation in the marsh.  This extension is only for muskrats on the identified areas.
Soap Creek and Stephens State Forest to become a bird conservation area

Soap Creek and Stephens State Forest to become a bird conservation area

  • 1/23/2018 9:07:00 AM
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OTTUMWA - A public ceremony to dedicate Soap Creek and Eldon Wildlife Areas, Stephens State Forest Unionville Unit, Lake Wapello State Park, and a portion of the Soap Creek watershed as Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on Thursday, February 8 at 1:30 pm.
2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals

2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals

  • 1/16/2018 2:10:00 PM
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Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa for 2017, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 17 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Jan. 17 in Des Moines

  • 1/11/2018 10:42:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 1 p.m., Jan. 17, in the Wallace State Office Building, second floor north conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Licenses Expire January 10

Licenses Expire January 10

  • 1/2/2018 12:52:00 PM
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Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase their 2018 license before their 2017 license expires. Annual Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10. License holders who purchased the three year option should check the date range printed on their license for expiration.
Iowa deer harvest tops 90,000

Iowa deer harvest tops 90,000

  • 12/19/2017 1:20:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running more than 5 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 90,955 deer have been reported, compared to 86,506 for the same period last year.
Annual winter bird survey opens Dec. 14

Annual winter bird survey opens Dec. 14

  • 12/12/2017 1:04:00 PM
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The annual Christmas bird count begins across Iowa with volunteers working with count coordinators from the Iowa Ornithologists Union to identify one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 to count every bird – seen or heard – in their designated area.
As other seasons close, hunters turn attention to coyotes

As other seasons close, hunters turn attention to coyotes

  • 12/12/2017 1:02:00 PM
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An expected 10,000 to 15,000 Iowa hunters will turn their attention to pursuing the state’s top predator after Jan. 10. That’s when most of Iowa’s hunting seasons close, and coyote hunting begins in earnest.
Iowa deer harvest nearly identical to 2016

Iowa deer harvest nearly identical to 2016

  • 12/12/2017 1:01:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running less than 1 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 76,204 deer have been reported, compared to 75,909 for the same period last year.
Man shot in foot while hunting

Man shot in foot while hunting

  • 12/11/2017 10:26:00 AM
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TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa – On December 5, 2017, John Fish, 65, of Villisca, was hunting five miles southeast of Nodaway when he was struck in the foot by a slug from another hunter in his hunting party.
Hunter shot, mistaken for deer

Hunter shot, mistaken for deer

  • 12/11/2017 10:25:00 AM
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TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa DNR Conservation Officers are investigating a shooting involving a New Market man who was searching for an injured deer when he was shot by another hunter who had mistaken him for a deer.
Minor injured in Johnson County hunting incident

Minor injured in Johnson County hunting incident

  • 12/11/2017 10:24:00 AM
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa – An 11-year-old boy was injured in a hunting incident on December 10, 2017. It happened on private property near the intersection of 320th Street Northeast and Prairie Du Chen Road Northeast in Johnson County.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Dec. 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet Dec. 14 in Des Moines

  • 12/8/2017 10:32:00 AM
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Des Moines - The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 14, in the Wallace State Office Building, fourth floor conference room, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Hawkeye Wildlife Area refuge opens Dec. 19

Hawkeye Wildlife Area refuge opens Dec. 19

  • 12/8/2017 10:28:00 AM
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The wildlife refuge at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area in Johnson County will be open for public use, including hunting and trapping, on Dec. 19. 
Iowa deer harvest ahead of 2016

Iowa deer harvest ahead of 2016

  • 12/5/2017 12:21:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running 4.5 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 55,793 deer have been reported, compared to 53,191 for the same period last year.
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?
Public meeting to discuss bird conservation area near Ottumwa

Public meeting to discuss bird conservation area near Ottumwa

  • 11/21/2017 11:43:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will discuss the proposed designation of the region including Soap Creek, Fox Hills and Eldon Wildlife areas, Stephens State Forest, Lake Wapello State Park and Pioneer Ridge Nature Area as a state Bird Conservation Area (BCA) during a public meeting on Dec. 7. 
Iowa’s 2017 shotgun deer season preview

Iowa’s 2017 shotgun deer season preview

  • 11/21/2017 11:39:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer seasons is Dec. 2-6 when an expected 60,000 orange-clad hunters head to the timber. That group will be followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the Dec. 9-17 second shotgun season.
7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

  • 11/15/2017 10:06:00 AM
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging families to consider spending part of their holiday enjoying Iowa’s outdoors.
DNR responds to hunting incident in Jackson County

DNR responds to hunting incident in Jackson County

  • 11/15/2017 9:52:00 AM
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BERNARD, Iowa -- State conservation officers with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources responded to a hunting-related injury that occurred in Jackson County at the Three Hills Hunting Preserve, during a pheasant hunt on Sunday shortly after 11 a.m.  
Iowa deer harvest similar to 2016

Iowa deer harvest similar to 2016

  • 11/15/2017 9:51:00 AM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running slightly behind the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 21,825 deer have been reported, compared to 21,947 for the same period last year.
Remodeled DNR shooting range open in Polk City

Remodeled DNR shooting range open in Polk City

  • 11/9/2017 4:08:00 PM
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POLK CITY -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is proud to announce the newly remodeled Olofson shooting range in rural Polk City is open for business.
Arizona man charged with deer poaching in Iowa

Arizona man charged with deer poaching in Iowa

  • 11/7/2017 2:48:00 PM
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Iowa DNR Conservation Officers have charged Nicholas W. Slater, 31, of Glendale, AZ with deer poaching in Lake Manawa State Park on November 19, 2016.
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