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Natural Resource Commission to meet via teleconference May 16

Natural Resource Commission to meet via teleconference May 16

  • 5/11/2018 1:33:00 PM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet via teleconference at 7:30 a.m. on May 16. The meeting will originate from the fourth-floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

Notes from Iowa’s outdoors

  • 5/8/2018 11:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s 2018 reported spring turkey harvest is approaching 9,300 birds. Last year, hunters reported nearly 11,800 turkeys. Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season ends May 20.
Natural Resource Commission to meet May 10

Natural Resource Commission to meet May 10

  • 5/4/2018 3:23:00 PM
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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. on May 10, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Iowa's deer application opens Saturday, May 5th

Iowa's deer application opens Saturday, May 5th

  • 5/3/2018 8:26:00 AM
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It's that time of year! Nonresident deer hunters can apply for a 2018 Iowa deer license, or purchase a preference point, beginning Saturday, May 5 at 6 a.m. CST. Applications will be accepted until midnight on June 3, 2018.
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 5/1/2018 2:33:00 PM
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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.
Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

Natural Resource Commission to meet April 12

  • 4/6/2018 2:33:00 PM
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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. on April 12, in the four floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Annual spring wildlife survey underway

Annual spring wildlife survey underway

  • 4/3/2018 1:11:00 PM
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Ordinarily, a slow-moving vehicle at night in the Iowa countryside spotlighting deer, raccoons or coyotes would send Iowans to their phone, speed-dialing their local conservation officer, but in this case, it may be the officer doing the shining.
Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

Iowa DNR to begin annual spring burning

  • 3/27/2018 1:05:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be conducting prescribed burns this spring on wildlife management areas managed by the Iowa DNR’s Black Hawk Wildlife Unit in Sac, Pocahontas and Cherokee counties.
2018 DNR sale set for April 14

2018 DNR sale set for April 14

  • 3/27/2018 11:53:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold the 2018 spring auction on April 14, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season is right around the corner

Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season is right around the corner

  • 3/20/2018 1:02:00 PM
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Thunderous calls from competing Toms trying to out-do one another for the affection from nearby hens will be rattling through Iowa’s timber later this month marking the beginning of the wild turkey breeding season.  
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 8 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 8 in Des Moines

  • 3/2/2018 2:57:00 PM
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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. on March 8, in the fourth-floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Arizona man found guilty of deer poaching

Arizona man found guilty of deer poaching

  • 2/27/2018 12:33:00 PM
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Nicholas Slater of Glendale, Ariz. was found guilty following a trial on Feb. 12, 2018 for charges related to poaching a whitetail deer. The poaching incident occurred at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs on Nov. 19, 2016. 
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 2/20/2018 12:59:00 PM
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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 11:41:00 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 11:03:00 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 10:07:00 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 3:10:00 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 11:42:00 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 1:52:00 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 2:20:00 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 2:04:00 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 2:02:00 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 2:01:00 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 11:26:00 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 11:25:00 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 11:24:00 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.
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