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Remember the Chickadee Check-off as tax season winds down

Remember the Chickadee Check-off as tax season winds down

  • 4/4/2017 11:37:00 AM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.6 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state income tax form. Despite a steady increase in the total number of tax returns since 2009, the number of donations has stayed roughly the same since 2010.
Include safety as part of the spring turkey hunting preparation

Include safety as part of the spring turkey hunting preparation

  • 3/28/2017 11:05:00 AM
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Spring turkey hunting success and safety comes down to the same thing – proper planning.  Preseason scouting can put hunters in the right position when turkeys come off the roost, increasing their chance for success.
Spring turkey seasons

Spring turkey seasons

  • 3/28/2017 11:03:00 AM
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Iowa’s spring season begins April 8 with an Iowa youth only hunting season that covers two weekends and allows hunters younger than 16 when they buy the turkey license to participate.  The reason for the season is to concentrate on the development of future hunters.  They must hunt one on one with a mentor age 18 or older at all times and the mentor must have a valid turkey hunting license for one of the spring seasons. 
2017 DNR sale set for April 22

2017 DNR sale set for April 22

  • 3/28/2017 11:02:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2017 spring auction on April 22, 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.
12 Iowa deer test positive for chronic wasting disease from 2016-17 hunting seasons

12 Iowa deer test positive for chronic wasting disease from 2016-17 hunting seasons

  • 3/14/2017 10:44:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed the book on its 2016 chronic wasting disease monitoring effort that collected 4,879 tissue samples from wild deer with 12 samples testing positive for the disease. Test results are pending on deer from a handful of counties and on 86 deer tissue samples from the Clayton County special deer collection effort that ended on March 5.
Jefferson man pleads guilty to poaching trophy buck

Jefferson man pleads guilty to poaching trophy buck

  • 3/14/2017 10:42:00 AM
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Brett Cranston, 41, of Jefferson, pleaded guilty on March 9 to three charges related to illegally taking a deer during the first shotgun deer season in Greene County.
Iowa spring turkey season is right around the corner

Iowa spring turkey season is right around the corner

  • 3/14/2017 10:41:00 AM
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Hunters will be going through their equipment, patterning their guns and securing vacation days to pursue the elusive Eastern wild turkey as Iowa’s premier spring hunting season is almost here.
Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to meet March 9 in Des Moines

  • 3/6/2017 8:47:00 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., March 9, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
2016 Iowa deer harvest tops 100,000

2016 Iowa deer harvest tops 100,000

  • 2/28/2017 12:49:00 PM
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Deer hunters reported harvesting 101,397 deer during the 2016 Iowa deer hunting season, which is about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest.
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 2/28/2017 12:46:00 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.
Full house on hand for meeting on chronic wasting disease

Full house on hand for meeting on chronic wasting disease

  • 2/16/2017 9:20:00 AM
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Elkader, Iowa - Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader hosted a standing room only crowd of hunters, landowners and area residents on Monday night who were there to learn about chronic wasting disease and then gave their thoughts on how they wanted to address it.
DNR officer pulls angler from West Lake Osceola

DNR officer pulls angler from West Lake Osceola

  • 2/10/2017 12:56:00 PM
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Osceola, Iowa - State Conservation Officer Michael Miller was on routine patrol late Friday morning when he saw two men setting up an ice fishing shelter on West Lake Osceola, in southern Iowa.
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.
Clayton County deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

Clayton County deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

  • 2/1/2017 8:25:00 AM
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A wild deer taken during the 2016 deer hunting season northwest of Elkader has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is the first CWD positive wild deer confirmed outside of Allamakee County.
Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

  • 1/24/2017 3:45:00 PM
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VENTURA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Ventura Marsh 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 and only for Ventura Marsh.
Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

Garner to oversee DNR’s conservation and recreation division

  • 1/24/2017 12:20:00 PM
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DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Natural Resources director Chuck Gipp has promoted Dr. Dale Garner to lead the division that oversees the Lands and Waters, Forestry, State Parks, Law Enforcement, Fisheries and Wildlife bureaus, replacing Kelley Myers who has accepted a position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
Chickadee tax check-off hopes for a needed increase in donations on 2016 tax forms

Chickadee tax check-off hopes for a needed increase in donations on 2016 tax forms

  • 1/24/2017 12:17:00 PM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of 1.6 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form.  Despite a steady increase in the total number of returns since 2009, this amount has stayed roughly the same since 2010, with only small fluctuations.
Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 1/17/2017 1:10:00 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.
Three men plead guilty in 2015 deer poaching case

Three men plead guilty in 2015 deer poaching case

  • 1/17/2017 12:45:00 PM
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Two Minnesota men and one North Iowa man have pleaded guilty to illegally taking deer in Emmet and Kossuth counties in Iowa in October and November 2015.  
Hunters turning attention to the wily coyote

Hunters turning attention to the wily coyote

  • 1/10/2017 11:58:00 AM
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An expected 15,000 Iowa hunters will turn their attention to pursuing the state’s top predator after January 10. That’s when most of Iowa’s hunting seasons close, and coyote hunting begins in earnest.
Kick up your game with pheasant phried rice

Kick up your game with pheasant phried rice

  • 1/5/2017 9:48:00 AM
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If you're looking for a way to shake up the old stew routine with pheasant, adding wild game to a classic stir fry is a great way to start!
Hunting seasons starting to close

Hunting seasons starting to close

  • 1/3/2017 12:18:00 PM
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Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.  Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.
2016 hunting, fishing licenses expire Jan. 10

2016 hunting, fishing licenses expire Jan. 10

  • 1/3/2017 12:16:00 PM
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2016 hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2017. All hunters and anglers will need a 2017 license to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.
Members sought for Brushy Creek board

Members sought for Brushy Creek board

  • 12/27/2016 1:15:00 PM
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Hikers, bikers and horseback riders interested in protecting, preserving and enhancing the trail system at Brushy Creek State Recreation Area are being encouraged to serve on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Brushy Creek Trail Advisory Board.
Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

Ice safety reminder as Iowa lakes freeze over

  • 12/20/2016 11:00:00 AM
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The recent blast of arctic air is growing ice on lakes and ponds over much of Iowa and sending anglers out for the popular early ice fishing of the season.
Deer Season Notes

Deer Season Notes

  • 12/7/2016 10:11:00 AM
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Iowa hunters have reported harvesting nearly 54,000 deer through the first weekend of the first shotgun season. First shotgun deer season ends on Dec. 7.
Waterfowl refuges closed to any access until duck seasons end

Waterfowl refuges closed to any access until duck seasons end

  • 12/2/2016 10:16:00 AM
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Iowa waterfowl refuges are closed to all access until the day after duck season closes. This year the duck season closes later than previous years and the later season dates may impact some deer hunters who have hunted the areas in the past. 
Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

Special $10 offer for Iowa Outdoors magazine

  • 11/29/2016 11:39:00 AM
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Do you know someone who loves the outdoors? Give the gift that lasts all year long. Iowa Outdoors is an award-winning magazine filled with beautiful photography, compelling articles and expert tips about hunting, fishing, nature destinations, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and much more! 
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

  • 11/29/2016 11:35:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 3, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
Iowa’s 2016 shotgun deer season preview

Iowa’s 2016 shotgun deer season preview

  • 11/29/2016 11:34:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer seasons is December 3-7 when an expected 75,000 orange clad hunters head to the timber. That group will be followed by 50,000 hunters who prefer the December 10-18 second gun season.
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