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Register your harvest

Register your harvest

  • 11/22/2016 1:59:00 PM
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Your deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. Your harvest is not complete, though, until you register it; online, over the phone or at a license vendor.
Hunters use popular program to donate deer meat to Food Bank of Iowa

Hunters use popular program to donate deer meat to Food Bank of Iowa

  • 11/22/2016 1:57:00 PM
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Have an extra deer at the end of the hunt? Maybe you bought an extra tag, to hunt longer? Consider donating to Iowa’s HUSH program. HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) works with 81 participating lockers to provide high quality meat to needy Iowans, through the Food Bank of Iowa. 
DNR to continue surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease

DNR to continue surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease

  • 11/22/2016 1:55:00 PM
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The Iowa DNR’s wildlife staff will be collecting tissue samples during Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons to test for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa’s wild deer herd. 
7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

7 Ways to Skip the Crowds and Take It Outside this Holiday Season

  • 11/21/2016 3:57:00 PM
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Find time to take it outside this holiday season. Pick an activity based on weather conditions and your condition, and just get outside. Iowa’s state parks, recreation areas and forests are ready to supply the dose of nature we all need to decompress during this stressful time of year.
6 cool facts about northern bobwhite quail

6 cool facts about northern bobwhite quail

  • 11/16/2016 11:23:00 AM
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Northern bobwhite quail were once staple gamebirds for Midwestern settlers, but changes in the Midwestern landscape threatened their populations throughout the 1900s. Read on to see how they’re doing today and get more closely acquainted with Iowa’s only quail: the bobwhite.
DNR looking for opinions on current migratory game bird seasons

DNR looking for opinions on current migratory game bird seasons

  • 11/16/2016 10:00:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking Iowa migratory game bird hunters what they liked and disliked about the 2016 migratory game bird seasons, as a first step in developing proposed 2017 migratory game bird season dates. 
Union County trapper shoots self in thigh

Union County trapper shoots self in thigh

  • 11/15/2016 12:37:00 PM
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A 24 year old Afton man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his thigh while checking traps in rural Union County Sunday morning.
Hunter compliance slipping on reported deer harvest requirement

Hunter compliance slipping on reported deer harvest requirement

  • 11/15/2016 12:36:00 PM
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Hunters play a large role in managing Iowa’s world class deer herd by working with landowners and neighbors to reduce doe numbers, providing tissue samples to monitor for chronic wasting disease and by reporting successful hunts to the harvest reporting system.
Antlerless Deer Licenses Remaining

Antlerless Deer Licenses Remaining

  • 11/8/2016 1:44:00 PM
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Hunters looking to extend their time in the field may purchase county specific antlerless deer licenses for the 35 counties that have not yet sold out.  
Hunter education classes filling quickly

Hunter education classes filling quickly

  • 11/8/2016 1:43:00 PM
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Hunters who need to satisfy the hunter education requirement need to act quickly – a few seats for the classroom courses are still available in November, but students will need to travel to participate.
Review gear before shotgun deer seasons begin

Review gear before shotgun deer seasons begin

  • 11/8/2016 1:42:00 PM
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The first of Iowa’s shotgun deer seasons begin December 3 giving hunters ample time to get their gun, cleaned, oiled and patterned before heading to the timber.
Iowa furbearer season begins November 5

Iowa furbearer season begins November 5

  • 10/25/2016 11:28:00 AM
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Iowa fur harvesters will find good numbers of raccoons, muskrats, beaver, coyotes, bobcats, river otters and mink when the furbearer trapping and hunting season opens on Nov. 5.
Central Iowa wildlife areas beginning annual fall burns to benefit wildlife

Central Iowa wildlife areas beginning annual fall burns to benefit wildlife

  • 10/20/2016 7:30:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burns on select wildlife areas in Polk and Marion counties between October and December to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and restore and maintain native plant communities. 
Aerial spraying planned to combat invasive plants on wildlife areas

Aerial spraying planned to combat invasive plants on wildlife areas

  • 10/20/2016 7:29:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be aerial spraying for bush honeysuckle on the Mount Ayr, Sand Creek, Dekalb and Red Rock Wildlife Management areas (WMA) in south central Iowa through mid-November.  Spraying will occur after most trees have lost their leaves but while the honeysuckle leaves are still green.
Southern Iowa wildlife areas beginning annual fall burns to benefit wildlife

Southern Iowa wildlife areas beginning annual fall burns to benefit wildlife

  • 10/20/2016 7:27:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to conduct prescribed burns on select wildlife areas in Ringgold, Union, Decatur, Adair, and Adams counties between October and December to improve wildlife habitat, control invasive plant species, and restore and maintain native plant communities. 
Denison man suffers self inflicted injury on his way to hunt deer

Denison man suffers self inflicted injury on his way to hunt deer

  • 10/18/2016 2:24:00 PM
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A Denison man suffered a self inflicted gunshot wound to his thigh from a pistol he was carrying in his waistband shortly after he began walking to the field to hunt deer with his muzzleloader.  The injury occurred around 5 p.m. on October 17, in southern Crawford County.
Pheasant hunting: The perfect day

Pheasant hunting: The perfect day

  • 10/18/2016 12:49:00 PM
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For a lot of hunters, there is one special time among all of your hunting trips that stands out as having been perfect, a day of pure bliss when all the stars line up just right and everything connects at just the right time and in just the right place.
Think safety before opening day

Think safety before opening day

  • 10/18/2016 11:21:00 AM
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Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.
Iowa’s pheasant season begins October 29

Iowa’s pheasant season begins October 29

  • 10/18/2016 11:16:00 AM
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Iowa’s pheasant hunting tradition will begin another chapter on October 29, when nearly 60,000 hunters will pursue ringnecks during the season opening weekend in fields across the state.
7 ways to prep for fall hunting in Iowa

7 ways to prep for fall hunting in Iowa

  • 10/14/2016 1:52:00 PM
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Are you ready for some hunting? Iowa's most popular hunting seasons are just around the corner! Here are tips and resources to help you get ready.
Quail on the rise in Iowa

Quail on the rise in Iowa

  • 10/13/2016 7:52:00 AM
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Loren Zaruba looked on in excitement—it was the wildlife identification section of the annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge. He and his wife, Ellen, had spent the last three months working with a handful of young competitors, so when the speaker played a familiar “bob-white” call, Loren beamed. But as the teenagers’ faces turned blank and unsure, he realized that question wasn’t easy anymore—hunter or not, none of the youngsters had seen or heard a bobwhite quail.
Deer poachers caught on camera

Deer poachers caught on camera

  • 10/11/2016 2:23:00 PM
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Fort Dodge, Iowa - A nine month investigation into deer and turkey poaching in Webster County, Iowa, was closed on Oct. 7, when Kyle Alstott, 23, of Fort Dodge, the last of the 10 individuals facing charges from Iowa and Nebraska, pleaded guilty. 
8 cool things you should know about rabbits

8 cool things you should know about rabbits

  • 10/5/2016 2:03:00 PM
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Rabbits are a common pet, pest and prey, but how much do you really know about them? Check out the facts below to see why bunnies are important in Iowa and around the world.
Iowa’s archery deer hunting season opens October 1

Iowa’s archery deer hunting season opens October 1

  • 9/27/2016 1:12:00 PM
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The days are getting shorter, nights are getting cooler and treestands are being moved into place. For bow hunters, the long wait is nearly over. Iowa’s archery deer season begins Oct. 1.
Flooding in northern Iowa impacts some public areas and raises baiting questions

Flooding in northern Iowa impacts some public areas and raises baiting questions

  • 9/23/2016 2:19:00 PM
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DES MOINES - It will not be a run-of-the-mill type of opener for many waterfowl hunters in northern portions of the state on Saturday. Extensive flooding has impacted some of the more popular public areas and also raises questions on when hunting flooded fields might be considered baiting.
Iowa’s regular duck hunting seasons to start soon

Iowa’s regular duck hunting seasons to start soon

  • 9/20/2016 11:57:00 AM
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Iowa has had a wet start to summer and now a wet end to summer filling wetlands and marshes across the state and flooding crop fields in certain areas. Adding to the mix that local Iowa ducks had a good hatch this spring and these young ducks are now spread out and using newly flooded areas for food and cover.
Six Tips for a Successful Dove Season

Six Tips for a Successful Dove Season

  • 9/20/2016 9:15:00 AM
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Whether this is your first dove season or you're a seasoned veteran, be sure to brush up on these basics of hunting doves in Iowa.
Canada goose season closed during youth duck season

Canada goose season closed during youth duck season

  • 9/16/2016 8:45:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two-day youth waterfowl seasons begin Saturday in the north zone and hunters planning to take a young person on this special hunt are reminded that only the youth may participate in the hunt and only ducks, mergansers and coots are legal species.
Tree Stand Safety Focus of Awareness Campaign

Tree Stand Safety Focus of Awareness Campaign

  • 9/6/2016 12:31:00 PM
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A campaign is underway by tree stand manufacturers, retailers, media, natural resource agencies and deer hunters to reduce and eliminate tree stand accidents by raising awareness of this issue and providing education about safe tree stand hunting best practices.
Iowa's Youth Deer Season Begins September 17

Iowa's Youth Deer Season Begins September 17

  • 9/6/2016 12:27:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 youths who are participating in the youth deer hunting season, which opens on Sept. 17. This season provides an opportunity to teach deer hunting, wildlife behavior, and safe hunting practices to resident youths while they are under the watchful eye of a licensed adult. 
Find Public Hunting on Private Land with IHAP

Find Public Hunting on Private Land with IHAP

  • 9/1/2016 3:01:00 PM
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Hunting can be a great family activity or a solo adventure. Stroll through tall grass, hear the explosive rising cackle of pheasants, thrill at the thunderous gobble of a male wild turkey, see a few majestic deer—and maybe get the chance to take one home. That opportunity already exists on scores of acres near you, thanks in part to landowners who open their property through the Iowa Habitat and Access Program, or IHAP.
Flooding Impacts Aldo Leopold Wildlife Area Ahead of Dove Hunting Season

Flooding Impacts Aldo Leopold Wildlife Area Ahead of Dove Hunting Season

  • 8/30/2016 12:53:00 PM
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The 1,350-acre Aldo Leopold Wildlife Area in southeast Bremer County has experienced significant flooding from storms that rolled through northeast Iowa last week. The area is popular with dove hunters and with the season opening on Thursday, hunters who were planning to hunt the area are advised to scout it again before heading out.
Iowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

Iowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

  • 8/30/2016 10:34:00 AM
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State officials covered more than 6,000 miles of county roads counting upland game during the first two weeks of August and after all the species were counted, data compiled and numbers crunched, what can Iowa pheasant hunters expect to find this fall?
Let's Talk Teal: Season Opens Sept 3

Let's Talk Teal: Season Opens Sept 3

  • 8/26/2016 12:02:00 PM
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Early teal hunting season looks promising for Iowa hunters since a wet summer has kept Iowa's wetland areas filled with water. Now, according to DNR waterfowl biologists, it's up to weather and migration.
Special Teal Season Begins September 3

Special Teal Season Begins September 3

  • 8/23/2016 12:42:00 PM
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The third year of Iowa’s experimental early teal season begins September 3 and according to state waterfowl experts, several factors are in place for hunters to be successful.
Dove Hunting in Iowa Opens September 1

Dove Hunting in Iowa Opens September 1

  • 8/22/2016 12:18:00 PM
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Iowa's sunflower fields will be a little busier this fall as hunters take part in the dove hunting season starting Sept. 1. Dove hunting is a great way to introduce young or new hunters to the sport since weather is nice and hunting requires only simple equipment.
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