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Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

Space available in upcoming hunter education classes

  • 2/28/2017 1:46:00 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 10:20:00 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 1:56:00 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 4:20:00 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 9:25:00 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 4:45:00 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 1:20:00 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 1:17:00 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 2:10:00 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 1:45:00 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 12:58:00 PM
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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 10:48:00 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 1:18:00 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 1:16:00 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 2:15:00 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 12:00:00 PM
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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 11:11:00 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 11:16:00 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 12:39:00 PM
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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 12:35:00 PM
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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 12:34:00 PM
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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.
Register your harvest

Register your harvest

  • 11/22/2016 2:59:00 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 2:57:00 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 2:55:00 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 4:57:00 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 12:23:00 PM
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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 11:00:00 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 1:37:00 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 1:36:00 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 2:44:00 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.  
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