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Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

  • 7/19/2016 1:21:00 PM
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Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and wildlife experts say all indicators are pointing to a stable to increasing population of the popular game bird.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet July 14 in Des Moines

  • 7/11/2016 2:20:00 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 July 14, at in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Iowa DNR: 30 Years, 30 Natural Resource Successes

Iowa DNR: 30 Years, 30 Natural Resource Successes

  • 6/21/2016 11:23:00 AM
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DES MOINES — July 1 marks the 30th anniversary of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, established by the State Legislature when several state agencies consolidated in 1986. To help commemorate the 30th anniversary, the DNR is highlighting 30 success stories for Iowa’s natural resources during the last three decades.
4 Quick Ways to Tell A Wolf from a Coyote

4 Quick Ways to Tell A Wolf from a Coyote

  • 6/8/2016 10:55:00 AM
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Iowa hasn’t been a consistent home for many large predators since the early 1900s, but healthy wolf populations from the Great Lakes Region are expanding their ranges. Look for the tell-tale traits below to know just what canine you’ve spotted.
Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

  • 6/8/2016 9:58:00 AM
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Iowa’s estimated pheasant harvest continues its climb and for the fifth year in a row has been higher than the previous year. In 2015, more than 56,000 hunters harvested nearly 270,000 rooster pheasants in Iowa, which is an increased harvest of 24 percent over 2014 and the highest pheasant harvest since 2009.
June is Great Outdoors Month

June is Great Outdoors Month

  • 6/7/2016 1:32:00 PM
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The 2016 summer recreation season is just getting started and there are plenty of days ahead to enjoy the outdoors.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet June 9 in Webster County

Natural Resource Commission to Meet June 9 in Webster County

  • 6/6/2016 10:04:00 AM
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OTHO, Iowa – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., on June 9, at Center Lodge, in Dolliver Memorial state Park, 2757 Dolliver Park Ave., Otho. 
2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 12,000

2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 12,000

  • 5/31/2016 1:04:00 PM
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Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 12,200 Iowa birds this spring, which is highest harvest total since hunters were required to report their harvest in 2007.
Iowan Selected as National Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year

Iowan Selected as National Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor of the Year

  • 5/31/2016 1:03:00 PM
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Rick Cerwick flashes back to the days when he started hunting, rolling down the Webster County gravel roads in the ‘63 Ford Galaxy 500 with mom and dad up front and he and his brothers and sisters in back competing to see who could spot the most rooster pheasants and who could retrieve them when dad shot one.
Anamosa Archer Sets Sights on National Championship

Anamosa Archer Sets Sights on National Championship

  • 5/10/2016 12:04:00 PM
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David Machart is no stranger to the awards stand. The charismatic 18 year old archer from Anamosa is the reigning Iowa 3D and Bullseye State Champion, the 2015 Wold Championship runner up, the 2015 National Championship third place overall and the first Iowa archer to shoot a perfect 300 in an event – the day before his 18th birthday.
Space Available in Upcoming Hunter Education Classes

Space Available in Upcoming Hunter Education Classes

  • 5/3/2016 1:23:00 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.
Increasing Foliage Reduces Visibility for Turkey Hunters

Increasing Foliage Reduces Visibility for Turkey Hunters

  • 4/26/2016 7:44:00 AM
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Iowa’s timber can change quickly in the spring as turkey hunters are well aware. That perfect hunting spot with a large panoramic view of the woodland through leafless trees during first season has been reduced significantly by the third season as trees and plants are busy trading their buds for leaves.
Iowa's Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment

Iowa's Deer Seasons Approved for Public Comment

  • 4/19/2016 7:49:00 AM
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Iowa’s proposed 2016-17 deer hunting seasons were approved for public comment Thursday by the Natural Resource Commission of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The proposal included a status quo county antlerless license quota and maintained the buck only restriction for select counties in northwest Iowa during early muzzleloader season and first shotgun season.
2016 DNR Sale Set for May 21

2016 DNR Sale Set for May 21

  • 4/12/2016 7:33:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Iowa DNR will hold the 2016 spring auction on May 21, at Pioneer Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8 a.m.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet April 14 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet April 14 in Des Moines

  • 4/11/2016 6:11:00 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., on April 14, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Spring Turkey Seasons

Spring Turkey Seasons

  • 3/29/2016 7:35:00 AM
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Iowa’s spring season begins April 9 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.
Online Hunting Atlas Offers Hunters Places to Go

Online Hunting Atlas Offers Hunters Places to Go

  • 3/29/2016 7:34:00 AM
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Des Moines – Iowa hunters have been using the interactive Iowa hunting atlas to find new places to go hunting. The hunting atlas features more than 600,000 acres of public hunting land that is owned by the state, county or federal governments. It’s available online.
7 Tips to Keep you Safe Outdoors in a Storm

7 Tips to Keep you Safe Outdoors in a Storm

  • 3/23/2016 4:55:00 AM
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It’s one thing to be caught half a block from the house in a blizzard or thunderstorm. But what do you do if a storm comes up suddenly when you are camping, hiking or boating?
Spring Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Spring Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

  • 3/22/2016 8:35:00 AM
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An estimated 50,000 hunters will be in the timber this spring pursuing the illusive wild turkey and while the woods will not be crawling with hunters, there is a chance for an occasional encounter.
Anamosa Teen Sweeps State Archery Tournament

Anamosa Teen Sweeps State Archery Tournament

  • 3/22/2016 8:32:00 AM
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Anamosa’s David Machart became Iowa’s top scholastic archer during the 2016 National Archery in the Schools Program State Championship March 4-5. Machart won the 3D target and the bullseye target competition with identical near perfect scores of 299 out of 300.
Hunter Apprentice License Topic of Public Hearing

Hunter Apprentice License Topic of Public Hearing

  • 3/15/2016 8:09:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on rules covering the new hunter apprentice license for April 20, from 1-2 p.m., in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Spring Outdoors Woman Workshop Ready for Registrations

Spring Outdoors Woman Workshop Ready for Registrations

  • 3/8/2016 7:38:00 AM
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The popular Iowa Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is taking registrations for its third annual workshop at Honey Creek Resort State Park. The two-and-a-half-day event will be held April 28 - May 1, 2016.
Late Winter is Best Time to Manage Roadsides

Late Winter is Best Time to Manage Roadsides

  • 3/8/2016 7:34:00 AM
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Iowa has more than 1.6 million acres of road right-of-ways and when properly managed these roadsides provide important nesting, roosting, and escape habitat for pheasants, partridge, quail, ducks, rabbits and many different songbirds.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet March 10 Via Teleconference

Natural Resource Commission to Meet March 10 Via Teleconference

  • 3/7/2016 9:43:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet via teleconference at 9 a.m., on March 10, originating from the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Two Canines Shot Test Positive as Wolves

Two Canines Shot Test Positive as Wolves

  • 3/4/2016 5:20:00 AM
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Test results conclusively identified two large canines shot this winter in Osceola County and Van Buren County as wolves, likely originating from the Great Lakes population in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The samples were tested at the University of California-Davis.
Waterfowl Hunter Input Helps Guide Season Setting Process

Waterfowl Hunter Input Helps Guide Season Setting Process

  • 3/1/2016 10:24:00 AM
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It was a conversation that began last fall with a randomly selected group of duck hunters meeting in Ames. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was looking for their thoughts on the waterfowl seasons and zones before hosting six meetings that would help formulate waterfowl hunting seasons in Iowa from 2017-2021.
DNR Enforcement Actions

DNR Enforcement Actions

  • 2/25/2016 9:20:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions
Record Number of Participants Coming to State Archery Tournament

Record Number of Participants Coming to State Archery Tournament

  • 2/16/2016 9:07:00 AM
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An estimated 1,300 students from 50 schools across Iowa will be in the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on March 4-5, to participate in the 10th Annual Iowa Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament. This is the largest youth archery tournament in Iowa.
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