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Waterfowl Refuges Begin Opening to Other Hunting

Waterfowl Refuges Begin Opening to Other Hunting

  • 12/15/2015 8:28:00 AM
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As the Iowa waterfowl seasons began closing, Iowa’s waterfowl refuges will begin opening allowing hunters access to hunt non waterfowl species with a current open season, and trapping. The main purpose of the waterfowl refuge is to provide a safe resting and feeding area for waterfowl.
2016 Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Dec 15

2016 Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale Dec 15

  • 12/8/2015 8:04:00 AM
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The calendar insists it’s middle December – regardless of what the thermometer says – meaning 2015 will soon become 2016 and time to renew hunting and fishing licenses.
Don't Wait Till the Last Minute to Purchase Second Shotgun Deer Season Licenses

Don't Wait Till the Last Minute to Purchase Second Shotgun Deer Season Licenses

  • 12/8/2015 7:56:00 AM
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Second shotgun deer season could see a few more hunters than usual this year. The combination of warmer than usual temperatures during the first shotgun season and the Iowa Hawkeyes playing in the Big Ten championship football game kept many first season hunters out of the timber.
Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

  • 11/24/2015 8:14:00 AM
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Hunters have reported harvesting more than 27,300 deer so far into the 2015 season, which is nearly 4,000 more than was reported in 2013 and 2014 over the same time period.
Basic Firearm Rules are Important For A Safe Hunt

Basic Firearm Rules are Important For A Safe Hunt

  • 11/17/2015 11:27:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 5, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
Iowa's 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

Iowa's 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

  • 11/17/2015 11:12:00 AM
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Iowa’s shotgun deer season is still a few weeks away leaving time for hunters to contact landowners, sight in shotguns and tend to all the details before getting out and enjoying Iowa’s outdoors with friends and family.
Iowa Landowner Sentenced for Leasing Land Used in Illegal Guided Deer Hunts

Iowa Landowner Sentenced for Leasing Land Used in Illegal Guided Deer Hunts

  • 10/27/2015 8:38:00 AM
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DES MOINES - On October 21, 2015, Steven C. Miller, 63, of Russell, Iowa, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge John A. Jarvey to four years of probation for his role in leasing land that was used in illegal guided deer hunts in Iowa, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt.
Youth Pheasant Hunters See More Birds

Youth Pheasant Hunters See More Birds

  • 10/27/2015 8:37:00 AM
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Iowa’s youth only pheasant ended Sunday with varying degrees of success but with a consistent theme from hunters who participated – they were seeing more birds.
Think Safety Before Opening Day

Think Safety Before Opening Day

  • 10/20/2015 8:10:00 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.
Hunter Interest Growing Ahead of Iowa's Pheasant Season

Hunter Interest Growing Ahead of Iowa's Pheasant Season

  • 10/20/2015 8:07:00 AM
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Iowa’s eight year high in pheasant population is likely the reason that Todd Bogenschutz’s phone mail is filled with messages from hunters looking for more information ahead of the opening of pheasant season on Oct. 31.
Iowa's Youth Enjoy Special Pheasant Season Oct 24-25

Iowa's Youth Enjoy Special Pheasant Season Oct 24-25

  • 10/13/2015 10:35:00 AM
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Participants this year may experience higher success than in year past based on two factors: the crop harvest is running ahead of schedule and the pheasant population is its highest in the last eight years.
Online Hunting Atlas Offers Pheasant Hunters Places to Go

Online Hunting Atlas Offers Pheasant Hunters Places to Go

  • 10/13/2015 10:31:00 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.
Early Muzzleloader Deer Season Begins October 17

Early Muzzleloader Deer Season Begins October 17

  • 10/13/2015 10:26:00 AM
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Iowa’s popular early muzzleloader deer season is an opportunity for hunters to pursue deer using muzzle loading rifles or pistols. The early muzzleloader deer season runs from Oct. 17-25.
Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons Underway

Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons Underway

  • 10/13/2015 10:24:00 AM
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Fall turkey seasons are often passed over while hunters pursue deer, ducks and pheasants, but it provides a good opportunity to bring kids into the sport because being noisy is one of the ways to hunt them.
Adding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

Adding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

  • 10/6/2015 12:00:00 PM
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Iowa pheasants have enjoyed a good two-year run of milder winters leading to the highest bird numbers since 2008, but that run of good luck can’t last forever. Weather and habitat are keys to bird survival and over the last eight years Iowa has lost 500,000 acres of CRP statewide.
  Hunters Encouraged To Focus On Tree Stand Safety

Hunters Encouraged To Focus On Tree Stand Safety

  • 9/22/2015 12:00:00 PM
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Tree stand accidents can happen to deer hunters of all skill levels and result in serious injury or death. In Iowa last year, four hunters fell from tree stands, all resulting in personal injury.
Top Spots to Hunt Turkey This Spring

Top Spots to Hunt Turkey This Spring

  • 5/1/2015 5:10:00 AM
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While we’re not about to give away anybody’s prized hunting spot, there are areas better than others when it comes to turkey hunting. Use these tips to scout out your own site this year, And don’t forget to brush up on your basic turkey hunting safety tips:
Spring Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Spring Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

  • 3/27/2015 8:43:00 AM
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An estimated 50,000 hunters will be in the timber this spring pursuing the elusive wild turkey and while the woods will not be crawling with hunters, there is a chance for an occasional encounter. Hunters should practice defensive hunting techniques.  Hunters should make a loud statement like “hey – hunter over here,” if they see someone coming into the same area. One loud noise shouldn’t scare a bird too much because loud noises happen in the woods. However, don’t make motion or throw something to get the oth...
Go Shed Antler Hunting

Go Shed Antler Hunting

  • 2/13/2015 9:54:00 AM
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Whitetail deer have about a two-month shedding period in Iowa, beginning mid-Jan. and ending mid-March. Around Feb. 20 is the best time to start looking for shed antlers.
Tips for Selecting the Right Bow

Tips for Selecting the Right Bow

  • 11/13/2014 4:39:00 AM
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If you’ve decided to take up bowhunting or bowfishing – or maybe you’ve been inspired by Katniss Everdeen to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow – you’ll need to have the right equipment. If you’re just starting, the best way to find a bow is to take an experienced archer or hunter with you to an experienced archery shop. Use these tips to find the right bow for you.
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