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Iowa Outdoors Begins its 75th Year

Iowa Outdoors Begins its 75th Year

  • 2/5/2016 9:59:00 AM
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Launched Feb. 15, 1942 in the dark early years of WWII, the Iowa Conservationist magazine was born.
Two Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Allamakee County

Two Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Allamakee County

  • 2/4/2016 11:26:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Two wild deer harvested in Allamakee County during the recent hunting season have been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), marking the third year in a row the disease has been confirmed in a wild Iowa deer, all in Allamakee County.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet February 11 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet February 11 in Des Moines

  • 2/4/2016 10:12:00 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 Feb. 11, in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines. The meeting is open to the public.
Livestock Master Matrix Adopted in 88 Counties

Livestock Master Matrix Adopted in 88 Counties

  • 2/4/2016 6:17:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Once again, 88 of 99 Iowa counties notified DNR in January that they plan to evaluate construction permit applications and proposed locations for animal confinements by using the master matrix.
Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday In Ames

Family Trout Fishing Event This Saturday In Ames

  • 2/3/2016 5:10:00 AM
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AMES – A family trout fishing event will be held at Ada Hayden Heritage Park this Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will stock 2,200 rainbow trout in the north lake between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
Elliott Residents Advised To Drink Bottled Water

Elliott Residents Advised To Drink Bottled Water

  • 2/2/2016 10:42:00 AM
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ELLIOTT—An electrical short in a well house serving the city of Elliott in Montgomery County prevented the well from coming online, and residents in this southwest Iowa town are being advised to drink bottled water only. Although the well is back online, it will take several hours before the tower refills and pressure is restored. Due to high nitrate levels, the bottled water advisory has been issued. Bacteria samples have been collected today, and another set will be collected tomorrow. Until those samples are ...
Permanent Ice Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed By Feb. 20

Permanent Ice Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed By Feb. 20

  • 2/2/2016 8:42:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake.
Walleye Season on Iowa Great Lakes Closes Feb 15

Walleye Season on Iowa Great Lakes Closes Feb 15

  • 2/2/2016 8:18:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE – The walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through February 14, 2016. After that date it will be closed and reopens again on May 7, 2016. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye.
Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

  • 2/2/2016 8:16:00 AM
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Peering through binoculars, a citizen scientist is watching a huge nest in a tree that is home to two bald eagles and their young, or are there three young in that nest? Hard to tell and a follow up visit will be needed; in the meantime, notes are taken and a peaceful hour is spent watching one of the most spectacular birds in North America.
Locations Added, Removed from Fall Hunting and Trapping Listening Sessions

Locations Added, Removed from Fall Hunting and Trapping Listening Sessions

  • 2/2/2016 8:14:00 AM
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DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has added locations in Iowa City, Mason City, Sac City, Sheldon and Spencer to the list for its February 24 public meeting over the Iowa Communications Network where hunters and trappers can go to express their thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall. The meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m.
Olofson Shooting Range Closed for Construction

Olofson Shooting Range Closed for Construction

  • 2/2/2016 8:13:00 AM
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POLK CITY – The Charles “Butch” Olofson shooting range at Big Creek State Park in Polk County has been close since December 20 to allow contractors to remove the old structures and install a new registration and classroom facility, add new baffles, and conduct lead reclamation and berm maintenance.
Ice Safety Reminder

Ice Safety Reminder

  • 2/2/2016 8:02:00 AM
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While ice fishing has been in full swing for several weeks, anglers heading out are encouraged to bring a friend and check the ice often as they make their way to their favorite fishing spot.
Iowans Create Water Quality Successes in 2015

Iowans Create Water Quality Successes in 2015

  • 1/28/2016 11:45:00 AM
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The efforts of Iowans in 2015 to improve Iowa’s lakes, rivers and streams have resulted in success stories across the state, and more efforts are underway for 2016. Working with groups statewide, including the Iowa DNR’s Watershed Improvement Program, Iowans are making changes on the land to improve our waters.
Golden in Search of Wings: Iowa's Golden Eagles

Golden in Search of Wings: Iowa's Golden Eagles

  • 1/28/2016 10:26:00 AM
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Once thought as wanderers from the Rocky Mountains and western states, research shows Iowa’s wintering golden eagles travel thousands of miles from the far, far north.
Family Trout Fishing Event Saturday At Bondurant

Family Trout Fishing Event Saturday At Bondurant

  • 1/28/2016 5:59:00 AM
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BONDURANT – A family trout fishing event will be held at Lake Petoka, in Bondurant, at noon. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will stock 1,400 rainbow trout in the lake.
Conquer Winter on a Fat Bike

Conquer Winter on a Fat Bike

  • 1/27/2016 10:47:00 AM
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These heavy-duty bikes sport tires near 4 inches wide, which allows them to go where most road and mountain bikes can’t. The oversized tires’ extra surface area gives the bike traction on mud, snow, sand and other slippery surfaces, and the inflation can be adjusted to absorb impact.
Batavia Teen Wins Gen-X Bow Promotion

Batavia Teen Wins Gen-X Bow Promotion

  • 1/26/2016 8:16:00 AM
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Jacob Stiles, 14, of Batavia, has won a new Gen-X Bow valued at $275 after his name was drawn on Jan. 19. Stiles will pick up his right handed, blue Gen-X Bow from Buck Hollow Sports, in Pella.
DNR to Hold Listening Session on Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations

DNR to Hold Listening Session on Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations

  • 1/26/2016 8:14:00 AM
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Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting public meetings over the Iowa Communications Network on February 24 from 6 to 9 p.m., to listen to the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.
State Preserves Advisory Board Meets Jan 26

State Preserves Advisory Board Meets Jan 26

  • 1/21/2016 9:56:00 AM
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The State Preserves Advisory Board of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 1 p.m., Jan. 26, in the fourth floor conference room of the Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.
Ice Fishing Event in Ankeny Re-Scheduled for Feb 6

Ice Fishing Event in Ankeny Re-Scheduled for Feb 6

  • 1/21/2016 8:48:00 AM
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Des Moines – An ice fishing meet-up is scheduled for Feb. 6 at the Ankeny Lake on the DMACC campus at 2:30 p.m. to introduce participants to the basics of ice fishing.
49th General CRP Signup Underway

49th General CRP Signup Underway

  • 1/21/2016 7:55:00 AM
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DES MOINES – Late in December the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the 49th general signup for the popular Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Additional SLEIS Training Session to be Held in Cedar Rapids

Additional SLEIS Training Session to be Held in Cedar Rapids

  • 1/21/2016 5:55:00 AM
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The DNR has placed the State & Local Emissions Inventory System (SLEIS) into production. SLEIS is the DNR’s new online emissions inventory reporting system. It contains four years of emissions data from SPARS (2011 – 2014), allows for simpler and streamlined reporting, and also offers the option of importing emissions data via a spreadsheet template, significantly reducing data entry for facilities with a large number of emission processes.
Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

Opportunity to Submit Air Quality Client Contact Meeting Agenda Items

  • 1/21/2016 4:19:00 AM
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The Air Quality Bureau is accepting agenda topics for the next Air Quality Client Contact Meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for February 18 at 1:00 p.m., at the DNR’s Air Quality Bureau Office. A conference call option is also available for the meeting.
8 Festive Birdfeeders to Make This Winter

8 Festive Birdfeeders to Make This Winter

  • 1/19/2016 10:58:00 AM
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While you may deal with this cold season by filling up on holiday treats and game day goodies, winter can be a lean time for Iowa wildlife. To help your feathered friends find a meal, take a few minutes to create one of these festive feeders for your yard, or make a fancy batch as a gift.
Use Caution on the Ice at Iowa Great Lakes

Use Caution on the Ice at Iowa Great Lakes

  • 1/19/2016 8:29:00 AM
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Officials are reminding snowmobilers, ice anglers and others that ice conditions are variable on all bodies of water and that there is no such thing as safe ice after four snowmobiles went through the ice recently at the Iowa Great Lakes.
Select Boat Owners Need to Verify Hull ID Number to Register Their Craft

Select Boat Owners Need to Verify Hull ID Number to Register Their Craft

  • 1/19/2016 8:28:00 AM
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Iowa boat owners who received a letter alerting them that their boat hull identification number (HIN) does not comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations and they have to verify their HIN with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in order to register their boat.
Contributions to Chickadee Check-Off on State Tax Form Continues Its Modest Rise

Contributions to Chickadee Check-Off on State Tax Form Continues Its Modest Rise

  • 1/19/2016 8:26:00 AM
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Last year, roughly 7,500 out of a total 1.5 million Iowa taxpayers helped boost wildlife conservation with donations to the Fish and Wildlife Fund on their state tax form. This marks the first year in the last five where contributions and the number of contributors to the Fish and Wildlife fund have gone down. Donations to all the state tax form check-offs were down on 2014 returns.
Cabin Fever: Backbone State Park

Cabin Fever: Backbone State Park

  • 1/19/2016 8:11:00 AM
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In Iowa’s oldest state park, old man winter won’t slow you down–he’s just part of the scenery.
How to Tell a Golden Eagle from a Bald Eagle

How to Tell a Golden Eagle from a Bald Eagle

  • 1/19/2016 5:50:00 AM
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Differentiating between a golden eagle and an immature bald eagle can be challenging. But sharp-eyed observers can tell the differences in the wings.
Natural Resource Commission to Meet January 20 in Des Moines

Natural Resource Commission to Meet January 20 in Des Moines

  • 1/15/2016 6:34:00 AM
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Des Moines – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet 1 p.m., Jan. 20, in the second floor north conference room, Wallace State Office Building, in Des Moines.
Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Commissions Will Meet Jointly January 20

Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Commissions Will Meet Jointly January 20

  • 1/15/2016 6:29:00 AM
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DES MOINES – The Environmental Protection Commission and the Natural Resources Commission, both of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will meet jointly Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Wallace Building second floor north conference room at 502 E. Ninth St. in Des Moines. Each commission will present its annual report followed by reports of mutual interest from DNR staff.
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