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Iowa’s youth deer season begins Sept. 16

Iowa’s youth deer season begins Sept. 16

  • 9/12/2017 2:55:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 youths who will participate in the youth deer hunting season, which opens on Sept. 16. 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. 
Fall is a great time to catch fish

Fall is a great time to catch fish

  • 9/12/2017 2:17:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to be outdoors with family and friends. The air is cool, the views are picturesque, lakes are less crowded and the fish are easy to catch.
REAP assemblies scheduled in 18 communities

REAP assemblies scheduled in 18 communities

  • 9/12/2017 2:01:00 PM
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Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assemblies will begin next month, giving all Iowans an opportunity to discuss what their vision is for Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources and land management and more.
Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

  • 9/12/2017 1:53:00 PM
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A celebration of the monarch’s journey from Canada, through Iowa, to Mexico, will be held Sept. 17, from Noon to 4 p.m., at Blank Park Zoo, in Des Moines.
Iowa Mussel Blitz

Iowa Mussel Blitz

  • 9/12/2017 1:21:00 PM
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The upper Cedar River was the focus of this year’s annual research project to inventory and map the distribution of Iowa’s mussels, often called clams. 
Meetings to discuss water quality improvement plan for the Iowa River

Meetings to discuss water quality improvement plan for the Iowa River

  • 9/7/2017 12:25:00 PM
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IOWA CITY – Iowans interested in the results of a DNR study to improve water quality in the Iowa River and its tributaries can attend one of three meetings across the basin. Citizens are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to improve the river to the meeting for discussion. 
Spreading monarch-saving seed balls

Spreading monarch-saving seed balls

  • 9/6/2017 8:30:00 AM
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Milkweed Matters began in 2014 when group founder Kelly Guilbeau began throwing loose milkweed seeds along the RAGBRAI route. The following year, seed ball dispersal began with 2,000 thrown during the ride in collaboration with another organization; Monarchs in Eastern Iowa. Last year the number of seed balls jumped to 58,459—made at 79 different events statewide by 3,406 people. 
Congratulations Maquoketa Caves State Park

Congratulations Maquoketa Caves State Park

  • 9/5/2017 12:02:00 PM
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USA Today recently revealed their 2017 Readers’ Choice for Best Iowa Attractions, and the winner is . . . Maquoketa Caves State Park!
Former flood prone farmland now a popular wildlife area

Former flood prone farmland now a popular wildlife area

  • 9/5/2017 12:00:00 PM
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COGGON, Iowa - Word is starting to spread across the hunting circles in east-central Iowa, about a new wildlife area surrounding Buffalo Creek, on the Linn, Buchanan and Delaware County line.
Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise

Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise

  • 9/5/2017 11:58:00 AM
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State wildlife experts are crediting a series of mild winters and an abundance of meadow vole prey in grasslands for a nesting boon for barn owls, primarily across southern Iowa.
State parks looking for volunteers Sept. 30

State parks looking for volunteers Sept. 30

  • 9/5/2017 11:57:00 AM
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Iowa’s state parks are looking for volunteers on Sept. 30 for Iowa’s first State Park Volunteer Day.  Volunteer activities will take place in 32 state parks.
Tree stand safety focus of awareness campaign

Tree stand safety focus of awareness campaign

  • 9/5/2017 11:55:00 AM
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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.
Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

Natural Resource Commission to meet Sept. 14 at Storm Lake

  • 9/5/2017 11:52:00 AM
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Storm Lake – The Natural Resource Commission (NRC) of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will meet at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 14, in the conference room at King’s Pointe, 1520 East Lakeshore Drive, in Storm Lake.
Le Mars fish kill likely came from local business

Le Mars fish kill likely came from local business

  • 9/1/2017 12:32:00 PM
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LE MARS - After looking for the cause of a fish kill in a small stream west of Le Mars Thursday afternoon, DNR traced the source to a local industry that uses ammonia as a refrigerant.
Pheasant hunters should expect a repeat of 2016

Pheasant hunters should expect a repeat of 2016

  • 8/31/2017 12:39:00 PM
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It happens about as often as a total eclipse, but results from the Iowa roadside pheasant survey, conducted during the first two weeks of August, are not lining up with what is being reported from the field and by landowners from around the state.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/31/2017 12:21:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Manure spill in Plymouth County reaches very small creek

Manure spill in Plymouth County reaches very small creek

  • 8/30/2017 12:57:00 PM
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KINGSLEY –After a report of a manure spill from a sow facility in Plymouth County Tuesday afternoon, DNR found manure had reached a small creek about four miles northwest of Kingsley.
Get ready for a successful dove season

Get ready for a successful dove season

  • 8/30/2017 9:26:00 AM
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Iowa's dove season opens on Sept. 1, a week from today. Doves provide a lot of excitement for hunters of all skill levels and are a great way to bring in new or young hunters.
Campers ready for Labor Day weekend

Campers ready for Labor Day weekend

  • 8/29/2017 12:15:00 PM
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The unofficial end of the summer holiday remains one of the more popular weekends during the peak camping season.  Most of the campsites with electricity in Iowa state parks have been snapped up for weeks ahead of the Labor Day weekend.
Special September teal season begins Sept. 2

Special September teal season begins Sept. 2

  • 8/29/2017 12:13:00 PM
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The experimental September teal hunting season begins Sept. 2, and based on a recently released population survey, hunters can expect to find about the same amount of teal as they have over the last five years.
Refuge on Hawkeye Wildlife Area open for teal, special September Canada goose seasons

Refuge on Hawkeye Wildlife Area open for teal, special September Canada goose seasons

  • 8/29/2017 12:12:00 PM
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Swisher, Iowa - The wildlife refuge section of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area on the west side of the Coralville Reservoir will be open to hunting until Sept. 20, to allow hunters access to public hunting areas for the special September Canada goose season for the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids zone as well as for the experimental teal season.
Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

Summer tips to land Iowa’s big fish

  • 8/29/2017 12:10:00 PM
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Iowa anglers have lots of opportunities to earn a Master Angler award this Labor Day weekend. Finding places that have big fish is key to catching big fish.
Tieville Bend Wildlife Area is western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

Tieville Bend Wildlife Area is western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

  • 8/29/2017 12:08:00 PM
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The parking lot of the Super 8 at I-29 and Hwy. 175 fills each fall with trucks pulling boats covered with duck blinds. For hunters, the bread and butter at Tieville Bend is the fall duck migration and if you want to know how the hunting is, go to Onawa and stop in Dave’s World Truck Stop and Restaurant, Suds and Jugs, or Millers Kitchen.
Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

Gizzard Shad found in Iowa Great Lakes

  • 8/29/2017 12:05:00 PM
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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered 26, 3- to 5-inch gizzard shad, in East Okoboji Lake on August 11 as part of routine sampling.
Public Meeting to discuss Hickory Grove Lake improvement plan

Public Meeting to discuss Hickory Grove Lake improvement plan

  • 8/29/2017 12:03:00 PM
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NEVADA –The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Story County Conservation Board (SCCB) will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12th, at the Oriole Shelter in Hickory Grove Park, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Hickory Grove Lake in Story County.
7 things to know before you go tent camping

7 things to know before you go tent camping

  • 8/28/2017 11:51:00 AM
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The ability to successfully go tent camping in Iowa is a rite of passage for many. Roughing it without air conditioning or electronics doesn’t need to be hard, though. This list will prepare tent campers young and old, experienced or novice, with the knowledge to have a pleasant and well-prepared for adventure.
White bass die off at Big Creek Lake

White bass die off at Big Creek Lake

  • 8/28/2017 7:34:00 AM
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Polk City - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a fish kill involving white bass at Big Creek Lake.  
DNR tracks fish kill to dairy near Decorah

DNR tracks fish kill to dairy near Decorah

  • 8/26/2017 7:35:00 AM
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DECORAH - The Wednesday morning report of a fish kill about four miles southwest of Decorah sent DNR staff to investigate Dry Run Creek that afternoon.
Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area opens for public use

  • 8/24/2017 1:28:00 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The metro’s newest recreational area is open for outdoor enthusiasts. On Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, along with the Des Moines Water Works, the City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park held a grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area located off Army Post Road, southwest of Walnut Woods State Park.
DNR enforcement actions

DNR enforcement actions

  • 8/24/2017 12:22:00 PM
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DES MOINES – DNR staff work with individuals, businesses and communities to help them protect our natural resources by complying with state and federal laws. This approach is very effective. In the few cases where compliance cannot be achieved, the DNR issues enforcement actions.
Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

Grand opening press event for Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area

  • 8/23/2017 12:00:00 PM
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 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with Des Moines Water Works, City of West Des Moines and the Friends of Walnut Woods State Park group, will hold a press conference for the grand opening of Purple Martin Lake Water Resource Area. This lake and recreational area will create many new opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to recreate and enjoy the outdoors and be close to West Des Moines and Des Moines.
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