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Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons Underway

Fall Turkey Hunting Seasons Underway

  • 10/13/2015 9:24:00 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.
Top Spots to Hunt Turkey This Fall

Top Spots to Hunt Turkey This Fall

  • 10/9/2015 9:33:00 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. And fall hunting’s a totally different game than spring turkey hunting. Fall regulations allow for the take of any sex or age of a wild turkey, one per turkey license, but mature males are more difficult to hunt in the fall
Adding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

Adding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

  • 10/6/2015 11:00:00 AM
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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.
  Two Charged After Allegedly Shooting Swans

Two Charged After Allegedly Shooting Swans

  • 10/4/2015 11:00:00 AM
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DAVENPORT – Two men have been charged after allegedly shooting two Trumpeter swans at the Princeton Wildlife Area in Scott County.
  Hunters Encouraged To Focus On Tree Stand Safety

Hunters Encouraged To Focus On Tree Stand Safety

  • 9/22/2015 11:00:00 AM
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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.
5 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Otters

5 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Otters

  • 9/9/2015 11:00:00 AM
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While assorted species of otters live on all but two continents, the only species we have in Iowa today is the North American river otter. These chummy, playful mammals are characterized as clever and mischievous, but there’s a lot more to an otter than that!
Hawkeye Wildlife Refuge Open for Special Urban Canada Goose, Teal Season

Hawkeye Wildlife Refuge Open for Special Urban Canada Goose, Teal Season

  • 9/3/2015 11:00:00 AM
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The Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area participates each year in a special urban Canada goose season designed to reduce local populations of giant Canada geese before other subspecies of Canada geese migrate through Iowa in the fall. This year’s season is Sept. 5 – 13.
Sun Rises on the 2015 Dove Opener

Sun Rises on the 2015 Dove Opener

  • 9/1/2015 11:00:00 AM
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The first shot came 18 minutes into the season and was quickly followed by others from the 10 or so hunters at the Kellerton Wildlife Area in Ringgold County. After a few hours of hunting – and hundreds of empty shells - this group of friends was well on their way to filling their limit.
Iowa's Pheasant Population Jumps 37 Percent; Quail Highest Count in 21 Years

Iowa's Pheasant Population Jumps 37 Percent; Quail Highest Count in 21 Years

  • 9/1/2015 11:00:00 AM
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Iowa’s pheasant population increased for the second year in a row to a statewide average of 24 birds, up 37 percent over 2014. This is the highest bird count since 2008 for most of the state, and in southeast Iowa, it’s the highest count in more than a decade.
Go Exploring: 14 Iowa Wildlife Tracks to Look For

Go Exploring: 14 Iowa Wildlife Tracks to Look For

  • 8/7/2015 9:18:00 AM
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When you’re out enjoying Iowa’s great outdoors, how often do you think to look down? One of the best ways for a burgeoning photographer, hunter or wildlife enthusiast to figure out what types of animals are around is to look for tracks.
Explore Guthrie County: A Sleeping Giant

Explore Guthrie County: A Sleeping Giant

  • 7/23/2015 9:27:00 AM
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Take a look east, it’s nothing but flat expanse of Iowa gold. Look west, he says, and you’ve got a whole different matter. On the other side of the road, the terrain is hilly and plump with trees—the kind of place people generally drive for hours to pitch their tents on.
What To Do If You Have Poison Ivy

What To Do If You Have Poison Ivy

  • 7/17/2015 7:11:00 AM
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There can’t be a worse feeling. The itch. The burn, almost sizzling at times. The ugly blotches and blisters on your arms, your legs...anywhere you contacted it. Poison ivy.
 9 Tips for Training Hunting Dogs

 9 Tips for Training Hunting Dogs

  • 5/27/2015 9:49:00 AM
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If you’ve brought home a new puppy this year or want to teach some new skills to your hunting companion, check out these tips on training dogs for hunting.
Top Spots to Hunt Turkey This Spring

Top Spots to Hunt Turkey This Spring

  • 5/1/2015 4:10:00 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 7:43:00 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...
Louisiana Jambalaya The Iowa Way

Louisiana Jambalaya The Iowa Way

  • 2/13/2015 9:55:00 AM
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After years of painstaking research—and many trials and errors—to come up with the best jambalaya recipe, we at the Iowa Outdoors test kitchen think we have a winner.
Rice Lake Returns

Rice Lake Returns

  • 2/13/2015 9:03:00 AM
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The topic was lake restoration, but in 2009, the small group of lake users living near Rice Lake wasn’t ready to discuss pulling the plug on the 1,000-acre shallow lake straddling the Worth-Winnebago county line.
Cool Things You Should Know About Deer

Cool Things You Should Know About Deer

  • 1/9/2015 4:56:00 AM
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Even though the white-tailed deer is one of Iowa’s most well-known critters, here are some cool facts you may not know about deer.
New Year's Iowa Checklist: Where to Go, What to Do Month By Month

New Year's Iowa Checklist: Where to Go, What to Do Month By Month

  • 1/6/2015 7:42:00 AM
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It’s a New Year. I don’t do resolutions. So, call this a New Year's Outdoor Checklist; places or events across Iowa for each month. Most are return trips for me; worth a second or seventieth visit. A couple, I haven’t taken the time yet to check out. Maybe it will remind you of a few special outdoor ports of call, in the months ahead.
Four Creative Ways to Use Venison

Four Creative Ways to Use Venison

  • 12/10/2014 8:24:00 AM
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If you harvested your first deer this season or maybe are just looking for new ideas to put on the table, try our time-tested favorite recipes, pulled from the pages of Iowa Outdoors magazine and the Iowa Game Wardens’ Cookbook.
Four tips for calling geese

Four tips for calling geese

  • 12/3/2014 10:00:00 AM
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If you’re looking for ways to improve your goose calling before the season ends, check out these tips.
Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Otters

Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Otters

  • 11/26/2014 6:42:00 AM
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They may look cute and cuddly, but don’t let the playfulness of Iowa’s river otters trick you. Otters are serious swimmers and fearless, voracious predators. Here are some cool facts you may not have known about Iowa’s swimming weasels.
Get Creative This Thanksgiving with Wild Game

Get Creative This Thanksgiving with Wild Game

  • 11/19/2014 5:49:00 AM
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Not all Thanksgiving turkeys come from the grocery store. If you’re preparing your own wild turkey this Thanksgiving – or living on the extra wild side and trying goose, duck or other wild game instead – you’ll want to check out these recipes, favorites of DNR staff.
Tips for Selecting the Right Bow

Tips for Selecting the Right Bow

  • 11/13/2014 3:39:00 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.
15 Ways to Enjoy Iowa’s Outdoors this Labor Day Weekend

15 Ways to Enjoy Iowa’s Outdoors this Labor Day Weekend

  • 8/26/2014 6:11:00 AM
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If you’re looking for a way to mark the unofficial end to summer or just want to try something new instead of the old barbecue routine, try one of these 15 great Iowa outdoor activities this coming Labor Day weekend.
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