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Wildlife Notes

  • 12/4/2018 4:54:00 PM
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Brief updates on wildlife and hunting news
Meet Iowa's winter raptors

Meet Iowa's winter raptors

  • 11/29/2018 1:08:00 PM
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Get out your binoculars! These raptors can only be found in Iowa during the winter as they breed elsewhere -maybe you'll get lucky and catch a glimpse of these winter residents!
Barn Owl Nesting Bonanza

Barn Owl Nesting Bonanza

  • 11/2/2017 8:45:00 AM
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While the documentation of 17 Barn Owl nests and 33 total records in 2016 was an all-time record high for Iowa, that record was more than doubled this year. Currently, 38 Barn Owl nests are documented in 26 counties, and 71 young Barn Owls have fledged from 26 nests.
Locked up and feet down, Iowa duck hunters are ready for opening day

Locked up and feet down, Iowa duck hunters are ready for opening day

  • 9/19/2017 2:38:00 PM
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Waterfowlers have waited all year for this: for the next three weekends in Iowa, there will be an opening day for duck and goose hunting. The north zone opens on Sept. 23, the south zone opens on Sept. 30 and the Missouri River zone opens on Oct. 7.
Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise

Reports of nesting barn owls on the rise

  • 9/5/2017 12:58:00 PM
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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.
Hunting seasons starting to close

Hunting seasons starting to close

  • 1/3/2017 1:18:00 PM
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Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.  Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.
Iowa owl identification guide

Iowa owl identification guide

  • 12/5/2016 3:51:00 PM
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That tell-tale disc-shaped face tells you it’s an owl, sure – but which one? Iowa has nine different species that call our state home, whether full-time or part-time, and you can find them in a number of different habitats. Here’s what to look for.
Waterfowl refuges closed to any access until duck seasons end

Waterfowl refuges closed to any access until duck seasons end

  • 12/2/2016 11:16:00 AM
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Iowa waterfowl refuges are closed to all access until the day after duck season closes. This year the duck season closes later than previous years and the later season dates may impact some deer hunters who have hunted the areas in the past. 
DNR looking for opinions on current migratory game bird seasons

DNR looking for opinions on current migratory game bird seasons

  • 11/16/2016 11:00:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking Iowa migratory game bird hunters what they liked and disliked about the 2016 migratory game bird seasons, as a first step in developing proposed 2017 migratory game bird season dates. 
Flooding in northern Iowa impacts some public areas and raises baiting questions

Flooding in northern Iowa impacts some public areas and raises baiting questions

  • 9/23/2016 3:19:00 PM
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DES MOINES - It will not be a run-of-the-mill type of opener for many waterfowl hunters in northern portions of the state on Saturday. Extensive flooding has impacted some of the more popular public areas and also raises questions on when hunting flooded fields might be considered baiting.
Iowa’s regular duck hunting seasons to start soon

Iowa’s regular duck hunting seasons to start soon

  • 9/20/2016 12:57:00 PM
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Iowa has had a wet start to summer and now a wet end to summer filling wetlands and marshes across the state and flooding crop fields in certain areas. Adding to the mix that local Iowa ducks had a good hatch this spring and these young ducks are now spread out and using newly flooded areas for food and cover.
Canada goose season closed during youth duck season

Canada goose season closed during youth duck season

  • 9/16/2016 9:45:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s two-day youth waterfowl seasons begin Saturday in the north zone and hunters planning to take a young person on this special hunt are reminded that only the youth may participate in the hunt and only ducks, mergansers and coots are legal species.
Let's Talk Teal: Season Opens Sept 3

Let's Talk Teal: Season Opens Sept 3

  • 8/26/2016 1:02:00 PM
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Early teal hunting season looks promising for Iowa hunters since a wet summer has kept Iowa's wetland areas filled with water. Now, according to DNR waterfowl biologists, it's up to weather and migration.
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.
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.
8 Iowa Animals You May Not Know are Threatened or Endangered

8 Iowa Animals You May Not Know are Threatened or Endangered

  • 8/11/2015 9:57:00 AM
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Nothing sounds more common than a mouse, owl, turtle or bat, but in Iowa, loss of habitat and other threats are creating serious conditions for different species of these critters, landing them on Iowa’s threatened and endangered species list.
Go Calling Under the Owl Moon

Go Calling Under the Owl Moon

  • 2/3/2015 9:57:00 AM
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February’s full moon is nicknamed the owl moon, as the crisp night air is filled with the calls and hoots of mating owls. Trek into the woods with the young and young at heart to practice calling owls.