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Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

Safety first, during the shotgun seasons

  • 11/16/2021 1:49:00 PM
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The long wait is almost over. For an expected 55-60,000 deer hunters, the shotgun deer seasons are right around the corner and before they head to the timber, it’s important that everyone go through their gear to make sure everything still fits and still works and takes time to review their hunting safety plan.
Drivers stay alert for deer movement

Drivers stay alert for deer movement

  • 10/19/2021 7:07:00 PM
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Drivers are advised to stay alert as they travel Iowa’s roadsides over the coming weeks. Autumn deer behavior, crop harvest and peak travel times for motorists combine to hike the risk of vehicle-deer collisions in Iowa.
Iowa's hunters prepping for another good pheasant season

Iowa's hunters prepping for another good pheasant season

  • 10/12/2021 1:42:00 PM
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With the annual fall crop harvest running ahead of schedule, Iowa’s 2021 pheasant season is expected to be another good one when 55,000 plus blaze orange clad hunters take to the fields on Oct. 30. 
Waterfowl season dates corrected

Waterfowl season dates corrected

  • 8/31/2021 11:51:00 AM
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An error during a routine update of the Iowa Hunting Regulations mistakenly posted the 2020-21 waterfowl season dates to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website late last week. The issue has been corrected.
Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 4

Iowa’s rabbit, squirrel season opens Sept. 4

  • 8/31/2021 11:46:00 AM
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The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has an abundant rabbit population, with the southern and east central part of the state seeing the best overall numbers. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 4 statewide.
Iowa’s teal hunting season opens Sept. 1

Iowa’s teal hunting season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/17/2021 11:41:00 AM
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Iowa’s 16-day teal only hunting season begins statewide Sept. 1, offering hunters an opportunity to enjoy Iowa’s wetlands and shallow lakes during the mild late summer weather.
Iowa’s dove hunting season begins Sept. 1

Iowa’s dove hunting season begins Sept. 1

  • 8/17/2021 11:37:00 AM
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Iowa’s sunflower and wheat fields will be popular places on Sept. 1, when thousands of hunters slip into the standing flowers and field edges in the early morning darkness for the opening day of dove hunting season.
Fawning season is here, deer are on the move

Fawning season is here, deer are on the move

  • 6/8/2021 1:29:00 PM
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The calls have been coming in to field offices and conservation officers for the past few weeks and will only increase as the first few weeks of June marks the peak of the deer fawning season.
Hunting seasons begin closing soon

Hunting seasons begin closing soon

  • 12/29/2020 11:35:00 AM
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Hunting seasons will begin closing soon, starting with pheasant, archery turkey and deer seasons, and late muzzleloader deer season on Jan. 10. The staggered goose seasons begin closing in the north zone first on Jan. 9, followed by the south zone on Jan. 16, and the Missouri River zone on Jan. 23.
Think boating this holiday season

Think boating this holiday season

  • 12/8/2020 7:23:00 PM
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Avoid the crowds and the “item out of stock” message this holiday season and get something every boater can use – new U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable lifejackets.
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

  • 11/18/2020 6:43:00 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 popular shotgun deer seasons are just a few weeks away

Iowa's popular shotgun deer seasons are just a few weeks away

  • 11/18/2020 6:39:00 AM
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Blaze orange clad hunters moving through Iowa’s timber will be a common sight when the first of two shotgun deer seasons open Dec. 5. An estimated 120,000 hunters participate in the shotgun seasons, harvesting about half of the total number of deer for the year.
Pheasant hunters gearing up for highly anticipated season opener

Pheasant hunters gearing up for highly anticipated season opener

  • 10/20/2020 12:54:00 PM
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Tens of thousands of hunters in blaze orange will take to the fields when Iowa’s pheasant season opens Oct. 31. And with pheasant populations on par with the best counts in the past decade, including six of the nine survey regions averaging more than 20 pheasants per route - the most since 2007, hunters can afford to be optimistic.
Iowa’s youth deer season begins Sept. 19

Iowa’s youth deer season begins Sept. 19

  • 9/15/2020 1:29:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 young hunters who are participating in the youth deer season, which opens on Sept. 19. This season is designed as a mentor-styled hunt, matching young hunters with a licensed adult to teach proper deer hunting techniques, wildlife behavior, and safe hunting practices without the added pressure of other hunters in the field. 
Iowa’s teal hunting season begins Sept. 1

Iowa’s teal hunting season begins Sept. 1

  • 8/25/2020 1:37:00 PM
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Iowa’s 16-day statewide teal-only hunting season begins September 1 and all indicators are pointing towards hunters having a good year in Iowa.
Proposed waterfowl rules available for public comment

Proposed waterfowl rules available for public comment

  • 2/9/2020 2:48:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting comments on proposed waterfowl and coot hunting seasons and bag limits, which includes 2021-22 season dates, and the proposed restructuring of the hunting zones and seasons for 2021-2025.
Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Lizard Lake

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Lizard Lake

  • 1/31/2020 12:20:00 PM
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GILMORE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Lizard Lake, in Pocahontas County, from Feb. 1 to April 1 to offer additional trapping opportunities of a temporarily abundant resource. Iowa’s trapping season for all furbearers except beaver closes statewide on Jan. 31.
Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

Basic firearm rules are important for a safe hunt

  • 11/19/2019 2:07:00 PM
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The first of Iowa’s two shotgun deer seasons opens on Dec. 7, and while optimism for a successful hunt is the primary focus, hunters are encouraged to brush up on safe hunting practices.
For Iowa’s deer hunters, the wait is nearly over, shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 7

For Iowa’s deer hunters, the wait is nearly over, shotgun deer seasons begin Dec. 7

  • 11/19/2019 2:02:00 PM
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Heading into Iowa’s busiest outdoor ‘opening day,’ shotgun deer season hunters should expect to see about the same number of deer in the timber as last year – with the possible exception for hunters in southcentral Iowa, where local deer populations were impacted by an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease.
Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

Pheasant hunting on Thanksgiving as traditional as pumpkin pie

  • 11/19/2019 2:00:00 PM
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For many Iowans, a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt is as much a part of the holiday tradition as football, battling over the last turkey leg and an afternoon nap, and this year’s outing may be one of the best.
Iowa’s furbearer season begins Nov. 2

Iowa’s furbearer season begins Nov. 2

  • 10/22/2019 3:43:00 PM
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Furharvesters take note: the outlook is pretty decent for most of the commonly targeted species ahead of Iowa’s furbearer hunting and trapping season.
Iowa’s youth turkey season begins April 5

Iowa’s youth turkey season begins April 5

  • 3/26/2019 1:20:00 PM
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Iowa’s youth only turkey hunting season begins April 5 for residents age 15 and younger at the time when they purchased their youth turkey license.
January antlerless deer season begins Friday in four counties

January antlerless deer season begins Friday in four counties

  • 1/10/2019 8:24:00 AM
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The special January antlerless deer season will open in Allamakee, Clayton, Wayne and Appanoose counties this Friday.  Of those four counties, only Allamakee County has licenses remaining – the other three have sold out.
Iowa’s rabbit season opens Sept. 1

Iowa’s rabbit season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/21/2018 12:42:00 PM
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The good news for Iowa’s cottontail rabbit hunters is that Iowa has a lot of rabbits with the southern third and the east central region of the state leading the way. The better news for hunters is Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season begins Sept. 1 statewide.
Iowa's teal season opens Sept. 1

Iowa's teal season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/21/2018 12:40:00 PM
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Iowa’s first duck hunting season begins September 1 with the 16 day teal-only season. These fast flying early migrators use the first cool spell in late August as a sign to start heading south.
Dove season opens Sept. 1

Dove season opens Sept. 1

  • 8/21/2018 12:39:00 PM
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In a few days, hunters will be tucking into the edge of sunflowers and wheat fields awaiting the arrival of the most popular game bird in the country. Iowa’s dove season begins September 1.
Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Trumbull Lake

Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Trumbull Lake

  • 2/2/2018 10:41:00 AM
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RUTHVEN - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Trumbull Lake, Ventura Marsh, Burrows Pond and the Inlet Bay of Black Hawk Lake from Feb. 1 to April 1 to reduce the muskrat population and preserve the beneficial vegetation in the marsh.  This extension is only for muskrats on the identified areas.
​​Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

​​Muskrat trapping season extended to April 1 on Ventura Marsh

  • 2/2/2018 10:03:00 AM
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CLEAR LAKE - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the muskrat trapping season on Ventura Marsh, Trumbull Lake, Burrows Pond and the Inlet Bay of Black Hawk Lake from Feb. 1 to April 1 to reduce the muskrat population and preserve the beneficial vegetation in the marsh.  This extension is only for muskrats on the identified areas.
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