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Outdoor Notes

Outdoor Notes

  • 1/2/2024 12:01:00 PM
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Hunting seasons will begin closing soon in early January. Pheasant, archery turkey and deer seasons, and late muzzleloader deer season close on Jan. 10. Goose seasons start closing first in the north zone on Jan. 13, followed by the central zone on Jan. 20, and the south zone on Jan. 27.
Iowa’s furharvest season began Nov. 4

Iowa’s furharvest season began Nov. 4

  • 11/7/2023 11:54:00 AM
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Iowa trappers can expect to find good numbers of furbearers statewide during the 2023-24 season, that began on Nov. 4.
Stay safe this harvest season

Stay safe this harvest season

  • 9/26/2023 1:05:00 PM
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AMES - As fall harvest starts across Iowa, the risk of wildfires in crop fields increases. Recent rains across Iowa provided some relief from the on-going drought, but crop fields are still dry, cured and could spark wildfires.
Public invited to field day highlighting forest management

Public invited to field day highlighting forest management

  • 4/4/2023 11:47:00 AM
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FAYETTE, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa State University Extension will be showcasing various forestry practices at Volga River State Recreation Area as part of a public field day on May 16.
Firewise on the Farm

Firewise on the Farm

  • 11/1/2022 1:46:00 PM
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AMES - As Iowa’s annual harvest wraps up across the state, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’
Spring snow goose hunting season open through May 1

Spring snow goose hunting season open through May 1

  • 3/8/2022 1:40:00 PM
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The snow goose migration is underway and with it, the opportunity for waterfowl hunters to participate in the special conservation order allowing hunting of light geese in Iowa through May 1.
Outdoor Notes

Outdoor Notes

  • 12/28/2021 1:15:00 PM
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Hunting seasons will begin closing in early January. Pheasant, archery turkey and deer seasons, and late muzzleloader deer season close on Jan. 10.
Iowa’s deer harvest on similar track as 2020

Iowa’s deer harvest on similar track as 2020

  • 12/14/2021 2:50:00 PM
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Iowa’s hunters reported harvesting around 75,000 deer heading in to the final weekend of Iowa’s shotgun deer season, which is similar to the 2020 deer harvest at the same point.
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. 
Pheasant hunters and pheasant harvest increased in 2020

Pheasant hunters and pheasant harvest increased in 2020

  • 7/13/2021 1:18:00 PM
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Pheasant hunters harvested nearly 300,000 roosters in Iowa during the 2020 season, which was the second highest harvest reported in more than a decade. In 2019, hunters harvested nearly 284,000 roosters.
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.
DNR to host public meeting on timber harvest at McIntosh Woods

DNR to host public meeting on timber harvest at McIntosh Woods

  • 12/26/2019 10:23:00 AM
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VENTURA, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 6:30pm at the Ventura Community Center, 4 N. Weimer Street, to discuss salvage timber harvest at McIntosh Woods State Park.
2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals

2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals

  • 1/16/2018 2:10:00 PM
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Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa for 2017, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10.
DNR to discuss tree harvesting at public meeting

DNR to discuss tree harvesting at public meeting

  • 1/3/2018 2:13:00 PM
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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 9, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Walnut Woods State Park Lodge in West Des Moines to discuss a planned tree harvest.
Iowa deer harvest tops 90,000

Iowa deer harvest tops 90,000

  • 12/19/2017 1:20:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running more than 5 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 90,955 deer have been reported, compared to 86,506 for the same period last year.
Iowa deer harvest nearly identical to 2016

Iowa deer harvest nearly identical to 2016

  • 12/12/2017 1:01:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running less than 1 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 76,204 deer have been reported, compared to 75,909 for the same period last year.
Iowa deer harvest ahead of 2016

Iowa deer harvest ahead of 2016

  • 12/5/2017 12:21:00 PM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running 4.5 percent ahead of the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 55,793 deer have been reported, compared to 53,191 for the same period last year.
Iowa’s 2017 shotgun deer season preview

Iowa’s 2017 shotgun deer season preview

  • 11/21/2017 11:39:00 AM
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The first of Iowa’s popular shotgun deer seasons is Dec. 2-6 when an expected 60,000 orange-clad hunters head to the timber. That group will be followed by another 60,000 hunters who prefer the Dec. 9-17 second shotgun season.
Iowa deer harvest similar to 2016

Iowa deer harvest similar to 2016

  • 11/15/2017 9:51:00 AM
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The 2017 Iowa deer harvest is running slightly behind the 2016 totals. So far this fall, 21,825 deer have been reported, compared to 21,947 for the same period last year.
2016 Iowa deer harvest tops 100,000

2016 Iowa deer harvest tops 100,000

  • 2/28/2017 12:49:00 PM
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Deer hunters reported harvesting 101,397 deer during the 2016 Iowa deer hunting season, which is about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest.
Register your harvest

Register your harvest

  • 11/22/2016 1:59:00 PM
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Your deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. Your harvest is not complete, though, until you register it; online, over the phone or at a license vendor.
Iowa’s archery deer hunting season opens October 1

Iowa’s archery deer hunting season opens October 1

  • 9/27/2016 2:12:00 PM
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The days are getting shorter, nights are getting cooler and treestands are being moved into place. For bow hunters, the long wait is nearly over. Iowa’s archery deer season begins Oct. 1.
Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

  • 6/8/2016 9:58:00 AM
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Iowa’s estimated pheasant harvest continues its climb and for the fifth year in a row has been higher than the previous year. In 2015, more than 56,000 hunters harvested nearly 270,000 rooster pheasants in Iowa, which is an increased harvest of 24 percent over 2014 and the highest pheasant harvest since 2009.
2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 12,000

2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tops 12,000

  • 5/31/2016 1:04:00 PM
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Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 12,200 Iowa birds this spring, which is highest harvest total since hunters were required to report their harvest in 2007.
Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

  • 11/24/2015 7:14:00 AM
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Hunters have reported harvesting more than 27,300 deer so far into the 2015 season, which is nearly 4,000 more than was reported in 2013 and 2014 over the same time period.
Register Your Harvest

Register Your Harvest

  • 11/17/2015 10:15:00 AM
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Your deer is down, tagged and on its way to the truck. Your harvest is not complete, though, until you register it; online, over the phone or at a license vendor.