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Learn to Hunt program opens registration for youth waterfowl workshop

Learn to Hunt program opens registration for youth waterfowl workshop

  • 8/2/2022 12:11:00 PM
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DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering a program to teach skills needed to hunt, field dress and cook waterfowl to youth who have little to no waterfowl hunting experience on Aug. 27, at the Olofson Shooting Range, near Polk City.
DNR reopening Banner and Olofson shooting ranges

DNR reopening Banner and Olofson shooting ranges

  • 8/19/2020 7:11:00 AM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin a phased in reopening of the Banner and Olofson shooting ranges with new social distancing protocols customers will need to follow.
Volunteers step in to clean up popular shooting range

Volunteers step in to clean up popular shooting range

  • 4/21/2020 12:42:00 PM
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Swisher, Iowa - One of Iowa’s most heavily used shooting ranges was the recipient of a cleanup project led by volunteers who stepped in after the local range manager was sidelined with a non-work related injury.
DNR to close Olofson, Banner shooting ranges

DNR to close Olofson, Banner shooting ranges

  • 3/18/2020 2:45:00 PM
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Des Moines, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has closed the Olofson shooting range, near Big Creek State Park, and the Banner shooting range at Summerset State Park,  through March 31.
Hunting turkeys is the topic of upcoming Learn to Hunt workshop

Hunting turkeys is the topic of upcoming Learn to Hunt workshop

  • 3/3/2020 12:02:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is offering a three part Learn to Hunt series this spring focusing on hunting turkeys. The workshops will be held at Butch Olofson shooting range, 11652 NW Nissen Dr., Polk City. Attendees may attend any or all of the workshops. A light dinner will be available at each session.
Outdoors skills classes offered at Olofson shooting range

Outdoors skills classes offered at Olofson shooting range

  • 1/8/2019 12:34:00 PM
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Polk City, Iowa - The Olofson Shooting Range, at Big Creek State Park, has scheduled more than 70 outdoor skills programs open to the public in 2019, including hunter education, hand gun basics, taxidermy, Dutch oven cooking, how to use a trail camera and more. Programs begin on Jan. 16 with a course on cleaning and storing guns.  
Banner and Butch Olofson shooting ranges open Black Friday

Banner and Butch Olofson shooting ranges open Black Friday

  • 11/13/2018 1:04:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a solution for those wanting to avoid the holiday tradition of standing in long checkout lines on the day after Thanksgiving – the Banner and Butch Olofson shooting ranges will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Black Friday. As an added incentive, the DNR has discounted its annual passes for 2019 by $40 which is the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for member of the family.
North Carolina and Louisiana hunters plead guilty to multiple major hunting violations

North Carolina and Louisiana hunters plead guilty to multiple major hunting violations

  • 11/13/2018 9:37:00 AM
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TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa - On Wednesday, November 7, Iowa DNR Conservation Officers Andrea Bevington and Adam Arnold were checking hunters in deer camps in Taylor County when they observed one group of hunters with an untagged deer.  After interviewing the hunters, the conservation officers uncovered numerous hunting violations including falsifying residency and hunting with Missouri deer licenses in Iowa. 
DNR Park Ranger honored by Iowa OHV Association

DNR Park Ranger honored by Iowa OHV Association

  • 1/30/2018 1:55:00 PM
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DNR Park Ranger Christopher (C.J.) Hughes was given a Special Recognition Award by the Iowa Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Association for his education efforts. He received the award at the association’s annual meeting in Williamsburg on Jan. 21.
Why doesn’t blaze orange give me away?

Why doesn’t blaze orange give me away?

  • 11/29/2017 10:57:00 AM
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If you’re trying to sneak up on a deer or pheasant, possibly decked out in some camouflage, it may not seem to make sense to top it off with a neon orange vest or hat. After all, wouldn’t that make you more noticeable?
Remodeled DNR shooting range open in Polk City

Remodeled DNR shooting range open in Polk City

  • 11/9/2017 4:08:00 PM
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POLK CITY -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is proud to announce the newly remodeled Olofson shooting range in rural Polk City is open for business.
Think safety before opening day

Think safety before opening day

  • 10/24/2017 1:46:00 PM
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Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.
DNR Hiring Range Safety Officers

DNR Hiring Range Safety Officers

  • 7/28/2017 9:48:00 AM
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The DNR has two openings at Banner Shooting Range near Indianola, and eight openings at Olofson Shooting Range near Polk City, for Range Safety Officers.
Avenson Archery Range Dedicated Today

Avenson Archery Range Dedicated Today

  • 7/18/2017 3:00:00 PM
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The archery range at Volga River State Recreation Area, in Fayette County, will be dedicated Avenson Archery Range July 18, at 4 p.m.
Oyens Shooting Range to close for annual work day

Oyens Shooting Range to close for annual work day

  • 6/15/2017 8:18:00 AM
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The Oyens Shooting Range will be closed June 16 and 17 for the 4th annual Tri-State Public Range Association work day. This year, the Tri-State Public Range Association is raising money to install a new target stand system at the range.   
Heavy Rainfall Closes Shooting Range At Hawkeye Wildlife Area

Heavy Rainfall Closes Shooting Range At Hawkeye Wildlife Area

  • 6/22/2016 1:55:00 PM
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IOWA CITY - The Tim Dorr rifle and handgun range at the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area is closed after a nearly six inch rainfall Tuesday night damaged the recently completed renovation on the popular shooting range.
Olofson Shooting Range Closed for Construction

Olofson Shooting Range Closed for Construction

  • 2/2/2016 7:13:00 AM
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POLK CITY – The Charles “Butch” Olofson shooting range at Big Creek State Park in Polk County has been close since December 20 to allow contractors to remove the old structures and install a new registration and classroom facility, add new baffles, and conduct lead reclamation and berm maintenance.
Olofson Shooting Range to Close Dec 20 for Construction

Olofson Shooting Range to Close Dec 20 for Construction

  • 12/1/2015 7:04:00 AM
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POLK CITY - The Charles “Butch” Olofson shooting range at Big Creek State Park in Polk County will close on December 20 to allow contractors to remove the old structures and install a new registration and classroom facility, add new baffles, and conduct lead reclamation and berm maintenance.
Think Safety Before Opening Day

Think Safety Before Opening Day

  • 10/20/2015 8:10:00 AM
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Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out.