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5 DIY camping hacks and projects for a smoother trip

5 DIY camping hacks and projects for a smoother trip

  • 9/16/2016 1:16:00 PM
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Get that fire started faster - because no one likes waiting for s'mores. Use these tips to make sure your next camping trip goes smoothly (even if something goes wrong).
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.
Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast

Iowa Fall Fishing Forecast

  • 9/14/2016 4:14:00 PM
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Fall fishing is one of Iowa's best kept secrets. The air is cool, the views are picturesque and the fish are pulling out of their late summer slumber. Add one of these destinations to your fall fishing itinerary.
Three-Mile Lake Fish Renovation Planned for Sept 20-22

Three-Mile Lake Fish Renovation Planned for Sept 20-22

  • 9/13/2016 1:02:00 PM
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will begin a fish renovation at Three-Mile Lake in Union County on Sep. 20th.  DNR staff will treat the watershed streams on Sept. 20-21 with Prentox® PrenfishTM, a plant-based fish toxicant commonly known as Rotenone to eradicate the current fish population, and the lake on Sept. 22nd. 
Bike Your Park on Sept 24

Bike Your Park on Sept 24

  • 9/13/2016 1:00:00 PM
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Thousands of people across the country are expected to participate in the inaugural Bike Your Park Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. This new national event promotes exploration of parks and public lands by bicycle.
Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Dredge Pipe on Des Moines River

Boaters Cautioned to Avoid Dredge Pipe on Des Moines River

  • 9/13/2016 12:58:00 PM
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Boaters using the Des Moines River below the wastewater treatment plant on the southeast side of Des Moines should be aware that due to lower flows coming out of Saylorville Reservoir, two dredge pipes running from a nearby rock quarry to Easter Lake are near the water’s surface.
Fall Fishing Frenzy

Fall Fishing Frenzy

  • 9/13/2016 12:54:00 PM
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Fall is a great time to be outdoors. The air is cool, the views are picturesque and the fish are pulling out of their late summer slumber.
DNR Investigating Fish Kill Near Sheldon

DNR Investigating Fish Kill Near Sheldon

  • 9/8/2016 1:50:00 PM
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SHELDON - State DNR investigators are responding to a fish kill along the Little Floyd River near Sheldon in O’Brien County.
Three central Iowa men charged in ginseng theft case

Three central Iowa men charged in ginseng theft case

  • 9/8/2016 12:52:00 PM
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Three central Iowa men were charged with theft for allegedly harvesting ginseng roots on state managed lands along the Des Moines River valley over the Labor Day Weekend. It is illegal to harvest ginseng from all state-owned and state-managed land, and most county conservation board owned land.
9 Cool Things You Should Know About Ducks

9 Cool Things You Should Know About Ducks

  • 9/7/2016 10:04:00 AM
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Ducks are one of the most recognizable bird families in the world thanks to their funky webbed feet, colorful plumage and big bills. The family is expansive, and Iowa alone is habitat for about 25 duck species every year.
Tree Stand Safety Focus of Awareness Campaign

Tree Stand Safety Focus of Awareness Campaign

  • 9/6/2016 1:31:00 PM
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A campaign is underway by tree stand manufacturers, retailers, media, natural resource agencies and deer hunters to reduce and eliminate tree stand accidents by raising awareness of this issue and providing education about safe tree stand hunting best practices.
Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

Blank Park Zoo Monarch Festival

  • 9/6/2016 1:30:00 PM
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Come celebrate the monarch’s journey from Canada, through Iowa, to Mexico at the 2016 Monarch Festival on Sunday, September 18 from 12-4 p.m. at Blank Park Zoo, in Des Moines.
Iowa's Youth Deer Season Begins September 17

Iowa's Youth Deer Season Begins September 17

  • 9/6/2016 1:27:00 PM
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The Iowa deer hunting tradition will be passed on to about 10,000 youths who are participating in the youth deer hunting season, which opens on Sept. 17. This season provides an opportunity to teach deer hunting, wildlife behavior, and safe hunting practices to resident youths while they are under the watchful eye of a licensed adult. 
Find Public Hunting on Private Land with IHAP

Find Public Hunting on Private Land with IHAP

  • 9/1/2016 4:01:00 PM
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Hunting can be a great family activity or a solo adventure. Stroll through tall grass, hear the explosive rising cackle of pheasants, thrill at the thunderous gobble of a male wild turkey, see a few majestic deer—and maybe get the chance to take one home. That opportunity already exists on scores of acres near you, thanks in part to landowners who open their property through the Iowa Habitat and Access Program, or IHAP.
7 Cool Facts to Know About Iowa Pelicans

7 Cool Facts to Know About Iowa Pelicans

  • 9/1/2016 1:54:00 PM
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You read that right, there are pelicans in Iowa. Hundreds of them spend their summers on Iowa wetlands, and large number nest on islands within the Mississippi River. While most people associate the fish-eating behemoth family and their unique beaks with coastal areas, American white pelicans are actually inland birds with main breeding grounds near the Great Lakes and southern Canada. Keep an eye out for them flying through this spring and summer - they’re pretty hard to miss!
Water Summary Update: July and August wettest months so far in 2016

Water Summary Update: July and August wettest months so far in 2016

  • 9/1/2016 1:26:00 PM
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July and August have easily been the two wettest months of 2016, and have continued to improve the overall hydrologic condition of the state. The National Drought Monitor has removed areas of moderate drought from Iowa, and less than 6 percent of the state is shown as “abnormally dry” – continuing the improvement that been occurring over the last several weeks.
Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Central Park Lake

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Central Park Lake

  • 8/31/2016 3:35:00 PM
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CENTER JUNCTION - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will relax fishing regulations at Central Park Lake in Jones County starting on September 3, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
9 Common Fishing Mistakes

9 Common Fishing Mistakes

  • 8/31/2016 2:36:00 PM
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Sure, fishing is about a lot more than catching fish – it’s being out in nature, relaxing, spending time with friends and family. But let’s be honest – it’s just a lot of fun to reel in a lunker. If the fish are stealing your bait or each cast comes up empty, here are some reasons you may not be catching fish.
State Parks Ready for Labor Day Weekend

State Parks Ready for Labor Day Weekend

  • 8/30/2016 1:56:00 PM
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Recent rains leading up to the Labor Day weekend have had very little impact on the camping situation at Iowa’s state parks and recreation areas. Many campgrounds have sites available for walk-in campers and some still have sites to reserve.
Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Corydon Reservoir

Fishing Regulations to be Relaxed at Corydon Reservoir

  • 8/30/2016 1:55:00 PM
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Corydon – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will relax fishing regulations at Corydon Reservoir in Wayne County, effective immediately, to allow anglers to more freely harvest game fish before the lake is renovated this fall.
Flooding Impacts Aldo Leopold Wildlife Area Ahead of Dove Hunting Season

Flooding Impacts Aldo Leopold Wildlife Area Ahead of Dove Hunting Season

  • 8/30/2016 1:53:00 PM
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The 1,350-acre Aldo Leopold Wildlife Area in southeast Bremer County has experienced significant flooding from storms that rolled through northeast Iowa last week. The area is popular with dove hunters and with the season opening on Thursday, hunters who were planning to hunt the area are advised to scout it again before heading out.
Public Meeting to Discuss Central Park Lake's Improvement Plan

Public Meeting to Discuss Central Park Lake's Improvement Plan

  • 8/30/2016 1:52:00 PM
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Center Junction – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Jones County Conservation Board will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m., September 13, at the Central Park Nature Center, to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at Central Park Lake, in Jones County.
Fall Fishing in Iowa Rivers

Fall Fishing in Iowa Rivers

  • 8/30/2016 1:51:00 PM
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Enjoy Iowa’s natural landscapes fishing Iowa’s rivers and streams this fall. A unique angling challenge is hidden around every bend.
Water Level to Drop at Fogle Lake

Water Level to Drop at Fogle Lake

  • 8/30/2016 1:50:00 PM
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DIAGONAL – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to begin lowering Fogle Lake near Diagonal in Ringgold County after the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Iowa's Bur Oaks Suffering from Bur Oak Blight

Iowa's Bur Oaks Suffering from Bur Oak Blight

  • 8/30/2016 1:49:00 PM
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Bur oaks are native to all 99 counties in Iowa and are arguably one of Iowa’s toughest native trees. However, this year, many of these trees are showing signs of bur oak blight.  
Iowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

Iowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

  • 8/30/2016 11:34:00 AM
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State officials covered more than 6,000 miles of county roads counting upland game during the first two weeks of August and after all the species were counted, data compiled and numbers crunched, what can Iowa pheasant hunters expect to find this fall?
4 Invasive Species You Can Eat in Iowa

4 Invasive Species You Can Eat in Iowa

  • 8/26/2016 4:14:00 PM
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According to the National Invasive Species Information Center, invasive species are plants or wildlife that thrive and spread aggressively outside their native habitat and cause economic or environmental harm. Many are quite tasty, and eating them helps reduce further proliferation in the environment. As always, learn to identify wild edibles from an experienced forager first.
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