Iowa DNR

Hunters, wildlife share Iowa’s Lake Odessa lifestyle

The water level at Lake Odessa is managed to mirror Mother Nature. Summer drawdowns expose mudflats that immediately vegetate with moist-soil plants. Water is allowed to gradually return to the newly established vegetation, creating a buffet for migrating birds. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Sitting along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisa County, Lake Odessa, with its…

Gizzard shad found in northern Iowa’s East Okoboji Lake

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — The Iowa DNR reported that it discovered 26 3- to 5-inch gizzard shad in East Okoboji Lake as part of routine sampling last month. “We don’t know how gizzard shad got into the lake,” said Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist for the Iowa DNR at Spirit Lake. “It is possible that someone intentionally put them in the lake.”…

Tieville Bend Wildlife Area: western Iowa’s secret hunting hot spot

Tieville Bend has a high level of plant diversity, including wild licorice. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR) The parking lot of the Super 8 at Interstate 29 and Highway 175 fills each fall with trucks pulling boats covered with duck blinds. For hunters, the bread and butter at Tieville Bend is the fall duck migration and if you want…

Former flood prone farmland now popular wildlife area

Water is being added to a 25-acre wetland complex on the Buffalo Creek Wildlife Area ahead of the duck season. The wetland has a nicely developing crop of smartweed, which is favored by ducks. Hunters like it, too, for cover. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR) COGGON, Iowa — Word is starting to spread through hunting circles in east central…

DNR: Outlook good for Iowa squirrel hunters

(Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR)Squirrel hunters should expect to find an average to above average squirrel population over most of the state, with higher squirrel numbers in areas with quality oak and hickory trees, according to the Iowa DNR. Squirrel season opens Sept. 2. Fox squirrels can be found anywhere there are a few acres of trees, but gray…

Iowa DNR: Landowners, hunters, bird-watchers realize Big Marsh’s benefits

The 6,700-acre Big Marsh Wildlife Area has a mix of native prairies, timber stands and wetlands but the main feature is the three connected wetland segments. When at crest, Big Marsh can hold 1,200 acres of water. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa DNR) Parkersburg, Iowa — The Big Marsh Wildlife Area is a working example of the benefits of taking…

Zebra mussels found in Iowa-Nebraska border lake

The Iowa DNR is watching Carter Lake after juvenile zebra mussels were recently found in a water sample collected by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) staff. Although veligers were detected, intensive sampling the past week did not find any adult zebra mussels. Carter Lake, a border water, is jointly managed by the Iowa DNR and NGPC. The Iowa DNR…

Weather, fisheries-related incidents taking a toll on Iowa fish

The end of summer can be a difficult time for underwater dwellers. When temperatures are high and oxygen levels are low, fish and other water critters are particularly vulnerable. That’s been the case in Iowa this summer, according to a news release from the Iowa DNR. “We have received several reports of small summer fish kills at many lakes, ponds…

Iowa student-athletes on mark at shooting nationals

Dozens of Iowa athletes from North Scott, Maquoketa, Pleasant Valley, Pella, Pella Christian, Ankeny Centennial, Gilbert, Solon, Oskaloosa and Easton Valley were frequent visitors to the awards podium at the Scholastic Action Sports Program (SASP) and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships, July 8-15 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. Iowa place-winners (complete results can be…

Look for expanded waterfowl zone, deer hunting options in 2017-18 Iowa hunting regs

Notable hunting regulation changes include extending the Missouri River Zone for ducks and geese to include all the land and water west of Interstate 29.The 2017-18 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations will be arriving at license vendors across the state in the next few weeks. Notable hunting regulation changes include extending the Missouri River Zone for ducks…

Iowa man fined nearly $4K for multiple hunting infractions

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa DNR state park rangers have charged two hunters after a tip was reported by fishermen of shots fired at Lake Manawa on July 22. At approximately 12:52 a.m. on July 22, DNR state park rangers conducted a traffic stop on Gifford Road in Council Bluffs in reference to the gunshots heard. Sein Ram, 37, and…

Two men charged for illegal netting in Iowa

MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa DNR law enforcement conservation officers have charged two men after an investigation of illegal netting in an Iowa river. The DNR received a tip in June about a hoop net in the Cedar River in rural Muscatine County believed being used for illegal netting. After DNR law enforcement conservation officers conducted their investigation, on June 2,…

Rare blue bullfrogs spotted in Iowa

(Photo courtesy of Iowa DNR)Have you ever seen a blue bullfrog in Iowa? The Iowa DNR had reports of sightings from southern Iowa late last month. There are several genes that make a frog green or brown, and these genes result in various structures being created in the frog’s skin layers. The lower skin layer reflects light, and as that light passes…

Iowa fisheries biologist recognized for excellence in fish management techniques

Iowa fisheries management biologist Mark Flammang was recognized as the Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) at their annual meeting recently in Ashland, Neb. MAFWA, an organization of 13 state and three provincial Midwest fish and wildlife agencies, exists to share ideas and information, pool resources, and initiate action to benefit the management…