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Iowa sees deer harvest grow

(Photo by Bill Diers)Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa for 2017, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016, the Iowa DNR said in a news release Tuesday, Jan. 16. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10. Most deer were harvested during the shotgun seasons. Shotgun 1: 26,546 deer – 13,804 antlerless, 12,742 antlered. Shotgun 2:…

Lab tests indicate massive Iowa fish kill caused by dairy runoff

In Iowa, conservation officers can suspend hunting licenses, which effectively prohibits outfitters and guides from doing business. They can also enforce cases in federal courts through law enforcement agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But the state’s DNR doesn’t specifically track law violations or license penalties by outfitters and guides.DYERSVILLE – The Iowa DNR received laboratory results last…

Iowa DNR: Despite down market, furbearer opportunities looking up

(Iowa DNR)Iowa’s furbearer season opens Nov. 4, and the outlook for 2017 is good as populations are stable to increasing statewide, according to a news release Tuesday, Oct. 31 from the Iowa DNR. Vince Evelsizer, furbearer biologist for the DNR, said that while prospects for a good season are there, the number of participants usually follows the fur market. “When…

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

In Iowa, conservation officers can suspend hunting licenses, which effectively prohibits outfitters and guides from doing business. They can also enforce cases in federal courts through law enforcement agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But the state’s DNR doesn’t specifically track law violations or license penalties by outfitters and guides.The end of summer can be a difficult time…

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…