After eating light during the winter, channel catfish go on a feeding frenzy in early spring, eating gizzard shad and other small fish that died over the winter.
Test results still pending on deer from a handful of counties and on 86 deer tissue samples from the Clayton County special deer collection effort that ended on March 5.
Nearly 3,050 archers from 87 schools participated in Iowa’s National Archery in the Schools Program after school league from Dec. 1 to Feb. 18.
Bringing trout to cities and towns offers a “close-to-home” option for Iowans who might not travel to northeast Iowa to discover trout fishing.
It’s about 3,000 fewer than were reported in 2015, but nearly identical to the 2014 harvest.
Archers from 82 schools will be shooting for $8,000 in scholarships and other prizes and a chance to go to nationals May 11-13 in Louisville, Ky.
The statewide meetings, over the Iowa Communications Network to listen to the public’s thoughts on hunting and trapping regs, are part of the process for making rules in state government.
Meeting prompted after a deer harvested during the 2016 hunting season in west-central Clayton County tested positive for chronic wasting disease — the first wild deer that tested positive for CWD outside of Allamakee County.
Anglers were fishing on about 3 inches of ice on West Lake Osceola; ice fishing is not recommended over about the southern third of the state.
The Iowa DNR and other state fisheries agencies tag paddlefish to better understand and manage populations.
Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect in the fall.
It’s the first chronic wasting disease-positive wild deer confirmed outside of Allamakee County; meeting scheduled to discuss disease
Helping DNR collect additional deer samples near Harpers Ferry to look for chronic wasting disease
No permit or license is needed to hunt shed antlers in Iowa, but if you find antlers still attached to a skull, you must first contact your local conservation officer for a salvage tag to keep them
Will provide a rare opportunity to view good numbers of free-flying trumpeter swans
Iowa man rounds out trio that pleads guilty to 58 wildlife violations
Average length of fish harvested in 2016 was about 33 inches, but paddlefish have the potential to reach lengths of over 50 inches and weigh over 50 pounds
Coyote season never closes, but typically gears up in the winter, after other seasons close
Landowners may begin submitting applications on Jan. 9 for Gaining Ground SAFE and Pheasant Recovery SAFE, and applications for new Quail Habitat SAFE will be accepted later in January
But still some time for furbearer and goose seasons
Ice over parts of central and southeast Iowa has been reduced by unseasonably mild weather, Christmas Day rainstorm
A commercial fishing company caught 55 silver carp and 82 big head carp on March 28 and 29, fishing in the same general area of East Okoboji Lake