Iowa DNR

Iowa hunters harvest 11,700 spring turkeys, down 100 from last year

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)Turkey hunters reported harvesting 11,700 Iowa birds this spring, which is 100 birds fewer than were harvested in 2017. Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 7 with the youth season and ended on May 20. Hunters purchased nearly 50,000 spring turkey tags. Hunters can help the DNR with its annual population estimates by reporting all turkeys seen…

As funding cuts loom, Iowa state park operations in jeopardy

MASON CITY, Iowa — In 2009, following one of the worst floods in recent state history, the state allocated about $22 million for the Iowa DNR. Now, the DNR has around $11.17 million in state funds to work with, and officials say any further cuts could drastically impact the operation of state parks, including those locally. According to the DNR’s…

Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy: upward of nearly a million acres for monarch habitat by 2038

(Iowa DNR)The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038. “The consortium has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand habitat on our agricultural land, urban areas, roadsides, and other public land. We appreciate the many partners that have been involved and are…

Thousands of fish dead after winter kill in three eastern Iowa lakes

Bluegills, a favorite among ice anglers, were among the dead fish at Terry Trueblood Lake – about 1,000 bluegills were winter-kill victims at the lake.SOLON, Iowa — The Iowa DNR received reports of dead fish in Terry Trueblood Lake in Iowa City, and Mohawk Park Lake and Cedar Lake in Cedar Rapids, on Feb. 27. DNR fisheries staff found about…

Arizona man found guilty of deer poaching in Iowa

Nicholas Slater of Glendale, Ariz., was found guilty following a trial on Feb. 12, 2018 for charges related to poaching a whitetail deer. The poaching incident occurred at Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs on Nov. 19, 2016. Slater was found guilty on seven charges, including hunting on a game refuge, not having a valid nonresident hunting license and…

Officials say cuts hurt Iowa DNR’s ability to protect environment

DES MOINES, Iowa — A state commission has told lawmakers that repeated cuts to the Iowa DNR threatened its ability to protect the state’s air and water as the reductions have forced the agency to leave more than 100 positions vacant. The Environmental Protection Commission’s annual report to the Legislature noted the DNR’s budget had been cut nearly in half,…

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:…