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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:…

Hunter shot when dog steps on shotgun trigger guard in Iowa

WOOLSTOCK, Iowa — Authorities say a pheasant hunter in north-central Iowa was accidentally shot when a dog stepped on shotgun trigger guard and the gun fired. The Iowa DNR says the shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a public hunting area near Woolstock in southwestern Wright County. The department says four hunters and two dogs were looking for the…

Lab tests indicate massive Iowa fish kill caused by dairy runoff

DYERSVILLE – The Iowa DNR received laboratory results last week confirming that ammonia toxicity in runoff from a dairy was responsible for an October fish kill in Dubuque County. The DNR fisheries report shows 60,278 fish were killed along nearly seven miles of stream, including an unnamed tributary of Hickory Creek, Hickory Creek and Hewitt Creek. More than 42,000 were…

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…

In Iowa, fall is the time for urban trout stocking

It’s that time of year in Iowa. Trout-stocking time of year. Yes, in October and well into November. Seventeen lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa DNR will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support…

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…