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DNR to Try New Approach to Eliminate Shad in Lake Sugema

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Iowa DNR News press release

Posted: October 19, 2010

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will try a new approach to rid Lake Sugema of gizzard shad later this fall.

Mark Flammang, fisheries biologist for the Iowa DNR, said the plan is to apply Rotenone, a chemical toxic to fish, at 3 percent of the normal dosage in a slow, deliberate manner to create a drawn out fish kill targeting gizzard shad and sparing as many game fish as possible.

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New Southeast Iowa Locations Added to Fall Trout Stocking

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Iowa DNR News press release

Posted: October 19, 2010

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources added two southeast Iowa locations to its fall trout stocking schedule.

On Nov. 6, the DNR will stock 500 one-half pound rainbow trout and 50, 14 to 15-inch brook trout each in Discovery Park Pond in Muscatine, and in Wilson Lake, in Fort Madison.

The trout were available for a fall stocking after high water during the summer prevented stocking in northeast Iowa. Fisheries Biologist Chad Dolan said they were looking to expand trout stocking to new areas next spring when the opportunity to do it this fall presented itself.

"We are partnering with the local county conservation boards to host special events in conjunction with the stocking. We tagged 100 fish for each area and each tagged fish turned in will earn a prize," Dolan said. "This is a great opportunity in these communities to experience trout fishing close to home."

Trout will be stocked in Discovery Park Pond at 10:30 a.m. and in Wilson Lake at 1 p.m.

Anglers who want to fish for the trout are required to purchase a trout stamp in addition to an Iowa fishing license. The daily bag limit for trout is five and the possession limit is 10.


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Moose Spotted in Northwest Iowa

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Iowa DNR News press release

Posted: October 19, 2010

DES MOINES - Ducks and geese aren't the only species making a fall migration to the south. In recent days, some northwest Iowa residents have been treated to the sight of a moose wandering the countryside.

The latest reported sightings were in the area of Sibley in Osceola County last week and near Langdon in Clay County on Monday.

Sighting of the moose is prompting Department of Natural Resources biologists to remind residents that the animal is a protected species and illegal to hunt in Iowa.

The moose is likely a young male bull that has wandered southward from Minnesota, according to DNR Wildlife Bureau Chief Dale Garner.

"I would strongly urge people not to get close to this animal if they see it. Like most wild animals, it can be unpredictable and certainly a charging moose can be very dangerous," said Garner.

Garner said the motorists should also be on the lookout for the moose near areas where it is been spotted.

"Because moose are dark colored and because they are so tall that their eyes don't match up with the headlights on most vehicles, they can be extremely tough to spot at night when crossing a road," said Garner.

A full-grown moose can be six to seven feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 1,500 pounds. By comparison, whitetail bucks would rarely reach 300 pounds.

Garner said a wandering moose is usually spotted in Iowa every three to five years. The last one spotted in Lyon County near Rock Rapids a couple of years ago eventually turned around and headed back north.


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Bear Sighting in Northeast Iowa Prompts DNR Warning

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Iowa DNR Press release,

Posted: October 15, 2010

DES MOINES - A black bear last seen in and around the Yellow River Forest in Allamakee County is prompting warnings from Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists to avoid the animal.

The DNR has received reports that there may be some people who have been feeding the bear.

"As well intentioned as people may be in wanting to help this animal, it is not only dangerous for humans, but may be assigning a death warrant for the bear," said DNR Wildlife Bureau Chief Dale Garner.

Garner said that bears fed by humans can become, at the very least, a problem and can even be very dangerous as they become more reliant on the food handouts. When this happens, biologists often have no other recourse than to euthanize the bear.

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Early Muzzleloader Deer Season Begins October 16

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Iowa DNR
Posted: October 12, 2010
CHARITON - Iowa's early muzzleloader deer season begins Saturday for the 7,500 residents who purchased a license before the season quota filled.
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Iowa Urban Cool Weather Trout Program

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Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau Press Release

The Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau has been involved in cool weather urban trout stocking continuously since 1981. The urban lakes trout program is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more anglers across the state, and has recently been expanded to include more urban areas.

Currently, the urban trout program includes special fisheries within close proximity to Des Moines, Davenport, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, Mason City, Sioux City, and Council Bluffs. At each site, DNR staff will be on hand during promotional events planned in conjunction with most of these stockings. The urban winter trout stockings will give anglers a “close to home” way to discover trout fishing and ice fishing. Learn more about the different trout species in Iowa...
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IDNR Press release October 5, 2010
DES MOINES—The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a joint public meeting Oct. 14 regarding habitat restoration at the Deer Islands Wildlife Management Area along the Missouri River in western Iowa.

Both agencies will be seeking public input on the joint Deer Island/Missouri River Recovery Project. The project involves restoring habitat lost due to a Corps Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project along the Missouri River.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Little Sioux gymnasium in Little Sioux.

For more information, contact Angi Bruce at (712) 250-0746.

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Iowa Archery Deer Season Begins Friday

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IA DNR Press Release

Posted: September 28, 2010

Deer hunters are busy sighting in their bows, checking trail cameras and putting up tree stands in preparation for the opening of Iowa's archery deer hunting season on October 1. The 55,000 bowhunters have been waiting all summer to pursue Iowa's world class deer that is the envy of hunters from across the United States.

"Bowhunters typically want to be out there early," said Tom Litchfield, state deer biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "They hunt alone or with a friend or two and spend quite a few days in the field."

Early in the season, hunting food sources and trails are good strategies.

"Hunters should be aware that the rainfall and flooding we had this spring and summer has impacted the natural forage and crop production and these changes will impact where we are seeing deer this fall," said Litchfield.

He said the white oak acorn crop that is a prime early fall food for deer is below average statewide. The red oak acorn crop in central, south-central and southeast is average, is average but spotty in northeast, and below average in western Iowa.

Deciding on which location to set up is part of the pre-hunt preparation. Another is to go through the equipment, including safety harnesses and tree stands, before opening day.

"Falls associated with tree stand use are the most common hunting accidents during bow season. Hunters should always wear a safety harness and use caution when climbing," Litchfield said. "Remember the lessons of the past - tree stand safety, shot placement and identify your target. Don't make a preventable mistake."

Once a deer is harvested hunters should clean the animal thoroughly and efficiently. Don't cut into the intestines or stomach contents.

"If it's a hot day, and you have to transport the deer a ways, it never hurts to get ice in the cavity to cool it down," he said.

Doe Harvest Important for Herd Management
Deer numbers are still higher than objective in many parts of southern, central and west-central Iowa.

Bowhunters are encouraged to help farmers and landowners by taking a couple of does early in the season. Hunters can donate any deer to the Iowa Food Bank through the DNR's Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) deer donation program. In 2009, hunters donated more than 7,000 deer resulting in about 300,000 pounds of boneless meat for Iowans in need. A list of participating lockers is in the Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations and online at www.iowahush.com.

Another antlerless deer hunting opportunity for bowhunters is available in urban areas and state parks listed under special hunts in the Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

These hunts often have extra requirements. Contact the organizations listed for more details.

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Lake Icaria to be Lowered to Repair Flood Damage

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IA DNR Press Release
The Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau plans to lower the Lake Icaria water level one foot below normal pool beginning October 1, 2010, to repair shore damaged areas cause by 2008 floods.

The discharge from the lake and flows in the creek below the dam will be slightly higher than normal during the release but will be confined within the stream banks. The one foot drawdown level will be maintained while shore repairs are made.

With favorable weather conditions, repairs are expected to be finished within 30 days then the lake will be allowed to return to normal crest, which should happen by November 30, 2010.

Allowances will be made while the lake elevation is down one foot and while the lake is refilling to assure stream flow below the dam is maintained so not to cause loss to aquatic life.

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Cutts Named State Conservation Officer of the Year

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IDNR press release

State Conservation Officer Craig Cutts received the 2009 Shikar-Safari Conservation Officer of the Year award for his work with hunters, anglers and trappers, and his efforts to attract new people into traditional outdoor sports.
Cutts, whose territory is Warren County, works closely with the Warren County Izaak Walton League and conservation board, Pheasants Forever and National Wild Turkey Federation to host classes on hunter education and turkey hunting, coordinates mentored deer hunts and is involved with outdoor camps.
Cutts, from Ackworth, joined the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as an assistant park ranger at Pleasant Creek in 1987 then became a state conservation officer in 1991 covering Muscatine County. He transferred to Warren County in 1997.

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