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.
Read more about it here, http://www.iowadnr.gov/news/10oct/earlymuzz.html
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...
Read more about it here, http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/urban.html
10/08/2010 @ 11:07 AM Contributed by: kenhump Views:: 2,256
IDNR, U.S. ARMY CORPS TO HOLD JOINT PUBLIC MEETING ON DEER ISLAND RECOVERY PROJECT
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.
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.
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.
09/22/2010 @ 09:25 AM Contributed by: jardan Views:: 2,030
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.
09/22/2010 @ 09:20 AM Contributed by: jardan Views:: 1,916
IDNR press release
Iowans now have options when it comes to taking boater education courses. On Sept. 10, the Iowa Department of Natural Resource began offering three new online courses – all approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The first deer hunting opportunities of the year begin Saturday when the youth and disabled hunter deer seasons open.
In 2009, more than 8,700 youth hunters and 250 disabled hunters participated in the seasons, harvesting more than 3,500 deer. All youth season hunters must be accompanied by an adult mentor, and only one youth hunter is allowed per adult mentor.
“The goal of the youth hunt is for the participating youth to have a positive, enjoyable and ethical experience. Harvesting a deer should be considered a bonus and not define if the hunt was a success or not,” said Tom Litchfield, deer research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
From Family Fish & Game magazine- July/August, 2010 issue
FAMILY BOATING column
By Dan Armitage
Chances are high that your family boat will eventually “bottom out” at some point in your boating career. And odds are best that it will happen in mid-summer, when air temperatures, evaporation rates and water consumption are at their highest and water levels at many popular Midwest boating destinations at their lowest, putting your lower unit at risk.
No matter how minor or what you think you might have hit, even if it’s just skimming a sand bottom or grazing a grass bed, whenever you have reason to believe that the hull, prop or lower unit of your boat has come into contact with anything but water, you should shut the engine down and inspect it as soon as possible.
From Family Fish & Game magazine- July/August, 2010 issue
WOMEN AFIELD column
An Eye for Optics
By Lisa Metheny
The world of optics includes many types of products even cameras and video equipment. But we will primarily be referring to hunting or birding optics such as rifle scopes, spotting scopes, binoculars and rangefinders in this article.