The 2010-11 hunting seasons for cottontail rabbits and squirrels (fox and gray) will open on September 4.
Roadside surveys show cottontail rabbit numbers have generally decreased across the state, but will be similar to last year.
“Persistent snow cover this past winter and a wet spring and summer statewide likely reduced the winter survival and reproductive success of cottontails,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the DNR. The DNR’s roadside survey indicates the southern and eastern portions of Iowa will offer the best rabbit numbers this fall
08/17/2010 @ 11:48 AM Contributed by: jardan Views:: 3,292
Contibuted by the IDNR
The Iowa duck and goose hunting seasons were approved by the Natural Resource Commission on Aug. 12, with two notable changes from last year. The first change increases the Canada goose daily bag limit starting on Nov. 1, from two geese to three. The other change increases the daily bag limit of pintail from one to two.
Migratory Game Bird Seasons
For the purpose of duck and goose hunting, the state is divided into north and south zones by a line beginning on the Nebraska-Iowa border at State Highway 175, east to State Highway 37, southeast to State Highway 183, northeast to State Highway 141, east to U.S. Highway 30, and along U.S. Highway 30 to the Iowa-Illinois border.
07/06/2010 @ 11:28 AM Contributed by: jardan Views:: 2,163
IDNR press release
Two introductory to target archery and bow hunting workshops teaching fundamentals, history, safety and games of the sport are scheduled for July and August in the Des Moines area.
“Archery and bow hunting are two fast growing recreational activities. This workshop will provide a solid introduction on getting started in target archery and bow hunting and participants will leave the course with the knowledge, skills and information that will allow them to hopefully continue participating throughout their life,” said Ben Berka, shooting sports coordinator for the Iowa DNR
Do bring plenty of sunscreen and bug repellent
Don’t bring fireworks
Do bring balls, bats and gloves for kids to play with
Don’t bring in firewood from out of state. Plan to get firewood locally.
Do plan to spend extra time setting up the campsite
DES MOINES—Due to flooding, several state parks are closed to all recreational activities. Currently, George Wyth State Park of Blackhawk County is closed, but is anticipated to reopen on July 1. Walnut Woods Park in Polk County, and Pottawattamie County's Wilson Island State Recreation Area are also presently closed to the public
Press Release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Enforcement is being stepped up this weekend on the water, as officers take part in ‘Operation Dry Water’ here and across the country. The nationwide law enforcement push—scheduled for June 25-27 this year—seeks to reduce alcohol or drug related fatalities during the boating season. In Iowa, 10 different waters will see ‘Dry Water’ patrols, with 177 officers involved.
“We are focusing on educating boaters about boating while intoxicated; the dangers of boating and alcohol,” explains Susan Stocker, DNR boating law administrator. Operation Dry Water sets up ‘boating under the influence’ (BUI) checkpoints and challenges more officers to test more boat operators for influence of alcohol or drugs on the water.
In 2009, Iowa recorded 41 boat accidents. Of three which involved fatalities, two were alcohol-related. There were 30 boating while intoxicated arrests on Iowa waters last year. In Iowa, a boater is considered legally over the limit with a .10 blood alcohol level. On the road, the legal limit is .08. Stocker says bringing that ‘on the water’ limit down to match the roadway threshold remains a DNR priority.
It’s the state championships. You step up to the line, take a deep breath and concentrate. It’s good advice as you cradle the ball for that last second foul shot in basketball....or position your shotgun during the final round shootoff on the trap shooting range.
More than 500 Iowa high schoolers took their best shots this month at the 2010 state high school trapshooting championships, near Cedar Falls. “In the last three years, we’ve been growing about 100 competitors a year,” notes Ben Berka, shooting sports coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources. “We see a ‘cluster’ effect. One school starts; then another wants it.”
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.
05/20/2010 @ 11:23 AM Contributed by: jardan Views:: 2,020
Iowa DNR press release.
The recent confirmation of four Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) larvae at Henderson Island on the Mississippi River, near New Albin, will step up Iowa’s efforts to prevent the spread of the invasive pest.
A quarantine prohibiting the movement of firewood, ash nursery stock, ash timber, or any other article that could further spread EAB is pending from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. A federal quarantine would follow the state quarantine.