Iowa's furbearer harvest season opens statewide on Nov. 6, and for the more than 14,000 dedicated furharvesters, the outlook for the 2010 season is tremendous.
Iowa DNR surveys confirm larger populations for most furbearing animals, with the exception of a few isolated areas where disease, such as distemper and mange, has suppressed numbers. Raccoons are the bread and butter species for many furharvesters and their numbers are good statewide. Furharvesters should expect a good start to the season because crop harvest and tillage is well ahead of schedule concentrating furbearers in remaining areas of good habitat and the weather forecast looks very favorable for trappers and hunters.
The DNR opened 10 additional counties for hunting and trapping bobcats. Counties added to the open zone include: Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington and Louisa. The bobcat quota has increased from 200 to 250.
A Tri-state Rodbuilding Workshop will be held at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. Please feel free to forward this info on to anyone you feel may be interested. Details follow…
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Lrn2Fish Announces 2011 Ice Roads Schedule
For the past 3 years, Lrn2Fish has brought you their comprehensive ice fishing schools, Ice Roads, bringing you to the hottest ice fishing destinations in the ice-belt for the most in-depth ice fishing instruction in the industry. For 2011, Lrn2Fish keeps on rocking that theme - with one slight twist. More Schools and More Fish to choose from!! This winter, Lrn2Fish has handpicked three of the best fishing venues to highlight the top three fish species that ice-fishers love to pursue: Walleye, Bluegill and Crappie. So, 2011 is definitely not a year to miss, as there will be something for anyone looking to up their fishing knowledge this winter. From New Anglers that may have never ice fished before to Veteran Anglers who have years of experience, Ice Roads is designed to have you face to face with the most legendary names in ice fishing along with a hands-on approach to the hottest techniques and greatest equipment in the ice scene, allowing anyone and everyone to learn and walk away more knowledgeable about the great sport of ice fishing. This is why Lrn2Fish is accredited to being the World’s Foremost Authority on Fishing Education. So, without further ado, check out the Fish, Lakes, Dates and Host Sites for Ice Roads 2011:
Walleye WeekendJanuary 14th-15th – Leech Lake, MN/Andersons Horseshoe Bay Lodge
DNR Proposes to Change "No-Wake" Language in Boating Regulations
Posted: October 19, 2010
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments on a proposal to change the use of "no-wake zones" with defined speed restrictions of five miles per hour in the Boat Motor Regulations.
Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before October 28, 2010. Send written comments to Susan Stocker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, or by fax to 515-281-6794 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons wishing to convey their views orally should contact the Iowa DNR's Law Enforcement Bureau at 515-281-0122.
The proposed change will be the topic of a public hearing on October 28, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the fifth floor east conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., in Des Moines. At the public meeting, persons may present their views either orally or in writing.
Persons attending the public meeting who have special needs, such as hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and advise them of those specific needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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