Iowa Hunting News

Food Plots Benefit Pheasants and Other Wildlife
Many species of Iowa wildlife depend on corn, sorghum and other grain food plots to survive each winter. As the spring planting season hits full swing, now is the time to begin planning food plots for next winter.
Preseason Scouting Can Increase Hunter Success
It's that time of the year again. Iowa's hardwood forests are currently echoing with the distinctive, staccato gobble of the eastern wild turkey. Blood stirring and primitive, it is a sound like no other. For turkey hunting enthusiasts, the deep resonate rattling presents an annual summons that cannot be denied.
Proposals to Wildlife Rules Available for Public Comments
The DNR is proposing changes to the antlerless deer license quotas, including eliminating the antlerless licenses in 26 counties, primarily in northwest and north central Iowa. The DNR is also proposing to require hunters who bag a deer or wild turkey to call a phone number to report their harvest. Spring and fall turkey seasons would be included.
Ventura Hunter Bags Rare Goose
Acclaimed naturalist Aldo Lepold once stated that "to band a bird is to hold a ticket in a great lottery." Last Saturday, Ventura's Kevin Olson won the bird band lottery.
2005 Was a Safe Hunting Year
Hunters in Iowa came through 2005 with one of their safest years on record. Though marred by a tragic fatality in Johnson County, the overall figures continue a several year trend toward fewer incidents. Safety officials say they can pinpoint the obvious reason; Iowa's mandatory hunter education program.
Public Invited to Discuss Population Status and Management Options for Bobcats
Both bobcats and river otters have shown substantial population increases in recent years. Bobcat numbers have grown on their own, to the point where the animal was de-listed from the threatened species list in 2003. River otters were first re-introduced in Iowa in 1985 and have grown to the point where their presence has been confirmed in all 99 counties.
License Buyers Donate More Than $10,000 to Catch Poachers
Hunters and anglers have donated more than $10,000 since September to the Iowa Turn In Poachers program through a $2 donation offered through the Electronic Licensing System for Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will present the TIP Iowa Board a $10,000 check in February.
Input Asked on Shape of Conservation Programs
Iowans will have the chance to shape the future of the state's premiere outdoor recreation and conservation funding program - Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) - at 16 public meetings in February and March.
2005 Hunting & Fishing Licenses Expire on Jan. 10
Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase their 2006 licenses soon before their 2005 licenses expire. The 2005 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2006. Deer hunters who plan to hunt the January antlerless season must purchase a 2006 small game license and pay the habitat fee, if normally required.
Hunting Incident Was Self Inflicted
The investigation into the hunting injury on Dec. 16 near Fairfield, has been ruled as an unintentional, self-inflicted shooting, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Paul Kay.