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  • Crowds of Hunters for December Deer | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    snow blowing through Iowa from Veterans Day throughout most of November The extreme cold kept many bow hunters out of their tree stands That should leave some really nice bucks during the gun seasons forecast Terry Hainfield Iowa DNR wildlife management biologist for northeast Iowa where several of the top deer counties lie Coming out of last winter nutrition was favorable for healthy does which dropped fawns in late spring and for antler growth on bucks added Hainfield Now is a good time for hunters landowners to work with the DNR to help develop a better understanding of proper deer management including the benefits of harvesting does and keeping deer numbers at ecologically acceptable levels stresses Hainfield Hunters working with landowners at the local level are the best and most efficient way to keep deer numbers acceptable and provide a high quality deer herd STAY SAFE IN THE WOODS Iowa s shotgun seasons allow for group drives drivers pushing deer toward blockers Anyone in the group may tag a downed deer with their own tag That stands in contrast to other states and even Iowa s more solitary muzzleloader and bow seasons However it has proven to be an efficient method for taking deer since modern deer hunting was introduced here in the early 1950s Whatever the season any deer must be tagged before it is moved or within 15 minutes whichever comes first It also holds the potential for danger as drivers move closer to or across their friends on a drive That s why wearing solid blaze orange is mandatory At least the minimum torso covered More is better stress conservation officers The 1 cause of deer hunting incidents involves a hunter shooting at a running deer with someone in the area Make sure you recognize what stands

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  • Winter Birds Flock to Feeders | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    trigger the alarm to step up bird feeding activity The first step is using a weak bleach and water solution to swab out debris from feeders hanging in the yard or stored since warmer weather arrived last spring Next up Run an extension cord and small heating element to the birdbath If you are the one providing water for the birding community you are probably going to have the largest selection of songbirds visiting your backyard predicts Schlarbaum Should you have just one feeder and one choice of feed black oil sunflower seed attracts the widest variety of desirable songbirds Cardinals nuthatches tufted titmice bluejays chickadees flock to sunflower seed It s gotten pricey in the last four or five years since it competes for acreage with corn soybeans wheat and other crops Flip the bag over and check the fat content The higher it reads the better it is for birds Lower priced millet or milo spread on the ground is big with mourning doves sparrows Be wary of mixes Fill a feeder with it and you could end up with much of it scratched out to the ground as birds scratch it out to get to the good stuff You may be money ahead feeding the more expensive stuff and buying less of it overall Overall different feeds attract different birds Nyjer thistle attracts finches Suet attracts woodpeckers Shlarbaum touts sunflower hearts for woodpeckers and titmice too As I write this a downy woodpecker is sitting on my sunflower seed holder Experiment and see what food sources attract the birds you prefer to see You re not alone as you fill your backyard hoppers The U S Fish and Wildlife Service says 609 000 Iowans watch and feed wildlife Most of that is keeping winter bird feeders stocked

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/winter-birds-flock-to-feeders/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Iowa Waterfowlers Celebrate Return of Early Teal Season | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    our not gonna say that Bluewinged teal are an early migrating species and they tend to migrate the peak of the migration occurs before our regular season opens up So the US Fish and Wildlife Service is gonna allow production states which Iowa is a production state the opportunity to participate in an early season Preseason scouting is gonna be very important Teal like very shallow waters and you re gonna have to find a spot that has a lot of teal and this allows hunters not only to improve their ID skills but look for places that are not gonna have a lot of nontarget species present It s a 3 year experimental season and Iowa hunters are gonna be evaluated on being able to identify teal and avoid non target species In the past Iowa has split the days allotted by the Fish and Wildlife Service providing five or six days in September The intent was to provide hunters a chance to hunt before early migrating blue winged and green winged teal left Iowa for warmer climes Other species usually locals like mallards and wood ducks were also fair game The September 6 21 season though will be

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  • What Gives? Pheasant Counts Skyrocket! | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    to go up The 2014 index is still just two percent above the 10 year average and remains 57 below the long term average The weather past and present play into the increase These increases are beyond the reproductive capability ever measured in radioed wild hen populations notes Todd Bogenschutz upland game research biologist with the Iowa DNR This suggests that counts in 2013 and perhaps 2012 were higher than reported because of drought conditions The August survey routes are predicated on pheasants coming out to dry gravel roadsides to escape heavy morning dew in the fields Even last year Bogenschutz suspected that drought conditions in 2012 and the summer of 2013 led to dry soil and thus poor dew conditions That would undermine reliability of those low counts Hunters harvested almost 10 000 more roosters in 2013 than 2012 Given this information it is likely the statewide pheasant population was closer to 10 to 12 birds per route not 7 says Bogenschutz Not a return to the glory days of upland bird hunting but a step in the right direction Since the 1960s Iowa has lost half the hay acres and small grain fields like oats ideal for grassland

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/what-gives-pheasant-counts-skyrocket/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Higginseyes Found on Mussel Blitz | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    in the Iowa River below Iowa City returning a Wabash pig toe to the sandy bottom Onshore small piles of live mussels are inventoried measured growth then returned to the water survivors in an age not friendly to many underwater creatures Iowa s mussel dilemma is mirrored throughout North America A dozen of 54 known Iowa species are gone At least half of the others are endangered or threatened That wake up call is what brings up to 50 biologists students and volunteers for a week of wading and grabbing river bottom lumps hoping for elk toes three ridges pocketbooks or fat muckets If nothing else freshwater clams have great names This summer the target river was the Iowa historically a good mussel river Fish and mussels have co evolved They somewhat depend on each other underscores Scott Gritters DNR fisheries biologist and annual ringmaster of Iowa s Mussel Blitz The more mussel species The better the mussel density The better our fish populations The better our water quality The results this year It s one of those glass half full glass half empty scenarios assesses Gritters We really scoured some areas We found about 1500 mussels 20 species We found some decent populations but I had hoped for 3000 or so His long term concern is that populations cannot handle the cycle of highs and lows of past years floods drought extreme winter cold Mussels don t react well to that On the upside the 2014 Blitz turned up another six Higgins eye pearly mussels nearly extinct 40 years ago Any Higginseyes in the Iowa River were stocked Raised in hatcheries they were inoculated as glochidia larvae into the gills of fish which were stocked several years ago No larger than grains of salt then the microscopic mussels hung

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  • Deer Seasons Open With Fewer Deer, Fewer Tags | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    specific antlerless tags provided to augment the doe harvest There are still plenty of opportunities to hunt across nearly four months of Iowa autumn and early winter If you still buy just a single any deer tag good statewide for say muzzleloader or shotgun season you will notice little change The biggest adjustment will be across 27 north central and northwest Iowa counties where first season shotgun hunters will be buck only again Also this season the late January season is history Also county antlerless tags have been cut by 41 000 reflecting a drop in deer numbers in nearly all areas of Iowa You may have to commit to a season or a county and buy earlier before they are gone Early on tags were going slowly It took until the first of September for 7500 highly sought after early muzzleloader tags to sell out Hunters recognized a couple years ago ahead of the policy makers that deer numbers had dropped and all those tags were not necessary like they were in the early 2000s At a statewide listening session in February carried on ICN most hunters echoed that observation With Iowa s deer harvest dropping 33 percent since

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  • Water Quality Initiative Forms; McMahon to Head | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    those pollutants One of the bright spots of the alliance could be having Sean McMahon at the helm McMahon who heads the North American agriculture program of The Nature Conservancy may be the ticket to positive movement of the environmental stalemate over how to clean Iowa s water McMahon who is also on the board of the Iowa Wildlife Federation could bring a different perspective than past efforts that have

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/water-quality-initiative-forms-mcmahon-to-head/ (2016-05-01)
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  • NWF Appoints New President | Iowa Wildlife Federation
    Great Outdoors Initiative In addition Secretary O Mara led the largest investment in environmental infrastructure in Delaware s history including more than 200 million in wastewater and storm water systems beach restoration dam and dike repair drainage projects and park and wildlife area At the same time he successfully executed the first significant reorganization of the state s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control since 1972 to make the agency more effective at implementing strategic priorities and more efficient in carrying out its mission at a time of limited resources Collin is a tireless leader with a deep understanding of conservation issues and a strong entrepreneurial spirit said Deborah Spalding Chair of the NWF Board of Directors His track record in implementing innovative solutions to conservation challenges and his experience in managing large complex organizations with a diverse stakeholder base are key skills that will be critical in taking the Federation forward in the coming years Confronting the pressing conservation challenges of this generation will require that Americans from every corner of our nation and every walk of life work together community by community and state by state to drive change at the national and international level said incoming CEO O Mara The National Wildlife Federation has a proud legacy of bringing diverse groups together to protect wildlife advancing landscape scale conservation expanding environmental education promoting outdoor recreation from hunting and fishing to birding kayaking and wildlife watching and driving meaningful policy change at every level of government I look forward to building upon Larry s inspiring work as we do our generation s part to leave a healthier and more sustainable planet for all wildlife and future generations Secretary O Mara has served on numerous boards including as Co Chair of the Natural Resources and Agriculture Subcommittee of

    Original URL path: http://iawildlife.org/nwf-appoints-new-president/ (2016-05-01)
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