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  • Free fishing weekend June 7-9 in Iowa

    Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 7, 8 and 9 as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain in place.

    “Grab your family and your poles, hook a memory, and don’t let go,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Fisheries Bureau. “The memories are always bigger than the fish.”

  • Hunters harvested nearly 11,400 turkeys during 2019 spring season

    Turkey hunters reported harvesting nearly 11,400 Iowa birds this spring through the mandatory registration system, which is about 300 birds fewer than were harvested in 2018.

    Iowa’s spring turkey seasons began April 5 with the youth season and ended on May 12. Hunters purchased 47,400 spring turkey tags.

    Iowans can help the DNR with its annual turkey production estimates by reporting all the turkeys seen during the months of July and August.

  • Spring fishing in full swing across Iowa

    Crappies and bluegills are biting in small ponds and lakes across Iowa. Spring panfish fishing is a great time to introduce beginners of all ages to fishing. Catching panfish is easy and fun.

    “Late May and early June is a great time to take kids fishing,” said Joe Larscheid, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau. “Fishing really heats up for easy-to-catch shore fish like bluegill and crappie.”

  • Gov. Reynolds signs Empower Rural Iowa Act

    Today, Gov. Reynolds signed HF 772, the Empower Rural Iowa Act that will lay the foundation for vibrant rural communities. The bill passed the Iowa Legislature unanimously, was a key priority in the Governor’s Condition of the State Address, and was based on the task force recommendations of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.

     Watch video of the bill signing here.

  • House unanimously passes Axne-sponsored legislation to increase access to rural broadband

    oday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ACCESS Broadband Act, bipartisan legislation that would make it easier for rural communities to access federal resources to expand broadband. The bill, which Rep. Axne co-sponsored, streamlines the process for small businesses & local governments to apply for federal broadband assistance and grants and will improve coordination between the government and the private sector.
     

  • Manure spill southwest of Lenox

    During a routine inspection Tuesday morning, DNR inspectors noted a manure spill approximately three miles southwest of Lenox.

    The owner, Steve Kerns, said the spill occurred Monday morning after a malfunctioning plug caused manure to overflow from shallow below-building pits. An unknown quantity of manure flowed to the barns and then overland to an unnamed tributary of the East Fork of the One Hundred and Two River.

  • IDNR providng flexibility with asbestos requirements due to flooding

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is providing flexibility on some asbestos requirements while still protecting public health in flood damaged areas. Working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the DNR is reducing some asbestos reporting deadlines and providing options for asbestos inspections for renovation projects.

  • DCI warns of phone scam

    DCI Warns of Phone Scam

  • Gov. Reynolds signs first statewide children's mental health system

    Gov. Reynolds creates first statewide Children’s Mental Health System

     DES MOINES - Today, Gov. Reynolds signed HF690, a bill that creates and funds the first of its kind comprehensive Children's Mental Health System.

     Watch the bill signing on Facebook here.

  • Iowa DNR launches new online hunting and fishing license system

    The Iowa DNR is unveiling the latest innovative technology available at your fingertips when it comes to hunting and fishing licenses.

    The new system, Go Outdoors Iowa, launched in February 2019 and makes it easier and more convenient for hunters and anglers to purchase licenses, manage profile information, apply for quota hunts, and report harvests.