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IDNR Announces 2018 Wingshooting Schedule

Mon, March 05, 2018

The clinics provide instruction and help improve the shooting skills for both beginners and experienced hunters.  Most clinics are conducted on weekends at IDNR sites, cooperating gun clubs and shooting ranges, hunting preserves, and farms.

Youth/Women’s Wingshooting Clinics are designed to provide instruction on safely shooting a shotgun at moving clay targets.  Girls and boys ages 10-15, young adults ages 16-18, and women of all ages are eligible to participate.  Each clinic starts with a morning shotgun safety presentation, followed by a brief, hands-on shotgun orientation session. Students will break for lunch then spend the afternoon in the field shooting flying clay targets.

Most youth/women’s clinics are provided at no cost to participants, but some require a nominal registration fee.  Shotguns, shotshells, clay targets, safety glasses and hearing protection are provided. 

Hunter wingshooting clinics are hands-on and include extensive opportunities to shoot a variety of clay target presentations on courses specifically designed for hunters.  From ducks and doves to pheasants, quail and rabbits, hunters will find clay target presentations that resemble their favorite and most troublesome hunting shots.

The hunter clinics are designed for shotgun shooters with reasonable experience. Young shooters ages 12 to 15 must be in at least the “Intermediate” skill level category to enroll in these clinics. They must also be accompanied by an adult who is participating in the clinic.  Shotgun shooters ages 16 and older with beginning to advanced wingshooting skills who want to improve their shotgun shooting skills are encouraged to attend.  Hunter clinic fees range from $30 to $35 per participant.

Wingshooting clinics are taught by instructors who are certified by the IDNR.  Many clinic instructors also have a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) instructor certification.  The participant-to-instructor ratio is usually four-to-one.  Participants are typically grouped with others of similar shooting ability.

The 2018 IDNR Wingshooting Opportunities Schedule, registration information, and details about other clinics and special events are available on the IDNR website at


Carlyle Lake Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Sat, March 03, 2018

The Corps has collected over 1,000 Christmas trees that were discarded after the holiday season.  These trees will be used to form fish reef structures in Carlyle Lake, which will provide breeding areas and protection for young fish.  The structures also encourage growth of algae and zooplankton, two sources of food for young fish.  Recycled Christmas trees make inexpensive yet effective habitat for all types of fish.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the placement of the trees.  Volunteers can assist by helping Corps Rangers build tree reefs or by supplying boats to place the Christmas trees in the lake.  Volunteer contributions will help improve the fish habitat at Carlyle Lake and ensure better fishing opportunities in the future. 

The event will be located at the Dam East High Water Boat Ramp on Saturday, March 24th, starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information on this project, or if you would like to volunteer, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


MDC and anglers prepare for March 1 trout opener

Thu, March 01, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As winter winds down, anglers throughout the Show-Me State are beginning to show some signs of trout fever. Symptoms include: tying flies, putting new fishing line on reels, checking waders for holes, and practicing casting. Most anglers who get trout fever get rid of it by doing one thing — visiting one of Missouri’s four trout parks to participate in the catch-and-keep trout season.

Thursday, March 1, marks the opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) operates trout hatcheries at all four parks. To help predict angler turnout on opening day, hatchery staff rely on permit records going back more than 80 years. Montauk, Bennett Spring, and Roaring River hatchery staff expect crowds of about 2,000 anglers at each location and Maramec Spring staff are planning for a crowd of about 1,000. Based on these predictions, hatchery staff will stock three trout per expected angler on opening day for a total of more than 21,000 fish averaging around a foot in length. The hatcheries will also stock a mix of “lunkers” ranging from three to 10 pounds.

“We have plenty of fish for this year’s trout season,” said MDC Fisheries Division Chief Brian Canaday.

Trout anglers will need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri’s trout parks. Daily trout tags can only be purchased at each of the four trout parks. Missouri residents 16 through 64 and nonresidents 16 and older need a fishing permit in addition to the daily tag.

Buy Missouri fishing permits from numerous vendors around the state, online at, or through MDC’s free mobile apps, MO Hunting and MO Fishing, available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices.

Trout hatcheries are just one way that conservation pays in Missouri. MDC stocks more than 800,000 trout annually at the state’s four trout parks and approximately 1.5 million annually statewide. Trout anglers’ spend more than $100 million each year in the Show-Me-State, which generates more than $180 million in business activity, supports more than 2,300 jobs and creates more than $70 million dollars in wages. About 30 percent of Missouri trout anglers come from other states, so a substantial portion of trout fishing expenditures is “new money” for the state’s economy.

For more information on trout fishing in Missouri, visit

REMINDER TO TROUT ANGLERS: To prevent the spread of the invasive alga called didymo or “rock snot,” the use of shoes, boots or waders with porous soles of felt, matted or woven fibrous material is prohibited at all trout parks, trout streams, Lake Taneycomo, and buffer areas. Get more information at

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Applications Available for Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt

Thu, March 01, 2018

Lake Shelbyville - The 29th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities,
hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park will be
held November 16 through November 18, 2018.  Applications are available for
pickup at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, online at or ma,il by contacting the
Environmental Stewardship Department at 217-774-3951 Ext. 7049. 

Applicants must possess a state-issued disabled person identification card
or a disabled veteran identification card.  This year, 10 spots will be held
for Wounded Warriors.  All disabled veterans wounded in combat are
encouraged to apply.  Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2018 to
the Lake Shelbyville Project Office, 1989 State HWY 16, Shelbyville, IL
On April 2, 2018, 25 applicants will be selected by drawing to participate
in the hunt during the first Illinois firearm season.  Previous hunter
participants have enjoyed morning and afternoon hunts from ground blinds and
elevated stands, catered meals, and free lodging. Over the past five years,
average success rates per year are near 70 percent. 

Without the help of the Whitetails Unlimited Chapter Area 51, the Lake
Volunteers Association, the IDNR and numerous volunteers this event would
not be possible.  Last year, volunteers performed nearly 300 hours of
service to help make the hunt a successful experience for individuals that
might not get this type of hunting opportunity anywhere else.  Some of the
tasks carried out by volunteers included getting hunters to and from their
blinds, carrying the hunter’s gear, handling harvested deer, and setting up
meals.  For further information on this event, or if you would like to
volunteer for this event, please contact Park Ranger Cory Donnel at
(217)774-3951 Ext. 7001 or via email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Fatal deer disease confirmed in Wayne County

Thu, February 22, 2018

A hunter harvested adult doe taken in southeast Wayne County during the first shotgun deer season has tested positive for the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the first hunter harvested wild deer outside of northeast Iowa to test positive for the always fatal disease.

The deer was shot on Dec. 5.

“We contacted the hunter once it was confirmed,” said Terry Haindfield, wildlife biologist and coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources chronic wasting disease monitoring effort. “The test results are disappointing but not surprising. We are seeing an increasing number of CWD positive deer in northeast Iowa and from our neighboring states.”

Haindfield said there have been seven additional CWD positive tests so far from deer in northeast Iowa that came from the 2017 seasons – six in Allamakee County and one in Clayton County. The Iowa DNR is awaiting the final set of test results from the special collection in Allamakee and Clayton counties in January.

“We will set up a meeting in Wayne County to discuss what this means for local hunters and landowners and listen to their concerns and together we will form a plan to try to prevent or contain this from getting a solid foothold,” he said.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurologic disease of deer and elk, belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. Though it shares certain features with other TSEs like bovine spongiform encephalopathy (“Mad Cow Disease”) or scrapie in sheep, it is a distinct disease apparently affecting only deer, moose and elk. It is always fatal.

The disease first appeared in the wild deer herd in 2013 and each year since, the Iowa DNR has placed extra emphasis on tracking the movement and attempting to stop or slow the disease with the cooperation of successful hunters.


Bond Finishes 4th in the Nation at Archery Nations

Wed, February 21, 2018

HARRISBURG, Ill. (Feb. 16, 2018)—Competing for the first time in the US Collegiate Archery Association’s (USCAA) National Intercollegiate Indoor Archery Championships held on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Southeastern Illinois College’s Eli Bond missed advancing to the gold medal round by just one point.

Bond, from Thompsonville, Illinois, started the day in 7th place. In the quarterfinals of the championship round, he defeated Aaron Adams, the #2 ranked indoor archer in the nation from University of the Cumberlands. From there, Bond advanced to the semifinal round against Lewis Boyd from Liberty University.

After losing to Boyd by a single point, Bond went to the bronze medal round against Caleb Dixon from University of the Cumberlands, where they found themselves in a tie after regulation play. In a best arrow tiebreaker, Bond finished the tournament in 4th place. Boyd went on to win the gold medal.

Bond’s 4th place national ranking by USCAA in indoor archery stands alongside his #1 ranking in 3D archery by USA Archery. He will begin his 2018 3D archery season later this month at the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Pro-Am competition in Foley, Alabama.

For more information on SIC’s archery program and Indoor Archery Center, visit or contact head coach Alli Armstrong at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (618) 252-5400, ext. 2104.

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DNR confirms Altoona location as site for Feb. 21 listening session

Tue, February 20, 2018

Des Moines - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the Hy-Vee store in Altoona as the final location for the wildlife rules public meeting on February 21. The meeting provides a setting for the DNR to listen to the public’s thoughts on hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government. The meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Any rule changes must be discussed with Iowa’s citizens who might be impacted by the changes before the rule changes are proposed. The process helps ensure that rule changes serve the public’s wishes and do not impact Iowa’s economy,” said Todd Bishop, chief of the wildlife bureau.

At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

These discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

Meetings will be held in Altoona, Atlantic, Boone, Burlington, Calmar, Chariton, Council Bluffs, Creston, DeWitt, Knoxville, Lake View, Ottumwa, Peosta, Sheldon, Solon, Spencer, Tripoli and Ventura. 

Complete locations are available online at

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and advise of specific needs.

Feb. 21 wildlife listening session locations

Altoona, Hy-Vee, 108 Eighth Street SW
Atlantic, Iowa DNR office, 1401 Sunnyside Lane
Boone, Iowa DNR research station, 1436 255th Street  
Burlington, Public Library, 210 Court St.
Calmar, Northeast Iowa Community College Dairy Education Center, 1527 Hwy. 150 South, Site #1793 in Room 114
Chariton, Iowa DNR research station, Red Haw State Park, 24570 Hwy. 34 (White building at the Red Hawk Lake Dam)
Council Bluffs, Fish and Game Club, 531 Comanche Street
Creston, Southwestern Community College, 1501 West Townline, Room 180
DeWitt, Central High School, Room 311 (near the auditorium)
Knoxville, Red Rock Army Corps of Engineers headquarters, 1105 N Hwy. T15
Lake View, Iowa DNR wildlife office, 116 South State Road
Ottumwa, Ottumwa High School, 501 Second St E, Room 157
Peosta, Northeast Iowa Community College, 8342 NICC Drive, Room 203
Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W Park Street, Building H, Room 519
Solon, Middle School, 1775 Racine Ave. NE, Media Center
Spencer, Iowa Lakes Community College - Spencer Campus, 1900 Grand Ave., Room 108B
Tripoli, Tripoli High School, 209 Eighth Ave SW, ICN Room
Ventura, Iowa DNR wildlife office, 15326 Balsam Ave.


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