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Eagle Watch Event at the Case-Halstead Library

Sat, February 03, 2018

At 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the World Bird Sanctuary will present “All About Eagles” and will bring a bald eagle to demonstrate the majestic flight and nature of this beautiful bird.  Everyone attending the event will have the opportunity to make an eagle craft and observe replicas of a bald eagle skull, talons and feathers to get a better understanding of the bird. Participants can also pick up a map at the library during the event and drive to various viewing locations at the lake. Park Rangers and volunteers will be on top the main dam and at the General Dean Recreation Area with spotting scopes to assist and answer questions. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars and dress accordingly for the weather.

If you have any questions about the event, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Firewood Cutting Opportunity at Carlyle Lake

Thu, February 01, 2018

Permits will be available at the Carlyle Lake Project Office from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning February 5, 2018.  A total of 10 permits will be issued on a first come first serve basis and there is no charge.  All permit holders will be limited to two cords of firewood which may not be used for commercial use or resale. Trees will be located throughout the campground and vehicle access will be limited to paved surfaces only.  Cutting dates will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday’s and Saturday’s beginning February 9th. 

For more information on Carlyle Lake, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Controlled Pheasant Seasons Extended

Mon, January 15, 2018

The three sites with additional controlled pheasant hunting are Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County, and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Franklin and Jefferson Counties.  The controlled pheasant hunting season at each site has been extended through January 28.

Hunters are encouraged to use the online Controlled Pheasant Hunting Reservation System at to obtain permits for these additional hunt dates.  Reserved permits ensure hunters will have the opportunity to hunt.  Hunters using reserved permits also ensure that site staff on these sites can release two pheasants per hunter each day, which is the Department’s objective for pheasants released on each hunt date.  Standby permits are also available at the sites, although standby hunting opportunities may be limited or unavailable if the hunter quota for a hunt date is filled by reserved permit hunters.

To access the reservation system:
1. Click on “Hunt/Trap” on the toolbar on the IDNR Home Page
2. Then click on “Upland Game”
3. Then click on “Controlled Pheasant Hunting Permits, Hunting Areas, Regs, etc.” under the “Licenses and permits” heading

Hunters are reminded that the daily permit fee for controlled pheasant hunting is $30 for resident hunters and $35 for nonresident hunters.  The daily permit fee applies to each hunter.  Reserved Permits are paid for via credit card during the application process.  Completing a permit reservation online can be accomplished as late as 24 hours before an available hunt date, and securing a permit takes less than five minutes.  Standby hunters pay daily permit fees at the site hunter check station on the hunt date.  Standby hunters need to be prepared to pay permit fees with cash.


Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville

Mon, January 15, 2018

The center will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with three different opportunities for event participants to view birds up close.  First, a 30 minute bald eagle program for kids is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.  At 11:00 a.m., there will be a 1 hour “question and answer” session where a live bald eagle and presenter will be available for visitors to photograph and ask questions to the Illinois Raptor Center staff. Finally, a one hour show at 12:30 p.m. will feature appearances from many different North American birds of prey.

This event is offered free of charge, however space and seating is limited.  Please contact the Lake Shelbyville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reserve free tickets for the bald eagle program for kids and the shows.  Tickets can be reserved either by phone, email, or in person at the Lake Shelbyville Project Office. 

The Project Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information or to reserve tickets, call (217)774-3951 X 2 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


MDC reports 15 new cases of CWD out of 18, 400 deer

Mon, January 15, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 15 free-ranging Missouri deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of nearly 18,400 test results received so far for the season. The 15 new cases consist of:

1 from Cedar County from a hunter-harvested adult buck,
3 from Franklin County from hunter-harvested adult bucks,
1 from Jefferson County from a hunter-harvested adult buck,
4 from Linn County from hunter-harvested adult bucks,
2 from Macon County from a hunter-harvested adult buck and a hunter-harvested adult doe,
1 from Polk County from a road-killed adult buck,
1 from St. Clair County from a hunter-harvested adult buck, and
2 from Ste. Genevieve County from a hunter-harvested adult buck and a hunter-harvested adult doe.
MDC also reports no cases of CWD in Missouri were found along the Missouri-Arkansas border. CWD has been found in several hundred deer in northern Arkansas.

For the third year in a row, MDC also reports no additional cases of CWD have been found in central Missouri, where a single case of CWD was confirmed in Cole County in early 2015.

According to MDC, the low number of CWD cases found in new counties (Cedar, Polk, and Ste. Genevieve) suggests the disease was recently introduced to these areas.

MDC also notes mandatory sampling is proving to be critically important in finding new cases in new areas, and additional testing and thinning of deer in the immediate areas where cases are found is helping to limit the spread of the disease.

The 18,400 test results MDC has received so far include nearly 16,000 samples collected from hunter-harvested deer during MDC’s CWD mandatory sampling efforts Nov. 11 and 12. Results also include about 2,400 tissue samples collected for CWD testing throughout the state over several months prior to the mandatory sampling weekend and after the mandatory sampling weekend.

“We could not accomplish this very important work without the help of the many thousands of hunters and hundreds of landowners around Missouri who brought in their deer for CWD testing to help find and limit the spread of this terrible disease,” said MDC Director Sara Pauley. “Thank you!”

The 15 new CWD positives bring the total number of CWD cases detected in free-ranging deer in Missouri to 57 with 10 found in Adair, 1 in Cedar, 1 in Cole, 7 in Franklin, 2 in Jefferson, 5 in Linn, 25 in Macon, 1 in Polk, 3 in St. Clair, and 2 in Ste. Genevieve counties. 

For more information on samples submitted for testing, results received and pending, and cases of CWD in Missouri, go online to under “CWD in Missouri.”

MDC continues to receive tissue samples for CWD testing from taxidermists, road-killed and sick deer, and hunter-harvested submissions. MDC will also collect additional tissue samples for CWD testing through March from areas immediately around where new and recent cases of CWD have been found. The Department will share final results in April once all testing done. 

Hunters who have had tissue samples collected for CWD testing from their harvested deer can get test results for their deer, as they become available, at MDC personally notifies all hunters that have positive test results for their deer.

CWD is a deadly illness in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family, called cervids. CWD kills all deer and other cervids it infects. There is no vaccination against the disease and no treatment or cure for infected animals. For more information on CWD, visit


Lake Shelbyville Christmas Tree Recycling Program

Wed, January 03, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and he Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place the discarded trees into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for years to come. Donated Christmas trees are bundled together in small groups and submerged in the lake at select locations. These structures provide fish with breeding areas and escape cover, proving invaluable to not only the fisheries but to anglers as well. New trees are added to sites each year to maintain suitable cover.

Trees will be collected in Shelbyville and Sullivan again this year. The designated collection site in Sullivan is at Sullivan 66 Gas Station south of Sullivan on route 32. Trees can be dropped off inside the snow fence area on the north side of the building. (PLEASE, DO NOT PLACE TREES ON THE PARKING LOT). 

In Shelbyville, the designated collection site is at the Johnstowne Mall on the west side of Shelbyville. Please place trees inside snow fence area on the grass at the northwest corner of the parking area (PLEASE, DO NOT PLACE TREES ON THE PARKING LOT). Trees will be collected at both sites through February 12, 2018. Before delivering your tree to either of the designated collection sites please remove the stand, tinsel and any ornaments. If you have placed a plastic bag on your tree, remove it before leaving the tree. Please do not leave any other kind of tree trimmings, wreaths, flowers or yard waste at the sites.

For more information on this fish habitat project, contact Cory Donnel at
(217) 774-3951, ext 7001.


Iowa DNR News

Wed, January 03, 2018

Winter urban trout stocking starts Jan. 13

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release trout in seven locations this winter in areas that would not support them during warmer months.

These winter stockings are a great place to take kids to catch their first fish. A family friendly event is paired with most of the stockings to help anglers have success and fun while fishing.

The popular program is supported by the sales of the trout fee. Anglers need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout. The daily limit is five trout per licensed angler with a possession limit of 10.

Children age 15 or younger can fish for trout with a properly licensed adult, but they must limit their catch to one daily limit.  The child can purchase a trout fee which will allow them to catch their own limit.

Winter stocking events are dependent on favorable weather and ice conditions. Check the DNR Trout Fishing website at for possible changes.

2018 Winter Trout Stocking Schedule

Jan. 13, Blue Pit, Mason City, at 11 a.m.

Jan. 13, Scharnberg Pond, Spencer, at 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, Moorland Pond, Fort Dodge, at 9:30 a.m.

Jan. 20, Big Lake, Council Bluffs, at Noon

Jan. 27, Lake Petoka, Bondurant, at Noon

Jan. 27, Bacon Creek, Sioux City, at 2 p.m.

Feb. 3, Ada Hayden, Ames, at Noon

Media Contact: Mike Steuck, Regional Fisheries Supervisor, Northeast Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 563-927-3276.


Licenses Expire Jan. 10

Hunters and anglers are encouraged to purchase their 2018 license before their 2017 license expires. Annual Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10. License holders who purchased the three year option should check the date range printed on their license for expiration. 

Seasons begin closing Jan. 10

Iowa’s 2017 hunting season begin closing in January.

Small Game

Pheasant: Jan. 10

Quail, gray partridge, ruffed grouse and squirrel: Jan. 31

Cottontail rabbit: Feb. 28


Nonresident holiday season: Jan. 2

Late muzzleloader and archery: Jan. 10


Archery: Jan. 10

Waterfowl: Duck seasons are closed in all zones.

North Zone - Dark Geese, including Canada geese, Brant and white-fronted geese: Jan. 1; Light Geese, including white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’ geese: Jan. 10.

South Zone - Dark Geese, including Canada geese, Brant and white-fronted geese: Jan. 15; Light Geese, including white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’ geese: Jan. 24.

Missouri River Zone - Dark Geese, including Canada geese, Brant and white-fronted geese: Jan. 15; Light Geese, including white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’ geese: Jan. 24.


Hunting and trapping - Raccoon, opossum, badger, striped skunk, fox, bobcat: Jan. 31

Trapping – Otter, mink, muskrat, weasel, coyote: Jan. 31


Hunting, trapping opportunities available through winter

Crow season opens Jan. 14 and closes on March 31

Special light goose conservation order for white and blue phase snow geese and Ross’ geese: Jan. 25-April 15.

Beaver trapping season closes April 15.

Coyote: Continuous open

Groundhog: Continuous open

Pigeon: Continuous open