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Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:41 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 7:11 a.m. CST

REAP Congress

DES MOINES — The 2014 session of the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Congress will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the House of Representatives chamber at the Iowa State Capitol.

The REAP Congress is made up of 90 delegates elected at the 18 regional REAP assemblies held across Iowa last fall.

Delegates at the one-day congress will discuss REAP funding, if the current REAP allocation formula should be retained, funding Iowa’s natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund.

The recommendations of the Congress are developed and may be voted on. The recommendations are submitted to the Governor, General Assembly and or the Natural Resource Commission for further consideration.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of REAP, the delegates will be watching the first showing of a video detailing how the idea of REAP became a law as told by those who were there.

Resource Enhancement and Protection is a state program that invests in the enhancement and protection of the state’s natural and cultural resources.  Governor Branstad signed REAP into law on May 27, 1989.

Licenses expire

All 2013 Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire on Jan. 10, 2014. All hunters and anglers will need a 2014 license to hunt or fish beginning Jan. 11.

Seasons close

Iowa’s pheasant, late muzzleloader and archery deer, and archery fall turkey seasons close on Jan. 10.  The January antlerless deer season is Jan. 11 to 19, in select counties. Furbearer seasons, squirrel, quail, partridge and grouse remain open until Jan. 31.

Rabbit season is open until Feb. 28. Crow season is Jan. 14 to March 31. Beaver trapping season closes on April 15.

For waterfowl, the north zone Canada goose season closes on Jan. 3, and the light goose season closes on Jan. 12. The south zone for Canada goose season closes Jan. 10 and the light goose season closes Jan. 17. The Missouri River zone Canada goose season and light goose season both close on Jan. 17.

The light goose conservation order season is open Jan. 18 to April 15 statewide; additional regulations apply.

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