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Best Deer Photo Contest

WHEN: Now through Jan. 10

WHERE: Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS: Successful archery, muzzleloader and shotgun hunters in Iowa and Illinois may register for the competition at Participants must submit their name, contact information, 9-digit harvest registration number and a photo of themselves with their deer. There is no registration fee. Readers may vote for their favorite photo between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17, and the winning hunter will be featured Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Outdoors section of the Quad-City Times. The victor also will receive a $500 gift certificate to R&R Sports in Bettendorf.

Furbearer season

WHEN: Today through Jan. 31


DETAILS: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources expects to sell about 14,500 furharvester licenses this year. Traps must be checked every 24 hours, except those which are placed underwater and are designed to drown the animal immediately. For more information about fur trapping and harvesting in Iowa, go to

Guided Nature Hike

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. today

WHERE: Nahant Marsh, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Join a Naturalist for a guided hike along the trails at the Marsh. Hikes are offered on the first Saturday of the month and give visitors an opportunity to experience the environmental changes as the plants and wildlife adapt to the seasons. Suggested donation of $5. For more information, call 563-336-3370.

Wild edible workshop

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, today

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Naturalist Becky Horton will teach participants about plant identification, foraging basics and preparing wild edibles. The group will take a hike outdoors to identify and harvest available wild edibles. There will be samples at the end of the program. Call 563-328-3286 to register.   

Becoming a weather scientist

WHEN: 1 p.m. today

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon

DETAILS: Meteorologist Donna Dubberke of the National Weather Service in Davenport will discuss ways for people to serve as "citizen scientists." Attendees will learn about storm spotting, observing rainfall and more. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

Black Hawk Hiking Club

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. today

WHERE: 101 Ranch, 12010 70th St., Blue Grass

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club and explore private property owned by Dr. Richard and Judy Kreiter. The 250-acre site consists of about six miles of rolling hilly trails, a two-acre pond and a historic stone house built in 1844. For more information, including directions, go to

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