Badger Creek Wildlife Area – Popular hunting and fishing spot west of the Des Moines metro benefiting from change to prairie

Badger Creek Wildlife Area - Popular hunting and fishing spot west of the Des Moines metro benefiting from change to prairie
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Van Meter, Iowa – A steady stream of people found their way to Badger Creek a few years ago, not for the quality fishing or to hunt pheasants or ducks, but for the food plot planted and managed for the mourning dove season. They were here for the sunflowers.

Engagement photos, senior pictures, family portraits and a flood of selfies – taken, shared and posted to social media – all originated from Badger Creek. The acres of sunflowers brought them here, many, if not most, for the first time.

“Badger Creek became an internet sensation and we had all kinds of people here to get their pictures with the sunflowers,” said Chad Paup, wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural…

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