Iowa pheasant population similar to 2015, quail highest in 27 years

Ag/Outdoor

August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

State officials in Iowa covered more than 6,000 miles of county roads counting upland game during the first two weeks of August and after all the species were counted, data compiled and numbers crunched, what can Iowa pheasant hunters expect to find this fall? A repeat of last year.

“The good news is pheasant hunters had their best season in five years last year and they should expect to have pretty good hunting again this year,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who coordinates the August roadside survey.2016_pheasant_survey_map_web

The survey found an average of 21 pheasants per 30 mile route statewide, with higher counts coming from counties crossing the state diagonally from northwest to southeast.  The statewide average in 2015 was 24 pheasants per route.

“To put it in perspective, our population is similar to 2007 when we harvested 630,000 roosters. Last year we harvested 270,000 roosters. The difference is, we had twice the hunters in 07,” Bogenschutz said.  “If we had 100,000 hunters last year we would have doubled the harvest. The birds are here, we need hunters to return.”

Population patterns tracked the weather. Parts of northwest Iowa had declines due to heavy snowfall which likely reducing pheasant survival. Parts of southwest Iowa had declines due to heavy spring rains likely reducing nesting success. Other regions had more favorable weather and saw similar or slightly higher numbers.

“Hunters can expect bird numbers similar to last year statewide, where the right habitat exists,” Bogenschutz said. “We need hunters to come back if we are going to see the harvest increase. If nothing else, they should come back for the quail.” Iowa’s quail population index has been increasing recently and is now at its highest since 1989 after experiencing increases again across south central and southwest Iowa this year. “To put it in perspective, in 1989, we had 80,000 hunters harvest 400,000 quail. With today’s modern agriculture and landscapes, this is likely the best quail numbers we can hope for,” Bogenschutz said.

In 2014, 6,500 hunters shot 10,000 quail. In 2015, 10,000 hunters shot 28,000 quail.  “This is the best opportunity we’ve had to hunt quail in 27 years,” he said.  “For anyone who has ever had an interest in quail or who hasn’t hunted quail recently, this is the year to go.” Surveyors also record the numbers of cottontail rabbits and Hungarian partridge.

Rabbit numbers were down some from their record level of the past two years but remain above their ten year average, with better numbers in southern and eastern Iowa. Partridge were unchanged with their best numbers in northern Iowa, he said.

The August roadside survey is available at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey

Harlan Police report, 8/30/16

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan today (Tuesday) released a weekly report on arrests. Authorities say on Sunday, 24-year old Kolten Kobold, of Harlan, and 21-year old Jaykob Lewis, of Avoca, were arrested when officers were called to a fight in the 1000 block of 7th Street. Lewis was charged with disorderly conduct and Kobold was charged with intoxication in public and disorderly conduct.

Also arrested on Sunday, was 31-year old Joseph Smith-Kidd, of Woodbine, who was taken into custody when officers were called to a report of a suicidal subject.  Smith-Kidd was taken to Myrtue Medical Center and when cleared, was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with violation of a no contact order.

Last Saturday, 31-year old Ryan Carter, of Irwin, was arrested in Harlan, following a traffic stop.  Carter was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI).

And, on Aug. 25th, 47-year old Richard Draper, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody following a traffic stop.  Draper was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with OWI.  Draper was also cited for failure to wear a seatbelt and operating a non-registered vehicle.

Backyard & Beyond 8-30-2016

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Light agenda for Cass County BOS, Wednesday

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors have a rather light agenda for their Wednesday morning session at the courthouse, in Atlantic. Among the action items, is approval of the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Urban Renewal Report, and the acceptance or rejection of bids for two Cass County Bridge Projects: One on Yankton Road, over Williams Creek; The other on 740th Street, over the West Nodaway River.

The Board of Supervisor’s meeting gets underway at 8:30-a.m., Wednesday.

Homicide investigation in Council Bluffs

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a homicide that took place overnight. Authorities say at around 4:20-a.m. (Tuesday), Council Bluffs officers responded to a report of a man lying in the middle of Avenue B, just west of North 10th Street.  Upon their arrival, officers found a deceased adult male.  A preliminary investigation indicates the man was the victim of a shooting.

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Detectives and crime scene investigators were still in the process of collecting evidence and canvassing the neighborhood Tuesday, for witnesses.  The identity of the victim will not be released until his family is properly notified.

Anyone with any information related to the incident is being asked to call the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4728 or they can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 712-328-STOP (7867).

Mills County Sheriff’s report (8/30/16)

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office is reporting two people were arrested on separate charges, Friday. 26-year old Ashley Nicole Defevere , of Omaha, was arrested during a stop on Highway 34, for Unlawful Possession of Prescription drugs, and Driving Under Suspension. Her bond was set at $1,600.  And, 33-year old Curtis Richard Frazee, of Hastings, was arrested for OWI 1st offense, Fail to Obey a Stop Sign, Depositing or Throwing Litter on Highway, and Failure to Yield Right of way. His bond was set at $1,000.

Omaha man arrested during stolen vehicle investigation

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Pottawattamie County arrested a Nebraska man Monday afternoon, during an investigation in Crescent, into a stolen pickup truck. Authorities say 28-year old Charles Wiley Craven, of Omaha, was arrested in the 1000 block of Old Lincoln Highway, on Pottawattamie County warrants for Reckless Driving and Felony Eluding, and a warrant out of Douglas County, NE warrant for being a Fugitive From Justice.

Craven was one of at least two individuals taken into custody for possessing a stolen 1996 Chevy Silverado pickup. Another suspect was 19-year old Jonathan Russell Holmes, of Omaha, who was wanted for two counts of Criminal Trespass, and

3 arrested on drug charges in Creston

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested on drug charges early Monday morning, in Creston. The Creston Police Department says 27-year old Kurtis Lee Fooken, 23-year old Noble John Murren, and 25-year old Dakota Shane Gaulden, all of Creston, were taken into custody at 411 N. Poplar Street, in Creston, between 5:35- and 6-a.m., Monday.

Fooken and Gaulden were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana – 1st offense. Murren was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine -1st offense.  All three men were booked into the Union County Jail and later released on $1,000 bond, each.

The Creston P-D says also, a woman in the 600 block of S. Park Street reported Monday night, that several knives and a flashlight were stolen from a garage on her property. The incident happened sometime between 11-p.m. Sunday and 8-a.m. Monday. The loss was estimated at $535. And, a man in the same neighborhood reported his garage was also broken into during the same time frame. Nothing was reported missing, though. Damage from the incident amounted to about $100.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/30/2016

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August 30th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Cheesy Potato Ham Soup 8-30-2016

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August 30th, 2016 by Jim Field

  • 6 cups chopped potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 cups cubed ham
  • 1 lb. Velveeta cheese
  • 2 or 3 cups milk

Put all except Velveeta cheese in crock pot on high for two hours; then turn down to low.  When potatoes are done, serve.  Just before serving, add Velveeta cheese and let it melt.

(Mildred Bergmann)