Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of DakotaAngler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota.
Des Moines Iowa — The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Baseball series is set for August 3rd through the 6th at Waukee, Johnston and Ankeny.
Area players on the Small Schools West Squad include infielder Jacob Wesselmann from Remsen St Mary’s and utility player Austin Allard from Akron Westfield. Keaton Candor of LeMars earned a spot in the outfield on the Large Schools West Squad.
Small Schools West Squad:
Pitchers: Tyler Heineman – Sgt. Bluff-Luton, Spencer Hanson – Woodward-Granger, Kendrick Umphreys – Treynor, Bret Barnett – Martensdale St. Mary’s. Catchers: Jordan Wendel – Alta-Aurelia, Quentin Sefrit – Bedford. Infield: Devin Porter – Saydel, Dillon Sears – Harlan, Keaton King – West Harrison, Jacob Wesselmann – Remsen St. Mary’s, Brett Daley – Treynor. Outfield: Kade Overton – ADM, Ryley McGregor – Sgt. Bluff-Luton, Isaac McAlister – Coon Rapids Bayard, Steve Lawrence – Gilbert. Utility: Austin Allard – Akron-Westfield. Coaches: JR Gebhart (HC) – Saydel, Frank Sefrit – Bedford, Dan Wendel – Alta-Aurelia.
Small Schools East Squad:
Pitchers: Trenton Wallace – Dav. Assumption, Nathan Struve – Vinton-Shellsburg, Cameron Baumann – Fairfield, Colton Shipman – Forest City. Catchers: Clay Emhoff – West Fork, Ryan Gorman – New Hampton. Infield: Evan Reifert – Wilton, Cameron Hoeg – North Tama, Ben Fitzgerald – Newman Catholic, Austin Savary – Dub. Wahlert, Ross Randall – West Marshall. Outfield: Bryce Simon – Cascade, Peyton Scott – Newman Catholic, Cael Lambe – Union, David Disney – West Marshall. Utility: Tate Hovden – North Fayette Valley. Coaches: Dan Hovden (HC) – N. Fayette Valley, Kory Tuescher – Dub. Wahlert, Dan Kopriva – North Tama.
Large Schools West Squad:
Pitchers: Jack Dreyer – Johnston, Ben Probst – WDM Dowling, William Rodruck – WDM Valley, Cameron Cowan – Ankeny Centennial. Catchers: Cade Maharry – DM Roosevelt, Brodrick Woods – Waukee. Infield: Jake Gilbert – Ankeny Centennial, Blake Elam – CB Lincoln, Sam Olson – WDM Dowling, Beau Bosley – Sioux City East, Joel Stroman – Sioux City West. Outfield: Dylan Voves – Mason City, Keaton Candor – LeMars, Calvin Smith – Waukee, Kameron Russell – DM North. Utility: Brendon Figueroa – Lewis Central. Coaches: Chris Miller (HC) – DM Roosevelt , Mark Roering – WDM Dowling, Brett Elam – Council Bluffs Lincoln.
Large Schools East Squad:
Pitchers: Austin Marchesani – Cedar Falls, Austin Shotts – Ottumwa, Dylan Gotto – Western Dubuque, Tyler Hillman – Pella. Catchers: Brett McCleary – Iowa City High, Nick Hagen – Burlington. Infield: Izaya Ono-Fullard – Iowa City West, Matt Berst – CR Kennedy, TJ Deardorff – Dubuque Senior, Sam Stonskas – North Scott, Rylan Lechner – Linn-Mar. Outfield: Gregory Bennett – Western Dubuque, Joshua Stivers – Pleasant Valley, Adam Sacia – North Scott, Kirby Kerr – Linn-Mar. Utility: Kyle Cunningham – Clinton. Coaches: Dan Hovden (HC) – North Fayette Valley, Kory Tuescher – Dubuque Wahlert, Dan Kopriva – North Tama.
Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey begins on Aug. 1, and after a mild winter and early spring, wildlife experts are cautiously optimistic about what they hope to find.
“Our weather this year is nearly identical to what we saw in 2015,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who coordinates and collects the data from the 208, 30-mile survey routes.
“Our spring weather model is pointing toward a status quo population, but in 2015, with nearly identical data, the statewide pheasant counts increased by 40 percent. The wet spring suggests counts similar to last year, but we’re optimistic that if the population responds like 2015, it will likely mark our highest statewide pheasant count since 2006.
“Either way hunters should have a great fall,” he said.
The virtual lack of snowfall across much of the state likely resulted in good hen survival and those extra hens offered great potential for increased numbers this fall. Pheasants do best during mild winters with less than 30 inches of snow followed by a warm, dry spring nesting season with less than eight inches of rain. Iowa’s statewide snowfall average was 20.4 inches. The statewide spring rain average was 8.7 inches.
“I had reports from people who were seeing pheasant broods in May, which suggests early nesting, which is a good omen for the fall,” he said.
The August roadside survey is the best measurement of Iowa pheasant population. The 30-mile routes are driven at sunrise on gravel roads preferably on mornings with heavy dew and little wind. Surveyors watch for hens moving their broods to the road edges to dry off before starting to look for insects.
Surveyors note the number in the brood, any adult pheasants present and the size of the chicks, which tells Bogenschutz if this was an initial nest or if the nest was washed out and this brood was from a second or even third nest attempt. Each attempt after the first has fewer eggs than the prior attempt.
The survey also collects data on cottontail rabbits, jack rabbits, quail and Hungarian partridge.
Data is collected from the same routes each year. The information will be available online at www.iowadnr.gov/pheasantsurvey by middle September.
Rock Rapids Iowa — It was a full night of racing at Rapid Speedway Friday night. The Sportsman’s class along with Lems Auto Recyclers USRA Hobby Stocks, USRA B-Modifieds, Precision Auto Body USRA Stock Cars and Midwest Late Models were all contested.
Des Moines Iowa — Championships were decided in all classes of Iowa High School Baseball at Principal in Des Moines on Saturday. It began with the 1A title game at 11:00 am.
Des Moines Iowa — Semifinals were on the schedule for Friday in Class 3A and 4A at the State Baseball Tournament in Des Moines. The Championships are set for Saturday.