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Local news 7.13.2018

Hundreds of classic cars will line the streets of downtown Pella Saturday – The 39th annual Resurrected Tin Bologna Nationals will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  with food vendors and other activities taking place throughout the day. There are two special parties today and Saturday night for participants of the show, including meals, games, prizes, and a band at Lake Red Rock.

2017 was a pretty good year for pheasant hunters in Iowa, but how do things look for 2018?  According to state officials the outlook is a mixed bag, depending on where you live.  An estimated 55,000 hunters harvested more than 221,000 roosters in Iowa last fall; a slight decline from 245,000 harvested in 2016.  Parts of southern Iowa are dry while northern Iowa has been inundated with rain. Combine that with a late arriving winter and you have a recipe for a stable to declining pheasant population.  Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has been using the same model since 2002 to forecast pheasant populations in Iowa and has been right 80% of the time.

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