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OUTDOORS: So far this spring has been a late bloomer

With the arrival of more pleasant weather, some folks will venture out to enjoy the outdoors.

Whether it be to hunt mushrooms, hunt turkeys or go fishing, the months of April and May are truly the time to hit the woods and waters. For some, it is a wonderful time to become refreshed after a long winter.

I finished my 2018 wild turkey season on Wednesday, April 18. I hunted hard all three days and was lucky to have shot a young bird at 11 a.m. Most of my hunting areas didn’t contain much sign. There was a lot of mud but not much food for the turkeys. They tend to thrive on insects, and the cold weather held them down on my territory.

There were a multitude of deer in the woods all week. Many were feeding on tree buds, which shows the scarcity of food for them as well. Most of the time deer are nocturnal, but they were feeding during the day, which is unusual for them. Canada geese continue to make nests and feed on short grass. Some white pelicans hovered overhead looking for a fish meal.

I was not able to find any early morel mushrooms so far. I can only speculate that the unseasonably cool weather has had an effect on them. Hopefully, I will be able to gather the later versions next month. I usually gather small dandelions for a salad this time of year. I have seen a few but not as many as this time last year.

Watercress should be about ready to cut by the time this goes to print. Check clear streams for this vegetable.

Upcoming events

LaSalle County Pheasants Forever news

The chapter will be holding a trapshooting event on May 6. This will be for youth and women, and will be held at the Anderson Farm south of Marseilles. For more information contact Jeff Grubar 815-488-3545 or Chuck Eiben 815-488-1390.

Hunters Safety Course

Local Union 393 will be holding another hunters safety course. The first one had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. David Raikes didn’t give me the new date, so interested folks need to contact him at 815-795-7989.

Hunting report

Many have reported seeing lots of wild turkeys in our area, but not me. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t see many in my hunting lands. I think they are scattered due to food sources.

Fishing report
River fishing on both the Fox and Illinois rivers is really bad. I have fished these rivers for over 70 years and have never seen conditions like this. It could be the Asian Carp invasion depleting the plankton. These substances are needed for gizzard shad and emerald shiners to propagate and thrive. Without these two baitfish, the predatory fish have to move or starve.

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