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Keep an eye out for the spongies

April is here now and Bureau County is totally green. I can’t remember when I have seen so many trees, shrubs and flowers blooming all at once — whites, yellows, pinks and purples on display throughout the county.

March was unusually warm and now I’m sure that my favorite spring morsel is making its appearance. Yes you’re right! We have enough warm weather and moisture that the “spongies” are making their way out of the ground. It started last week with a few greys and now the report is that the bigger boys are being found. My only concern is that the undergrowth has gotten a good start also.

There are several good recipes for morels, all of which are good. They are very versatile: rolled in flour and fried up by themselves, in an omelet, on a pizza or garnishing a steak. My mom sure made them taste good.

Fond memories also accompany morel hunting. More so for my dad than me because he would laugh at me standing two feet from a morel and asking him where you find the mushrooms. There is a personal satisfaction about finding that first one because you are pretty sure that there is bound to be more nearby.

Recently, the Whitetails Unlimited had its banquet and though I was unable to attend, Bob Stevens told me it was a very successful event this year. Lots of good prizes and lots of good food highlighted the evening.

Pheasants Forever is another group who is good about giving back to the youth of our county. The Bureau County chapter recently hosted a live shoot at Sand Prairie Hunt Club. About a dozen young hunters met there and had the opportunity to shoot live birds accompanied by experienced hunters and over trained bird dogs. By the way, their club donated a Ringnecks membership at our PHS banquet and that was won by Tyler Doucette.

Finally, don’t forget to travel over to the Hennepin Canal Parkway lagoon starting Saturday morning and catch some nice rainbow trout. You need a fishing license and an inland trout stamp. The fishing will start at 6 a.m. each day until most of the trout are caught. This is a good opportunity to take your kids fishing at a close and safe place.

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