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Lee Wahlgren

Bureau County still wet, but budding beautifully

As I drove around Princeton Tuesday, I was totally amazed by all the flowering trees and bushes that I saw. Just a week ago when it was much cooler and rainy, there was hardly a bud on any tree. Yellow, white and purple can now be seen on almost every block. I am a little sad because I know they won’t be around very long, but we all can enjoy them this week.

May is here and Bureau County seems to be really behind, due to unusual spring weather. We certainly hope to dry out a little bit so our farmer friends can get into the fields. I don’t keep track, but it seems that we haven’t been this far behind heading intro May in many years.

With a little more sun and some higher temperatures, we might be able to find some morels. Without a doubt, they are one of my favorite outdoor delicacies. My dad taught me how to search for them when I was little, but I never became as good a hunter as he was. Then, Mom would fry them up so they would be a meal fit for a king. Such great memories.

• Coming up a week from this Saturday will be the ever popular Bureau Valley Ducks Unlimited crawfish boil. Several of the committee members will be out at the fairgrounds early so we can get all those little critters boiled up in time.

The actual time for this event will be noon to 4:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Your $20 ticket will get you an all-you-can-eat meal plus beverages. The important thing is that you call in your reservations, as there will be no tickets sold at the door. You need to call Bret Brown at 815-303-0884 to reserve  your ticket.

There will be a live auction, a silent auction and a tier raffle with many great outdoor items. Please remember to call Bret for your tickets.

• Finally, we are making plans for our annual PHS Fish and Game Banquet. It will be held in the PHS cafeteria on May 14. Members and their parents will meet and enjoy some of their outdoor harvests. There will be a small raffle and the presentation of the Mike Smallwood Outdoorsman Award. We will show a ‘70s video during the evening.

We are making the final preparations for our annual Canada fishing trip. I still have a couple of students that could use a little help, if you so choose. There will be about 42 students, parents and friends making the trip.

Enjoy your outdoors!

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact at him pdub52@gmail.com

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