The end is drawing near for one of my favorite seasons. The weather sort of postponed our mushroom season, but several people have had some good luck this last week. I had a couple of friends drop by and give me some tasters. They were so good. I just wished the season lasted a little longer. I had some in the morning with egg and cheese and then in the evening on a big cheeseburger. It doesn’t seem what recipe you use, they make a meal so much better. The sad thing is, my sources tell me, that the season is just about over. Guess we’ll just have to wait for next year.
Tuesday night, the PHS Sportsman’s Club had their year-end banquet. Boy, I tasted some great venison recipes. Everyone went home with full stomachs. This year, I found out that we had some very good marksmen and ladies. Both in trapshooting and archery, we had several young men and ladies prove their marksmanship. In trap, we had a few in the 20s and in archery, they were constantly in the center bullseye.
The club presented two people with awards. Vern Sondgeroth was presented the “Friend of the Club Award” for the support he has given to the youth. He organized several cookouts to benefit the club, and he has gone to Black Bear Lodge for several years in a row. At camp, he has taken several of our young fishermen in his boat and has guided several others to the various fishing spots. He used his experience to help the kids with their gear. He always has his fillet knife ready to teach our youth the proper way to fillet a fish. Thank you for your generous help.
This year’s Mike Smallwood Outdoorsman’s Award went to Aaron Carrow. He is the second in the family to receive the award. He is the youngest son of a great outdoor family. He has hunted and fished with his family, Mike, Mary Jo, and Ryan, on many of the Sportsman’s Club outings. Whether it’s deer, turkey, or catching a lot of fish, Aaron and his family are very active and good at what they do. He again will travel to Canada in a couple of weeks to try his skill this year. Congratulations, Aaron.
• The local chapter of Ducks Unlimited had its popular Crawfish Boil last weekend and it was another success. They cooked about 800 pounds of the little critters and about 400 people were in attendance.
The raffles and live auction went well and hunters went home with about 10 shotguns and two handguns. A new event this year was a garage sale and it was popular. The big interest was the tier raffle. Starting at the bottom and working up, the final item was a Beretta A400 12-gauge shotgun. The DU officials seemed to be pleased with the outcome and look forward to next year’s.
Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org