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Lee Wahlgren

Morels one of nature’s final treasures

The weather has changed again. We had a sunny week which was beautiful, and now the temperature has dropped and it is cooler. With the current rain and the hope it will warm up, locals are getting excited about the possibilities of finding some morels. As far I’m concerned, morels are one of nature’s finest treasures. They can be used so many ways and each way is a special treat. Garnish a steak, make an omelet, cover with eggs and cracker crumbs, or just roll them in flour and fry them in butter, they are one of this guy’s favorite meals.

It seems a little late, but if we get some sun, we should be able to find some. If you find too many, I’ll help you eat a few.

• Coming up May 10 will be the annual crawfish boil which is sponsored by Northern Illinois Ducks Unlimited. Time gets by us and I didn’t realize this is the 10th annual local crawfish boil. It is a popular event in Bureau County so you better mark your calendar.

Activities get under way at noon at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Your $20 ticket will get you all the crawdads and beverage you want. A super tier raffle featuring packages of $100, $200 and $500 will be available. There will be $5,000 worth of merchandise on the tiers. There will be 16 guns at the event, and 4 of them will be on the tiers. As per usual, there will be a live and silent auction.

For more information, go to www.ducks.org/Illinois/events. Click on the event name to buy a ticket online. If you want to talk to a DU representative, call Brett Brown at 815-303-0884.

• One month from now, the PHS Sportsman’s Club will be taking off for Black Bear Lodge at Red Lake, Ontario for the annual fishing trip to Canada. Due to snow days and some cancellations, we have a few openings for the week. If anyone is interested, please contact me for the trip info.

While you are out trying your luck at bagging a turkey, try your skill at a coyote also.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR outdoor columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com.