Sitting in front of my computer and watching light rain fall outside my study window Wednesday morning, I couldn't help but think it would be a great day for turkey hunting.
A few minutes later, I walked into the kitchen for a coffee refill. I glanced through the window overlooking a huge alfalfa field next to our condo in the valley, and sure enough, there were three gobblers displaying their huge tail feathers for all hens to see.
I was going to grab my turkey calls, open the front door and call to the birds, but remembered it was a little too early in the morning to startle the neighbors. At least that's what my better half always tells me... and I always listen to her... well sort of.
The three toms remained in the alfalfa field, eating and strutting, for the next hour or so. They sure got me thinking about my turkey hunting days years ago.
Meanwhile, deer have disappeared for last few days. They were a sure bet to see every day at dusk, but are either taking cover from the rain or feeding during the night. I would imagine does are also looking for heavy cover to bear their fawns beginning in early May.
Morel season is upon us, although it's hit or miss, similar to fishing success.
The Mississippi River and its tributaries are dropping slowly, but fishing is very slow other than walleye and sauger.
I dropped a line in the water for a few minutes on Wednesday without any luck. A bass fisherman, obviously pre-fishing for the big BFL Tournament coming to La Crosse on Saturday, wasn't having any luck locating fish either.
"Slow, pretty slow," he said disgustingly, while trolling around the inlet where I was panfishing.
I'm headed "up nort," this weekend to stay at our oldest son's new cabin in Bayfield County. It has a beautiful, small 25-acre lake with abundant panfish and largemouth bass, according to the Wisconsin DNR website. Bass fishing season is closed, but panfishing is open year-round, so I'm taking a couple of rods along. Our two grandsons, ages 7 and 9, are also bringing their gear.
Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.