The mushrooms are finally up and quite a few gray and black sponge mushrooms are being found. With the rain late in the week, this weekend should be prime time around here for the early spring mushrooms.

The favorite spots among area mushroom hunters include hunting around dead elm trees, ash trees, mature apple orchards, and sometimes just in your own back yard, especially if you live in rural areas.

One of the biggest mushrooms I ever found was in a flower bed that I mulch every year. I’ve found them while hunting with my metal detector, while on fishing trips and when walking across lawns. They can be anywhere the wind blows the spores.

A normal mushroom may produce as many as two million spores. That is why old time mushroom hunters carried their find in onion and orange sacks. This allowed the spores to drop in the woods as they walked. Today, many mushroom hunters use plastic bags to hold their treasurers and spores do not get dropped throughout their travels.

The fish are biting as well. Crappies I cleaned early in the week were filled with eggs as they are getting ready to spawn. The crappies I caught were right in the brush in that heavy wind on Sunday with very few being along the edge.

In talking with some turkey hunters this week, most by mid-week were saying the hunt was tough and the birds were not answering the calls very well. There were still some nice turkeys bagged this week.

These cold nights along with the cooler weather predicted this weekend will not help the mushrooms, the fishing or the turkey hunting.

We need spring to come in and stay!


The Vermilion County Conservation District will be celebrating Earth Day with a Tree Sale on April 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 pGood time for mushroom hunting.m. and May 1 from 1-4 p.m. at the Forest Glen Preserve.

There will be an assortment of bare-root trees from which to choose. No advance orders will be taken.

Forest Glen is approximately 7 miles east of Westville and 5 miles east of Georgetown. Upon entering the park, please follow the signs.

Call 662-2142 weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for information.

Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: pamnsam@


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