Bob Porter lives south of Patoka Reservoir. He searched a favorite area Tuesday and found nothing. “My indicator is the poke weed and it is not up,” he said.
Look for new ant hills in your yard or dandelions beginning to bloom away from buildings. Another, time-tested sign, is when lilacs are just ready to bloom.
There are a lot of message board morel websites to help keep you abreast of the latest finds and follow migrations. Also, a new TV series, to be aired April 20 at 10 p.m. on National Geographic called “Filthy Riches” will feature Chris Matherly and Laverna Holes, among others, hunting morels, eels and ginseng. Matherly has the website: www.morelhunters.net and is now selling morels for $45 per pound. He also offers morel forays.
I hunt turkey in Owen County and this year my attention will be divided between gobblers and morels. The turkey youth season is April 19-20 with the regular season beginning April 23.
I also fish near a lake with lots of bass and big bluegill. When the toms are not gobbling the gills are usually biting.
Rick Bramwell’s outdoors columns appear on Thursday.