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"Build it, and they will come” is a popular theme. “Put food out, and they will come” is popular around my house. You must be careful to look out the window before leaving, for good reason.

Day-old bread stores sell shopping bags full of stale bread for $1.20. I use this cheap food to feed crows. Put it out in a field, and they will come. Crows and other scavengers also enjoy the remains of fish I have fileted.

Suit cakes attract woodpeckers. Black sunflower seeds bring in cardinals and other birds. I enjoy watching them from my kitchen window.

Lately, stray cats have been showing up. There were as many as three, but one we haven’t seen lately may have provided a meal for a coyote.

Jourdan and I have been putting cat food and table scraps on the front porch. Tuesday night I summoned Jourdan from the computer room. We watched a young skunk enjoy a plate of chicken and noodles.

“Look at the bottom of the steps,” Jourdan said. “There is an opossum patiently waiting its turn.”

The plate was clean the next morning.

Larry Holliday and I fed some fish Tuesday morning while ice fishing an interstate pond. Most of the fish we caught were quite small. This has been a good place to fish in the past, but now has some problems. The pond owner plans to get our DNR district biologists involved.

The ice is very iffy. The thickness varied from 3 to 7 inches on the same pond. Another pond only had 2 inches and another had black ice.

I recently compromised my diet to redeem a gift certificate at Montana Mike’s. The place was crowded so I invited a couple to join me. Karol and Steve Carr were traveling from New York to western Illinois.

They live in the heart of monster whitetails. These fine folks promised to find me a place to hunt next fall. Hopefully, I will make that trip a reality.

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area’s annual Marsh Madness bird festival takes place March 5-6 at multiple locations around Greene County. The festival celebrates the county’s abundant natural resources during the peak of the annual sandhill crane and waterfowl migration.

Weekend passes cost $7 through Feb. 19, and $10 after that. The supply of weekend passes is limited. Tickets for March 6 cost only $5.

The event kicks off from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on March 5 with a chili dinner (included in the cost of a weekend pass) at Humphrey’s Park Roy Clark Community Building in Linton. Activities on March 6 take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more ticket information, send an e-mail to or call (812) 659-9901. To register for workshops, call (812) 847-0165.

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