Out and About with Bob

Ah-ha! A certain sign of spring.
I heard a turkey gobble when I stepped outside our condo before daybreak on Tuesday.
It was only a single (on the roost) gobble, bouncing off the steep ridges in our territory of God's green earth, but to me it was heaven's way of telling me spring has arrived.
I've also noticed other harbingers of spring on my daily drives throughout the Coulee Region and to Ol' Tom's boathouse.
Grass is greening up.
Buds are showing.
My "honey-do" list is growing longer.
Skunk cabbage is blooming in marshes.
Eagles are caring for newborn.
Gray squirrels are chasing black squirrels.
Red-winged blackbirds are calling incessantly.
Robins are chirping during early morning and late afternoon hours.
Ducks are migrating back into the Coulee Region.
Woodchucks are appearing. Skunks, opossum and raccoon also are plentiful.
Boat launches are filling with vehicles and trailers.
Walleye anglers are crowding below locks and dams on the Mighty Mississippi River. I might add they are doing quite well, too.
Deer remain active during twilight hours. It's common to find at least a few in the huge cut corn/alfalfa field on the eastern border of our condo property.
I also noticed four turkeys foraging in the corn stubble on a misty Wednesday. A lone gobbler displayed for an hour early Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, across the Mississippi River, Minnesota DNR conservation officer Tyler Ramaker, stationed in La Crescent, has been busy. Ramaker responded to urban wildlife calls and assisted local police departments.
Anglers were found to be fishing inside the closed area below the Dresbach Dam and enforcement action was taken. Lock and dam closure areas are in place for public safety. A tragic reminder of this is the news of a fatal boat incident near a spillway in Pool 11 in Iowa over the weekend.
Fishing is picking up, according to Ramake, but play it safe around lock and dam structures.
Tom Hemker, a Minnesota DNR conservation officer in Winona, reports many people out fishing, walking, antler hunting, taking pictures or just checking the boat accesses.
On a crisp morning, one angler advised the officers to not judge him by what he was wearing on his feet. He was wearing mittens on his feet because he forgot his boots. Fishing in the area was still slow, but some nice walleyes, sauger and perch were checked.
Minnesota DNR conservation officer Mitch Boyum, in Rushford, reports receiving a complaint of people fishing and keeping trout. Upon further investigation, the anglers were found without licenses and stamps, and in possession of a number of fish. Multiple citations were issued.
Time was also spent investigating trespass complaints and nuisance-animal complaints.Until we meet, have a great day outdoors.