Barbs and Backlashes

Cheating Time by whitetips
May 11, 2010, 9:37 am
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I get to this point every spring and wish I could just stop time for a little bit.  Over the past couple of weeks I have blogged about spring turkey hunting, morel mushroom picking and some spring fishing opportunities.  This is one of those times of the year when there is so much to do and so little time!

Well I have one little “trick” for turning back the calendar a few days.

Nebraska is a big state with a great diversity in geography.  We also have a great diversity in weather!  The past couple of weeks have been cool over all the state, but in general spring progresses from southeast Nebraska to northwest Nebraska.  If you have a chance to travel “out west” you can not only sample some of the finest outdoor opportunities the state has to offer, you can turn the clock back on spring’s progression.  Want to prolong your mushroom picking season?  Head west and north.  Want to get more of your spring turkey fix?  Head west and north.  Want to ride the peak of some of the spring fishing opportunities?  Head west and north.  Depending on the spring and the weather you will generally find the spring season to be a week or so later in central parts of Nebraska and a couple of weeks or more later in western Nebraska.

I do not get the opportunity to travel west and “cheat time” every spring, but can find an excuse to head “out west” many years.  My family and I were in west-central Nebraska a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you the trees were not nearly as leafed-out as here in eastern Nebraska, the turkeys were still running around in relatively large flocks, and the white bass were just starting to bite.  My mushroom picking started winding down here in southeast Nebraska last week, but I would bet if I could head west right now I could pick some more.

If you have an opportunity to travel around the state, you can use that strategy to stay on top of those “prime times”.


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