|The Sportsman's Report: Mushrooming dim, bleak and dry on coast
Mushrooming on the coast is dim, bleak and dry. There are a few king boletus being found, but for the most part, it is dry.
Reports from the local pickers and the San Francisco Mycological Society (MSSF) are dismal. Not to worry, they have yet to awaken. The recent rains on Halloween should stir the mycelium to produce the fruiting body we love - the mushroom. To their minds, "it just ain't right in the head," so we wait. On the north coast, around Eureka, they have had more rain, so some of the early season mushrooms are popping up. The reports from Oregon are also dismal. Although they have had more rain than we, it has been a dry, dry year for the forests there.
Turkeys and crabs
Crab season is officially open, and as always, netters scored well on the opening weekend. Later, they will have more meat inside the shell, but who can resist catching the pincers. If you want to hear kids scream, just dump a net of crabs on the deck, and when they scurry around it turns into bedlam.
Turkey season opens this Saturday, Nov. 10 and closes Dec. 9. A hunting license is required for this upland bird. You can take one turkey per day of either sex and a total of two for the season.
This time of year, Department of Fish and Game (DFG) typically sees an increase in complaints about the nuisance of wild turkeys. DFG recommends the following:
- Never feed wild turkeys.
- If turkeys are causing problems in your yard, remove all sources of food such as bird feeders and/or pet food, and consider motion-detecting sprinklers to discourage visits.
- Know wild turkeys typically will not enter yards with dogs.
- If confronted by a wild turkey behaving aggressively, slowly back away. Turkeys often strut and gobble at people, but very rarely actually come into contact with them.
- If you find an injured turkey, report it to your nearest DFG regional office.
- Depredation permits can be issued if wild turkeys are causing excessive property damage. For more information on wild turkeys, visit: www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/turkdy.html.