Of course, sheds aren't the only measure of spring. Morel mushroom hunters have already started finding their tasty targets, weeks ahead of schedule. Most serious morel hunters I know start looking as lilac trees begin to bloom, and those fragrant blossoms are now appearing in Minnesota. My friends Tim and Bea Walmsley, who live in west-central Illinois, have already found a bunch of morels, including a 17-pound take just last Friday. The lovely Bea (pictured above) is also holding a great four-point side from a whitetail living on their farm. When you can nab some great table fare and an antler in the same day, you're living right!