Moving forward

April 28, 2011

Faith Outdoors

I have been taking walks for the last few weeks and it feels great. There is no problem with my left ankle at all. Walking for 2 miles feels just fine.

So, on Tuesday, I decided to push it farther. I walked for about 4.5 miles and even took on the steep “Davern Hill.” My legs were a little tired and sore afterward, but my ankle felt good. I took 2-mile walks yesterday and today, and there was no trouble. Looks like my sprained ankle recovery is about complete. Praise God!

I’m glad to be walking well because I go turkey hunting next week. I have a season in Minnesota that starts on Tuesday, and a season in Wisconsin that starts the next day. The weather is looking good for at least the first part of the week, and I hope that gets the toms gobbling.

Unfortunately, most of the reports I have been hearing up ’til now are bad. Hunters aren’t seeing many birds nor hearing many gobbles. I’m sure the weather has a lot to do with that. Clear skies and warm temperatures do wonders for a gobbler’s mood. Hopefully, the toms will sound off when I’m in the woods.

I ran into a fellow turkey hunter yesterday at the St. Paul Seminary — Father Troy Przybilla, the new vocations director. He’s going turkey hunting this weekend down in southeastern Minnesota. He likes to go in late April and early May so he can try to find morel mushrooms. Says he has had great success with both turkeys and mushrooms at this time of year.

I have always wanted to pick morel mushrooms. I may try to schedule a trip with Father Przybilla someday. Then, maybe he could show me how to cook them. In the meantime, I am going to do a radio show with him that will air on Friday, May 27 from 9-10 a.m. on Relevant Radio 1330. We’ll talk about the outdoors — perhaps, each of our turkey hunts — and his vocation to the priesthood.

I’m looking forward to it. Should be fun. Be sure to tune in!

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About Dave Hrbacek

Staff photographer and writer for The Catholic Spirit. Also, avid outdoors enthusiast with a passion for hunting, fishing and photography. Married to Julie and have four children, three boys and a girl.

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