Those are some nice pics, didn't realize Illinois had some rocky n hilly areas
I would say at least give it five days to a week if your hunting in the qc as all I have found are tiny and not ready but go look for your trees and scope some promising spots but I wouldn’t run up to any potential areas as they are so tiny you wouldn’t want to smash them well gl this year should be a good one 👍Hey tool fan,
Touched base w/ your post last year but circumstances and dry weather colluded to skunk me for the year in the QCA (northern part of W. IL which I think I remember you being from).
Going out tomorrow to look for the elusive grey (since you kindly posted your pics of the aft. walk) and looking forward to the upcoming week as Fri./Sat. rain forecasts and rising temps make it look like it'll be good hunting time.
Almost as jealous of your hauls (and those of S. IL folk) as you were of the person who got to spend some time on the Tool drummers kit!
Happy hunting and the best of luck in your (and other Ill'n folks) forays this year!