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Re: That time of year!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:35 am

I'm new to mushroom hunting (this will be my 3rd year) and I'm learning that finding morels is an art. My boyfriend learned from a family friend as a child, and while dead elms are the basic to get started, knowing when they will be there is the art form. We look for may apples and where the may apples are tall is where the soil is getting enough warmth to potentially start growing morels. We start on hilltops and south slopes, and as the season progresses you will see a progression from little grey morels to big yellows. Older, larger trees produce more mushrooms, and the longer they've been dead the further from the tree you will find them. Finding the first one is the hardest, after that your eye can get "keyed" to the color/texture of the mushroom and they get easier to spot after that.
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Chadwick » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:38 am

Or take the art out of it and go to morels.com and track the progress north.
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Duckdog17 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:53 am

There's no trick...
No art...
No secret weapon...

There are two basic requirements for finding morels, (or any mushroom)

Time and boot leather...
(maybe bug spray, but that makes 3 and I don't want to edit my "two") ;)

Yea, cottwoods and elms, and even ash will give you something to look for.
But I've found them darn near everywhere. You just have to start looking for patterns in your area.
And, those patterns might just be for that particular phase of morel.

In other words, I know which areas to look for the tiny grays, and which areas to look for the yellows.

I never get too serious about looking until I've seen the nighttime lows in the 50's for at least 3 days.
Might be totally different somewhere else, but that's when the grays pop here.
3 days of 50 at night, and warm during the day, and we'll have mushrooms.

But, mother nature likes to throw curve balls. We've had lows at night in the high 30's for 2 days, after the biggest rain we've had in a loooong time, so...who knows now?
I THINK they'll pop again if we get a quick hot flash of weather.

But, now the darn "multiflora" is so thick, they're tuff to see.

That's something else to think about,...my best spots are covered with "multiflora" or brushy green areas that are so thick, you cannot walk through it without it rubbing you. But, once it greens up, you have to look under it so you're doing a lot of crouching.
May apples....again, just for this area, but if the may apples are tall, that usually means the mushroom season is about done.

I found another small mess yesterday and I got soaking wet doing it! Got cold too!
It looks like it's supposed to get warm again this weekend so I'll try again!
Unless my shoulder surgeon has other plans for me tomorrow. Uhhhhg! :(
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Steve Anker » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:15 pm

So what is the MOREL of the story.....?

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Re: That time of year!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:25 pm

Steve Anker wrote:So what is the MOREL of the story.....?

:D


Those who know the "art" are the ones that can come home with a grocery sack full in 2 hours, while I've only found a handful. Reading the trees and the level of undergrowth can get you dinner between getting off work and dark. If all you're after is a beautiful spring day in the woods, then shoe leather works too :D

At least in our area, greys show up before yellows, and the same trees almost always produce both provided the soil is moist.

While not necessarily edible - finding morels like these is fun too. After all - morel hunting is just an easter egg hunt for adults!

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Re: That time of year!

Postby Steve Anker » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:20 pm

Whazzat.....?

A FINGER in the woods.........
Izzat what you found?
Better call the MOUNTIEs......!
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Country Guy2 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:10 pm

Once this darn rain passes I going to start looking for some and I'm going to wear out my boots if necessary to find some. I did find a few big yellow morels a long time ago when I was turkey hunting but I didn't realize they were good mushrooms then and I just can't for the life of me remember the spot.
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Duckdog17 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:14 pm

Not edible??
Heck yea they are!! Get enough of em and you might even have a snack!!

I guess I'm an artist then by your definition...
It's just basic woodsmanship to me, but I've been finding morels my whole life too.
Found these, and a bunch more while running the dogs this evening...

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Re: That time of year!

Postby Chadwick » Thu May 01, 2014 1:33 am

You are killing me with those photos, Duckdog! We have been enduring snow showers for the last 3 days. That said, we have gotten 4.5 inches of liquid precipitation, so with a little heat I am hoping for a bumper crop. Not even so much as a fiddlehead to pick as of right now.
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Duckdog17 » Fri May 02, 2014 3:13 pm

Found another mess this morning...
Quite a few dried up ones too. :(
They'll either pop again with this weekend's heat wave, or it's winding down here.

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Re: That time of year!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat May 03, 2014 9:46 pm

Found about 30 Greys today, finally started here!!
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Fri May 16, 2014 10:46 pm

How did everyone do? It's been a good year here, found a total of about 17 pounds, gonna go out one more time.

Early season:
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Today we found some giants:
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Duckdog17 » Sat May 17, 2014 10:23 am

Nice haul MissK!
We had a bumper crop too. Our temps have been all over the place, so there very well could be more out there, but...
I'm done. I wouldn't even begin to guess how many pounds or gallons or...whatever, I found, but I did throw away the last big mess. :o I even shipped two separate packages of them out to friends in Colorado.

I love giving them to people who've never heard of them, much less seen one.
And....I'm sick to death of ticks!!!!!! Hate em!!!!
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Re: That time of year!

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat May 17, 2014 12:29 pm

We figured they'd be finished in our area since its been a couple weeks and now cold, but we found a random yellow by the pond we were fishing at and figured we'd stick our nose in the woods on the way home. We found 5 pounds in under an hour - not hard with shrooms that big.

We give ours away too, trying to make a buck would take the fun out of it I think. We have had very happy neighbors, co-workers, friends and family this year. I sent about 3 pounds to South Dakota.

Sounds like everyones doing about the same then, bumper crop of mushrooms with a tick population to match!
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