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Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by Happy Camper, Feb 9, 2016.
We generally only pick the small ones like these. Leave the big ones for seed...
Might I suggest a shitake log for you mushroom lovers. I have buddies that do it for fresh tasty mushrooms. I'm to busy this spring but I'm going to try and inculcate logs maybe next year.
Hope we have a good forage spring. Always great when the woods gift us with good food.
I've never gone and looked for them. I've stumbled up on a few while turkey hunting. What kind of places do you look for them in?
bg, I noticed that you hunt the MCNP area and I find a lot of morels in that part of the state. I find almost all of my blacks and smaller yellow, white, greys (deliciosa type) on north and east facing hillsides of poplar and hickory. The bigger yellows (esculenta type) grow in completely different environments. I find those primarily in creek bottoms near sycamore & ash and also under cedar away from the creeks.
I have found them in alot of places. But the best places I have to hunt them that produce every year are on hillsides facing the east around poplar and ceder trees. I will start looking here in just a few weeks if the weather doesnt stay too cold. There is several good articles on the net if you search but I have found that alot of it has to due with soil temps/moisture. Year after year the same spots I have always produce. Some years better then others. Also the years we have above average snow fall seem to produce a little better.
I promise you one thing if you want to just spend hours in the woods not finding crap, then you should come with me shed and morel hunting
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LOL. That's kinda what I thought would happen if I went.....
Are they prevalent in Owen, franklin, Henry counties in anyone's experience? I understand they like dead ash trees and they are pretty much all dead in Owen from ash bores.
Friend of mine found a crap load in Henry last year. In a mature cedar thicket.
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Poplar and pig nut hickory are my favorite. Have found them in cedar thickets also.
Thank you. This will be my first year. Is there a magical date that you guys start looking? My research says April 15th +/- a day or two.
Good info but I would recommend checking this site and the morels.com site to see when reports of early finds are posted. My 1st find of the blacks is usually before 4/7.
Even though I have found them in the last couple days in march, my magic day has been april 1. I look a little prior due to cabin fever but I don't get seriuos till the 1st.
I found mine last year April 10. But the bloom was last week of April through first week of May. I think it would've lasted longer but it turned off dry and hot.
I've only been at it for a few years, the best I've done on black morels is after the first week of April. Also, the most productive spot I have is a south facing hillside, which according to everything I've read isn't normal, so they just seem to happen where they will. There are a lot of poplar trees on said hillside though, a few hickory as well.