Morels 2016

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by Happy Camper, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. chadwimc

    chadwimc 10 pointer

    Oct 29, 2004
    We generally only pick the small ones like these. Leave the big ones for seed...

  2. flyingnectar

    flyingnectar Spike

    Oct 30, 2014
    Metcalfe County
    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.
  3. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    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?
  4. Recurve77

    Recurve77 10 pointer

    Aug 7, 2012
    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.
  5. hollandhunter

    hollandhunter 12 pointer

    Feb 11, 2008
    Holland Kentucky
    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.
  6. Farrier85

    Farrier85 10 pointer

    Oct 29, 2015
    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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  7. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    LOL. That's kinda what I thought would happen if I went.....
  8. Rheath

    Rheath 8 pointer

    Feb 18, 2010
    Owen County
    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.
  9. baknblack

    baknblack 10 pointer

    Jan 30, 2014
    Mt Washington
    Friend of mine found a crap load in Henry last year. In a mature cedar thicket.

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  10. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

    Sep 9, 2012
    butler co
    Poplar and pig nut hickory are my favorite. Have found them in cedar thickets also.
  11. Rheath

    Rheath 8 pointer

    Feb 18, 2010
    Owen County
    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.
  12. Recurve77

    Recurve77 10 pointer

    Aug 7, 2012
    Good info but I would recommend checking this site and the site to see when reports of early finds are posted. My 1st find of the blacks is usually before 4/7.
  13. Brutus Hedgeapple

    Brutus Hedgeapple 10 pointer

    Jul 30, 2002
    South Central Ky.
    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.
  14. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

    Sep 25, 2005
    Robertson Co.
    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.
  15. J_Shockey

    J_Shockey 6 pointer

    Sep 6, 2010
    Madison co.
    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.

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