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Old 05-05-2019, 07:52 AM
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Southwestern Pa from last week
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Old 05-05-2019, 08:18 AM
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Nice haul man! What state are you in?
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:19 AM
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Old place had yellow morels under dead apple trees. They were delicious. Peak season for southwest VA was a week and a half ago. Although the latest rains might prolong the season.

Nothing beats fresh asparagus and morels with your own eggs all collected same day. And some ramps.
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Love some morels! Nice score!
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I don't know why, but this thread scares the hell outta me.
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Because mushrooms are weird.
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This will be my first year targeting morels. Has anyone seen them in northern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire yet?. I think we need soil temps in the 50's for morels, so it should be soon. What type of habitat/forest are they found in?
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Certainly the woods should be soggy enough this year for a good crop.
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This will be my first year targeting morels. Has anyone seen them in northern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire yet?. I think we need soil temps in the 50's for morels, so it should be soon. What type of habitat/forest are they found in?
you’re still probably a couple or more weeks away from the start. Finding old apple orchards that are no longer manicured is the easiest and will mostly yield yellows and greys. However. The blacks tend to come up a few weeks earlier. They’ll be found normally underneath dead or dying elm trees. Search the south facing slopes first. They get the most sun. Focus mostly on finding elms. If you find elms you’ll find morels. Second would be tulip poplars

Know the the history of the apple orchards you search. In the mid 1900’s many large apple orchards were using a pesticide (pushed by the epa) that used a combination of lead and arsenic . It tends to still be in the soil and morels are known to uptake the lead. You can also use a mail in testing company to check the soil for total piece of mind.
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No morels today but did run across some dryad saddles aka pheasant backs. It’s whats for dinner
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Old 05-06-2019, 03:45 PM
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No morels today but did run across some dryad saddles aka pheasant backs. It’s whats for dinner
Used to see those things all the time as a kid. Didn't know people ate those.
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Big three here are Morels, Chanterelles, and Trumpets..

There are plenty more, but hard to be sure on the ID...

Morels are just starting... Chants in July or August...

We once paid a mycologist ( who certifies wild mushroom sellers here) for a mushroom walk/ID tour. My buddy’s wife kept asking her if “ you could eat that” and she finally said “if you go on a bird walk, do you ask that question?”

A fun activity here....
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Originally Posted by JasperDog View Post
Big three here are Morels, Chanterelles, and Trumpets..

There are plenty more, but hard to be sure on the ID...

Morels are just starting... Chants in July or August...

We once paid a mycologist ( who certifies wild mushroom sellers here) for a mushroom walk/ID tour. My buddy’s wife kept asking her if “ you could eat that” and she finally said “if you go on a bird walk, do you ask that question?”

A fun activity here....
lol!

Thise are are the big three here as well and then add chicken of the woods, hen of the woods and the porchini. I love black trumpets. I cannot wait till they show up.
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There are Hens, Chickens, Oysters, some Hericiums, here as well...

Also Honeys(?)

we just stick to those first three...
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