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Good morning all,

 

Hubby and I are going to look for Morels this morning. First time looking for me this year. He looked once but didn't find any. Keeping my fingers crossed! If nothing else, it'll be a nice walk (or limp) in the woods.

 

So anybody else look for Morels? Found any? I'll let you know if I do.

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There may be a few early blacks out but they are far in few between now in my area ,top of the state and its a big event here . As a forager I wait till the trilliums are in bloom before I bring my mesh bags with me into the woods and fields . As well another indicator is watching maple tree bud formation , when there buds open and the leaves are the size of a mouses ear its that time again , for blacks and when oak trees have this sighn its time for whites as I have been taught . The soil temps are warmer on southern slopes early in the season , at the end of the season you ll want to look on north facing slopes ..

 

Elms as mentioned above are good trees to look around but they are VERY rare due to the dutch elm disease . Good luck finding elms . One can look for old apple trees as well as ash trees . Morels have a relationship with microbes and tree chemicals that is not fullly understood, but this is a well known phenomena..

 

I average 10-20 pounds a year with about 20 hours put in on average and its all about knowing you trees and knowing how to recognise other key areas and signs , I wont say much more as this is a skill and many wont share much of there wisdom lol.I hope this gives more insight for those seeking the elusive morel .But dont ask about my secret spots lol as thats where the magic comes in , once you hit a good flush , you may find them there year after year .

 

I think this will help a few of you if you pay attention to these types of trees and follow there root lines out to there ends , chances are youll fine some morlels for the pan .. If you know what your looking at you will also find wild leeks in plenty this time of year , they are ready for harvesting here for the next 6 weeks ..

 

Sauteed Morels and wild leeks , its almost that time of year again .. I eat this for weeks and then its old news and I await another season for morels while I look for the others in there season through summer and fall .. Oyster mushrooms , black trumphets , and puff balls are just a few of the many mushrooms that I hunt .

 

Looking forward to hearing from the other mushroom hunters and sincerely hope this helps those who read and seek that knowledge ..OD

 

Great report, Od !

 

You have inspired me to get off of my duff and check out my favorite woods...only 1/2 mile from my house.

 

dr. Jinx

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On average I think I get about a pound baggie full every year. And I usually never leave the house to find them... okay here is the truth. I used to be an avid shroom hunter until I got sick and now I have trouble bending over to pick them. And the problems of only have one lung makes long walks in the wood out of the question, which I will say SUCKS. Lucky for me one of the aides who take care of my son has a husband who finds twenty to thirty pounds every year. Every year now he makes sure to send me a pound of morels and I always make sure he is happy this time of year. Good hunting my friends.

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Thanks Danny... Great info.

My mouth is watering!

 

I really think a lot of the Morels got picked out as when I was young we

didn't know at 1st. to use mesh sacks for gathering so we could spread the spores

as we walked instead of taking them from the site.

 

We used to have the best luck at the base of the Elms but as stated... Dutch Elm Disease

bout killed em off.

 

My Mother had a fungi fascination and taught us well, thanks mom!

 

I adore puffballs, sliced and lightly sauteed in real butter w/ garlic yummy!

 

I recently found I have mold allergies and of course Mushrooms can give me

an allergic reaction. Those w/ a mold allergy.. if you are not sure how you

react to mushrooms, PLEASE be aware.

 

Reminder to new 'shroomers...

 

Please take mesh bags out on your hunts :)

(even an old onion bag, orange bag... what ever you have around

that has holes for the spores to fall through)

 

Thanks and

Happy Hunting

 

 

 

:thumbsu::goodjob::thumbsu:

 

Great info , thanks ... Good pointers as well .. Dont forget to cut the stems as well at the base ..NEVER pull them .. Lets all ensure our children have these when were gone .. Acid rain is not helping the morel survive and mans ways are really dampering the production compared to the glory days of the old timers .

 

Sorry did not mean to post this in your post , getting use to the mod program and this wont happen again lol .. OD

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Yup it's too early here too, we didn't find any morels and the woods are mostly brown and leafless still. Nice getting out though, really warm today.

 

I wondered why the shagging elms were so few and far between. Darn Dutch Elm disease anyway. :growl: We did find a couple good looking spots, to check back on.

 

I only started looking for Morels about 10 years ago, & didn't find any for a couple years. One year was really good, we found a few pounds, but we've never done that good since. Last year our car broke down & we couldn't even look!!

 

I have been dreaming of finding morels for two weeks. :wacko: I sure hope I can find some this year. Good luck everyone else too.

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Not out in the Yooper yet.

 

Ya have to take the temperature of the soil to know when they are coming. :-)

 

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Holy cripes! I don't think I've seen one this big since I was a kid!

 

Last year I found 3, yep only 3 whites and they were small :(

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Thanks Danny... Great info.

My mouth is watering!

 

I really think a lot of the Morels got picked out as when I was young we

didn't know at 1st. to use mesh sacks for gathering so we could spread the spores

as we walked instead of taking them from the site.

 

We used to have the best luck at the base of the Elms but as stated... Dutch Elm Disease

bout killed em off.

 

My Mother had a fungi fascination and taught us well, thanks mom!

 

I adore puffballs, sliced and lightly sauteed in real butter w/ garlic yummy!

 

I recently found I have mold allergies and of course Mushrooms can give me

an allergic reaction. Those w/ a mold allergy.. if you are not sure how you

react to mushrooms, PLEASE be aware.

 

Reminder to new 'shroomers...

 

Please take mesh bags out on your hunts :)

(even an old onion bag, orange bag... what ever you have around

that has holes for the spores to fall through)

 

Thanks and

Happy Hunting

 

 

 

:thumbsu::goodjob::thumbsu:

 

Great info , thanks ... Good pointers as well .. Dont forget to cut the stems as well at the base ..NEVER pull them .. Lets all ensure our children have these when were gone .. Acid rain is not helping the morel survive and mans ways are really dampering the production compared to the glory days of the old timers .

 

Sorry did not mean to post this in your post , getting use to the mod program and this wont happen again lol .. OD

 

Thanks, np.

 

btw... congrats on becoming a mod. I've always enjoyed your posts :)

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hello imubu - really its not well sought after since about the late 80s they found that there is a certain chemical in them that causes toxic posioning. In any amount ingested. But this is a controversial thing since many of the old timers say that they grew up eating them and have had no issues.. and therefore some still hunt them to this day. But not in the mass as it was. OD wanted me to also imput that a couple yrs ago he helped eat a 5lb bag of them and is still here lol :thumbsu: .... I myself havent seen many but then ive only begun in the fungi dept a few yrs ago thanks to OD. lol And havent seen as much as id like to yet and am still learning... Peace and love... :D

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A lot of really false info in here i see

 

First do not eat "beefsteak" mushrooms

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/f/false_morel.htm

 

They are known to cause toxic buildup in your body the next batch could be your last

 

Also there is no proof that a mesh bag spread spores as they are spread and on the wind after surfacing, long before you find the morel

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One major element in morel (and many other mushroom) fruiting is CO2 levels. This community ought to be able to put together a good profile of the State with our geographic spread and a thermometer and CO2 detector each.

 

Like Cherry, I've seen none in the eastern U.P. It sure won't be long, though!

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A lot of really false info in here i see

 

First do not eat "beefsteak" mushrooms

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/f/false_morel.htm

 

They are known to cause toxic buildup in your body the next batch could be your last

 

Also there is no proof that a mesh bag spread spores as they are spread and on the wind after surfacing, long before you find the morel

 

 

I am sorry to stand here firmly and correct you on your comments. There is NOT alot of false information on here and if you deem it as false then it is due to having false information yourself. Honestly. Now when the comment was made of the beefsteak mushrooms it was well stated that it sits under a controversial situation due to "scientific" findings that it causes toxic poisening.. reread the post.. and if they were as bad as stated really then why for hundreds of years BEFORE the "Scientific" studies and a few death cases its all of a sudden deemed toxic.. get real.. as with anything else it depends on the person and their ability to eat them or not.. caution is to be used upon taking. simple as that..

As far as the mesh bag its proven and stated that even after the mushroom is picked it still emits spores mesh bags or cloth are best to use to redistribute those spores that fall during transportation. As well as alot of time some mesh bags can rip apart the mushrooms after hiking for sometime and with added weight so really it is best to use cloth or paper bags in transporting them.

So please before you post with comments on someones correct information being false you may want to research more into it all then a science daily add... peace and love :) shining..

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I did a seven mile hike today, mostly in the woods.

 

I saw NO mushrooms in the Brighton area.

 

I did come across a herd of 5 does and they took off upon sighting me...at one point one actually jumped over another one...I never have seen that before. I also saw two mallards or wood ducks, it was hard to tell.

 

I will check for those morrel morsels tomorrow !!

 

dr. Jinx

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we were always taught to tap or snap the mushroom before picking and do not pull the roots this my dad said helped in geting the spores out and made for good picking the next year we also used onion bags as well to spread the spores and we would go back every year and find plenty at the same spot so i got to say the old man is correct good luck everyone on the hunt this year i know ill be out there

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I've eaten mushrooms out of cow patties several times

and have some stories to tell of those experiences.

 

Not that I condone this..

 

I have also picked and eaten white capped mushrooms right in the boulevards

in the City. I was told by my mother there is also one that looks very similar that

is poison. I would have never done this w/ out my mother's guidance.

 

If you are not sure... get someone who does know.

 

Thanks for the info on the Beefsteaks.

 

Back on subject:

 

A friend found about 20 blacks in Blackman township today.

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An 8 Year Old Girl Almost Died

In May 2002 an 8-year-old girl from Cheboygan, Michigan, enjoyed some Beefsteak mushrooms that some friends had given her family. After eating them, her face turned yellow and she became extremely nauseated. Her mother rushed her to the doctor, who sent her to the emergency room. She became very combative, and doctors detected high levels of ammonia in her brain, which forced her liver to begin to shut down. They were concerned that it would also induce failure of other vital bodily functions, such as breathing. They called in a specialist, who diagnosed liver failure. She had to be flown to a pediatric intensive care unit in Ann Arbor, where doctors administered a diuretic that caused the stomach to absorb the poison and flush it through her system; in the meantime, they prepped her for a liver transplant. Miraculously, the medication helped the girl undergo a complete turnaround.

 

As Michael Kuo says, “. . .no person in his or her right mind should knowingly eat a False morel.”

 

You have been forewarned!

 

 

http://www.morelmushroom.info/Beefsteak_False_Morels.html

I have harvested truckloads of morels, have friends in the industry and beg you to avoid any form of false morel till you get your mycology degree

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