In search of the elusive Morel.

Discussion in 'HUNTING & IDENTIFICATION' started by Rooster, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Rooster

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    Thanks GG can't wait. Leave in a few hours. Gotta spawn a couple tubs, pack the van and wash the bike. Good times are comin lol.
     
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    Well the weather was a little cold still and we got skunked at the rally morel spot this year. I took a big bag of PE to share with everyone so we still got to eat some mushrooms lol. A great time was had by all. We played music by the fire and sang songs til the sun came up. Weather is warming up this week so I expect to start finding some nice sacks full. Peace, Rooster
     
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    We have found well over 200, starting last weekend.

    The key here has been to keep moving UP. Unnaturally up. We are in a drought here; I am surprised there are any at all. They are fruiting around 5000 feet, about 1000 feet higher than they should be this early. There is not enough moisture in the ground down lower. Today we found the mother lode; 133 morels. I've been in heaven with morel dishes. Dehydrator working overtime right now. Good luck in your search. Keep moving!

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    That's one hell of a nice batch you found there Michelle. I am jealous lol. Will probably go out tomorrow for a bit. I bet the whites/yellows are out here.
     
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    I wish you luck, Rooster!! One thing's for sure, it's great exercise (especially here where the pickin's alpine in nature) and it's lovely to be in the woods any day. We intend to head out every weekend in May; I won't make any plans that don't involve morels. :) I've thoroughly converted the boyfriend to morel hunting; he's as crazed as me lately with his topo maps and soil temperature calculations. Ha. Because I'm in the mountains our season lasts at least 4-5 weeks (or for me, weekends). Post em when ya find em!!
     
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    I couldnt find many last year but I picked these a day ago. Found a nice patch close to home.
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    image.jpg image.jpg Way to go Civil. Looks like you have a dog pecker in there also. I think they are edible though. I found 3 yellows today about 3 miles from the house. Stoked. I was hoping for more seeing how we had a nice rain yesterday but I will take what I can get. More rain in the next few days so maybe a bunch will pop soon. I did find about 10 half free I think.
     
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    ideed, Morchella punctipes, named for the punctate stem. They are just as good tasting, but a little floppier
     
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    Nice finds!
    I agree, Half frees are yummy!!
    Just be VERY careful if you eat them Rooster! Lots of verpas are being found in Michigan right now.
    And they sometimes look quit a bit like a half free.
    I dont pass up half frees, I just take an extra second to look them over good!
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    I haven't found any yellows yet.
    My Mom and I are hitting our traditional mothers day yellow spot tomorrow!
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    I love mothers day!
    Every year, 4-5 hours morel hunting, then we hit our favorite all you can eat Chinese buffet!
     
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    image.jpg Found some in my damn backyard lol. Been all over the woods for hours and only found 7 so far. Went out to dump some contaminated oyster grain jars by my fire pit and found 4 lol. One was eatin up by bugs but these 3 were still nice.
     
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    Definitely a nice surprise!
     
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    Way to go, Rooster!! Just right for a nice morel dish! I went out this weekend again and found not only a ton of morels but also several very nice boletes. That was a huge surprise!! I sliced one up for an omelette. I also made morel tarts, which are silly easy and so delicious. Morel dishes every weekend. We've dried three large ziplocks of them and don't plan on stopping. I want morels all year long.



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    Yer killin it Michelle love the bolete. They are very cool looking. Been finding tons of dryads saddles. I think tomorrow will be a good day for morels. It's been humid, hot and raining off and on. Gonna hit my hot spots early in the morning before the crowds get out there lol.
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg These are Dryads correct? Are there any look a likes I should know about? Found them on old fallen hardwood while morel hunting today. They smell a bit like cucumber. Also found 8 nice yellows.
     
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    Did some research and I am sure these are Dryads. There are no dangerous look a likes either.

    Hey Michelle I just noticed the vape pen in yer hand lmfao. BHO or nicotine? Love me some nice wax.
     
  17. LuckOfTheFryish

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    yeah those are Polyporus squamosus. I think they taste good then they are fresh and young,
     
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    You're right - those are p. squamous. They are delicious and tender when young. Very delicate flesh, like angel food cake. I slivered mine up and threw them into a salad, with sweet/vinegary marinade tossed on.

    Yes, that is my vape. That is the reason I stopped smoking cigarettes five years ago. Will never go back!
     
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    Way to go. Smoking sucks lol. I quit about 4-5 yrs ago myself. Can't believe the difference. Ok back to morels. My weather has gone to hell here. It's been cold and rainy for the last few days and looks to do more of the same for a few more days. Yellows were just starting to pop good then wham it dropped from the 70's-80's to low 50's for highs and from mid 50's to low 30's for lows. It's also been raining off and on pretty good as well. What do you guys think this means for the rest of my morel hunting season? Is it shot or will there still be another round of yellows after it warms back up a bit. Thanks Y'all
     
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    The morels will be OK. They can stand some torture and the moisture will be good for them. It is totally possible to still find them and even find new patches sprouting up.