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Title: Morels
Post by: quackkiller on March 25, 2021, 07:27:17 AM
I know we are a bit early, any luck out there yet?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on March 25, 2021, 07:57:04 AM
Just verpa along the river in the cottonwoods. No, they're not toxic. Morels will probably start showing in late April - we've had a cold start to the spring. If we have a week of sunny warm weather before them, that can make them pop.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on March 25, 2021, 08:12:04 AM
Where I'm at it's gonna be mid may when they come out in big numbers but some will be around in April. I know a guy who finds em right around now in the cottonwoods in the river bottoms at low elevation.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Weatherby92 on March 25, 2021, 08:14:06 AM
Needs to warm up, atleast here on the east side. I always start my search after the area has reached 65 degrees with lows above freezing for 3 consecutive days.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on March 31, 2021, 10:35:44 AM
Needs to warm up, atleast here on the east side. I always start my search after the area has reached 65 degrees with lows above freezing for 3 consecutive days.

That's how I was instructed when I got into morels. I think I was told need about a week where its at 60 or above with no freezing at night. I always go out late April or early May and find a few in the 5000 ft range, then a few weeks later it explodes. One day last year, I filled several paper lunch sacks in about an hour not more than 200 feet from a FS road. It was so cool to come into a little open area and see them all over the place.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Matth on April 02, 2021, 10:42:31 AM
My son and i have been been picking verpa for a couple weeks now.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: quackkiller on April 02, 2021, 03:46:26 PM
Is there a certain elevation that they grow in?? Iíve looked quite a bit (cottonwood near rivers) and Iíve never found one... for verpas!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 02, 2021, 04:02:31 PM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol? 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 02, 2021, 04:47:47 PM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol?

It depends how much you drink! 😂

Seriously, when you start eating any mushrooms at the start of the season, take it slow, eat fewer to start. Morels, verpa, boletes, chanterelles, any of them. Drinking heavily will hasten your reaction to over-consumption.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Southpole on April 02, 2021, 04:55:37 PM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol?

It depends how much you drink! 😂

Seriously, when you start eating any mushrooms at the start of the season, take it slow, eat fewer to start. Morels, verpa, boletes, chanterelles, any of them. Drinking heavily will hasten your reaction to over-consumption.
I believe theyíre a little hard on the liver even without alcohol is what Iíve read.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Igottanewknee on April 02, 2021, 05:07:37 PM
Found some in my secret spot in Tacoma. Very small, maybe an inch.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: boneaddict on April 02, 2021, 06:49:06 PM
I had 25 degrees last night.   Thatís downtown Wenas.  Not likely too many, besides dry as hell
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: quackkiller on April 02, 2021, 10:29:13 PM
Found some in my secret spot in Tacoma. Very small, maybe an inch.


Curious is this around cottonwoods?? What other habitat do they grow in on the wet side??
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Jake Dogfish on April 02, 2021, 10:56:23 PM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol?

It depends how much you drink! 😂

Seriously, when you start eating any mushrooms at the start of the season, take it slow, eat fewer to start. Morels, verpa, boletes, chanterelles, any of them. Drinking heavily will hasten your reaction to over-consumption.
:yeah:
I have eaten wild mushrooms my whole life.  One time I ate way too many chanterelles and drank a bit as well.  I felt terrible for two days. 
But I ate like a whole pan of mushrooms.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 04, 2021, 09:45:50 AM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol?

It depends how much you drink! 😂

Seriously, when you start eating any mushrooms at the start of the season, take it slow, eat fewer to start. Morels, verpa, boletes, chanterelles, any of them. Drinking heavily will hasten your reaction to over-consumption.

Thanks Pman I overdid it for sure. Not so much on the beer, but the mushrooms. First big hall last year fried up and ate at least two plates worth, probably more.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 04, 2021, 09:47:45 AM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol?

It depends how much you drink! 😂

Seriously, when you start eating any mushrooms at the start of the season, take it slow, eat fewer to start. Morels, verpa, boletes, chanterelles, any of them. Drinking heavily will hasten your reaction to over-consumption.
:yeah:
I have eaten wild mushrooms my whole life.  One time I ate way too many chanterelles and drank a bit as well.  I felt terrible for two days. 
But I ate like a whole pan of mushrooms.

Same and after seeing Pman's post it was probably the amount I ate. My sickness was for about 24 hours, pretty much like a stomach flu. I'm gonna break in my system slowly this year.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 04, 2021, 11:41:01 AM
I think I asked this on another morel thread last year but does anyone get sick if they eat morels while drinking alcohol?

It depends how much you drink! 😂

Seriously, when you start eating any mushrooms at the start of the season, take it slow, eat fewer to start. Morels, verpa, boletes, chanterelles, any of them. Drinking heavily will hasten your reaction to over-consumption.
:yeah:
I have eaten wild mushrooms my whole life.  One time I ate way too many chanterelles and drank a bit as well.  I felt terrible for two days. 
But I ate like a whole pan of mushrooms.

Same and after seeing Pman's post it was probably the amount I ate. My sickness was for about 24 hours, pretty much like a stomach flu. I'm gonna break in my system slowly this year.
:tup:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skywagon_185 on April 04, 2021, 11:48:43 AM
Found a beautiful, fresh coral mushroom years ago.  Sautťed  2,  1/2" thick steaks in butter.  Couldn't look at a mushroom for 2 years.  You can definitely OD on fungi!!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 04, 2021, 11:57:12 AM
I started selling exotic foods for a crazy man back in 2001. One of the things he was good about was having the salespeople try anything in the inventory. Up to that point, I'd had limited foraging experience - matsutake only. So, I tried some of the mushrooms...raw. Interestingly, raw chanterelles give you the usual mushroom OD symptoms x10 - cold sweats, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea. Oh, those were fun times those first days in the business!  :chuckle:
 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 04, 2021, 08:46:28 PM
Found a beautiful, fresh coral mushroom years ago.  Sautťed  2,  1/2" thick steaks in butter.  Couldn't look at a mushroom for 2 years.  You can definitely OD on fungi!!

 :chuckle:   After my experience, the morels sat in the freezer for 6 months, couldnt think about them, I know what you mean!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on April 17, 2021, 07:10:01 PM
Had a looky today in a few spots, the false morels are popping up  :chuckle:
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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: CJ1962 on April 19, 2021, 08:34:28 AM
Had a looky today in a few spots, the false morels are popping up  :chuckle:
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What elevation did you find them at?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on April 19, 2021, 08:38:20 AM
16-1800 ft down in a river valley above ashford
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: WSU on April 19, 2021, 09:00:42 AM
Found a beautiful, fresh coral mushroom years ago.  Sautťed  2,  1/2" thick steaks in butter.  Couldn't look at a mushroom for 2 years.  You can definitely OD on fungi!!

 :chuckle:   After my experience, the morels sat in the freezer for 6 months, couldnt think about them, I know what you mean!

I ate too many chanterelles a few years ago during elk season.  I didn't really feel that sick other than I puked a few times in the middle of the night.  I didn't even have stomach pain.  Just that undeniable feeling that I was going to puke.  Hit me out of the blue and was gone by the morning.  I definitely go easy on the steak and mushrooms the first night in elk camp now!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: CJ1962 on April 19, 2021, 09:29:42 AM
16-1800 ft down in a river valley above ashford
Thanks!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Igottanewknee on April 28, 2021, 06:30:50 AM
Still too early for the east side I'm guessing. Couple weeks maybe?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on April 28, 2021, 06:33:53 AM
Had a looky today in a few spots, the false morels are popping up  :chuckle:
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How can you tell if they are false ?  can you eat the false? 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on April 28, 2021, 08:21:21 AM
Ridges are rolled over looking like a brain, where a true morel has edges that are pronounced like a honeycomb. Notice the cap is seperate from the stem? True morel when cut in half the "cap" isn't actually a cap, it will be fully attached so a hollow opening from stem to tip one continuous opening.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on April 28, 2021, 08:32:22 AM
I see, ok, so can you eat the false ones and not feel effects? Taste the same?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: idaho guy on April 28, 2021, 11:51:24 AM
I always tell the false by looking at stem. If itís hollow stem itís morel if itís filled in solid (not hollow) itís false. Easy way for dumb guy like me
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: idaho guy on April 28, 2021, 11:59:28 AM
I know some people say you can eat the false but I have not tested that theory and donít plan too.  :chuckle: We have way too many real morel around where I live to screw around with false 👍 pianoman probably knows if you can eat false ?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 28, 2021, 12:16:35 PM
I know some people say you can eat the false but I have not tested that theory and donít plan too.  :chuckle: We have way too many real morel around where I live to screw around with false 👍 pianoman probably knows if you can eat false ?

The term "false" morel means different things to different people. in the species Gyromitra, which includes "snowbank" morels, you can eat them many times without a problem and then wham, get quite sick. Organ damage is possible. Stay away and I'd never eat a Gyromitra. Verpa bohemica, or thimble cap or early morels are safe to eat if cooked well and not consumed in large quantities (really, like any mushroom). I like to break off most of the stem when I cook them.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: idaho guy on April 28, 2021, 12:22:29 PM
 :tup: Thanks
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skyvalhunter on April 28, 2021, 01:36:13 PM
Been eating "false Morels" my whole life but the key is cooked well
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 28, 2021, 02:50:15 PM
Still too early for the east side I'm guessing. Couple weeks maybe?

Was out Sunday between 2000-4000 and definitely too early. The soil is still very cold and the ground is too wet in my opinion. Last year there was an enormous bloom between May 10 and May 25 in my areas. I did find a few new spots that I am pretty sure will have a lot of morels in the near future though.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Fishmaker57 on April 28, 2021, 02:50:25 PM
A friend of mine picked 10 lbs. of Morels Sunday.....true Morels, as I had some for dinner last night! Earliest I have ever seen them on this side! Time to get in the woods!!!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: nwwanderer on April 29, 2021, 02:59:50 PM
It is a dry one, lots of things are in a rush
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 03, 2021, 07:01:24 AM
They are starting.  Only found 2 but they were mature and starting to dry a bit. Earliest weve ever found em in our area
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: benhuntin on May 03, 2021, 07:31:05 AM
Picked 3 gallons yesterday in about 2 hours. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210503/7563b1705ec4f9fbf172f71a550ee804.jpg)
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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on May 03, 2021, 07:37:51 AM
Deliciose tasty little morsels, never tried them pickles before?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Gobble on May 03, 2021, 08:28:43 AM
Where do morels usually grow? What type of cover do they prefer? Iíve only started picking Chantrelles in the last 3 or 4 years
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: luvmystang67 on May 03, 2021, 09:03:23 AM
We found 40 or so this weekend in the Spokane area. Tapatalk wonít let me add a photo though. 


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: benhuntin on May 03, 2021, 09:29:22 AM
Where do morels usually grow? What type of cover do they prefer? Iíve only started picking Chantrelles in the last 3 or 4 years
Burns and logged areas


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: MR5x5 on May 03, 2021, 09:54:08 AM
Where do morels usually grow? What type of cover do they prefer? Iíve only started picking Chantrelles in the last 3 or 4 years
Burns and logged areas
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..and other areas too for sure.  Many varieties to look for.  They like fir trees mixed with hardwoods (leafy) as a start.  Avoid cedar.  Get on the green line as it goes up the mountain in the spring. South facing slopes. Areas of filtered sunlight.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Southpole on May 03, 2021, 10:05:52 AM
In my neck of the woods we find them in cottonwood stands.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: benhuntin on May 03, 2021, 12:16:13 PM
Where do morels usually grow? What type of cover do they prefer? Iíve only started picking Chantrelles in the last 3 or 4 years
Burns and logged areas
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..and other areas too for sure.  Many varieties to look for.  They like fir trees mixed with hardwoods (leafy) as a start.  Avoid cedar.  Get on the green line as it goes up the mountain in the spring. South facing slopes. Areas of filtered sunlight.
Pretty crazy. All the mushrooms this weekend were in a cedar clear cut. Guess you find em where they grow.


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 03, 2021, 07:42:47 PM
Picked 3 gallons yesterday in about 2 hours. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210503/7563b1705ec4f9fbf172f71a550ee804.jpg)
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2-3 more weeks for us........We have an area that grows em the size of softballs.  I am ready, last year we dried close to 30 pounds, they are almost gone.  :EAT:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 04, 2021, 08:08:52 AM
I was up 410 this last weekend. Found a few but very small and blonde like they just emerged. The real crop will be another few weeks I think. There were still patches of snow in the forest.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 04, 2021, 10:01:02 AM
We need rain.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 06, 2021, 08:43:00 AM
We need rain.

Agree. My area got some rain about two weeks ago which may have helped the little ones come out but need another good rain to bring out the big ones
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 10, 2021, 10:52:50 AM
We need rain.

Agree. My area got some rain about two weeks ago which may have helped the little ones come out but need another good rain to bring out the big ones

Definitely need more rain at least where I'm looking off 410. Found about twenty yesterday and half of them were getting dried out already. I think the rain we had about three weeks ago caused some to push up and now they are starving for water or otherwise dying. Found some that were new and blonde though. I hope one of my key spots still produces this year. Last year picked about 10 pounds in an area less than an acre but that was around May 20.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: luvmystang67 on May 10, 2021, 12:13:22 PM
Went out yesterday in north idaho and found probably 50, but they were TINY.  Like the size of your last knuckle on your pinky.  Some were starting to dry out.  I wonder if it froze overnight where they were and basically killed them?  Very strange.

They are in a great morel spot though... does anyone ever see a second crop of mushrooms if the first batch are nixed by a freeze?

Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 10, 2021, 12:39:49 PM
Went out yesterday in north idaho and found probably 50, but they were TINY.  Like the size of your last knuckle on your pinky.  Some were starting to dry out.  I wonder if it froze overnight where they were and basically killed them?  Very strange.

They are in a great morel spot though... does anyone ever see a second crop of mushrooms if the first batch are nixed by a freeze?

Great question that's what I am contemplating as well but don't know the answer. In my area apparently it was 35 degree as of 9:00 am before I left so I was thinking a freeze may have happened that night or on a previous night. I am gonna go back to the same slope and hopefully there is another bloom but need rain the ground is very dry. It was weird to find many that were old and dry already, especially at that elevation (about 5000 ft).
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KP-Skagit on May 10, 2021, 12:43:42 PM
Several years ago in a fresh burn I picked some in May. It was a real wet summer and in the middle of July I got a wild hair to go back to the same spot. In was the most insane morel picking I personally have had. Filled a couple 5 gallons bucket in about an hour, many were huge.

So yes, I think they will continue to pop up provided more moisture comes along.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 10, 2021, 12:54:22 PM
Several years ago in a fresh burn I picked some in May. It was a real wet summer and in the middle of July I got a wild hair to go back to the same spot. In was the most insane morel picking I personally have had. Filled a couple 5 gallons bucket in about an hour, many were huge.

So yes, I think they will continue to pop up provided more moisture comes along.

Oh wow July seems really late to me (for my area that is). Makes me think I should have gone back in June of last year. I thought by late May it was over in terms of new growth but I'll have to keep that in mind. I read that the warm weather causes them to enlarge significantly to the point they fall over and die. Last year I found numerous ones I called bananas or gandalf hats when it got warm (like high 70s maybe early 80s).
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KP-Skagit on May 10, 2021, 01:24:37 PM
I was surprised and not surprised all at the same time. I don't know much about morels but I have been picking chanterelles all my life and have learned their season is much longer than most think.

These morels were about 5,000 feet in western Okanogan County.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: HAGEMANIAC on May 12, 2021, 10:34:59 PM
Wasn't expecting to find these, thought it was still a little early, dry and cool.  3400 ft South facing recently logged, somewhere between Colville and Ione.



Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skyvalhunter on May 13, 2021, 06:31:31 AM
Keep at it
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 14, 2021, 10:37:03 PM
I was surprised and not surprised all at the same time. I don't know much about morels but I have been picking chanterelles all my life and have learned their season is much longer than most think.

These morels were about 5,000 feet in western Okanogan County.

Ahh that's cool. I spend a lot of time in western Okanogan County but I've never really put in effort to look for morels there. The area I hit is similar to that half of Okanogan county in terms of elevation and characteristics. Looks like I'm going back to some spots later in mid summer. Thanks for sharing that   :brew:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 16, 2021, 03:28:12 PM
Hit our central WA spots today, found 12 total, still too early for us.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 20, 2021, 01:30:34 PM
Loving the rain..... pretty sure I can hear em busting out from the forest floor right now  :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KopperBuck on May 20, 2021, 02:21:01 PM
Got into a decent patch Sunday. 4K in NE OR. Was kinda surprised where I found them. Will definitely be hitting this spot a couple more times after some moisture. Got six trays dried out of it.

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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 20, 2021, 03:35:06 PM
Loving the rain..... pretty sure I can hear em busting out from the forest floor right now  :IBCOOL:

Yes please more rain. My area desperately needs it.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 20, 2021, 06:31:38 PM
Got into a decent patch Sunday. 4K in NE OR. Was kinda surprised where I found them. Will definitely be hitting this spot a couple more times after some moisture. Got six trays dried out of it.

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Nice!  Hmmm always cut ours in half lengthwise to dry, your style reminds me of heart rings, gonna have to try doing rings 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 24, 2021, 05:15:30 PM
Found a little more than two pounds worth on Sunday. I'm afraid this just isn't the year for my haunts at least. Not enough moisture but we did get a rain last week that was helpful for this last weekend. Oh well, was still a lot of fun and if it rains more I will get back after it.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 24, 2021, 07:38:49 PM
Found a little more than two pounds worth on Sunday. I'm afraid this just isn't the year for my haunts at least. Not enough moisture but we did get a rain last week that was helpful for this last weekend. Oh well, was still a lot of fun and if it rains more I will get back after it.


We are having the same issues. several spots that produce consistently every year have only given up 20-30. Normally get 200-300 from these spots by now. UGH
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on May 25, 2021, 09:01:36 AM
I'm glad some of you are finding success  :tup:

I'm hoping to get out and find some this weekend. Area we are going should get some rain this week, then mid 70s by Sunday. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: idaho guy on May 25, 2021, 10:27:08 AM
Found a little more than two pounds worth on Sunday. I'm afraid this just isn't the year for my haunts at least. Not enough moisture but we did get a rain last week that was helpful for this last weekend. Oh well, was still a lot of fun and if it rains more I will get back after it.


We are having the same issues. several spots that produce consistently every year have only given up 20-30. Normally get 200-300 from these spots by now. UGH
 

Glad to hear itís not just my ďspotĒ which conveniently is our spring bear hunting spot. Went from hundreds to just around 10 per trip we usually donít look to hard but never had to before
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KopperBuck on May 25, 2021, 11:28:39 AM

Nice!  Hmmm always cut ours in half lengthwise to dry, your style reminds me of heart rings, gonna have to try doing rings

Similar where the tip of heart/mushroom is the best too! I started doing it this way because they dry quicker. I have to leave it unattended usually so I just leave it on the lowest setting. Also, easier to reconstitute and toss in meals. I've never eaten them as their own thing unless they were fresh.

We've had in places over an 1" here in the valley, and most of the timber got a good drink. I'm looking forward to this week before they all burn off - supposed to be 90+ here at 3k.  :bash:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 25, 2021, 12:28:53 PM
Found a little more than two pounds worth on Sunday. I'm afraid this just isn't the year for my haunts at least. Not enough moisture but we did get a rain last week that was helpful for this last weekend. Oh well, was still a lot of fun and if it rains more I will get back after it.


We are having the same issues. several spots that produce consistently every year have only given up 20-30. Normally get 200-300 from these spots by now. UGH
 

Glad to hear itís not just my ďspotĒ which conveniently is our spring bear hunting spot. Went from hundreds to just around 10 per trip we usually donít look to hard but never had to before

This makes me feel better as well. I had a steep old elk trail I used to head straight up and find some whopper banana sized caps and many medium sized ones but it wasn't very productive this year. I think last year had excellent rain fall in late April where I'm  at which probably made it such a good year.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: quackkiller on May 29, 2021, 10:02:43 PM
Finally the pass opened and went to one of my spots, corals were there seemed purdy early not many, and very few morels! Thinking this season may be a busy anyone else? Also, no boletes! Too early or what?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KopperBuck on June 01, 2021, 09:35:18 AM
My spots dried out. This heat is gonna put a hurt. Huge blooms of cauliflower everywhere this weekend.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 01, 2021, 07:33:20 PM
Finally got into a few, high elevation, ground 40% covered in snow, low sunlight area. Such a bad year for these buggers....hoping to get one more day of good finding this coming weekend.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Limhangerslayer on June 01, 2021, 08:48:27 PM
Finally got into a few, high elevation, ground 40% covered in snow, low sunlight area. Such a bad year for these buggers....hoping to get one more day of good finding this coming weekend.
have you ever tried the screen material out in the Sun?  Super quick and easy and no mess in the dehydrator
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 02, 2021, 05:18:16 AM
Have not. Really are not that messy in the dehydrator.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Sandberm on June 02, 2021, 11:22:43 AM
I went mushroom hunting for the first time yesterday.

A buddy of mine calls me up at 5:30 yesterday morning, says he has the day off and hes headin' up to the mountains and asks if i want to go.
 "Sure, sounds like a relaxing day" (and it was).

So, we found maybe 20 morels and a few corrals. My initial observation of trying to find mushrooms...MORELS ARE HARD TO SEE! They are like pine cones standing up, some are darker then others.

When my friend pointed out the first one found so I knew what to look for I exclaimed, "Now I know why you are walking so slow"  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Igottanewknee on June 02, 2021, 12:02:18 PM
And look back from where you came... they're there, you just can't see them!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on June 02, 2021, 12:07:32 PM
Looked in circles from every angle once you found one. Slow circles, be amazed how many get stepped on unseen
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on June 02, 2021, 12:30:58 PM
I went mushroom hunting for the first time yesterday.

A buddy of mine calls me up at 5:30 yesterday morning, says he has the day off and hes headin' up to the mountains and asks if i want to go.
 "Sure, sounds like a relaxing day" (and it was).

So, we found maybe 20 morels and a few corrals. My initial observation of trying to find mushrooms...MORELS ARE HARD TO SEE! They are like pine cones standing up, some are darker then others.

When my friend pointed out the first one found so I knew what to look for I exclaimed, "Now I know why you are walking so slow"  :chuckle:

Take kids with you. They're closer to the ground, good at it, and love it. Always hunt going uphill. You'll see them a lot easier.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Sandberm on June 02, 2021, 12:37:05 PM
Thanks guys for the tips. I must give credit to my buddy, he said each of your tips to me!  :)

When i found one, there was always a second nearby. Yes, looking uphill was much easier.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 06, 2021, 04:53:49 PM
Found a few more today. 1st time ever picking morels and snowing on us at the same time. Never got warmer than 38 today....brrr
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Jingles on June 06, 2021, 04:58:58 PM
Nice find nock nock enjoy the good eats
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: luvmystang67 on June 08, 2021, 09:14:59 AM
My buddy and I found a few while setting baits in Idaho. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210608/869c89bde694dd6a465b3cad51d7149b.jpg)


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Southpole on June 08, 2021, 09:45:47 AM
My family in New Meadows Idaho finds them like that, freak show morels.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skyvalhunter on June 08, 2021, 11:44:45 AM
nice mushrooms there
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 08, 2021, 06:52:38 PM
Nice!  one of my areas grows em big like that........except this year, didnt even find 1 there, way to dry.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: rawhide67 on April 09, 2022, 06:06:18 PM
Resurrection!  Any luck yet?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: MR5x5 on April 10, 2022, 10:34:24 AM
Still feels a couple weeks early....
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 10, 2022, 11:24:59 AM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: LDennis24 on April 10, 2022, 11:52:36 AM
 :o.  I see a stuffed eagle in the background...  :dunno:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on April 10, 2022, 01:23:12 PM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: LDennis24 on April 10, 2022, 01:58:39 PM
I tried the old slurry in a bucket last year and poured it in the woods behind the house in certain locations. I'm gonna go look in about an hour and I will let you know if I find anything. If I do I will let everyone know forever until I die... That I managed to cultivate morels! LOL.     Yeah right huh....
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Born2late on April 10, 2022, 02:54:50 PM
I tried the old slurry in a bucket last year and poured it in the woods behind the house in certain locations. I'm gonna go look in about an hour and I will let you know if I find anything. If I do I will let everyone know forever until I die... That I managed to cultivate morels! LOL.     Yeah right huh....
I just did this yesterday to try and see if it works.What was your slurry if you don't mind me asking?I ran big branches through our big chipper and mixed 3 mushrooms each and added a big spoon full of honey to each bucket. watched a video of a lady that did that and said it worked real well. Will see if it actually works next year.
these are verpas we are picking . they are out heavy right now
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Dan-o on April 10, 2022, 09:02:41 PM
:o.  I see a stuffed eagle in the background...  :dunno:


LOL
It's shiny.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 11, 2022, 09:21:10 AM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on April 11, 2022, 02:28:52 PM
Sounds like a hell of a mentor, and friend. Wish I had a friend like that, so many mushroom pickers are stingy with information and you can only learn so much from a book. Morels chanterelles corals and devil's club are the only known to me wild edibles that I go after, hell I just found out last week that east side of our state we have wild asparagus!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 11, 2022, 02:35:34 PM
Sounds like a hell of a mentor, and friend. Wish I had a friend like that, so many mushroom pickers are stingy with information and you can only learn so much from a book. Morels chanterelles corals and devil's club are the only known to me wild edibles that I go after, hell I just found out last week that east side of our state we have wild asparagus!

Were I you, I would join the Puget Sound Mycological society. Lots of mentors in that organization and you'll be able to go on forrays with experienced pickers. https://www.psms.org/
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Igottanewknee on April 11, 2022, 05:58:11 PM
Found about 20 in my secret Tacoma/Parkland spot...will be eating some in about 10 minutes.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Jake Dogfish on April 11, 2022, 07:23:24 PM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Sounds like a great guy!  Cool story!  :tup:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: LDennis24 on April 12, 2022, 01:06:53 PM
I tried the old slurry in a bucket last year and poured it in the woods behind the house in certain locations. I'm gonna go look in about an hour and I will let you know if I find anything. If I do I will let everyone know forever until I die... That I managed to cultivate morels! LOL.     Yeah right huh....
I just did this yesterday to try and see if it works.What was your slurry if you don't mind me asking?I ran big branches through our big chipper and mixed 3 mushrooms each and added a big spoon full of honey to each bucket. watched a video of a lady that did that and said it worked real well. Will see if it actually works next year.
these are verpas we are picking . they are out heavy right now

I just used rice and bran as that was what I had laying around to sacrifice. I haven't found anything yet but it could take years! Who knows
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on April 13, 2022, 09:06:22 AM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Sounds like a great guy!  Cool story!  :tup:

 :yeah: very cool story! And a blessing to have known someone like that. Looking forward to getting out and foraging this spring, but looks like it'll be a little while yet. Just had more snow dumped in my good spots this week  :-\
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 13, 2022, 09:43:42 AM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Sounds like a great guy!  Cool story!  :tup:

 :yeah: very cool story! And a blessing to have known someone like that. Looking forward to getting out and foraging this spring, but looks like it'll be a little while yet. Just had more snow dumped in my good spots this week  :-\

It'll be interesting to see what this snow does to the morel season, as we really have little history to indicate it, at least on the westside. Could the extra nitrogen in snowfall help? Could the cold stop the early season altogether? How will this affect the burns?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skyvalhunter on April 13, 2022, 11:56:30 AM
The past couple spring years have been wet on the wet side. For the false morels this cold, wet years has reduced the crop significantly. Instead of a fair amount around the cottonwoods the numbers are way down. Just my observation.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 13, 2022, 12:40:50 PM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Sounds like a great guy!  Cool story!  :tup:

 :yeah: very cool story! And a blessing to have known someone like that. Looking forward to getting out and foraging this spring, but looks like it'll be a little while yet. Just had more snow dumped in my good spots this week  :-\

It'll be interesting to see what this snow does to the morel season, as we really have little history to indicate it, at least on the westside. Could the extra nitrogen in snowfall help? Could the cold stop the early season altogether? How will this affect the burns?

I have four inches on the ground 10 minutes west of Yakima. My hope is that the extra moisture helps the crop. If it melts soon and we get some rain in early may could be good.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 13, 2022, 12:51:17 PM
My hope, as well. But that's strictly based on wishing. We'll know for sure very soon.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on April 13, 2022, 06:37:51 PM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Sounds like a great guy!  Cool story!  :tup:

 :yeah: very cool story! And a blessing to have known someone like that. Looking forward to getting out and foraging this spring, but looks like it'll be a little while yet. Just had more snow dumped in my good spots this week  :-\

It'll be interesting to see what this snow does to the morel season, as we really have little history to indicate it, at least on the westside. Could the extra nitrogen in snowfall help? Could the cold stop the early season altogether? How will this affect the burns?

I have four inches on the ground 10 minutes west of Yakima. My hope is that the extra moisture helps the crop. If it melts soon and we get some rain in early may could be good.


This  :yeah:

Last year one of my best spots did not produce any. It was a dry spring and the ground/dirt was dry too. I Believe this current weather will be awesome for this year.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 14, 2022, 03:31:16 PM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.
Sounds like a great guy!  Cool story!  :tup:

 :yeah: very cool story! And a blessing to have known someone like that. Looking forward to getting out and foraging this spring, but looks like it'll be a little while yet. Just had more snow dumped in my good spots this week  :-\

It'll be interesting to see what this snow does to the morel season, as we really have little history to indicate it, at least on the westside. Could the extra nitrogen in snowfall help? Could the cold stop the early season altogether? How will this affect the burns?

I have four inches on the ground 10 minutes west of Yakima. My hope is that the extra moisture helps the crop. If it melts soon and we get some rain in early may could be good.


This  :yeah:

Last year one of my best spots did not produce any. It was a dry spring and the ground/dirt was dry too. I Believe this current weather will be awesome for this year.

Same. I had a place where I picked well over five pounds in less than an hour (and left a significant amount for next years spore) but then last year there was almost nothing. Just not enough water during the spring.

Over Christmas we took some frozen ones and fried them up real crisp and then added them to sausage gravy for biscuits and gravy. It was a hit!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on April 14, 2022, 05:18:29 PM
We Dehydrate them yearly. They reconstitute really close to fresh condition.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 15, 2022, 07:11:32 AM
We Dehydrate them yearly. They reconstitute really close to fresh condition.

Dehydrating concentrates the flavor. A lot of chefs prefer them to fresh because of shelf life. The one thing to be careful of is moth larvae.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on April 15, 2022, 05:55:29 PM
We Dehydrate them yearly. They reconstitute really close to fresh condition.

Dehydrating concentrates the flavor. A lot of chefs prefer them to fresh because of shelf life. The one thing to be careful of is moth larvae.


Is that something that happens if not stored airtight?   More protein  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on April 15, 2022, 06:06:35 PM
Dehydrated morels with elk backstrap for dinner tonight  :drool:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 16, 2022, 09:46:57 AM
We Dehydrate them yearly. They reconstitute really close to fresh condition.

Dehydrating concentrates the flavor. A lot of chefs prefer them to fresh because of shelf life. The one thing to be careful of is moth larvae.


Is that something that happens if not stored airtight?   More protein  :chuckle:

It's difficult to store dried morels completely airtight because it can crush them. Be careful to just suck a little air out of the bag.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Buck Rub Jr on April 16, 2022, 10:47:40 AM
Puyallup shrooms on the job
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on April 16, 2022, 01:19:28 PM
Score didn't even have to go looking! Just spent the last 2 hours stomping around the woods with my 6 year old we didn't find a dang thing
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: ducks4days on April 16, 2022, 07:59:12 PM
Elevation?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Tenkara on April 23, 2022, 03:53:03 PM
I managed to find 22 today in gmu 667.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Igottanewknee on April 28, 2022, 03:51:56 PM
Anybody finding any on the east side yet?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: mcrawfordaf on April 28, 2022, 04:18:48 PM
Anybody finding any on the east side yet?
Not for me. But I'm not that good at finding em to be fair. Looking around 2200-3000 elevation on an old burn
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on April 28, 2022, 04:49:19 PM
still a few weeks early
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 28, 2022, 05:03:56 PM
I'm gonna check this weekend here in Central WA but I think mid May the bloom will happen. We've got excellent precipitation so hoping for a good year. If I get out I'll report elevation and results etc.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on April 28, 2022, 06:39:03 PM
Have a buddy in graham that just texted me and said he has a bunch for me he just picked in his yard!!!  :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Naches Sportsman on April 28, 2022, 07:51:38 PM
Already been doing real good over here with close to 5 lbs picked and eaten the last few weeks. Headed to town tomorrow to buy more racks for my dehydrator then it will be show time.


I think it will be a decent year in central wa if the commercial pickers donít trash the burn scar. Everyone I know is already finding them along rivers and creeks and in the orchards.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on April 29, 2022, 08:45:25 AM
Already been doing real good over here with close to 5 lbs picked and eaten the last few weeks. Headed to town tomorrow to buy more racks for my dehydrator then it will be show time.


I think it will be a decent year in central wa if the commercial pickers donít trash the burn scar. Everyone I know is already finding them along rivers and creeks and in the orchards.

I've heard the same. They are out down low but not up high in the mountains yet. I knew a guy who found them in the trees next to the greenway.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Tenkara on April 30, 2022, 11:55:56 AM
I found another dozen this morning.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: HAGEMANIAC on May 02, 2022, 10:16:02 PM
5.5lbs today in the North East.  2300', west facing, recently logged and very open. 98% found along CAT road. Would have liked to pick more but my turkey vest was full! 32oz Nalgene for scale.



Title: Re: Morels
Post by: 7mmfan on May 03, 2022, 07:25:45 AM
I'm heading east to Winthrop this weekend. Have never looked for morels but I know with all the fires last year it could be good. does anyone have any tips for me on type of area to focus my efforts? I read HAGEMANIAC's post and seems warm side of hills, recently cleared timber areas (Burn) with disturbed soil maybe? Want to take my 4 year old out to do some exploring.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 03, 2022, 07:39:27 AM
5.5lbs today in the North East.  2300', west facing, recently logged and very open. 98% found along CAT road. Would have liked to pick more but my turkey vest was full! 32oz Nalgene for scale.

Nice haul, buddy. We got skunked but I did pick some miner's lettuce, fireweed tops, and wood sorrel for the salad.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: MR5x5 on May 03, 2022, 09:11:54 AM
I'm heading east to Winthrop this weekend. Have never looked for morels but I know with all the fires last year it could be good. does anyone have any tips for me on type of area to focus my efforts? I read HAGEMANIAC's post and seems warm side of hills, recently cleared timber areas (Burn) with disturbed soil maybe? Want to take my 4 year old out to do some exploring.

You pretty much got it.  Look for micro exposures, i.e. slight nuances in direction, lighting, foliage. Study the ground.  You need to get your mushroom eyes on!  You will undoubtedly look through many before it finally clicks.  I think they are a bit easier to notice working uphill.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: 7mmfan on May 03, 2022, 09:55:18 AM
Alright, we're going to give it a go.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on May 03, 2022, 10:16:48 AM
5.5lbs today in the North East.  2300', west facing, recently logged and very open. 98% found along CAT road. Would have liked to pick more but my turkey vest was full! 32oz Nalgene for scale.
Wait till you dehydrate them, if you do, you'll have about .0020z lol. 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KP-Skagit on May 03, 2022, 10:41:36 AM
Picked about 50 small guys last evening in a fresh burn. NE facing slope, 2200 feet. Hit a southern facing slope and didn't yield anything. Rained a ton over the weekend and I think they were just coming up as a result. Plenty of man sign of others walking around, found a few that had been cut.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NRA4LIFE on May 03, 2022, 04:04:08 PM
Found this one today in the yard.  Do I get some kind of prize?

Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 03, 2022, 04:09:26 PM
Stuff it with crab and chunks of white cheddar. Brush it with melted butter and cook in a 400F oven for 15 or 20 minutes until the cheese is melted. You'll like this.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NRA4LIFE on May 03, 2022, 04:17:59 PM
Thanks Pman.  I may do just that.  God knows I got enough crab meat.  I've never found one this large.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 03, 2022, 04:22:27 PM
Thanks Pman.  I may do just that.  God knows I got enough crab meat.  I've never found one this large.

It's the best combo. You'll dig it.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on May 03, 2022, 04:24:11 PM
I had two that were prob bigger than that, after they came out of the dehydrator they are the size of a silver dollar now. My smaller ones are the size of a dime!  Should I just cook them in butter and garlic? 10 min?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 03, 2022, 04:26:37 PM
I had two that were prob bigger than that, after they came out of the dehydrator they are the size of a silver dollar now. My smaller ones are the size of a dime!  Should I just cook them in butter and garlic? 10 min?
yeah, but I like to cook them in butter and finish with some dry sherry until it gets thick, almost gone.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Tenkara on May 03, 2022, 04:43:20 PM
Do you guy's soak them in salt water before you dehydrate them?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on May 03, 2022, 05:11:22 PM
Some do, I just cut them in half long ways and used my sprayer in the kitchen sink. Then padded most the water off, sprayed out lots of tiny slugs!!!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 03, 2022, 05:29:34 PM
Found this one today in the yard.  Do I get some kind of prize?


WOW thats incredible!, they still make Fresca!!!!!


LOL

Nice one. We have a spot that with good spring weather conditions, puts out many that size. Biggest so far was larger than a softball, tallest was 12"

This year might be the year to try and best our records. Still 2-3 weeks out for us.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on May 03, 2022, 07:52:21 PM
Didnít have sherry but put the dehydrated shrooms in a pan with butter, garlic, medium temp, for about 15 min. Way too crispy, not very good.  Is there such a thing as over dehydrating them??
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Limhangerslayer on May 03, 2022, 08:13:57 PM
Didnít have sherry but put the dehydrated shrooms in a pan with butter, garlic, medium temp, for about 15 min. Way too crispy, not very good.  Is there such a thing as over dehydrating them??
no, you canít over dehydrate them.  Abs the only way I dry them out is on a screen in the sun.  You need to rehydrate before cooking.  Soak them then dry or lightly steam them.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NRA4LIFE on May 03, 2022, 08:36:56 PM
Found this one today in the yard.  Do I get some kind of prize?


WOW thats incredible!, they still make Fresca!!!!!



Heck Yeah!  The only thing I drink.  Sometimes hard to find during COVID.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skyvalhunter on May 04, 2022, 05:27:10 AM
Yep and loaded with aspartame
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 04, 2022, 06:45:06 AM
Didnít have sherry but put the dehydrated shrooms in a pan with butter, garlic, medium temp, for about 15 min. Way too crispy, not very good.  Is there such a thing as over dehydrating them??
No but you should rehydrate them, with water, cream if youíre making a cream sauce, or stock.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Alex4200 on May 07, 2022, 11:49:13 AM
Wenatchee Valley, found them in the neighbors flower beds. They had fresh bark brought in last fall. And yes I asked for permission before picking.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: teanawayslayer on May 07, 2022, 12:37:51 PM
Found this one today in the yard.  Do I get some kind of prize?
thatís a monster!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 09, 2022, 08:41:52 AM
Found several at about 2500 feet Saturday but my hot spots at 5000-5600 feet were still partially snow covered! Couldn't believe it. Some other areas I know off of 410 looked great but the ground was very wet so not a whole lot out yet at least in my spots.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: mcrawfordaf on May 09, 2022, 08:59:42 AM
Found a half dozen or so @ 2400ft in Lincoln co.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: 7mmfan on May 10, 2022, 08:37:57 AM
Did ok up by Winthrop. Looked around 2200' range, lots of people out. Ended up picking about a gallon in a couple hours once we learned what we were looking for.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: idaho guy on May 10, 2022, 04:55:42 PM
Found several at about 2500 feet Saturday but my hot spots at 5000-5600 feet were still partially snow covered! Couldn't believe it. Some other areas I know off of 410 looked great but the ground was very wet so not a whole lot out yet at least in my spots.
 

We have a bear bait that is also a hot spot for morels thats still partially snow covered. Found about a dozen sunday  :tup: 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on May 10, 2022, 05:41:57 PM
Found several at about 2500 feet Saturday but my hot spots at 5000-5600 feet were still partially snow covered! Couldn't believe it. Some other areas I know off of 410 looked great but the ground was very wet so not a whole lot out yet at least in my spots.
 

We have a bear bait that is also a hot spot for morels thats still partially snow covered. Found about a dozen sunday  :tup:

You found them next to the snow? I always thought it was too wet in those conditions. I'm no expert but I have gotten lucky with the morels a time or two!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: idaho guy on May 10, 2022, 05:50:41 PM
Found several at about 2500 feet Saturday but my hot spots at 5000-5600 feet were still partially snow covered! Couldn't believe it. Some other areas I know off of 410 looked great but the ground was very wet so not a whole lot out yet at least in my spots.
 

We have a bear bait that is also a hot spot for morels thats still partially snow covered. Found about a dozen sunday  :tup:

You found them next to the snow? I always thought it was too wet in those conditions. I'm no expert but I have gotten lucky with the morels a time or two!

On the trail going in we found a group of really fresh ones, and yes there were still a few patches of snow around. I used my tracked utv to get up to the trail as there was still ALOT of snow on the shaded corners etc.   
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Naches Sportsman on May 10, 2022, 06:33:07 PM
Went and got 7 lbs tonight. Going to get more here in a few days once they really pop up.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: PsoasHunter on May 10, 2022, 10:31:42 PM
I picked about 200 in about 2 hours in Okanogan County Saturday. They were mostly very small though, about an inch high on average.  They were very fresh, possibly popped up that day after rain on Friday. Elevation was 2200-2300 feet, w/ the larger ones being at the lower end.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: CJ1962 on May 22, 2022, 08:39:50 PM
The wife (pictured) and I picked quite a few at ~3800í in the Blues this weekend.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220523/3ed9ade07e41c573dc006c8489be554a.jpg)


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Skyvalhunter on May 23, 2022, 08:05:32 AM
That's a good score!!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Furee65 on May 23, 2022, 08:15:49 AM
Son found this one here in Kirkland yesterday while playing with his friends.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: salmosalar on May 23, 2022, 08:59:29 AM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.

That was neat to read. He sounds like a very interesting man and a fine teacher. 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 23, 2022, 10:20:43 AM
They're coming up at 1500' just across the river. The thimble caps are pretty much done but there are blonds in the cottonwoods.
How many years have you been picking and where did you learn so much? It seems you are one of  the forum experts thought, I was ahead of the curve and have been out looking but nothing so far  :dunno:
I started foraging around 1990. I learned how to pick matsutake and morels from a friend in the food business while I was selling for Food Services of America. In 2002, I met a Cherokee named Running Squirrel (Earl Aherns/pictured) who'd moved as an infant with his father out to Yakima from the East. When I knew him, he lived in Washougal and was a supplier for an exotic foods company I worked for that shipped wild mushrooms, truffles, weird oils and vinegars, etc., to top chefs all over the country. I went with him on foraging excursions frequently, probably at least 20 weekends a year. He wasn't big on morels but in the Spring, we would forage wild greens and flowers - stinging nettle, mustard flowers and greens, wood violets, miner's lettuce, lemon balm, wood sorrel, wild roses, devil's club shoots, fireweed, and more. Out of these things he made a salad which has been featured in the NYT and the LA Times and was a favorite of these top chefs. We'd start picking porcini in May, lobsters in July, chanterelles in August, and about 8-10 other varieties during the fall.

Earl lived a meager life in an old single-wide with a rotten floor. He ate wild food and canned beans and had about 6 cats to keep the rats down. He'd pick in the rain, heat - didn't matter. I got him a rain suit that he wore for years until it tattered. When he died from lung cancer and a host of other ailments, his POS child molester son didn't let me know even though he knew we were close. I learned a few months later from one of Earl's old girlfriends who's a good friend to this day. I learned most of what I know about foraging from Running Squirrel and am forever grateful.

That was neat to read. He sounds like a very interesting man and a fine teacher.

He was. I miss foraging with him.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: bearpaw on May 23, 2022, 10:36:13 AM
wow, some fried morels would be awesome, photos are making me want to get out looking  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: KFhunter on May 23, 2022, 12:15:02 PM
Morels have been eluding me, I went out after morels and came back with 4 big moose sheds on a single trip...a fair trade to be sure, but I still want a pile of morels  :chuckle:


I want to freeze dry a bunch and powder it, mix with other stuff for a sprinkle on steak rub
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 02, 2022, 07:14:52 AM
Picture 1 is a group of morels. Picture 2 is same morels 7 days later. They do not grow as fast as most think.
Pretty interesting
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 02, 2022, 07:18:41 AM
Just starting to get good in my areas.
Seems that elevation is only relevant to air temp this year. Down low in valley bottoms its cold so shrooms have been small, get up higher and they have been better sized.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Norman89 on June 02, 2022, 07:28:49 AM
I have been out hunting maybe 6 times now, still have yet to find a single one  :dunno: found some fiddle head ferns and horse tail so I wasn't empty handed but nother near as tasty as a morel
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: ganghis on June 02, 2022, 09:01:16 AM
Had some luck up in the Schneider Springs burn last weekend.  Seemed like 3500-3800 feet was where we found the most - quality was better in partial shade, near logs and water that retain some moisture.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on June 06, 2022, 08:36:22 AM
Had some luck up in the Schneider Springs burn last weekend.  Seemed like 3500-3800 feet was where we found the most - quality was better in partial shade, near logs and water that retain some moisture.

That's a great haul!! We found a few over memorial weekend, 3600 elevation. Nothing in the higher up burned areas we checked out yet, still too cold I guess.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on June 06, 2022, 02:33:07 PM
This is a weird year in my experience. Pray for rain, got too much, but it stayed cool so my spots were delayed an entire month. The best might be yet too come above 5000 feet. Pics coming
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on June 06, 2022, 02:35:16 PM
Thatís most of them. About ten pounds and I think I could have found a lot more but had to head home
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 06, 2022, 06:30:16 PM
I agree on the odd year, tried one of our higher areas, found 1 the size of a pea, way to early this year, will check back there in 2 weeks,

Headed towards another area a bit lower, 3 bowls are me from Sunday, Today with the better half we found the other bowls, 406 count today.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on June 07, 2022, 08:26:52 AM
Nice, those look good quality too. It's weird but I think mid June might be on for the high elevation. Where I go, its typically long over by that time usually.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on June 09, 2022, 06:47:52 PM
The verdict is in. I have developed an allergy to morels and it will likely last the rest of my life I have been told. Been eating them (in large amounts which is probably the downfall) for years and now my gut just won't handle them. Quick onset of nausea and then vomiting. Thought it was alcohol induced but now it happens regardless of alcohol consumption.

It's crazy. Morels even taste different to me now. The taste is still decent but its not the same (not nearly as good) and my mind is like "whaa??" after I swallow it down. I will be giving all my morels away in the future.  I still love to find them and so will continue to hunt for em'.

Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Southpole on June 09, 2022, 07:06:08 PM
The verdict is in. I have developed an allergy to morels and it will likely last the rest of my life I have been told. Been eating them (in large amounts which is probably the downfall) for years and now my gut just won't handle them. Quick onset of nausea and then vomiting. Thought it was alcohol induced but now it happens regardless of alcohol consumption.

It's crazy. Morels even taste different to me now. The taste is still decent but its not the same (not nearly as good) and my mind is like "whaa??" after I swallow it down. I will be giving all my morels away in the future.  I still love to find them and so will continue to hunt for em'.


I love morels but with some health issues we avoid them ( especially with alcohol) I know people that have the same experience you do with reactions with morels. Not everyone can get along with them.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Birdgetter on June 09, 2022, 07:18:39 PM
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Itís been a great year for me. Looking forward to hitting some of my higher elevation spots in the next couple weeks.


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Limhangerslayer on June 09, 2022, 08:14:12 PM
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Itís been a great year for me. Looking forward to hitting some of my higher elevation spots in the next couple weeks.


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hopefully that isnít National forest land and you harvested more then your 5 gallon allotment!  Oh ya, and make sure you have your harvest paper with you so you donít get a warning or worse yet a ticket!!🤦🏻 
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on June 10, 2022, 07:43:38 AM
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Itís been a great year for me. Looking forward to hitting some of my higher elevation spots in the next couple weeks.


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Great haul!  :tup:  :tup: Do you mind sharing what elevation you found them at?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: MR5x5 on June 10, 2022, 08:03:02 AM
Elevation will  be particular to an area.  Think temperature instead.  Morels want soil temps of 50-55F.  Look for elevations with air temp ranges of mid 40s to 60.  Bring a digital thermometer to check the soil.  As for the William O Douglas burn we were finding them lower than higher last week,  3000- 3500 ft.

Good luck out there.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on June 10, 2022, 08:25:56 AM
Elevation will  be particular to an area.  Think temperature instead.  Morels want soil temps of 50-55F.  Look for elevations with air temp ranges of mid 40s to 60.  Bring a digital thermometer to check the soil.  As for the William O Douglas burn we were finding them lower than higher last week,  3000- 3500 ft.

Good luck out there.

Good info, thank you. I'm still learning and never thought to bring a thermometer to check soil Temps.  :tup:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: mcrawfordaf on June 10, 2022, 09:18:40 AM
Has anyone tried the Ford Corkscrew fire from last year?

Would this be a good place to try? https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7803/

I've only found about a dozen so far this year and it was on a burn from 2018. Hoping a more recent burn = more growth?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: jrebel on June 10, 2022, 09:32:23 AM
My son had a bad experience with them a couple years ago.....thus the lack of morel hunting on my part.  He had been eating them with no problems.....then the last time he had them he had an upset stomach, nausea and vomiting.  Makes it hard to get excited to pick them after that.  I have never had a reaction....my wife and daughter don't like them.....thus no morels for our family.  Super bummed......it was one of the activities that made me look forward to spring.  :bash: :bash:

Title: Re: Morels
Post by: bearhunter99 on June 10, 2022, 10:10:06 AM
We are headed to long beach this weekend.  Anybody know of any areas anywhere near there to try?  Just looking for something to do with the family and we will be there for a week.  I haven't been out in a loooong time, used to go as a kid quite a bit near Wenatchee but the old areas where we used to go are all very different or there is no longer access.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: OutHouse on June 10, 2022, 03:38:26 PM
My son had a bad experience with them a couple years ago.....thus the lack of morel hunting on my part.  He had been eating them with no problems.....then the last time he had them he had an upset stomach, nausea and vomiting.  Makes it hard to get excited to pick them after that.  I have never had a reaction....my wife and daughter don't like them.....thus no morels for our family.  Super bummed......it was one of the activities that made me look forward to spring.  :bash: :bash:

If you ever come through Yakima area during that time of year I will hook you up if I have them. I'm still gonna look for them. I had a moment when I realized the "relationship" might be over and I got sad. Then I realized they just don't taste the same anymore and I felt better Ha haaa.

By the way nice hauls everyone!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on June 12, 2022, 05:13:59 PM
Found a decent patch in a burn in the Okanogan this weekend, 4600 elevation. It was a nice warm day after a big rain. :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NRA4LIFE on June 12, 2022, 06:54:03 PM
My son had a bad experience with them a couple years ago.....thus the lack of morel hunting on my part.  He had been eating them with no problems.....then the last time he had them he had an upset stomach, nausea and vomiting.  Makes it hard to get excited to pick them after that.  I have never had a reaction....my wife and daughter don't like them.....thus no morels for our family.  Super bummed......it was one of the activities that made me look forward to spring.  :bash: :bash:

May there have been a false morel or two in there?  I know several people who have had varying bad experiences with them.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: johnbmyersii on June 13, 2022, 06:19:03 AM
Has a great Sunday finding all the species I look for, there were cauliflower everywhere and the boletus are starting to come in
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: MR5x5 on June 13, 2022, 04:27:16 PM
Has a great Sunday finding all the species I look for, there were cauliflower everywhere and the boletus are starting to come in

Not seeing any cauliflower shrooms there??  Look like corals to me.  Be careful out there!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Platensek-po on June 13, 2022, 04:31:33 PM
Has a great Sunday finding all the species I look for, there were cauliflower everywhere and the boletus are starting to come in

Not seeing any cauliflower shrooms there??  Look like corals to me.  Be careful out there!

Def not cauliflowers. I agree that they are corals.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: johnbmyersii on June 13, 2022, 04:41:03 PM
Has a great Sunday finding all the species I look for, there were cauliflower everywhere and the boletus are starting to come in

Not seeing any cauliflower shrooms there??  Look like corals to me.  Be careful out there!

huh Ive always called them cauliflower. No matter they taste good
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: teanawayslayer on June 13, 2022, 04:56:26 PM
Went up Saturday and filled a 5 gallon bucket in 2 hours.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: mburrows on June 19, 2022, 02:19:42 PM
Wife and I scrapped together a nice haul this weekend. At about 3500í feet but right along the banks of a creek. Have about 3/4 of them in the dehydrator now.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: chukar58 on June 19, 2022, 05:44:29 PM
With the lingering winter snows and lots of spring rain this year for morel mushrooms will be one for the record books and not to even mention looking in all the burn areas.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Naches Sportsman on June 19, 2022, 06:36:15 PM
Back over this way for a few days. Went up into the Little Naches today to fish crow creek and sand creek and found 2 lbs. went across the highway and fished a creek in a burn scar and found 2 more lbs. not a bad day.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Southpole on June 19, 2022, 06:42:37 PM
I gotta say you guys are killiní it this year. Theyíre really nice looking too.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Limhangerslayer on June 19, 2022, 08:37:35 PM
To still be finding good clean morels under 4000í this late in the year is not common.  Iíve picked for 2 hours in the last week and ended up with 15lbs
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Onewhohikes on June 20, 2022, 05:37:54 AM
You do know of coarse its illegal to drink and pick mushrooms at the same time. The BAL is a lot less also.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Rb1 on June 20, 2022, 08:50:22 AM
Cauliflower mushroom versus coral mushroom. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20220620/bd4e4b16f87aa70fa18a1b03316e71d1.jpg)
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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: hunter399 on June 20, 2022, 08:51:20 AM
To still be finding good clean morels under 4000í this late in the year is not common.  Iíve picked for 2 hours in the last week and ended up with 15lbs
I was thinking id pick that Coors ,than all them mushrooms and fry them up.
Looks good. 👍
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Rb1 on June 20, 2022, 09:14:23 AM
Iím not sure thereís any alcohol worth mentioning in a Coors light


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 20, 2022, 06:57:42 PM
With the lingering winter snows and lots of spring rain this year for morel mushrooms will be one for the record books and not to even mention looking in all the burn areas.


Hit several of our higher elevation areas yesterday. Weird year. One area should have been good with all the rain, but it had zero. 2nd area had a few, but still needs to warm up and grow them a little bigger. 3rd, and best producing area was still mostly snow covered.....it will be 2 more weeks for that spot to produce......5 weeks later than normal.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Limhangerslayer on June 20, 2022, 07:33:10 PM
Iím not sure thereís any alcohol worth mentioning in a Coors light


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Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Limhangerslayer on June 20, 2022, 07:34:54 PM
With the lingering winter snows and lots of spring rain this year for morel mushrooms will be one for the record books and not to even mention looking in all the burn areas.


Hit several of our higher elevation areas yesterday. Weird year. One area should have been good with all the rain, but it had zero. 2nd area had a few, but still needs to warm up and grow them a little bigger. 3rd, and best producing area was still mostly snow covered.....it will be 2 more weeks for that spot to produce......5 weeks later than normal.
i winder with this heat if itís going to be a quick short stint of a couple days at the higher elevation spots with the incoming heat?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NOCK NOCK on June 20, 2022, 07:47:17 PM
Quite possible
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Naches Sportsman on June 20, 2022, 08:13:33 PM
I have 3 dehydrators with 7 racks a piece going right now and gave 2 grocery bags worth of morels away today.


Is it wild berry season yet? :chuckle:
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: kellama2001 on June 28, 2022, 07:22:45 AM
Found a great spot last Saturday,  by far the most mushrooms I've ever seen in one area. Little brother and I picked 10 lbs!  8)  Elevation was just under 4,200', Air temps in the 70's
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: bearpaw on June 30, 2022, 06:42:07 AM
This was a good mushroom season in Idaho, we had an end of bear season bbq which included lobster, steak, fried morels, fried king boletes, stuffed morrels wrapped in bacon, mushroom alfredo, huckleberry cobbler, peach cobbler, and huckleberry bread pudding. Best meal I've had in a long time! The guides also sent many gallons of morels and king boletes home with the bear hunters who wanted to try them.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: trophyhunt on June 30, 2022, 06:50:14 AM
I put a basket full of morels into the dehydrator and pushed the button, came back when it was done and I had tiny, tiny very little mushrooms left.  Is this normal? and how do I cook them now, in butter and garlic fried up?  Did I over dehydrate them?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: Angry Perch on June 30, 2022, 09:26:38 AM
I put a basket full of morels into the dehydrator and pushed the button, came back when it was done and I had tiny, tiny very little mushrooms left.  Is this normal? and how do I cook them now, in butter and garlic fried up?  Did I over dehydrate them?

Ya, they are mostly water. Soak to rehydrate, then cook like you said. I also love to grind dried mushrooms into a powder and cover steaks with it before grilling. So good!
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: boneaddict on June 30, 2022, 11:11:41 AM
Iíll have to try that AP.  Good idea
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: NRA4LIFE on June 30, 2022, 11:15:22 AM
I put a basket full of morels into the dehydrator and pushed the button, came back when it was done and I had tiny, tiny very little mushrooms left.  Is this normal? and how do I cook them now, in butter and garlic fried up?  Did I over dehydrate them?

Ya, they are mostly water. Soak to rehydrate, then cook like you said. I also love to grind dried mushrooms into a powder and cover steaks with it before grilling. So good!

I do that with birch boletes.  We put the powder in lots of dishes.
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: LDennis24 on June 30, 2022, 12:53:27 PM
Quick tangent here, bearpaw mentioned boletes and I'm not as experienced with them. Do the yellow pored ones cause gastric upset or does anyone know what ones to avoid in Eastern Washington for boletes?
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: MR5x5 on July 01, 2022, 08:53:46 AM
Quick tangent here, bearpaw mentioned boletes and I'm not as experienced with them. Do the yellow pored ones cause gastric upset or does anyone know what ones to avoid in Eastern Washington for boletes?

Lots of Boletes to consider.  None are truly poisonous, but some can cause stomach issues for individuals.  Scratch the undersized of the cap to see if it stains blueish - if it does, proceed with caution if you want to eat it.  Cook thoroughly.

Kings have a pretty distinctive - bulbous shape - and will not stain blue.  Hardest part is to get to them before the bugs!  When you cut one, look at the base for signs of bugs, cut out flesh that looks too hammered and enjoy the rest. 

Great guide for PNW mushrooms:
https://www.alpental.com/psms/PNWMushrooms/PictorialKey/index.htm
Title: Re: Morels
Post by: LDennis24 on July 01, 2022, 10:17:04 AM
Right, and I guess I knew that the ones that bruise blue after cutting were ones to steer clear of but I heard regardless that the yellow pored ones would make you sick. Thanks for the input.
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