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Title: Mushroom hunting
Post by: Brad56 on September 21, 2021, 08:34:02 PM
Dose anyone have any advice for finding mushrooms And when is a good time to start mushroom hunting


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Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: h20hunter on September 21, 2021, 08:35:30 PM
Man....tough one....folks are pretty tight lipped about shroom'n spots.

Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: treefarmer on September 21, 2021, 08:48:12 PM
Look in 30 year old plus Douglas fir stands.   Chanterelles are out now.  Picked a bunch of them today.  No chance of me sharing my spots
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: Jake Dogfish on September 21, 2021, 08:49:15 PM
Now is a good time.
Get a book.
Find some public land and look at the regulations.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: WSU on September 21, 2021, 09:55:13 PM
Look for Doug fir that is big enough to walk through and dense enough that nothing grows. Should be moss and needles. There are exceptions but that will get you started on chanterelles.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: fowl smacker on September 21, 2021, 10:11:52 PM
Yep, like said above.  Found this huge cauliflower mushroom this weekend.  It was delicious.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: WSU on September 21, 2021, 10:18:42 PM
Yep, like said above.  Found this huge cauliflower mushroom this weekend.  It was delicious.

How do you cook them? Iíve tried a few ways. They were good but nothing I loved.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: LDennis24 on September 21, 2021, 11:17:11 PM
Welcome to the site! I see this is your first post. You'll find plenty of help here for just about anything outdoors related. Just don't expect to be given an exact location to find things. Everyone loves to keep their favorite spots a secret understandably. Go into old growth with alot of downed trees. You wanna see a lot of rotting material on the ground. That's where the mycelium is going to expand and grow and eventually fruit into the mushrooms your looking for. Morels are done for the year but as stated Chanterelles are coming up along with some corals and chicken of the woods can be found on tree trunks if your in the right areas. The trees should be as big around as you are and you should find something. Good luck!
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: KP-Skagit on September 22, 2021, 07:45:11 AM
Chanterelles love to grow under oregon grape as well. With chanterelles every time I develop a rule for where to find them I find a spot that is an exception. I have even found them growing in the middle of logging roads.

I think my general advice is douglas firs of any age and look for the green carpet. If you find one there are generally more within a 6 foot radius. If its growing on a log it is not a chaneterelle.

Get a book and educate yourself, only take the ones you know are good.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: Platensek-po on September 22, 2021, 07:52:05 AM
Yep, like said above.  Found this huge cauliflower mushroom this weekend.  It was delicious.

How do you cook them? Iíve tried a few ways. They were good but nothing I loved.
Clean it and fry in butter. Tastes a lot like bacon that way.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 22, 2021, 07:57:50 AM
Chanterelles have been popping at higher elevations for a month. Boletes are up, fried chicken are up, chants are up, hawkwings are up. Get out in the woods and you'll find plenty. Look in the huckles for chants and boletes. Boletes are also sprouting in meadows around downed Doug fir trees. They hide in the grass. Look carefully.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: Brad56 on September 22, 2021, 09:48:50 AM
Thanks for all the advice


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Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: luvmystang67 on September 22, 2021, 09:53:23 AM
Buy the "All the Rain Promises and More" book, its a great way to get started.

We found about 10 lbs of lobster mushrooms while elk hunting last week.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: Ghost Hunter on September 22, 2021, 10:06:33 AM
Boletes thick 2 weeks ago.   :tup:
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: fowl smacker on September 22, 2021, 11:19:40 AM
Yep, like said above.  Found this huge cauliflower mushroom this weekend.  It was delicious.

How do you cook them? Iíve tried a few ways. They were good but nothing I loved.
Broke into smallish pieces, fried in butter with salt and pepper then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.  I like to do mine til they're slightly golden brown on each side.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 22, 2021, 11:24:52 AM
Yep, like said above.  Found this huge cauliflower mushroom this weekend.  It was delicious.

One of my favorites. If you find another, you can separate the leaves and use them like lasagna noodles to make a keto lasagna. Also, covering with olive oil and garlic, roast at 425 for 15 minutes, it's delicious by itself.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: ganghis on September 22, 2021, 03:00:52 PM
High buck consolation prizes: porcinis, cauliflower, chicken, chanterelles.  3-4000 feet on the wet side of the Cascades
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: KP-Skagit on September 22, 2021, 03:19:19 PM
High buck consolation prizes: porcinis, cauliflower, chicken, chanterelles.  3-4000 feet on the wet side of the Cascades

What are the lower right ones? I see those from time to time and thought they were wooly chants which I have read tend not to agree with most people.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: ganghis on September 22, 2021, 03:38:08 PM
Ha ha, good point!  I thought those were white chanterelles so picked them.  And ate a few bites but they were pretty bitter...  so maybe don't pick those ones  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 23, 2021, 07:26:41 AM
High buck consolation prizes: porcinis, cauliflower, chicken, chanterelles.  3-4000 feet on the wet side of the Cascades

The white boletes look like queens - perfectly good. The other white fungi look like white coral, not cauli - also perfectly good to eat. Don't eat too much of the coral at one sitting. May cause deer-terrifying gas!
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: ganghis on September 23, 2021, 08:52:14 AM
High buck consolation prizes: porcinis, cauliflower, chicken, chanterelles.  3-4000 feet on the wet side of the Cascades

The white boletes look like queens - perfectly good. The other white fungi look like white coral, not cauli - also perfectly good to eat. Don't eat too much of the coral at one sitting. May cause deer-terrifying gas!

Thanks - I'm still learning, obviously! 
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: LDennis24 on September 23, 2021, 09:49:55 AM
Cauliflower and corals can sometimes look very similar. I've been told the super pink reddish ones can give gastrointestinal issues. But usually cooking well will help that. Haven't tried the pink ones. These are the coral and cauliflower types. You can see that coral has little nodule tops on its branches while cauliflower is brainy looking and wavy on top.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 23, 2021, 10:49:27 AM
High buck consolation prizes: porcinis, cauliflower, chicken, chanterelles.  3-4000 feet on the wet side of the Cascades

The white boletes look like queens - perfectly good. The other white fungi look like white coral, not cauli - also perfectly good to eat. Don't eat too much of the coral at one sitting. May cause deer-terrifying gas!

Thanks - I'm still learning, obviously!

I have about 25 field guides. The one with the best pics is mentioned above - All That the Rain Promises and More by David Arora. Get it. It's great for PNW mushroom hunting.
Title: Re: Mushroom hunting
Post by: Platensek-po on September 23, 2021, 10:53:46 AM
High buck consolation prizes: porcinis, cauliflower, chicken, chanterelles.  3-4000 feet on the wet side of the Cascades

The white boletes look like queens - perfectly good. The other white fungi look like white coral, not cauli - also perfectly good to eat. Don't eat too much of the coral at one sitting. May cause deer-terrifying gas!

Thanks - I'm still learning, obviously!

I have about 25 field guides. The one with the best pics is mentioned above - All That the Rain Promises and More by David Arora. Get it. It's great for PNW mushroom hunting.

I agree with Aroras book! Itís a must have for anyone getting into mushroom hunting. We have found over 20lbs of chanterelles this year and about 10lbs of chicken o da woods. A few lobsters and cauliflowers too. Best year for chicken of the woods Iíve seen in a while
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