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Re: Morels
« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2021, 12:16:13 PM »
Where do morels usually grow? What type of cover do they prefer? I’ve 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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Re: Morels
« Reply #46 on: May 03, 2021, 07:42:47 PM »
Picked 3 gallons yesterday in about 2 hours.



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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:
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Re: Morels
« Reply #47 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.

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Re: Morels
« Reply #48 on: May 04, 2021, 10:01:02 AM »
We need rain.
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Re: Morels
« Reply #49 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

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Re: Morels
« Reply #50 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.

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Re: Morels
« Reply #51 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?


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Re: Morels
« Reply #52 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).

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Re: Morels
« Reply #53 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.

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Re: Morels
« Reply #54 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).

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Re: Morels
« Reply #55 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.

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Re: Morels
« Reply #56 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.



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Re: Morels
« Reply #57 on: May 13, 2021, 06:31:31 AM »
Keep at it

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Re: Morels
« Reply #58 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:

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Re: Morels
« Reply #59 on: May 16, 2021, 03:28:12 PM »
Hit our central WA spots today, found 12 total, still too early for us.
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