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Hunting for Morel mushrooms

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing, Boating, HIking, Trapping' started by TAEZZAR, May 10, 2017.



  1. TAEZZAR

    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    Today, my buddy & I went out hunting Morel mushrooms. It was a stellar beautiful day. Our weather in the PNW has been very wet this year & for the last week we have had cold days followed by 2 hot days, followed by 2 cold days & now 2 hot days with rain coming Thurs. The temperature variation has been 25 degrees overnight.
    So, we thought the Morels would be out by now, as Late April to late May is our season here.
    Our best area is in a burned forest, the first & second years. This is the second year & we should have gotten a dozen or more each.
    We walked for 3 hours & about 3 miles, according to my buddy's ped-o-meter.
    I got one Morel & my buddy zipped out !
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  2. gliddenralston

    gliddenralston Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I hunted morels a lot in HS, sure are tasty. Around here you'll come back with more ticks then shrooms
     
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    historyrepete Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Weather didn't cooperate here in eastern ks either
     
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    mtnclimberjim Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    Sorry boys. I just cleaned up. Wife and I just came home with 4 gallons in about 3 hrs. Started way early, even picked a few that were frozen. real fresh and blond growing out of an old burn area. I love the smoky flavor.
     
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    I went looking last year by the Canadian border. I got about 5 pounds and the other people in my group got a little more. I heard people several days earlier were hauling 15-20+ pounds each.

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    historyrepete Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Where abouts Jim?
     
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    If it's not magic, I'm not picking it.
     
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    bb28 Silver Member Silver Miner

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    It's nice to get them yourself, I'm always shocked at how much they sell for...

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  9. ttazzman

    ttazzman Midas Member Midas Member Site Supporter

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    the one thing we are known for in our family is morel mushrooms...

    our season usually starts last week of march and runs about 3 wks total thru mid april.......season coincides with the ticks and poision ivy (LOL) first week of picking no ticks....by the end you gotta spray down and watch for posion ivy

    this year we picked over 500 ......we supply all we want...plus provide them for a charity feed

    if we end up with extras after all we give away we have learned how to preserve them .....we always split them in half and wash them with clean water then lay them out on towels and pat them dry then we toss them in dry flour/season salt mix and lay them out on cookie sheets on wax paper individually.....and pop them in the deep freeze....basicly flash freeze them ...few hours later we take them out when they are hard and then bag them quickly before they start to thaw and put the bags in the deep freezer........then to prepare just remove from freezer and deep fry just like you would any frozen food you would buy from the store........done correctly you can store the mushrooms up to 2 years that way
     
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    mtnclimberjim Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    About 20 miles North of McCall Idaho In the Hazard creek Drainage.
     
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    ttazzman Midas Member Midas Member Site Supporter

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    around (southern missouri) here craigslist usually has them during season for 40-60$ a #....what do they bring in your area??
     
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    I've always been impressed with those who prep through food storage. Great post, ttazzman.
     
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    I just saw a tiny bag of them in Whole Foods for $15. I remember seeing them in N. Idaho at the farmers market and they were rather pricey... don't remember the details exactly.

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    Found some by accident, never on purpose. Love 'em...

    But just remember that ALL mushrooms are sponges for toxins. They absorb the worst kinds. (So no picking near Chernobyl or Fukushima - or old "dumps"...)

    ... and always keep different sorts of picked mushrooms in separate containers/bags - because the spores of a poisonous one can spread on the good ones...
     

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