2001 Mushroom Sightings


Sightings! Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 14:15:52 -0600. Hi Tom , First sightings from North Alabama near Huntsville. A transplanted cheesehead and a hoosier found a dozen black morels scattered over a couple of acres of woodland. This is a week later than last year. Dick C.

Sightings! Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 22:01:39 -0500. Found several hundred grey and half-free morels near Rogersville Alabama on April 2. Also lots of ticks found us. Dick C.

Sightings. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 10:00:13 -0500. Still finding some black morels. Found 1st whites on April 10th and have found about 3 dozen to date in the Huntsville Al area. Current wet conditions and forcast cool weather should enhance the possibilities of finding more.Dick C.

morel sightings. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:24:54 -0500. From Caroline H. On our place, 14 of them, 7 April. North Alabama near Guntersville, Beeches Creek. On an old homesite place, near cedars.

Season Wrapup. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 09:30:55 -0500. We had a good season, if not unusual, here in North Alabama.Lots of black morels, a few yellow/whites, and a large number of half-frees and a very unusual number of small grays very similar to what you would find around Boyne. Will be leaving within the week for North Central Idaho via Indiana. As I reported last year and, I suppose my comments were lost when your browser crashed, I found a good number of black morels in the area around Powell Idaho through about June 10. These were found at an elevation of around 3300 feet. Never found any at elevations higher than that. The first ones I found I raked out from under a picnic table in the Wendover campground. Until next year-Dick C



Found in Alaska! Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 17:38:29 -0800. About the Sightings, I have done morel hunting (true morel) in the past just off HWY12 at Oak Creek in the Cascades of Washington. It became an annual event. I now reside in Anchorage, AK. This is my first summer here. I did an annual camping trip Memorial Day Weekend with my husband and family about 155 miles north of Anchorage and to my surprise a family friend discovered a large area of the half-free morel (Morchella semilibera): This is the exception to the rule that morels have the bottom of the cap attached directly to the stem. The cap of the half-free morel is attached at about the middle. These morels generally have small caps and long bulbous stems although the ones I found range from 2-4" tall, six 4" tall with large caps, seventeen 2" tall large to small caps, five 3" tall large to small caps, and five just shy of 2" tall with small caps. I have pictures, which have yet to be developed of the mushrooms, location, and area. The total found on the trip May 25-27 2001 was around 100 in the area of about an 2 acres, 4-6% land incline, lightly shaded with very little or no direct sunlight, usually within a radius of 36" from the base of trees or rotten stumps. The ground was covered with 1/8-1/2 of leafs, moss and other foliage like a moist blanket leaving the morels nearly invisible. We sautéed some of these the first night with onion with butter and white wine and they were absolutely delicious! It was fascinating to me to find these in Alaska and with snow still on the ground in this region. I will be doing more research of morels and the different varieties of AK. Heather M


Alberta, Canada: No reports yet.



Yellow morels found in central Arkansas, Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 21:37:02 -0600. I have recently returned today (3-18-01) from a trip to my favorite morel site in the Arkansas River Valley. I saw 15 false morels, ~gyromitra~ ~caroliniana~, young, medium sized, and 10 young yellow morels. I feel that the next two weekends will be good for the collecting of yellow morels at this site. J.J.

Arkansas morels. Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 18:52:19 -0600. Collected 7 half free morels after about 3 hours of searching near the Arkansas River. Then went to the White River Nat. Wild. Ref. and found 7 false morels. Had never seen them before. Thought at first, when I spotted them from a distance, that I was on to the mother load. It was soon apparent that I wasn't. But, never-the-less it was an interesting find. With temperatures quite low during the last week things apparently slowed down. Temps reaching near 80 during the next few days should speed things up. Buffalo knats and mosquitos are horrendous. Sightings were south of Tischnor AR, near the Arkansas River. The hunt is on, Jerry L.

update for Arkansas River Valley area. Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 22:53:14 -0600 Central Daylight Time. Saturday, 3-31, collected about 60 yellow morels, some were still young in age (gray), but all were medium to large in size. None were old enough to toss out. Sunday 4-1, co-worker collected 40 yellows at same site. Plans are to return to site this coming Saturday and collect again. My feelings are that the morels will be near the end of their fruiting in this area this coming weekend. Best to move north after the next weekend. J.J.

Morels. Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 20:54:22 -0700. Found 5 small white morels today in a yard in the City of Harrison, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas in the Ozarks. Very dry here and need rain, temperatures are good, 70 - 80 just the past few days. Late to find the first ones here, usually around the 25th of March. Happy Hunting!! Love the web site! Jim H. Harrison, AR

Arkansas morels. Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 19:19:23 -0500. Went to an area near the Buffalo River over the weekend and found morels at the base of ash trees and a few black morels at the base of red oak. Most were on south sides of hills. Only found 23 black and yellow morels after about 6 hours of looking. Steep hills sure make you wish your legs were less than mid 50's year old. Then, on Saturday, looked for several hours around bayous in the Cache River Nat. Wild. Refuge and found none. Air temps are in the high 80's. Seems winter turned into summer too fast. Black flies, ticks and mosquitos certainly add to the price of those few shrooms, but, never-the-less they are delicious. Hope to get back into the Ozarks soon. With summer temps the season will probably end soon. Jerry L. Stuttgart AR

morel mushrooms Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 11:36:58 -0500. Hello! My name is Dave and I am currently living in Russellville, Ark., it's about half way between Ft.Smith and Little Rock. Went out looking for morels on the 11th and 12th, but no sign of any. Not as familiar with hunting locations here as I am originally from Ill. For the most part, I am told that they grow around ash trees here. I think it was a little dry yet as there was little folage on the ground. May apples were up but sparse and not blooming. There are a lot of leaves on the ground due to a late fall so I know they will be difficult to spot, especially the small ones. I have spoken to people who have found some, but I am not sure where to look again. Today is Sat. the 14th and we are getting a steady rain. Temp. is cool in the low to mid 60's. May warm to 70 or so, but it is supposed to be in the 60's and 50's for highs next week and lows in the 40's and even 30's. I'm wondering if it may be getting too late here? It looks as though you are more familiar with the states north of here, but was hoping you might have some info. that could help me. I am going to Quincy, Ill. in a week or so. Am tracking spottings up there as best I can to find the most optimum time to depart. Would appreciate any insight you might have based on the little bit of info. I have given you. Hope your response, if available, is not too late. Waiting anxiously, Dave in Pope Co. Ark... Dave, From the other Sightings reported for AR, I would think there are still plenty of morels yet to make their appearance. I would think that the next two weeks would be great for the Quincy, IL area also - depending on moisture and temperature of course.

Arkansas morels. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 20:51:30 -0500. Found a few morels that were just coming up in the area 30 miles north of Hector, AR on April 14 and had a friend that found quite a few near Fayettville, AR too. With the rain that day and the next there should be a lot of mushrooms coming up in northern Arkansas this weekend. Cool weather this week should keep them around for a while. Happy hunting. Jerry L.

Arkansas morels. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 19:45:21 -0500. Went to an area near Fayetteville where my friend found quite a few morels last weekend (not 4/21) and found very few morels. Most of what I found were very dried up. Probably the result of freezing weather that we had during the first part of the week.. My wife and I searched through several areas of the Ozarks between Fayetteville and Pelzer AR and found few and those appeared to have been dried or frozen. My general impression is that the season has passed most of Arkansas unless you are in the far northern par of the state and on the north slopes. The variation between freezing temperatures and temperatures in the 80's and the infrequent rains seems to have reduced output this year. Hopefully next year will be better. Jerry L.


British Columbia, Canada:

First morels. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 12:27:58 -0700. From: vitalsys. British Columbia, Ca. Okanakan. Beautiful blacks in valley bottom.

Morels in Northern British Columbia. Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 08:41:38 -0700. At long last we are beginning to find a few early spottings of black morels. The season here, as has been stated by many in your reports, is about 10 days later than usual. The temp here has not been very cooperative as we have had frost overnight until mid May with day time highs only reaching low 50's F. However, the last 5 days have had highs of 70 F to 75F with lows around 40F to 45F which is slowly encouraging morel growth. We anticipate a good season over the next 3 weeks. Al D., Prince George, British Columbia, Canada



Sighting, Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2001 14:23:53 -0800, From: Liz. I live in Madera, California which is located in the central part of the state in the San Joaquin Valley. I spotted my first crop of black morels this morning in my front yard flower bed. About 35, ranging from 1 to 4 inches were growing in the garden bark that I had put down three years ago. I'm off to look for more, maybe in the backyard.

Morels in CA, Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 16:29:43 -0800, From: Darvin D. Found my first morels of the season today. 9 lonely, lovely morels under Incense Cedar. They were in Sebastopol, CA. (Darvin is a member of the Sonoma County Mycological Association)

from Deborah Y. N. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 22:22:57 -0700. Hello. I found your website while searching for info about morel mushrooms. If you keep track of 'shroom sightings, I'd like to report that I have what I THINK are morels growing in my backyard in Temple City, CA. I've never seen morels around here before. I don't know where these ones came from. Perhaps from the redwood chips I used to smother the old lawn. Sincerely, Deborah

earlier! Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 11:22:20 -0500. On Jan 25, 2001, from Ann R. I will have to lay claim to the first Minnesotoan to find morels this season (as it will probably never happen again!) I just returned from Los Angeles. While there I was looking at new model homes of different builders. While walking up to the front door of a newly built house, I looked down at the fresh cypress mulch along the sidewalk in the shade of the entry way. There were 5 beautiful fresh golden morels, the largest about 4 inches high. The agent at the house thought I was nuts to pick them and said I could have all of them. I wonder how many people walked by them during their open house,. There had been a heavy rain and this was the darkest corner of the building outside. The weather there has all the plants fooled as the irises were blooming and most of the spring flowers started to pop out after an unseasonable cool spell

It's time! Sun, 22 Apr 2001 10:25:08 -0700. Hello, It's April 21st and we found about 12 yellows and a few blacks ----I live in northern Ca and we where hiking at about 3000 ft elevation, it just rained for 3 days and then it was about 70-can't wait to go back! Happy Hunting! Dave R

my first this year. Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 14:11:08 -0700. HIya, Found my first (only one so far) black morel in one of my dependable spots on the west shore of Lake Tahoe at 6300 feet this afternoon. I still await seeing brite red snow plants (Sarcodes sanguinea), leaves on the aspen trees as big as nickels and the occasional afternoon thunderstorm to really kick off fruiting. Jim

California Sierra Nevada follow up. Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 06:36:07 -0700. Hi Again, In my last sightings report I mentioned eagerly awaiting more bright red snowplants, aspen leaves as large as nickels and some rain to kick off fruiting. This has all happened in the last week! I visited my MOST dependable spot on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and immediately found five lovely black morels. My visit was cut short due to mother bear and cub in area. Beware the bear! Earlier in the week I also visited the extensive camping area to north of HWY 50 as far as Union Valley reservior (east northeast of Pollack Pines) and we found black morels at every location we inspected. We paid special attention to campground areas. Picked several dozen. Next week we will be visiting various spots along HWY 88 between Hope Valley and Jackson. A report will follow. Jim



Excellent site and info! Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 21:44:48 -0600. Hello All- Quick note to all of you from ol "Mountain Mel" here in Colorado-( land of very few if any morels). Thanks to Larry K.. in So. Illinois, ever once in awhile this ol home boy from Illinois gets to taste a morel !! I swear Larry can smell'm in the woods! Last year, my blue heeler dog , Mom and I did get to visit your gathering . Great! I did purchase some good items, t-shirts, books and all. Don't know if I can make it this year or not yet. May try some hunting near by in Kansas. Note- thought you may want to know that we/I have found only (2) morels here in Grand Junction, Co. at 6,000 ft. One was sort of freeze or air dried perfect and the other was in a flower bed of a neighbor--- in chipped aspen bark bedding. So- figure that- no elm trees? Q- Do the spore kits really produce morels? Ha- I have tried but--- no good. Guess we need that Illinois humidity! Meanwhile- Any of you in this area - call me up at 970-242-8507, stop by and I will show you some survival tricks if you tell me about morels! Sincerely," Mountain Mel"- Deweese, Ret. USN- SERE. Check our website at www.youwillsurvive.com Thanks for that plug in your newspaper story!

morels in Colorado. Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 14:53:19 -0600. Well, guess what, the morels made their annual appearance in Colorado right on schedule, April 29. We do not weigh ours and rarely measure them since they are uniformly tiny and generally few and far between. I wandered out to my patch on the Platte River under the cottonwoods, not really expecting to find any at all. I even had my binoculars around my neck not only as a bird back-up, but also as a disguise just in case I stumbled on something edible. And what to my wandering eyes did appear in a NEW Area but two lovely yellow morels at least two inches high. I continued wandering in ever widening circles checking old sites and adding new ones. At the end of 1 1/2 hours I was in possession of 70 lovely, delicious, fresh, unexpected treasures ranging in size from a miniscule 1 inch to a gigantic 2 1/2 inch monster. Most were not in their usual places. They were delicious. I thought at the time that this could be it for the year since we have had extremely hot, dry weather for the last two weeks, BUT there is a storm front with good moisture and cooler temps moving in tonight. So, as ever, hope springs eternal. In a good year with late April/early May moisture, we often pick extra large yellows up to 8 or more inches in mid-May until June. Good Luck to all, Ellen----Foray Chair Person--Colorado Mycological Society

Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 14:47:54 -0600. Last night at the regular meeting of the Colorado Mycological Society, I saw the largest yellow morels I have seen in 25 years of looking. Many were in the 1/2 lb category. Some came in from Boulder, north of Denver and the rest from around Colorado Springs--south of Denver, locations not at all specific for good reason. I have the fever once more and will walk my patch tomorrow afternoon with very high hopes that the season is not yet over. There is lots of moisture in the ground, but it has been quite hot and I think that hot soil is the death knell. Several nice blacks also came in from west of Boulder at 7000+ feet. Morelly yours, Ellen J.

Colo morels?!! Boulder?!!!!] Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 16:52:08 -0600. Dear Tom and Vicky, Indeed there are morels in the Boulder area, although I suspect the season has passed. One of our club members brought in a bagful ( at keast 20) large dried gold ones that he had picked along Boulder Creek under the cottonwoods. The meeting was the second Monday of May and they were about done for on that date. You might try attending one of the CMS meetings --- they are held on the second Monday of the month at the Botanic Gardens and begin about 7:00 PM. There are usually many kinds of fresh mushrooms on the table, a speaker is present, and you are welcome to attend free of charge. Membership if you join is 21.00 a year or something like that. I picked 140 in my own private place during the end of April and early May. Morelly Yours, Ellen


Connecticut: No reports yet.



Mushrooms. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 19:59:53 +0100. From: Martin L. Just had a report of some morels found in Bethnal Green, central London.


Florida: No Reports Yet!



Sightings! Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 06:06:13 -0800 (PST). I found a couple of hundred in the flood plain of the Broad River Valley in Elbert County, Georgia on 3/25. They were all blacks. The only place I have ever found morels around here is in a flood plain. I haven't noticed any association with vegetation. I left the small ones to grow a few more days. The forcast is for lows in the 20s tonight. Will this hurt them? Tom R.

morel report #2. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 12:53:38 EDT. Tom, sending a separate report. On the way driving north to the Knoxville foray, I stopped just north of Macon Georgia, and had a look in High Falls State Park. This, as you know, is extremely far south in GA. Many would never think they could be here. Well, it took me about 45 minutes, and I had found my first Morel, a small esculenta. It appeared to be the end of the season here. But I have documented proof now that they grow this far south! I found a total of 2 morels there. Sincerely, Chris M., Morel Mushroom Hunter's Club

sighting. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 12:47:28 -0400 (EDT) From: Terry C. I'm from the App.Mt's.We call morels "dry land fish".Anyway I'm working in Atlanta Ga.My son,15yrs old, came in excited yesterday(4/14/01).He found a morel growing in the woods behind our suite.I had taught him to hunt them back home.So they are here and we just had some rain.



I read a newpaper article this morning that stated that morels cannot be found in Hawaii. I would love to know if anyone has personal experience finding them in Hawaii... Varieties, sizes, time of year, etc. morel@ocslink.com



Mushroom haven. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 16:32:51 -0600. Hello, My name is Sandy we own a Inn in the Mountains of Idaho, our place is in the heart of where the Clear Creek Fire of 2000 was last summer and fall, ( the nations largest fire ) We had a Lady stop yesterday from Texas, She stopped to ask us about the fire area, because I guess the forest service don't like giving out that information to mushroom hunters, the Lady also said we will probably have a lot of people coming to this area in about two weeks, which give us a idea. We know this area like the back of our hand, all the roads, trails, what areas were burnt the hottest, what areas you can access and ones you can't. We are the only business in the area for about 50 miles, we have food, lodging and camping areas. We are going to put maps on Ebay under the heading of Attention Morel mushroom hunters. If you have any input, or know of any one that might be interested our E-mail is Cobaltsandy@home.com Thanks for your time, Sandy Johansen

Morels. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 11:35:43 -0600. From: Hello from Idaho, Do you know of any map that shows areas in Idaho for mushrooming. We hunt all the time, but in the very same areas. We would like to travel a little and do some hunting in different areas of Idaho. We found our first bunch April 15 this year. Wow. Thanks, Cathy

Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:43:31 -0700. From: Dan B. Idaho!!! Found 8 M. Esculenta in northern Kootenai County growing in a pine bark mulched shrub bed. Has rained off and on for 3 days now... real steady all day today... should be a good weekend.

overflowing with morels. Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 15:32:09 -0700. dear sirs we have more morels this year than ive seen in 10 years i live in north idaho-and im looking for buyers can you help? b.thomas. There was a great article in USA Today on April 26 about the commercial buyers that would be throughout the Pacific Northwest. I would post it here except for copyright laws. You can buy a copy of it for less than $2.00. I think that if you check with the forest service in your area, they would know where the buyers are. The article said that the buyers are even using planes to locate the best areas.

Morel Sightings. Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 11:29:09 -0700. Morels are up in Southwest Idaho's Boise National Forest. We found about 50 black morels in about a half an hour. These were located west of Highway 55 about 1.5 hour's drive north of Boise. Over the past two or three weekends only false morels (Gyromitra Gigas and Verpa Bohemica) were showing up. There was rain about 4 or 5 days prior, so that may have helped. Good Hunting. ~~~Bret

IDAHO. Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:25:37 -0600. From: Ken G. Central Idaho Payette National Forest. June 10 burn areas. I picked gallons in 2 hours. A permit is needed to pick in burn areas. In areas other than burns they were very hard to find.



FIRST ILLINOIS MOREL! Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 20:12:32 -0600. Get your baskets ready. Morels are up in Illinois--Southern Illinois anyway--as of Tuesday, March 20. I located my first one of the season today, a black morel about 1-1/2 inches tall, on public land in Williamson County. It was a young specimen naturally, with small, almost-closed pits and considerable growth potential ahead. But growth potential is a meaningless term when describing the first morel. It always comes home with me. The entire hunt today required taking exactly three steps into the woods. Sometimes these things really do come easily. Last year I reported the first morel in Illinois to this site on March 14. That embarrassingly tiny creature last year I discovered by brushing away the leaf litter in one of my hotspots. The morel I found underneath the leaves was the size of a pencil eraser. Yes, that was cheating I suppose. But some of us weaker souls just can't wait. This year I played by the rules and waited for the first VISIBLE morel to show up among the leaf litter. This year, March 20 was the magic day. Did I look for others? Nope. Nothing more than a glance anyway. I hate crushing tiny morels with my footsteps as I walk all over a young patch. I'll let them grow. It'll be a week to 10 days before most of us will be able to make a haul of black morels in Southern Illinois. (Although I'm 50 miles north of Cairo--the absolute southern tip of Illinois--so adjust that prediction accordingly.) This was my first day out looking for morels this year. Nonetheless, I was so confident of the potential to find morels that I brought along my camera to document the first one. Three steps into the woods, and there it was, right on schedule. Click. I will offer one tip as a final note, then quit this egotistical bragging: It pays to keep annual notes to remind ourselves what memory doesn't accurately record. All of us pick morels, and all of us know approximately when to go out hunting for morels--approximately being the key word. But the majority of us aren't positive about when to find morels and ultimately spend too many anxious days and weeks in advance of the season, peering outside, wondering if there just might be--just maybe--a few morels up yet. I got tired of that. Nobody's got a perfect memory. I sure as heck don't. But my notes, which I've kept for seven seasons now, tell me exactly when to find the first morels. And yes, as a matter of fact, I do intend to be buried with those notes. Good luck Illinois morel addicts. Joe M.

morel trip south. Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 13:53:51 -0500. Hi Tom, Got back last night from our exploratory trip to southern Illinois. Spring is not as advanced as it was this time last year. No redbud or dogwood flowering yet. Not a lot going on in the way of spring flowers. Saw toothwort and a few spring beauties, some small mayapples, a few trillium, some small bloodroot, and yellow daffodils and Forsythia are in full bloom. There is red showing up in the maples, as their buds are breaking, but not the red and yellow green that was visible across the Ohio river as viewed from the Illinois side last year. Saw one fence lizard, no snakes, no toads, no box turtles, and no ticks. Spring peepers are chirping and softball size gelatinous spheres of developing tadpoles were seen in a small pond. Reading the landscape in the areas that I investigated, spring is probably a week or ten days behind last year at this time. All of that aside, I found my first morels of the season March 30, seven small black morels, about 2" to 3" tall. I found 12 more blacks at a different location on Sunday, April 1. Both sites were on south facing slopes. I visited several other areas, which regularly produce morels but found none. Saw no other apparent mushroom hunters, which usually is an indication that most people feel it's too early. The season has started; there is adequate moisture now and things should start to pop as temperatures increase. Perhaps, barring some 90 degree days, we are in for a more "normal" spring. Whatever that is. Darrell

1st of the season. Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 14:17:06 -0500. This is Monte, I found my first 21 tiny black morels of 2001 on 4-2. I had heard reports of others finding a few 7-10 days ago,but the below average temperatures have slowed things down. The rest of this week is forecast above average temps, so all varieties of morels should come on together.I hope everyone else here in Southern Illinois has a safe and productive morel season. I,ll keep you updated. Good Luck!

Morels found outside ST.LOUIS! Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2001 18:50:27 -0500. ILLINOIS 4-4-01. I found about 15-20 little black morels on the south side of a small hill pretty small but they are what we love no matter how small they are. Thank GOD the season has started.I live about 10 mins. outside of ST.LOUIS in Hartford ILL.Good luck to everyone this season, becareful, and dont hunt on land that is'nt yours. David

2001 morel sightings. Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 01:58:06 -0500. From: Erin C. I found shrooms in Southern, Illinois :Lawrence county,04/01/01 I only found two little black shrooms about 1" tall, but that is good enough to get me back into the woods

Fri, 6 Apr 2001 20:28:56 -0700. I've been reading the articles on your web site. One that caught my eye talked about whether morels grow or not. I've had a patch in east central IL (Clark county) that I have been cultivating and experimenting with for the last five years. I had some last year that lasted for 3-4 weeks and grew from 1/2 inch to 8-9" tall. Covering them with a bucket or coffee can seems to work really well. I've also fertilized some with Miracid fertilizer (Miracle Grow high in acid for acid loving plants). At first I tried covering them with a jar but didn't see any change. An older experienced 'shroomer told me to use a bucket and it worked. I also have a farmer friend who has a neighbor that finds mushrooms every year 1-2 weeks before everyone else down in Crawford county. I've been keeping track of the dates. They are March 7, 1998: March 13, 1999: March 16, 2000; and March 18, 2001. Every year my friend brings them in to show me. They are usually 1/4 to 1/2 inch tall. He says they grow on a south facing hillside that has a spring underneath that helps warm the ground. Even more unique, the guy finding them usually predicts 2 or 3 weeks ahead of time the exact day he will find them. He's usually acccurate within 1-2 days. Something else I tried last year was a leaf blower to remove leaves that had built up. It doesn't seem to bother the morels but gets rid of excess leaves (might even spread spores?). Sure makes them easier to see! I burned off some of the patch this year and mowed some of it last fall. Now I'm anxiously awaiting this year's season. Good luck and keep the info coming. Jeff H. (name witheld to protect my project)

Morels! Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 14:30:16 -0400. More in Illinois. Found 3 black about 2 1/2 in. tall and 4 half free morels in Union County 4-8-01. Kelly

sighting! Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 16:48:48 -0500. Hi All, We sotted about tenty little blacks Sat April 7 near Belleville, IL. They were very small. All less than an inch. I also found 3 half free that were pretty decent.I can hardly wait for the season to get fired up!!! E.J.

Mushrooms. Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 06:59:44 -0500. Yes found my First three on 4-7-01 Saturday in central Macoupin co. . too dry thought need rain bad!!! Otto

morels. Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 07:53:27 -0500. Monte again in Southern Illinois, since reporting my first morels I have found 221 more, all black ones.Our temps have gone from below average to above average and things are really starting to happen. We should be seeing numbers of grays and whites any day now, and I can't wait.Good Luck!

Illinois Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 12:07:07 -0500. From: I live about 45 miles NE of St. Louis--less as the crow flies--been checking my regular patches for morels--no luck yet. I think its too dry. Trillium and mayapples just started popping up in my woods this weekend and redbuds have started to bloom. Last year I was picking this week. I'm praying for some rain! Eadie

sighting. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:46:11 -0500. Three grays near Fairview Heights (east of St. Louis) South -facing hillnear creek; Larry

WOW! Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 11:52:09 -0500. Sighting in Belleville , Illinois. Tue April 10, found 40 2 to 3 inch greys in 1 hour. They're everywhere. E.J.

mushroom hunting. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 20:23:23 -0500. Hi, Jon from Peoria today is 10 of April 2001found 13 grays. The biggest one is about 3 in tall.

Magnolia Report.Josh and I went down in our valley on Saturday, 4/7/01. Checked the one spot where Tomi found a lone black morel last year and a spot where we find deliciosas (little greys with vertical ridges that don't get much bigger than 2"). We've had temps in the 80's all weekend with about 3/10's of an inch of rain. Mayapples were just nubs about an inch tall. Trilliums were about 3 to 4 inches tall with their leaves about an inch across. All signs pointed to the season being about a week away for greys. We didn't find any mushrooms, but anyday you take a walk in the woods with your son is a good day.

morels. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 08:58:18 -0500. From: Clay B. jackson county southern illinois, my wife and I found 28 huge morels! (we only hunted for 40 minutes) April 9,2001

jersey co. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 11:17:55 -0500 (CDT). we found about 1.5lbs. of blacks on mon. the 9th need rain bad. got rain on mon. tues. nights going back out today will let you know later From, Dave(aka)Clam

Sighting. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 13:10:28 -0500. 64 grays south facing in Fairview again(east of St. Louis); Larry

jersey co. il. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 20:59:05 -0500 (CDT). we found about 1.5 lbs.mon.the 9th but needed rain bad. we got rain monday night &tues.weds. went weds.evening and found about 5lbs. of blacks in one hour and fifteen min. will be back out first thing in the morning. From, Dave(aka)Clam

black morels. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 21:51:48 -0500. From: Ellen D. East central Illinois, Coles County. Found my first black morels this year on 4/11/01, just before dusk. Has been warm and rainy the last few days. They weren't there yesterday, but they were today.

Morels! Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 00:39:15 -0500 (CDT). Morels in Alton (Madison County)! I found about 30 greys, 8 half-free and, glory be, 5 nice yellows yesterday (April 10th). The fun begins! Tracy

First sighting. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 09:01:26 -0500. Found two little whites( I think) last night,4/11. Just barely through the ground, about the size of the tip of my little finger, under a pear tree in my yard in Piatt County, Illinois. Been hunting for about 7yrs. I checked the normal areas and found nothing, and had given up, thinking it was still too early. Came across these almost by accident. It's been really warm here the last few days, and we've gotten a little rain - I think we need more to really get things going. I found your site two years ago and check it religiously to try to gage when to start looking seriously. Thanks for a job well done and please keep up the good work. Mike

morel sightings! Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 23:40:52 -0500. This is Erin C. reporting from Southern Illinois, Lawrenceville, IL that is in Lawrence County. Glad to report I found 10 white shrooms about 3-4" tall, and also 72 blacks ranging 2-8" tall. Good Luck to all the shroom hunters. Keep you Posted.

found gray morels. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 09:34:02 -0500. who said friday the 13th was unlucky. i found 5 2" grays in my back yard in centralia, illinois. i hope the woods has more. the bad part is i stept on two of them before i saw them. they are still edible. happy hunting john h.

Nothing yet in Tazewell County. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 15:02:23 -0500. Reports from Tazewell and Woodford counties are none as of April 13th. Thought Friday the 13th would be good but skunked for Easter. Good fried mushrooms for Easter dinner would be nice. May apples are up and ready to spread their leaves outward. Plenty of ants and bugs as well as bees. But no snakes. Another week here I hope. Gary

First of the year 'shrooms. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 18:24:47 -0500. From: Rob & Luann. Found 5 today(April 13,2001) they were small grays, the weather has been perfect up until now --calling for the temp to drop to 50's in day and 40's at nite. These first of the shrooms were found in Armstrong, IL about a hard throw from my back yard in the back 40. Side note my Mother found 3 small graysyesterday behind her house in Potomac,IL . Sure looks like we might have a bumper crop this year if the temps hold up. Last year and the year before I found my first on April 3. Rob Ellett P.S. I coon hunt and have had good luck hunting them at night while running my dogs-Bluticks of course . Good Luck everyone and have a good Easter!!

Sightings. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 15:19:15 -0500. From: On my east facing hill whites up to five inches and greys up to 3 inches are evrywhere. My friends and I have taken about four hundred very nice mushrooms, Two hundred fifty of which are in my fridge. On the west facing hill that is usually VERY productive........Nothing. It's very strange?? E.J. in Belleville , IL

Northern Illinois. 4/14/01. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 18:11:46 -0500. Hello, This is SPONGE from somewhere near Pecatonica. I went out for about 45 minutes this afternoon. 4/14/01. The mayapples are an inch tall, ground is cold, & this is on the south side! I'd say 2 more weeks, & thats if the weather holds. Moisture is there, lets see ome HEAT!!!

Magnolia Report, Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 15:54:23 -0500. Vicky and I checked the valley on Friday. Conditions were perfect, but no morels. Bobby N. from Magnolia reported finding one small grey on his farm. Then on Saturday, Our son Josh phoned to say BINGO! He was calling from the patch! We soon joined him and his discovery of 7 small greys - all less than one inch. They were about half way up the hill. We picked four to show to Grandpa since he just got out of the hospital and at one point this winter wasn't sure if he would see fresh ones again. Left the other three to grow a little. Tom

Mushroom Sightings Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 03:00:05 EDT. Shrooms! Hi All! On April 12th, 2001 I found 8 small gray's and 72 nice sized yellows in under 2 hours. I found them in Madison Co. Illinois near Collinsville. I live in Bond Co. and haven't seen a thing. Natalie

sighting by carlinville il. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 08:54:01 -0500. From: rex a. searched 3 hours and was only able to find 6 small grays between 1 & 3 inchs. very scattered and very hard to spot.

too early? Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 20:16:19 -0700. From: This is Josh from Bloomington. Went to Spring Valley on Sat. the 14th. and didn't find a single one. May apples were just coming up. Found some shed antlers and saw 3 deer, so not a bad day in the woods anyhow.

Morel Mushroom found - Central Illinois. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 08:40:44 -0500. Central Sangamon County, Central Illinois. 1st of the season. We found eleven small gray morels on 4-13-2001. They were all in the same area and grouped in twos and threes in a wooded area on our daughter's property. Now it has turned cold so it will delay the mushroom hunting for awhile. But we'll still keep hunting! Good luck to all the other morel maniacs!! Chuck W.

morel sighting. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 14:18:55 -0000. Found 3 grey morels on saturday on a south hillside northest of Monmouth in Warren County, IL. Went out Sunday and found 5 more. The biggest ones were 3 inches tall. With this weeks cold temperatures in might be another 10 days before we really starting finding some morels. K.C.

sightings. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 20:45:26 -0500. Got 200 mixed grays and small yellows Sunday and 75 mixed Monday. Looks like cold weather will slow them down. Fairview Heights is only a few miles from Belleville. Send some of those big whites and yellows up here!! Larry from Fairview

Illinois sightings. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 12:25:49 EDT. First i'd like to say what an awesome website you have, and i have been checking in to see when hunters would be finding them near me. Went out for first time yesterday, april 16,around 4p.m, spent about an hour looking with a friend. I found a dozen grey morels all around 3 to 5 inches and fresh. my friend was skunked. we have moisture, but could use a little more, what we really need now is the temps to warm up. supposed to be 25 in the morning, but warm up from then on. i'd say they will start to be in abundance after this coming weekend. Get ready!!!!!!!! I am from east central illinois... Vermilion County. Jeff

Illinois Findings. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 07:38:43 -0500. From: Barry G. I'm near Belleville Illinois and have found mushrooms all 3 times I've gone out. I'm new to this area, so I was wondering, how long the season usually lasted around here. The reason why I'm asking is along with the spikes we're finding, we're also finding a lot of yellows. Back in Ohio, we usually found the yellows near the end of the season. We've only found a few gray's and black's. All together, we've probably found about 300-400 total in the 3 times we've been out. Looking forward to some warmer weather this weekend and some rain! Let me know how long the season lasts.

Greys found. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 08:09:08 -0500. Went out for a check yesterday and found about a dozen little greys 4/17 in the spot where I found a lot of yellows last year. First time I've found this many greys - usually find whites and yellows - guess cause they're easier to see. I really didn't expect to find anything considering the weather conditions lately.The "whites" I found under the pear tree really never developed more than the cap out of the ground. Now that I can see more of them, looks like they might be half-frees instead. It's been very cold here (below freezing at night) the last few days without any significant precip. - hoping for warmer weather and rain. A very generous friend at work went to the Lawrenceville area last weekend and was kind enough to bring some back to share with me. There must have been a bunch considering the bag full she gave me. Can't wait to get them home and fix'em. Mike T.

Wed, 18 Apr 2001 13:12:47 -0500. 4-12-01 Hunted in Southern Illinois in Hamilton County. Honey suckle fully leafed, forsythia in bloom as well as red bud trees. May apples fully up & leafed out. Temp in 70's with plenty of moisture. But little luck. Found 3 small grays & about 30 of those with white stem. Figure it must be just a tad early. Last year a week earlier than this found them with no problem. Anxious to hear from others in the area to see if they had any luck. Made trip that same day to Shawnee National Forest south of Harrisburg. They are finding plenty of them there according to the local natives. Jack H.

Morels at Lake Shelbyville. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 20:40:22 -0700. Date: April 18: 2:30pm. People have reported finding greys during the past week. Found my first 10 small ones today -- largest about 3 inches high. We need more rain and sun. Ben

some where near Farmer city. Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 20:57:49 -0500 (CDT). It's been a long time coming but I think they finally have arrived. Found about 20 small greys today. Smallest was just breaking ground the largest was about four inches. Rain this weekend should bring them out. Back out tommorrow different location will report back with the find. The A Team

Shroom report. Fri, 20 Apr 2001 16:19:49 -0500. 04/20/2001 John from Bloomington (Mclean county) Can you almost smell the butter frying in the pan? After 4 times out I finally struck gold. The old not so secret patch proved reliable again. The morels are just getting started. 2 thimble size yellows and one grey pushing their way up to the nice moist warm air. I've marked these and am going to watch their progress to see just exactly what they do over a week or two. I've also found Pheasantback in abundance thanks to my sisters boyfriend. I love your site and am thrilled to be out in the WOODS!!! John

sightings. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 22:47:31 -0500. Got another 100 this evening. That brings me to 700 now. Looks like I'll have enough for the mushroom fry after all. Larry in Fairview Heights

morels in Rockton! Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 09:44:15 EDT. From: Beth M. I've found shrooms in the Rockton area. 5 little and I mean miniscule on April 18th. No mushrooms in Janesville yet but we've had the same weather that you guys have enjoyed the past few days so my mushroom fingers are crossed for a blessed day today in the woods! The mayapples are up about 4 inches and spring beauties and Adderstongues are just starting to bloom. I've got a great feeling about this season - do you agree? You'll be the first to know when the shrooms pop in Wisconsin! happy hunting!

SIGHTING IN ILLINOIS. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 09:50:13 -0500. I found 165 morels in 45 minutes on April 17 in the Collinsville area. D.K.

grundy county. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 02:14:31 -0400. From: Brian K. Found my first morels of the season on april 19th. Approx. 2 * dozen little greys ( no bigger than 2" tall ). They should be coming up good after this weekend with the rain and warm nights! Good luck.

Long walk in the woods. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 06:10:41 -0500. I hunted for 4 hours yesterday around Clinton, IL. I found 2 small grays/reds/browns? Season is running late this year, seem to have good moisture. Your day and date are looking good for this year. I'm really disappointed that I won't be there this year. Sisters 25th and 50th. John R. P.S. I might try to sneak down and hunt that day if nothing else is going on and my dad might want to come along.

I FOUND SOME!!!! Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 14:04:27 -0500. Charleston, Illinois (East Central) Sunday 4/23/01. My husband and I found on our first trip out...... 4 large white sponge, 1 gray sponge, 1 black sponge and 108 Pecker heads!!! Makes a nice mess for the first time!!! Happy Hunting, Wando

Long walk in the woods. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 06:10:41 -0500. Dear Morel Mania; I hunted for 4 hours yesterday around Clinton, IL. I found 2 small grays/reds/browns? Season is running late this year, seem to have good moisture. Your day and date are looking good for this year. I'm really disappointed that I won't be there this year. Sisters 25th and 50th. John R. P.S. I might try to sneak down and hunt that day if nothing else is going on and my dad might want to come along.

Morels in Illinois. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 17:02:24 -0500. From: George. I. I picked eighty-seven morels today in Kankakee State Park in Illinois. Nearly all were yellow and the rest were blacks, no half frees. I talked with a group of five people who had picked about two hundred in an hour and a half. The morels are definitely there, but very hard to spot.

Morel hunt. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 19:16:03 -0500. Knox county Il. 04/22/01 found 23 very small ( 1/4 to 11/4 inches) -- not been warm enough yet, try again 4/24 or 4/25. Jessica, Brian, Gary

illinois morel sighting. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 00:34:08 EDT. From: TL. Sun. Apr. 22. Saw my first grey morel sighting in the Chicago area, Dupage County. South facing along a railroad track. Just popped out & only about 1/2 inch tall. None of my other usual spots had any out though.

1st morels for me this year! Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 07:07:31 -0500. Went out north of Bloomington 4/22 after two days of rain and 70+ degree weather and found my first morels of the year! 20 little grays and one half-free that had just pushed up through the leaves. What a welcome site! I've been thinking about these all winter!!! Bill S.

mushrooms. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 14:26:12 -0500. april 12 found 53 keeper grays all around one tree. went back sunday the 22nd found 10 more and enough to fill gallon bag elsewhere. tazewell county. joe.

Morels Found. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 18:29:53 -0500. 102 Morels found today, April 23, 2001, in Cass County, Illinois. We traveled from Springfield to Jim Edgar Conservation Area in Cass County. Found 3 l/2 pounds of large grays in an hour and a half. I hate to admit it, but the wife outpicked me and she won't let me forget it!! I hope the picture follows the message. Chuck W.

Sighting. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:22:13 -0500. Saw a guy with 2 # of small greys on Sat, April 21. I heard of another guy with 2#, but didn't see them. My 1st trip into the woods was today (Mon, April 23). Went to one of my early spots on a South slope & picked (6) 2" yellows & left (6) smaller ones. I have left roons in this spot before, without anyone getting to them. Found (2) real small greys in back of my house, in a patch that has been producing for about 8 yrs, but has been dwindling. The weather was the best we've had in recent yrs, but turned cool & windy today. I'm located in Oquawka, IL (Henderson County) about 1/2 way down the state, on the Mississippi River. I'm taking my digital camera with me, on the next hunt, so will send some pics. --- Honal

Mon, 23 Apr 2001 22:45:29 -0700 (PDT). I have been finding tons of mushrooms here in the Alton/Godfrey area. Mostly larger greys, and finally some really big yellows are beginning to pop up! Talk to you soon, I'm sure you guys are really busy trying to plan all of the upcoming events. I may try to make it up to the championship hunt this year. Alex

Morels in Illinois. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 17:02:24 -0500. I picked eighty-seven morels today in Kankakee State Park in Illinois. Nearly all were yellow and the rest were blacks, no half frees. I talked with a group of five people who had picked about two hundred in an hour and a half. The morels are definitely there, but very hard to spot. George I.

sightings. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 09:09:45 -0400. doc reporting from knox county went out for the second time 4/23/01 found 105 greys where i hunt.took pics to put with last years pics.getting ready to go out again cold today,but i don't care got to find them "shrooms" good luck to everyone will report my findings.doc!

Morel report. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 10:28:44 -0500. John in Bloomington (Mclean county). Sunday the 22nd was awesome. While trying to teach the eldest daughter (8) how to spot shrooms she pointed out to me that I had stepped right past a wonderful patch of greys. close to 60. Half frees were everywhere in the woods with many past their prime. Yellows should be on the horizon.

Illinois Sighting. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:20:38 EDT. From: Lynn K. Saturday, April 21, 2001: Sangamon County, Illinois: Found 15 yellows approximately 3" in 2 hours. Self-cleaned after recent rain and warm up. 14 were perfect specimens. All found on southern exposed slope in singles, with a couple of doubles. All in mostly elmed woods. Unfortunately, I saw 3 other hunters 10 minutes into my search. Total searched ground was ~ 10 acres. Good luck to all.

Shrooms. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 05:59:44 -0500. My wife and I found about 38 small to med. size yellows yesterday in Fulton County. Going out again today. Walked 4 miles and found nothing, then right before we left, we searched out a small area were we had entered the woods , and found all 38. Could have saved ourselves alot of walking, ha ha. It was great to get out though. Tom

kankakee county has popped wide open. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 16:08:27 -0500. From: kenneth b. April 20/21 - found 142 - 2 inch greys. 168 - 2+ inchers. just started finding tan and yellows. hitting mainly grassy areas - no hillclimbing needed.

more shrooms. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 06:38:04 -0500. Hi Tom, Had a ton of fun yesterday. I found 190 small to medium size yellows in Peoria County, IL. Other people in the woods were scoring too. I found mine on a west bank that was so steep you had to be a billy goat to get them. There were 119 in one small area that was about the size of a living room. Hey, about 40 percent of those were really small, about the size of my little finger. Do morels grow if you let them ? I always thought that whatever size they are, that's the size they stay. Let me know would ya ? Tom B. Washington, IL.

Found 4 pounds on 4/25/01. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 12:25:52 -0500. Morels found. Went out yesterday (4/25/01) near Farmington, IL and found many dead elms; howver, only two trees near a creek bottom yielded 4 pounds of greys and a few yellows. Most were extremely small. With high temps expected through the week, Sat. and Sun. may be ideal. Chris B.

Shrooms! Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 14:51:17 EDT. I just went out before work and found five nice yellows in Riverton Il. Well it's a start. Got to find a place nobody goes now. Les S

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 19:32:23 -0500. Greetings fellow mycophiles! Began my northern Illinois morel season with approximately 70 esculentas in DuPage county. All were on southern slopes in partial sun under elms and the occasional ash tree. All were quickly drying out and needed to be harvested! The forecast calls for dry and unseasonably warm weather for the next week. Pray for rain! Jay-bow

They're here. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 07:27:39 -0500. JC from bloomington IL. found 81 mostly greys but some four inch tans. GET OUT THE BUTTER.!!!

Sighting on 04/25/01. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 08:25:27 -0500. From: JOHN L. Sangamon Co. IL. I went out in the afternoon to a private wooded area that a friend of mine owns. I found a couple small half free, not really developed enough so I left them. I continued looking and came across a tree with several clusters of Morchella esculenta, most of which were in prime harvesting condition. As a testament to thourough searching, I found eight initially and thought to myself that perhaps I hadn't looked well enough around that tree. I went back and found another seven! Total time was about an hour, and all were found by the same tree on a southern facing slope. Our soil temp at four inches just reached 50 degrees in the last week, so given a little more rain we should have continued good hunting for a while.

mushrooms. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 18:52:58 -0500. From: I found 73 today April 27th.in Tazewell county(Washington).Found them all on one hill they ranged from little gray's to big yellows!Looks like we might one week or so left here to hunt.R.M.(Washington,Ill.)

Shrooms are up. Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 07:36:14 -0500. Finally found some shrooms!! 3 small greys 1/2" to 1" tall on 4/24/01 somewhere near Pecatonica IL. Next week & the week after should be great. Looks like it could be a motherload year if the weather holds. Thanks, Sponge

Illinois. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 19:25:29 -0500. From: gumbi. Went looking for mushrooms in the quad city area of illinois sat &sun 4/29 & 4/30 .We found two gallon bags in two days.Some of them was 6 inches tall.Lots of mushrooms,but too many people looking for them.Can anyone tell me how far north mushrooms grow in wisconsin?

Morel Sighting. Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 09:34:33 EDT. From: Schroomfan. From Ogle County, Illinois . First greys found April 27, about 30 of them. Little over 200 found on April 30, both greys and yellows. It is dry! We need some rain. Using the drying techniques learned from Larry Lonik at last year's festival in Magnolia. Anxious to try the receipes in his books! Good luck at this year's hunt -- we can't be there but wish we could!

sightings. Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 11:13:17 -0700. Josh from Bloomington IL again. Went back up to Spring Valley to do some fishing with the family,and decided to go shrooming before the got up to go. Good thing found a little over 100 yellows, in a spot I've never tried....the woods by my grandma's house. How dumb was that the last few years. Trying to find spots here in Bloomington so I can get out more often. Got to work during the fungi fest, Good luck, looks like it'll be a good year.

Success:) Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 13:51:35 -0500. Date:5/1/01. Last year on this date I found 144 shrooms in about 2 hours, and had been finding them for 12 days prior to then. I just got back with 36 greys. The first of the year,and I've been hitten er hard for a couple weeks. Plenty of heat here.In dire need of a two to three day soaker and then get ready!! Todays greys were small and needing moisture. Tim in Lee County,Illinois

Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 13:21:49 -0500. Shroom report of April 27. Hunted Fulton county. Found approx. 100 yellows. Found 27 at one elm. Suprizingly most were already drying out. Found some 6 inchers. For first time ever found mushrooms under the canopy of young alive elms. Not concentrated just scattered. On the 29th, in Woodford County, found approx. 150. Of these, 40, believe it or not, were grays. All the rest were beautiful big yellows which were already becoming dry. All together in these 2 hunts figured that I had about 8 lbs. Am looking forward to being at the contest in Magnolia on the 5th. Want to talk to others there. Really enjoyed it last year. Jack H.

Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 16:40:22 -0700 (PDT). whew! finally! after five hours of searching, we came across a nice patch with lots of greys and yellows on April 28, in Dupage County, Illinois. We're new around here so it took us awhile to find the right spot, but we finally did it? MB and Bri

shrooms. Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 23:08:16 -0500. Hey Tom, Can't thank you guys enough for your info. this year. However, I was a little disappointed with your updates. I don't know what all goes into you're having to set all of this up, I just thought it would have been a little more consistent. At any rate, I just made it back from Quincy, Ill... Things could have been better, but had a good couple of days. Found 7 or 8 lbs. in the time I was able to look. Temps. were good, but moisture was needed, and they got some this weekend as we were leaving. I hope they still come out for those who are still looking up there. Could be good for you guys in Magnolia. Knock'em dead! Let me know how things go, I am not beyond traveling north again this year.. Although, it is doubtful. Thsnks, Dave



sighting for indiana 2001! Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 19:51:29 -0500. found 30 blacks north west IN first trip out Billy H.

morel mushrooms. Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 20:38:22 -0500. April 6 2001 found 42 black morel mushrooms in north central Indiana in a small wooded area. First trip out this season. Also went crappie fishing the same day and was catching them on minnows. Was a great spring day. Gordon W.

skunked! Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 17:39:54 -0500. Howdy Tom, Just got back from 3 hours in Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge. It is about 1 hour due south of Indy. GPS: N 38 57.798 W 85 48.364. Not too proud too admit, I got skunked; Trip was mainly to get my woods legs going. Very little vegetation and the redbuds are starting to get pink buds, if this warm weather holds up; next weekend should bring on the blacks. Going west tomorrow. take care, pete

ohio-indiana. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 16:37:00 -0400. From: Martin C. I've been skunked in Ohio and Indiana this week. It's raining now which might help,some.I "planted" some morel spore on an old firewood storage spot. I'll advise if they come up.

Morels. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 21:11:23 -0700 (PDT). Report for Indiana ,Leroy and I made our yearly trip down to Indiana from Michigan,searched around the Bloomington area saterday the 7th conditions looked good but we got skunked.Might try again this next weekend. Uncle Ryn

morel mushrooms. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 14:30:00 -0500. From: haf. 4-9 & 4-10: my husband and i found 27 blacks and he found 45 blacks in the southwest of indiana. we've rec'd alot of rain since so it shouldn't be long before the greys and yellows are up...

mushrooms found! Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 19:00:00 EDT. From: Crab S. Finding a few blacks around Salem, Ind. Down south they are small, should be good by this weekend. I live near Ft. Wayne, IN. North none yet. Maybe next week. See you in Magnolia, IL.

roons. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 18:55:11 -0500. Tom, Last Sunday's report, found 2 very early small blacks on south facing hill side. Vegetation was very sparse in Morgan-Monroe forestry; about 45 minutes south and west of Indy. The last 3 days have been explosive; dogwoods are about full and tulip poplar's are getting full. Should be a killer weekend with these recent storms. Morgan-Monroe has always been a good public site. N 39 19.260 W 86 24.750 /just close/imagine that. pete

Indiana Blacks. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 10:53:42 -0500. Just north of Martinsville. Found 40 blacks in 1 1/2 hours after work on 4/11. They popped after Sunday. Can't wait for the weekend! Brad S.

none. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 16:12:13 EDT. It was wonderful spring day, went out with my 4 year old daughter today to some of our old faithful locations around the Indianapolis area and found no mushrooms. I thought that we would get lucky as we have had some good soakings of rain this week. Our spring overall in central Indy has been very warm temps but not much rain for the year. We are over 6 inches down for the year. I hope that this drought will not hurt the 2001 season. Central Indy hunters keep me posted on your findings as it tis the season. gonna try again this weekend!!!! good luck to all UKlemm

Skunked. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 17:40:48 -0500 (EST). From: Bruce S. 4/13/01. Lakeville, IN. I was out for 3 hours early afternoon. I've been to 3 or four areas that always produce, but ot yet. Will keep you posted when I find the "mother-load" Later. "FISH-ON!!"

Indiana report. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 19:05:57 -0600. Went to a woods that last year produced lots of large (the largest nearly 9"!) blacks today, 4-13, and found only four small snakeheads, all at the very southern edge of the woods next to the field. I didn't mind as this is a full week earlier than I personally have found any in previous years. This was also me first hunt to a known black hotspot. This was in west central Indiana. Another location, nearly two hours further north: 'Crazy Dave' has been keeping good records for years, and has a secret spot he counts on for his first small blacks of the season. This year he found his first 31 blacks on 4-8, a full week later than last year. If you know good *early* patches it's time. The rest of us should start finding within the next week. It's celebration time! See you at Mansfield. Mike

Find Mushrooms. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 18:38:28 -0700 (PDT). From: David H. My mom and dad find one yellow today and 45 blacks on Wednesday and 27 on Tuesday. around Cloverdale.

Indiana sighting. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 21:25:28 -0500. I went out looking on our property in S.E. Kosciusko County (near Sidney) for about an hour this afternoon. I found 8 tiny gray's. I didn't pick any of them. The biggest one was less than two inches tall. I decided to let them blossom a little bit. It ought to be prime time here next weekend...our annual family mushroom hunting contest and campout. McNut

Sightings. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 13:38:36 -0400. We live near Salem IN. Father-in Law found 88 snake head types near Lexington IN. My husband & I found 44 LARGE honeycombs & some snake heads in Borden, IN Easter weekend. (Thurs, Fri, Sat) Martina N.

roons. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 18:49:01 -0500. Tom, On, 4-13-01 Rog and I found over 100 of the semilibera's near Coal City, IN. Rog found a patch of 20 of elata's and I found a patch of 8 of the esculenta's. Tips of the redbuds are starting to turn green & pretty good undergrowth. pete

more roon stories. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 18:53:39 -0500. Tom, 4-14-01 found 8 big esculenta's near Seymour, IN. This cold wave coming in might be the salvation of the mushrooms. I can't ever remember the trees and foliage being this weird [early]. pete

Sightings! Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 10:04:24 -0500. Sightings! Sat. April,14. Found a dozen or so yellows around Wingate IN.They were very small just coming up. Going out tomorrow to try our luck again. Rain is forecast and temp are supposed to drop a little. We found nothing last weekend so it looks like the season has begun around here. Good Luck to all! Bryan M.

we need some sunshine. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 17:36:24 -0500. Sat.4-14.. been checking a large patch of blacks have found lots of rooms in this spot in previous years nothing yet this year wont be long ..underbrush is getting tall .Chip Wabash CO ..Indiana. we need some sunshine

FOUND MUSHROOMS. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 20:01:29 -0600. From: pamela kay t. Found 39 Easter Sunday In Jennings County, IN. Rainy and windy weather.. Great hunt, Found in small patch, looks like maybe a few days old. They were gavubg a hard time coming up thru the wet thick leaves...

thirty. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 22:25:15 EDT. Found 30 greys today in Solsberry, IN. It might slow down this week because of the cold. This weekend should be perfect for morels. 04/15/01 Tony

Indiana morel find. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 18:20:01 -0500. 4-16-'01, Montgomery Co., took a COLD walk in the woods feeling sure the blacks and greys would be up despite the cold weather. Found 26 small 'rooms, some grey, some goosenecks, and one white. After a couple of hours, decided to leave and wait for warmer weather...while driving (yes driving!!) home, noticed a yellow blur on a hillside under pine trees; we stopped, ran over and picked 18 big(4-5") yellow morels in about 10 seconds, whee!! glad nobody drove by as we were picking 'cause we're gonna check that hill from now on!!!...Colleen and Sharon~~~~

Ripley County Indiana, Versailles State Park. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 20:49:57 -0400 (EDT). on 4-14-01 found approx 25, 20 small black sponge and 5 spike. Mike & Dainyon

Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 05:40:39 -0500. Finally found ten yesterday in bartholomew cty IN. Lawnman

Indiana. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 16:49:25 -0400. From: Martin C. I have found a total of 48 black morels in Dearborn County on Friday and Sunday. The cold front may affect the prospects...

No luck yet. Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 07:19:57 -0500. From: Jimmie Ray A. We searched two different woods in Kosciusko county, Indiana. on Good Friday. Didn't find any morels. Didn't seem like there were enough leaves on trees, or enough brush to fight through. There were some may apples, though. Some just sprouting and others 4-5 inches. Hope this cold spell doesn't ruin our mushroom season. All I think about this time of the year is morel mushrooms. I look at pictures of them on the internet. I just sit here going, "ooooo, oh, wow.. I'm a real mushroom maniac. I dream about them too. Finding morel mushrooms always gives me a big high. We are going out next weekend(27 & 28). Will respond after our search. Good luck to all you maniacs and .....pleasant dreams (mushroom dreams, that is)

INDIANA HARVEST. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 01:44:46 EDT. Tippecanoe County, Wednesday April 18th, harvested 80 blacks in early woods mostly 3-4in with several 6-7in as well as a handfull of half-frees, no greys or yellows yet in this particular woods. Cold snap early in the week might have delayed the onset of greys. Warmer weather predicted for Friday and the weekend, should bring on the greys and yellows, a little rain would help. A friend has been finding greys and yellows in his woods since Tuesday, over one hundred so far, but mostly small (2-4 inches.) Expecting bigger and better things this weekend. 'Shroom on, Queti.

skunked near indy. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 00:56:24 EDT. From: Tony. none found yet near greenfield family found greys and 3 yellows near noblesville im glad i have next week off hope i dont see yall in the woods lol

MORELS. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 06:26:49 -0700. Found my first greys in the Valparaiso area 4-22-01,found 118 in appx.1 hour.At the same time my Mom found 82 blacks in the Michigan City area. Time to start looking. Dave

family 'shroom contest. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 08:59:42 -0500. From: Motorcycle Nut. We found 48 grays in S.E. Kosciusko County, IN during our family mushroom hunting contest on April 21 & 22. I did a pre-hunt and marked some for the pre-school and first-graders. Then I loaded the kids up in the tractor wagon and took them to my "super secret spot". They were excited to find 31 as a group (4 kids) and never did ask why there were sticks marking the mushrooms.

shrooms north of muncie. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 12:54:53 -0400. 4-22-01 Scooter and I found 8 grey morels and 15 small mule tails. We have walked approximately 10 miles. Do the math, that's not a good average. Last year this same time, we were finding 100 - 200 shrooms a day. Anyone that is finding to many, let us know. We will help eat. Pyle - Muncie.

sightings in Indiana. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 07:23:35 -0500. Weekend of April 20-22. Made my annual trek down to my folks in Clay County, Indiana. Found several pounds worth of half-frees over the weekend, and 11 blacks. Only three or four tiny greys. It got hot on Sunday and half-frees were getting crusty. Ran into a "poacher" in my folks' woods and let him know that I come all the way down from Chicago just for the pleasure of hunting mushrooms this time of year. I don't appreciate the place being picked over. He beat a hasty retreat, but not without taking along his sack full of loot! He was bigger than me, so I didn't press the point. "Doc"

MORELS. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 20:09:55 -0500. From: Sander. found 40 snake heads and 12 whites central indiana

Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 21:57:57 EDT. From: Steelmorel. found two dozen greys near elkhart, alot more by weekend

Rooms. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 21:05:32 -0500. From: Donna H. Found 20 nice big blacks In Lagrange County Indiana today. They were all fresh and clean. This weekend should be a great weekend for more muchrooms. The weather has been great ( lots of rain and warmth) for mushrooms. GOOD LUCK!!

Tue, 24 Apr 2001 23:35:56 -0500. Tom, Found 45 horsetails in Bartholmew county on Sunday 22nd, went tonight (Tues 24th) in Tippecanoe county and found 25 horsetails and 25 assorted gray and yellow 2-4 inches. Season just starting around here. Lawnman

Roons. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 00:34:36 -0700. Portage(Porter Cty)Indiana. Weather has been great found 110 so far in 3 days time. sizes are good 2 inches yellow ist day out Sunday 22nd grey roons like 54 were found quickly.10 hours at work looking near little elm trees near railroad track are the better spot this yr.Looking forward tomorrow to the (hwy 149 west) areas people have been finding alot of them so good roon hunting to you all. Doc P.

Morels in Muncie, Indiana. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 14:10:56 -0400. Scooter found 2 small grey morels and 2 mule tails 4-20-01. He was in the woods for 3 hours. I found 2 yellow morels and 8 mule tails on 4-21-01 and I found 10 grey morels and 15 mule tails on 4-24-01. I have walked approximately 12-13 miles and only found 35 mushrooms. I believe we need warmer temperatures. Pyle. (Matthews, IN, north of Muncie.)

Indiana yellow morels found. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 20:53:31 -0500. From: Garwood. Husband found our first two morels. Yellow ones about 2-3'. I've been looking for 2 weeks and nothing. He barely browsed and found 2. LaPorte County.

Morels. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 11:07:15 -0500. Elkhart, Indiana- Found 4 Yellows on Thursday 4/26. They were small and close to the ground. Today is nice and sunny, so they should be growin'! MAS

Morels are up in Indiana! Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 14:10:21 -0500. Montgomery Co.,Friday April 27,'01...have had much good luck since last posting the 17th. On Friday the 20th we packed out 2lbs. of greys, all fresh...84 of which were found under 1 dying Elm tree!!! That was fun! Then we went back to the same woods the following Wed. the 25th and picked 49 bigger(still fresh) from under the same tree!!!~~~altogether 3 more lbs. Then picked a little over a lb. in 20 minutes in a small woods by a road! Today found some NICE yellow morels, 24 on one hill that people walk by often! Am truly lovin' the walks in the woods, and the finding of the elusive morel!!~~~Colleen and Sharon

Morel Report from Anderson, IN. Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 22:35:14 -0500. From: Matt. April 28, 2001: Just went out for our third time this year in Mounds State Park. Skunked again. It's been a dry spring in this part of the state, so they might be waiting for a good rain. I'll post when we actually find something.

Report. Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 19:58:37 -0700 (PDT) Hello, my name is Christopher P. I live in Northwestern part of Indiana. I first saw a yellow Morel on 4/22/01. Well, i guess that that is all i have to say. Christopher

Indiana report. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 17:01:47 -0500. From: Motorcycle Nut. I found 73 grays and yellows in about two hours on our property in SE Kosciusko County on Thursday, April 26th. Some of the yellows were good-sized but not the GIANT ones yet.

another big find. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 22:57:13 -0500. Tippicanoe county In found 200+ yellow sponge, they are hurting for water, need a rain here bad. Could have a "second" season with some adequate moisture. Lawnman

N.E. Indiana mushrooms. Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 12:09:44 -0500. From: Robin F. Indiana-Northeastern corner-Starting April 25th starting finding a few black around 20 of them. Went back out the 27th and found about 50 more, mostly black about 12 yellow. Went out the 30th found 38 large white(we need rain bad they are drying out quickly) We went out for about 1/2 hour the 2nd and found some grey and some white about 10 of each. We found ours along the railroad. Good Luck!

sightings. Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 19:24:32 -0700. Hi Tom, Left Alabama on April 24 and went through Indiana to visit relatives and found about 3 dozen nice white morels near Holton in Ripley County. I am now in Idaho and have found a dozen or so black morels along the Lochsa River in the North Central part of the state. Dick C.

Morel Sighting. Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 08:29:08 -0500. Sat, 12 May 2001 From Alan W in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Found several nice yellow morels in Chain O' Lakes State Park in Northeast Indiana. (Mushroom hunting IS legal in Indiana State Parks, unlike or neighbors in Illinois!) I saw literally dozens of other mushroom hunters, there was practically a line to get into the woods in my favorite spot! It appears that the mushrooms came up in Chain O' Lakes about one to two weeks ago.

Second Season? Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 20:09:21 -0400. From: Jimmie A. Indiana, Kosciuslo County: Was just wondering if there is such a thing as "Second Season" for mushroom hunting. I noticed while reading reports that someone said we could have a second season if we got some rain and moisture. We began finding mushrooms on April 22 and the last day we found any was on May 9. We found over 600 this year, but most were greys. Not many yellows at all....so is it possible that the nice yellows may still come up? Would appreciate any input. Thanks to all who respond.

Morel question. Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 20:57:25 -0500. Tom & Vicky - Hi! I love your website. We live in northwest Indiana and I have become absolutely addicted to hunting mushrooms in the spring. Finding them is almost as fun as eating them! I only started looking for mushrooms when I married my husband 5 years ago- his family has a large apple orchard and they've always found a few here and there in the orchard & pumice piles. I've really only been a "avid" hunter the past 2 springs when I've stopped just glancing in the orchard and going out to wooded areas. Last year I found about 300 on a outing with a friend whose family has a 40 acre woods that should be called the morel heaven. This year we only found 13 out there (very dry) but all in all I found 220 this year. 78 under one tree. I found my last one this year on about May 14. Although I admit that was the last time I really looked. Ok now to the point! When is usually "the end of the season" in NW Indiana? How about Northern Michigan? I've never gone up there, but may next year. Thank you in advance for your response! Again, GREAT website! Sincerely, Carey G. Read the info at http://www.ocslink.com/~morel/400301.html



Expect late but good season. Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 14:48:19 -0800. From: jeff & teri c. Not yet, JC in Pella, Ia. We are in the same boat as David in Mn. the snow is gone but can't break the 50 degree mark and the lows are well below freezing, way to cold yet. History has me expecting a late, good, and long picking season here with all the snow and winter still hanging on. Anyone agree, snow makes for a good morel season?? Need a warm rain to take the frost out of the ground for starters. Last year was the opposite with us, dining on morels the earliest ever, April 9. As with Joe M. from IL. the date varys year to year but the first morels of the year comes from the same spot year in and year out. I will end with a story from last year you might enjoy. My wife, son and myself left for a day of mushrooming with a cooler of pop for the boy and six pack for the folks. After a long thirsty walk in the woods we approach the truck talking of how good a cold one will taste. Upon opening the cooler the pop was still there but no cold ones for mom and dad. I have waited a year now for (someone I know) to come clean and ask me if we were thirsty that day but no one has. Sound like anything you would do to your mushrooming buddys??? Being the competitive sport it is I guess all is fair in mushrooming. I will be checking in with any sightings but I am not holding my breath yet. Best of luck to all !!!!

Sat, 14 Apr 2001 15:57:32 -0500. I am in the Red Rock, IA area and my husband says I am too early to think about going out. He wants to wait until it's Tulip Time. I say we should be out now so we know exactly when they start.(even though I think small blacks probably already are) Can anyone advise us as to when to start around RedRock? With all the rain and sun I think it will be a wonderful year. Thanks Susan

not yet Pella, Ia. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 10:11:05 -0700 From: jeff & teri c. Short update from Pella Ia. No morels yet as the weather is just coming around today, high in the lower 80's and thunderstorms tonight. Will hunt for sure tomorrow. The other great treasure of spring in Iowa has started though, the crappie fishing is great. Maybe the usual feast of both this weekend.best of luck to all.

MOREL SIGHTINGS UPDATE FROM IOWA. Sun, 22 Apr 2001 10:46:34 EDT. Hi! Well...no sign of the ellusive 'shroom this weekend in Iowa. My dad and husband even drove south almost to the Missouri border and hunted all day. Not even a single gray yet. This is the second weekend in a row with no reward! Ah well, there is always NEXT weekend. :-)

Iowa Sighting. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 14:25:51 -0500. From: Karen C. My father and I found about 50 very small greys in Stephens State Forest in southern Iowa on Sunday, April 21. They should really be out in full force next weekend. Happy hunting to all!

Iowa on the board!! Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 14:34:16 -0500. Tuesday April 24th. Found about 80, picked about 60 near Iowa City. Tried all our early grey areas and found none. On a whim tried a brush pile that usually only blooms mid to late season and whala! Yellows ranging from smaller than your "pinky" fingernail to as big as film canisters. Be careful the ticks are out in force. Brad and Shawn in IC...

Mushrooms are here!!! Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 21:42:44 -0500. From: Cheryl O. Mushrooms are in Iowa,We found 24 small greys in central Iowa, Can't wait to go back out tommorrow. I think it is going to be a great year for mushrooms.Beau and Cheryl and family, hope you all have a great season.

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 06:56:35 -0700 From: jeff & teri c. Morels at Lake Red Rock Pella, Ia. A short one hour walk produced 50 plus small greys Tuesday afternoon. I am more sure now it will be a bumper crop this year. We only hunted a fraction of my best early spot and we got a shower last night, can't wait to get back at em. Its the year walk slow and when you find one don't leave the area till your sure you have them all. A patch 1/2 the size of football field produced all of these. Susan, you can tell your husband its time, we showed em off at the bait house on G28 if you need a witness. If you see us in the timber we are the ones saying (rotten place, no shooms here, or we got skunked) I am seeing them in my sleep can't wait. Good luck to all.

Iowa sighting. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 11:32:16 -0500. From: jean l. I live in the central iowa area near Des Moines and have found my first mushrooms of the year today. They were small but there were plenty.

mushrooms in marion county. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 19:31:32 -0700. jc and family from marion county, iowa-- found about 100 pretty small greys--thats all i will say for now... they are about the size of thumb nail upto pinky finger--at least we know they are out.. will be back out tomorrow!!!!!!!!

Morel Sighting! Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 22:41:07 EDT. April 25th! It has started in Iowa. We (my spouse and I) have been hunting for the past week and a half and finally just this evening found our first find for the year. We found a total of 54 small grays. We live in the Red Rock Lake area. Our treasures seemed to

Shrooms in Iowa. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 09:59:45 -0500. From: Tchinup. This is Susans husband (Red Rock, IA area). We haven't been able to get back out yet, but are planning on going today. There have been sightings and hence, we make the time to go! Just for the record guys, I'm not the shroom stick in the mud that Susie made it sound like, but with the weather patterns this spring I had told her it would be closer to tulip time due to the radical temperature drops at night earlier on and not enough real warm days yet. The time is here, and were heading out. wish us luck!

mushroon report. Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 12:30:54 EDT. from the south east polk county area, iowa two of my kids and two grandkids found 185 small grays april,27th. looks like its starting slow this year, need some rain bad!---jvs

Southern Iowa 4/28. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 08:21:16 -0500. I found many morels on Saturday. I hunted soutern Iowa near the Missouri border. Mostly large greys that appeared to have been up for a few days. I also found newly emerged yellows. I haven't been hunting very long, last saturday was my best day ever, at around 200 morels in about three hours. Central Iowa morels should pop any day now. Bruce K., Des Moines

Iowa. Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 08:58:18 -0500. From: Frank G. A friend and I found over 6 pounds of grays and small yellows April 27th around the Ottumwa, Ia area. All within a easy walk of the road and on public land. They were hiding under large leaf foliage, the sneaks. This alone was worth the 9 hour trip from Dallas where I live now. Next year I plan another trip. Unfortunately I totally missed the shrooms that grew here in Texas this very wet Spring season.

Morels. Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 19:55:59 -0500. Wife and I found 1 1/2 lbs.of greys 5/1/01. Raymond, Iowa. Me & Her

Sighting in Iowa. Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 16:13:21 -0700. Sighting date: May 01, 2001 - Muscatine area. I went for the first time this season in my favorite spot. I was alittle apprehensive, as it has been dry and windy. The Mississippi River has more than enough water for five states, but it hasn't rained for awhile. Anyway, I found 145 grey's. Some were good size (4") under the old dead oak and pine trees. Yes, I said pine trees. Every year I find grey mushrooms all around different pine trees. I only spotted two yellow (small) and that was it. I will keep you posted on my progress. Faith from Davenport

morel mushroom sightings. Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 19:04:32 -0500 (CDT). From: chillin. Me and my dad hav ben looking for them for about 2 weeks. we havent found any yet i live in sioux city if any one has found any morels near sioux city or south sioux city wold you plese keep me updated i wold relly appriciate it.

Iowa Large Morels Finally Here. Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 02:07:15 EDT. Morels going strong, Monday Apr 30th-Morel mushrooms found almost filled two five gallon buckets. Friday May 5th, same area produced over 3, five gallon buckets filled-these were big yellows, Mondays were mostly greys. Found 1st batch of mushrooms on April 26th, filled a gallon & 1/2 container-very small at that time. Found them south of Indianola, IA. North facing ditch bank, filled with trees-some dead elms and partially dead oak trees were the best. Mushrooms were found from the top edge to the very bottom of this very deep ditch. Today, Saturday, May 5th a friend of ours went further south and found enough morels to fill 3 Hy-vee bags within 50 feet of the road. Deb C.

N.W. Iowa, (Siouxland area) Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 11:11:51 -0600. april 6,2001; found dozen or so 2 1/2" yellowish morels.thankyou for putting on this site.it has helped me plan my hunt . though i wish you would hurry & up date it.PLEASE! mike

Iowa-big haul. Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 19:04:35 -0500. From: J. O. Iowa sightings- Went hunting in the Lansing area of Northeast Iowa this last weekend and found morels under every other dead elm we checked. Four hunters filled a 48 qt. cooler on Saturday, May 12. The haul weighed in at 22 pounds. Most of the shrooms were in the 4 to 6 inch height range and very fresh. We found one that weighed in at 14 ounces! It looks like one more weekend for Iowa hunters. This may be the best year ever in Iowa. Four friends hunted in the area near West Union, Iowa and found around 40 pounds on the same weekend.



Kansas Reporting In! Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 20:35:18 -0500. Tom & Vicky, Southeastern corner of Kansas reporting, April 3rd, 2001. We found 13 gray Morels after work tonight leaving 7 of them on ground because they were small. The remaining 6 have been fried and eaten. We had a great Winter with plenty of snow and/or rain. Temperature forecasts for the next week look GREAT! We started checking about 9 days ago with tonight being the first find. My partner brought his ShroomStick for the first time tonight, I knew it would bring us luck and it did!! Morels are coming home once again. ...kent

Southeast Kansas Morels. Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 21:08:50 -0500. Tom & Vicky, Thursday, April 5, 2001 we found 10 gray Morels leaving 2 on the ground and fried 8 of 'em in Southeast Kansas. Today after work, Friday, April 6, 2001 we came up empty handed after checking 2 gray sites. We had a hot Summer in 2000 and a good cold Winter with plenty of rain and/or snow so we are expecting a nice Morel season. However we ALWAYS expect a nice Morel season!! Some seasons we (make mmmmmiiiiissssstttakkkees) are wrong. Tonight the Moon is near full with the Sun and Stars lined up'ed just right to sprout Morels. This year looks great for Morels in this part of the USA. ... kent

Kansas sightings. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 18:38:30 -0500. From: Ann E. J. 4-7-01 I went hunting near my home, with no real hope of finding any 'shrooms. I didn't even take a bag! As luck would have it I found about 15 yellows about 200 yds. from home! I couldn't believe it. I had to search around for something to carry em home. I haven't found any since. :( But it's early yet. Reporting from southcentral Kansas. Looking forward to a promising season! Walk slowly and carry a Shroom Stick. Happy hunting.

southcentral Kansas sighting. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 18:43:52 -0500. From: Ann E. J. Reporting from southcentral Kansas. Found about 2lbs along the south side of tree row in the leaves and in the long grass. I was shocked to find them this early and inside the city. They're out there, though it's still early for large finds. Walk softly and carry a Shroom Stick, Happy Hunting!

Southeastern Kansas. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 21:06:57 -0500. Tom & Vicky, Southeastern Kansas starting to produce better, (along with Northeastern Oklahoma) rain tonight should help lots. Tonight in 4 we picked 98 white morels of good size. With weather forecasts we expect some great Morel hunting in next few days through the next couple weeks. Weather Forecast: "Tonight, Some thunderstorms may be severe with locally heavy rains, Low near 60". Sounds Great doesn't it!! ..kent

Missed Yesterday. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 21:21:11 -0500. Tom & Vicky, Forgot about yesterday. We found 54 shrooms mostly white and a few grays in Southeastern Kansas... kent

SouthEastern Kansas. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 20:51:55 -0500. We found 110 April 12, 74 April 13 and 116 April 14, 2001 yellows and whites. Some rain in SouthEastern Kansas would help us out. RoadSpotters awards went out bout 4 days ago. kent

Southcentral, KS Report. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 17:14:03 -0500. Fri. April 13. Hunted and hunted and searched and hunted. Didn't find anything except skeeters and ticks. Decided to check one last spot on the way home. Was sure I was wasting my time. How wrong I turned out to be! I walked in the bottoms and as I stood there decided to leave. I looked down and three feet away was a yellw about 5 in. and almost to pretty to pick...almost! I took 40 in about 30 min. and had to leave. There were more there and I'll be going back for them tomorrow! The season is getting hot here! Walk softly and carry a shroom stick! Happy hunting! Doug

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 20:10:20 -0500. From: Liz N. April 15th found a few grays in north east kansas found small morels 04/15/2001

Sales for you. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 16:18:17 -0500. While making a bbq delivery and planning on hunting Morels yesterday. We got pulled over by a Sheriffs Deputy. Didn't really do anything wrong he just wanted to tell us to be a little safer. Then we asked if he had eatin any Morels lately. He grinned and said yes this morning. We show him the ShroomStick and ShroomSack. He said, you guys must be professional Morel hunters. We all laughed! He wrote down the 800 number off the ShroomStick so you might get an order out of Thayer, Kansas. I believe that is the town where he lived. I gave away three of the four Shroom Sack's I bought. Will probably order a few more soon. The last bag left has been filled a few times, it has a great Morel scent. We took today off. However we had 1 inch of rain last night which should make the next few days great. Happy Hunting... kent

Sun, 15 Apr 2001 21:11:38 -0500. From: Keith. April 15,2001. South Central Kansas. Went out to a new spot that looked good last year with no results, this year we got 75 yellows in an hour. This is the first year i've got a good find and wondered if they will come back for another harvest this year in the same area?

Accidental Find. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 10:03:14 -0500. From: JFund. While raking leaves around an elm tree, I found my first morel of the year in Northeast Kansas in Wabaunsee County. It was about 2 inches tall and a nice firm gray morel. My family and friends contend that it is still a little early to find many in this area of Kansas. Have there been any other finds in NE Kansas?

Southcentral KS Report. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 17:37:26 -0500. April 14,16 On the fourteenth, four of us went out and found a good bed! yeilded about 15 lbs of grays, and yellows. We left some for future generations. Took the day off for Easter. Went out today just for a quick hunt, was short on time. Still found about 3 lbs. in 10 mins. and had to go. I'm sure there were more. The weather is supposed to turn back cold for a few days. Lows in the thirties. Brrrrr! I do have questions about freezing and drying. What is the best way to do these? How much does this effect the flavor? Only my second year hunting. If you have any suggestions I would sure appreciate it! Thanks! Doug

morel sighting. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 20:04:49 -0500. April 15, 2001 South Central Kansas. We went out and found 75 nice yellows in an hour. Last weekend, April 8, we found 40 in the Agusta area. With the cool weather we should have another week or so. Good luck, Keith

Spotted. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 13:58:55 -0500. Olathe, Kansas. I found about 85 of them in some nice sandy river bottoms I know. Plan to go hunting again this weekend!!! Amy

sightings. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:57:55 -0500. From: vonda. I live in SE Kansas and found my first morel patch April 4, another patch on April 12. Thought it would be about over then, last Tuesday the 17 I found about thirty more. How lucky is that. They all grow within walking distance from my house. Does anyone know how long the season is or does it just depend on the weather? I would like to share the mushrooms I have found with some older friends of mine that can no longer go out after their own. Any ideas on a way of doing this? I've heard of a morel butter, but don't know how to make it. That way I could give a little bit to all of them. Any ideas? All are welcome. Peace.

NE Kansas. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 19:32:04 EDT. NE Kansas, April 21st: Really worked the woods in an old reliable spot in Jefferson County, Kansas. Found 59 mushroooms, mostly grayuns' but about 1/3 yellerns'. Got Vyv rinsing those bad boys and just about to start meltin' a little butter. About 4 hours of slow and deliberate hunting. So, we are just heading into what hopefully will be a banner 2001 season. Dave S.

sighting. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:38:51 -0500. Northeastern Kansas Shawnee county Went out to Clinton lake Sat. the 21st and found my first and only of the year then went out Sun. the 22nd Southwest of Topeka and found 327 in about two hours mixed 50/50 then went today for about 15 min to lake perry and found 10 yellows... Jay G.

Morels in Leavenworth Co. Ks. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 8:20:54 -0500. April 25th 2001, Right here on Caster's Corner we found 35 big morels. Found 15 under an Oak tree, 20 under a Walnut tree. Always heard they wouldn't grow under Walnut trees but, that theory was just blown. Found them on a south facing hill near a run-off drain ravine.. most were hiding real good under the dry grass. Sure had a good supper last night. We'll keep lookin for more here in Leavenworth Co. Linda C.

Kansas. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 19:29:21 EDT. NE Kansas, Jefferson County checking in. Dad and I salt water soaked another 60 this evening. Mostly yellow morels but a few gray. Many were of nice size but we are getting to the point of needing more rain! Dave S.



Found. Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 16:03:02 -0600 (CST). found first morels today in far west ky.3-30-2001 they are not ready yet but it's time to start looking--thanks bob

another sighting!!! Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 22:06:39 -0500. From: pattyjo c. Hello Fellow shroomers!!!! Hubby left last friday and headed for South-Eastern Ky. and North-Eastern Tenn. and found a few, small seven black mushrooms and ten snake-heads! But this is the beginning of the Big Hunt for us because they aren't up here in Southern Indiana as of yet; or shall I say that we have found. Can't tell you where exactly , I'm sure you can understand why! :) We have reallly enjoyed the pamphlet you sent us and can't wait to join in the fun and adventure in Illinois!!!!!!

morel report! Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 13:06:35 -0400. From: James H. We have finally started finding blacks. They are one week later this year than last. We found 55 blacks on 4-8 and my brother went back today, 4-9, and found 70+ more. It appears that the grays and yellows aren't up yet. We are located in Clay County, Kentucky. Good hunting.

1st find of the season. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 20:24:03 EDT. From: Newton. I found a dozen in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky on 4/13 following rain on 4/12. 1 white, 1 grey, 1 half free and 9 yellows. I found these in 2 very different locations. 7 yellows were found next to a road no more than 15 ft from where I parked my car. They were on a southwest facing hillside in poplar woods. The rest were found about 20 ft from the bank of a creek. When I walked into this area, another person was already picking. She had picked @ 20 to 30 yellows. The sad side of this story is that I had walked through this area 6 hrs earlier that day while fishing and did not see any of these. Largest of the yellows was about 4-5 inches. I also checked 2 of my favorite areas on 4/14 and found none. These areas are on northeast facing slopes. Probably still to early.

Kentucky, Northern. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 11:14:49 -0400. From: Judy M. I have been out looking approx. 5 times in Northern Ky, and have found nothing. I knew it was early but the weather seemed right. The lilacs are now in full bloom and that has always been a signal for us to go hunting. But our favorite hunting ground has turned up nothing. Today, it snowed and the temps have dropped into the 20's at night. Rain has been scarce. I am not quitting yet and plan to head out again Friday. Has anyone had any luck in Northern Kentucky yet. I heard they found some whites, in the Corbin area this past week end? Good luck and Happy hunting.

Northern Kentucy sighting. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 09:24:42 -0400. Shrooms are up in Northern Kentucky finally. I have been checking things out for about three weeks now and nothing. But yesterday 4-19-01 I found about 25 grays. Some had been up a day or two but most were fresh. We are finally getting rain today and temps in the high 70's through the week end. So I'm excited and ready to hunt. Going to eat my find yesterday for dinner tonight. Happy Hunting.....Judy in Kentucky.



Sighting in Maryland Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 8:21:35. Good Morning, My Uncle found 6 mushrooms Monday April the 9th. Four black & two white. He lives in western Maryland in between Hagerstown & Hancock. Thanks again.. Garnet

SIGHTINGS. Sun, 22 Apr 2001 11:06:20 EDT. I just picked a few large yellows in my yard, I live in Clinton maryland, and live in the woods.

morels in Maryland. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 15:25:20 -0400. From: Brigid K. Wednesday April 18, after a friend found 5 lb.. of blacks on sat., I went out and found 78 around Baltimore. I was in the Eastern portion between the city line and the bay. Some blacks with slightly more than half yellows. Made a great cream of morel soup!

Good Year. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 13:06:58 -0400. Hello Morel Hunters, On April 15th my wife and I found a few black morels. We were at it again on April 22 (same area near Baltimore City, MD) and we were in half-cap paradise. A few gallon of the half-caps and many small yellows. Our weather forecast for mid-week rain disappeared. Might be the end of this years hunt. Jerry & Jody H.



Morels in Massachusetts! Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 18:03:54 -0400. From: Jonathan L. I found hundreds of morels on Saturday afternoon, April 7th! OK...they were at the grocery store...but STILL, I have NEVER seen them in the grocery store! Go to Bread and Circus' "Fresh Pond" store if you just can't wait to find your own! They're going for $40 a pound! Yikes...but you know I HAD to have some! Apparently, they were cultivated in Pennsylvania, so I expect Penn. must be rolling in them now! Last year I found ONE lonely morel onjly after about 10 days out...they say we don't get them here much, but it was still fun to look...I found mine in the city, actually, under crab apple trees. Anyone else had luck in Mass. or New England in general? Jonathan, The only cultivation I'm aware of is by Terry Farms in Auburn AL. You didn't say wether the morels were fresh or dehydrated. If they are fresh they are probably being purchased from independent pickers or from Terry Farms. If they were dehydrated, they could have come from anywhere in the worked. Check the label, we've seen the most from Turkey and Pakistan. If the label truly said Pennsylvania then they are probably being purchased in bulk by one of the commercial farms and then repackaged. Great story!

Comment on morels in Massachusetts. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 23:15:54 -0500 (CDT) From: Jimmy P. B. This for Jonathan L. in Massachusetts: I used to live on Cape Cod, which does not seem to have morels. But one day in mid-May in a residential area in Woods Hole I found 30-40black morels growing out of mulch under the bushes in someone's yard. Some were growing in the adjacent lawn as well, and in fact, several morels were sprouting from the cracks in the patio near the mulch! Thankfully it was a summer home and no one was there, so I helped myself. I think the mulch was carrying the spores, and must have come from a more favorable locale for morels. So you never know where you'll find them!

Massachusetts morels. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 12:40:30 EDT. Hi, I am responding to Johnathan L.'s comments/questions re morels in MA and also have a general question for anyone. I found my first ones ( 6 black morels) last year in the Amherst area in an old apple orchard. I haven't done much serious looking yet this year, due to the lack of rainfall, but expect to check out a few areas I've identified as likely in the next couple of weeks. My general question is- Morels are fond of growing in old orchards. Historically, these areas were treated with lead arsenate when the orchards were in production. Lead and arsenic are persistent metals that don't bio-decay over time. Is anyone aware of studies that have been done on morels found in such environments? What is the level of uptake for those hazardous substances? Is it such that one should avoid consuming morels found there? Thanks. Marty K.

Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 13:10:46 -0400. From: Roy B. I found 2 under a new deck.. this is so exciting!!! I live in Chelmsford Mass.



morelicious. Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 16:52:47 -0700. Hello from michigan,Just checked out site pretty cool it sure did get me ready for our very slow approaching season.NOT TOO MUCH LONGER!!!!! happy hunting,Be Cool. Johnny Shroom

Marty in MI. Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 22:57:27 -0700. Can't wait here in SE Lower MI. Have been watching sight for possibilities. Grass isn't yet green here. Tulips are just popping. Will be several weeks here yet it looks like. Last year was fantastic, just couldn't pick em all. Just can't wait here, think I'll head South for Easter for KY. or maybe OH by then to hunt em.

shrooms in michigan! Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 16:54:47 -0400. April 4,2001 my wife and I were lucky enough to find "1" lone, small, very tiny morel. The top looked like it had been caught in the frost. All the signs are here and with the rain coming this weekend it will be a race for many to get out and find some. By the way we live in Mid-Michigan. That is close enough for me. We are just waiting for the "forsythia" to start to bloom... that is OUR sign that it is prime time. Hope this is helpful. SCOTTFREE

First one of the year!!!!!!! Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 14:52:40 -0700. I found my first one today. About 1/2 inch tall in a mound of moss. I live in Michigan about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. Need some more rain and they'll start poppin' real good. Charlie

shrooms! Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 19:12:47 -0400. april 8,2001 wife and i found another lone morel. (Mid-Michigan) weather is looking promising and outlook is good. hopefully we can get enough for a mess. happy shrooming, scottfree

michigan. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 17:31:03 -0400 (EDT) From: Dawn C. I found one! Actually I found 2. 1 about thumb size and the other a little smaller. We had a small amount of rain which i am sure brought them on as the temp has been good but no moisture. After the incredible amount of snow we had this winter there hasnt been much rain since Feb. A good 3 day rain will really bring them out. Of course I didnt pick them. They where GREAT to look at!! We are about 10 miles west of Kalamazoo,Mi.

morels, Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 17:06:04 -0700. April 12 Went out today to have a look, found alot of falsey's, And then wham there it is, morels 3 small light colored blacks about a inch an a half or so, so it has started the hunt is on, Has to get better from now on out, yeeeeeehaawwww, GoodLuck everyone,,,,,,,,,, I'll let everyone know when they really start popping,,, mid,,eastern michigan,,,,,,,,,,,,, Van,,,, the Morel Man

Mushrooms in Southwest Lower Michigan. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 21:07:39 -0500. Letting everyone know that our adventure into the local woods around Niles, MI yeilded two small morels. Could not tell you if they're black or white ones. They look like something in between. Found them Sunday, April 15th, TAX DAY!!! Mike & Kathy B.

2000 season. Sun, 22 Apr 2001 07:57:11 EDT. I am anxiously awaiting the 2001 season. Last year I discovered an island in s.e. Michigan(that is as specific as I can get with location) that we call Morel Island. The island actually does have a name which I cannot reveal, but the name we gave it is perfect. The island is very sandy but has an abundance of rich soil, there are no "woods" on the island, just scattered trees and saplings but mostly open grassy fields. Thats right I said no "woods", so where do we find them? They are found in the grassy fields among dandelions, grasses, and tall marsh grasses. Since there are very few trees, there is full sun on the fields which are teaming with white morels. Thousands of them everywhere, we cannot help stepping on some as you walk towards a cluster of 20 or so. They are litterly everywhere! On april 24th I went there with a buddy and we collected nearly 20 pounds of white morels in just over 3 hours. We had 10 plastic grocery sacks filled to the point where you could not even tie them! Some of them were as big as light bulbs but most a little smaller. We found no blacks, no false, and no other types of fungus at all. My friend went back three weekends in a row and said there was just as many as when we went. By the way, we stopped because we had enough and our backs were killing us not because we couldn't find anymore, again they were everywhere. I bought a food dehydrator and started to get busy. Today is april 21st and i still have some left. I wish everyone could have a spot like this and I would love to take people on guided shroom hunts, but I don't think too many people would want to get there completely blind folded the whole time without even knowing what lake you are in. Good luck and I'll post a report very soon on Morel Island. Joe C. Joe, if you switch to a mesh bag, the morels shoud be there for years to come. By using plastic, you are removing the spores from the area. The mushrooms will keep longer in a mesh bag also. Article

From Michigan. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 20:31:27 -0700. From: Floyd. I'm from Otsego Mi. and it is April 22 and I found 38 black morels this morning I cant wait until the season gets better. This is a great site.

mushrooms in newaygo county - michigan. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 07:48:33 -0400. From: Art T. sighting 4-22 - louie from newaygo county - mi. - found 11 mushrooms in newaygo county - all of them were very small - tasted good on my egg sandwich this a.m.

Michigan. Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 16:15:30 -0400. Ottawa County, MI on the banks of the Grand River. Acutally my front yard, and a MUCH bigger flush than last year, completely saturating an area of about 1,000 square feet underneath an ancient white pine. The soil is relatively sandy, and the mushrooms don't grow all that large (most about 1.5"). I'm going to pick all but a few, and hope that the remaining ones' spores will generate a second flush this year. I can't put off mowing for too long though!! It's a shame, but my front yard is the only place I've been able to find them in the general area thus far for the past 2 years. Believe me, with as many as there, there MUST be more somewhere around here. Wish me luck! Mikael N. Spring Lake, MI

Morel count. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 06:52:31 EDT. Jackson County, Michigan. April 22nd, have hunted for 2 weeks now and finally it pay dirt on monday. I had been seaching black morels but my first find was 16 little fresh tight greys, this prompted me back to the black woods where I found 40 blacks ranging from a fleshy colored thimble sized shroom to a 6" already pithy, starting to dry, cone shaped, spent black and of coarse many in between. Happy hunting? Bill and Marsi D. michigan morel madness http://members.aol.com:/wolfcreekmoon/index.html

Michigan sightings. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 20:02:48 -0400. What a wonderful site !!!!! I thought that I was one of the only people that bonkers over finding Morels.Found just over 200 since last Friday in back yard.no big ones yet but this is the best year in a long time. I'm near Fenton south of Flint. Thanks again for a wonderful site. Larry P.

morells. Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 00:13:58 EDT. From: ER161. I'm from the Detroit area. I don't know of a single patch of woods in this area that yields these delicious morcels. If anyone know where they are in this area I could use the help. Thanks.

Michigan. Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 07:54:36 -0400. I will be up there During May 28 weekend. Near Flint. Think they will still be up? Any contacts there? Gary C.

Mother load in Michigan. Date: Sat, 05 May 2001 06:50:02 -0400. Hi avid shroomers..... We have had the best year in a long time in northern Michigan. Monday 5-2-01 and Tuesday 5-3-01 we picked more morels than you could count!!!!!!! Everywhere you looked all you could see were mushrooms! They were even growing in clumps of up to 9 in one clump. We picked over 120 quarts of them!! 70+ pounds. I haven't had this much fun in a long time. I think this was about the end of the blacks as we found a few grays and the whites should be starting real soon. Going back out today to see. Have fun everyone.. Patti in Michigan

Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 13:26:16 -0400. The Morels are up in Calhoun County. We bagged 229 whites on Sunday (about 15 lbs.). Over the weekend we went up north to the Cadillac area and bagged 10lbs. of mostly blacks and a few greys. We just had a big rain last night and the search is on again tonight. I look forward to getting your catalog. Thanks and happy hunting, Andy

Marty in MI. Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 23:53:21 -0700. From: Jim B. Disappointing here in lower SE MI. The weather just hasn't cooperated this year. We had 70 -80 deg. weather for several weeks without any rain. Just not the right kind of thing for something that is 88-90 percent water by weight. I saw a few greys that were dried up. Finally today I found a few yellows, almost all under one tree. They had a texture something similar to cardboard. Hey Patti in Northern MI., could you tell us your spot?

Michigan Sighting. Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 20:14:01 -0700. On 5-12 we found 11 Large Yellow Morels in Mecosta County. Most were found in a group at the base of a dead Apple tree, one measuring 6". See attached photos. The rain seemed to be what brought them on but we could use more. Cindy and Paul

mi report. Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 23:28:12 -0400. Michigan, results from Ryn and Leroy's seventh annual mushroom camp, held each year at northern Michigan's Merlin Wall.This years trip took place between may 2nd and 5th.The four day tally, 1499 blacks 1 gray. Best year since 95 : Uncle Ryn

Best season ever. Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 20:20:54 -0700. This was the best season ever for our bunch. We went up for three week ends and the black morels were great. On the second weekend in northern Mi., we found 26lbs. in one day alone. Mushroomers let me tell you the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May are hot weekends anymore for hunting. It has moved up big time. Claudette B.

Think Mich. had a second season. Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 06:44:20 -0400 From: Jimmie A. Indiana thoughts: Michigan, Boyne City, thought the season was over, then around Memorial Weekend, sightings started again. Some reported fresh mushrooms! Big ones. They had slowed way down and thought it was over, then came rain and some sun, then some more mushrooms. Wish Indiana could have had that happen. That would be really awesome......(Read this on Rocky & Franks message boards) REALLY HAVE ENJOYED ALL THESE MESSAGE BOARDS.! Will be going through all of them next year. See you then. 06/03/01



Sightings! Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 14:48:35 -0600.From: David V. Here in Southern MN. Mankato. The shrooms are having a bit of a hard time sprouting through all the snow. But the positive is that we might have enough moister due to the snow to have a pretty good year. I will also be visiting Fulton Cty IL. were I own some land to chase mushrooms and turkeys in late April. PS The ice fishing is still going strong in these parts.

earlier! Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 11:22:20 -0500. On Jan 25, 2001, from Ann R. I will have to lay claim to the first Minnesotoan to find morels this season (as it will probably never happen again!) I just returned from Los Angeles. While there I was looking at new model homes of different builders. While walking up to the front door of a newly built house, I looked down at the fresh cypress mulch along the sidewalk in the shade of the entry way. There were 5 beautiful fresh golden morels, the largest about 4 inches high. The agent at the house thought I was nuts to pick them and said I could have all of them. I wonder how many people walked by them during their open house,. There had been a heavy rain and this was the darkest corner of the building outside. The weather there has all the plants fooled as the irises were blooming and most of the spring flowers started to pop out after an unseasonable cool spell

MN sighting. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 22:56:36 -0500. Found 22 lovely blacks tonight (April 30, 2001) in 45 min in Anoka Co., MN beneath 10-20 year old aspens where ground fire had burned 2 yrs ago. Some dead trees but most alive and starting to leaf out. Dave M.

Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 17:47:37 -0500. From: Mike H. "master of mushrooms" not found any yet in southern Mn I would say about 4-10 days by the way the follage is growing

Where's the mushrooms? Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 13:34:31 -0500. From: handmedownsue. Any news on Minnesota? We went out last weekend, but no luck yet. But I know I'll find some this year no matter what. Thanks for now. Blaine, MN

my first mn. sighting. Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 22:23:59 -0700. From: jim y. don't know if you'll believe me or not, but as a true roon, i am claiming my first sighting of the 2001 season. i found three grays at one of favorite trees on 5-4-01. only problem is that they are all about 1/4" tall and not even the diameter of a pencil. but i found them! weather has been mostly cool but plenty of moisture. looking forward to a banner season. been a serious roon [ fanatical] for 15 years now . found them right in the msp/sp urban area at one of my favorite dead elm trees. i am waiting impatiently for them and all the rest of their buddies to flourish and grow strong and tall this season. good luck to all.

Morel Sightings. Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 10:20:17 -0500. From: Stanley S. we picked a hand full of morels Thursday May 3rd in southeastern Minn. They where on the small side yet,but very good!

Morel Sightings. Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 10:15:10 -0500. Hi we are in North Central Minnesota 10 miles from the Canada border we found a few morels this weekend but found allot of false morels all over the place we would like to know if this is good or not does it mean there will be allot of good mushrooms soon or does it mean the good ones do not grow around the bad ones? It looks like the true morel is just coming up but found that the false morels are in the hundreds and 10 inches tall. Any Advice we are very new at this! Cindy

Sightings! Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 12:14:00 -0500. From: John McB. Date May 7,2001.11:00am. Found 32 Grey Morels near Le Sueur, Minnesota today.Most were small ones,yesterday was humid but it was around 62 degrees,had some rain and thunderstorms.

sightings. Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 21:54:11 -0500. Hello from mike in southern Mn just came back from a ten minute check under 3 elms found first morels of the year all greys about 4-8 inches tall they are fresh my guess is they grew today going to be going full-bore wednesday it is to be in the high 70"s, mjh.

new sightings. Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 20:25:34 -0700. hello again from jim y. it has started! after finding small browns, grays, and yellows, i stumbled on 60 fresh mature yellows in burnsville between 2 nondistinct dead elms no wider than 8 inches across. they were located in an open area where they can get lots of sun. lovely sight! wait all year for an experience like that. hope for many more yet. conditions are ideal. off to wabasha, mn. for the weekend to search for more. good luck everyone.

Follow up on 4/30 morels. Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 22:51:57 -0500. On May 2 and 8, found 15 more blacks of same vintage as on 4/30 immediately adjacent to 4/30 area. Missed them earlier because of thick grassy cover. Left one out as test and found it lasted about 1 wk. Covered about 1/2 to 1 sq mile in similar habitat all around this area of about 50 ft across but found no others. Dave M.

morel sightings. Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 14:55:38 -0700 (PDT) Found morels 5/11/01 near Faribault, MN. About 40-50 smallish shrooms- Ithink the best is yet to come- there is plenty of moisture, just need some heat to get things popping! Good luck! Sporechukka

morel. Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 23:03:16 -0500. Picked about 2 quarts small blacks today. Clearwater Co. MN. Dave W

minnesota sightings. Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 18:04:49 EDT. Oh what a weekend in Scott County, MN. (south of Minneapolis). Friday night was my first sighting after 11 days looking around here. Found one, then another, next thing I knew I had 2 lbs of 3-4" yellows. All in the grass, lots of sun, and west or southwest slopes. Saturday morning and evening took 4 lbs same conditions. This morning was a little slower but then stumbled across a honey hole for another 4 lb morning. Starting to see them more into the woods edge of the open areas but nothing deep in the shade. Going back out tonite. Good luck. Andy

Minnesota Report. Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 08:41:44 -0500. From: Dan F. Found a handful of small grays near Mendota Heights (near St Paul) yesterday (May 14). Cooked them up, breaded and sauteed, last night... yum! This was only my 2nd time finding morels... the first time I was fishing in Wisconsin and stumbled onto a few quite by accident. I've been actively looking now for three springs, so finding even this handful was quite rewarding. Plenty of woodticks out there this year, by the way.

More MN sightings. Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 18:09:02 -0500. May 13, 17 yellows on slope under ash, basswood in Washington Co. 17 more yellows in southern Ramsey Co. on slope under ash, basswood. Does anyone ever find them under oaks? Thanks. Dave M.

Date: Thu, 17 May 2001 21:01:11 -0500. From: Beth S. Found morels in our yard, growing in the mulch around the yard. Found them last week. We live in Lakeland, MN



Sighting in Mississippi. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 11:28:34 -0500. First morel found growing in Union Co., northern Miss. A single 7" specimen, yellowish stem and dark brown cap fused to stem, completely hollow. Found under a dead green ash in a bottomland hardwood habitat. April 16, May Apple, violets, Trillium, redbuds (late) and dogwoods (early) blooming. Wet spring, warm weather. Recent rain. Battered with egg & milk seasoned with sea salt and fresh milled pepper, fried in butter & olive oil. Some of the cap topped a venison burger and Swiss cheese- scrumptious! Now that I know they grow here, I'll look harder to find more. Don S.



Not Yet. Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 21:50:36 -0800. We went hunting saturday March 24th and the Morels are not up yet in Cape Girardeau county. Michael

Missouri. Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 08:51:59 -0600. From: Tami M. Went hunting on Fri. March 30th. Found 38 small morels. The weather is not cooperating with us yet. Very dry and cool. S.W. MO. area.

1st morel of the season. Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 17:15:33 -0500. Sunday April 1, 2001, We found the first morel for us in Western St. Louis County. It was only about 1 1/2 inches tall, but its a start. With warmer weather predicted for the next week here, they hunt should be more productive later in the week (hopefully). John

morel sightings in Missouri. Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2001 13:08:47 -0500. From: Mark G. Found 8 black morels in Cape Girardeau area on April 1st - No fooling. Only a couple were mature, the rest were quite small. They should be coming up good this week. Happy hunting!!

morel sighitn. Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 04:43:55 -0700 (PDT). Today will be my first trip to the woods for the season. I have spoken with 2 people that have found little greys near the Richmond/Lexington area of Western Mo. Wish me luck today, and happy hunting to all. kcdave.

Missouri Morels. Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 08:02:32 -0500. From: Mark G. Found nearly 100 both Saturday & Sunday in Cape Girardeau County. Most were black, several half-free, and 1 white.

morels in southern Missouri. Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 20:35:35 -0000. I`ve been hunting the elusive morel for 5+ years. They are truly fascinating! Found the 1st the 5th of April this year. A few blacks, grays and a couple of the large red,(false) morel. I would greatly appreciate your book and any advice on Their where abouts, hunting tactics, etc. Thanks, Tom F.

morel mushroom sighting. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 16:09:02 -0500. From: sue. I found my first morels this a.m. in the bottms of the Missouri river this afternoon. They were all greys, except for three whites. Right at this moment ita raining cats and dogs out there, which leads me to beleive that tommarow will be very productive in our area of central, south-central Mo.

free catalog. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 17:00:21 -0500. From: robert s. yes i would love one of your free catalogs. we are suppose to get some rain tonight. with it getting about 75 tomorrow i am hoping for a score...last week i found 1 if i hit big i will let you know.

Sighting. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 17:00:23 -0400. From: diane m. Missouri Sighting: April 11, 2001; 4" white morels; Southeast MO; 10 miles SW of Perryville; under live Oak tree in yard.

mushroom sighting!!!!! Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 22:47:14 -0700. From: Becky C. April 9. 2001 5pm. sighting :North east Missouri Clark County MY daughter Kara found 11 small gray mushrooms.They range from 3mm to 1 in. tall. She has a tree that she lookes under and has found them for the last 7yrs.

Morels found in River Bottom / St.Charles Co. Missouri. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 12:20:37 -0700. Weehooo, found some in st.charles county. 29 of em. Mostly whites, a few greys. Three Reds that I'm scared to eat though. Been hitting it pretty hard this week. Finally paid off. Some were a few days old that I must have missed. The rest not more than a day old. Now what about these Reds ? I have never eaten them before and according to MDC they are poisonous with a substance called MMH or MMC 's can't remember. Anyway if cooked thoroughly it removes the toxicity of this chemical or substance. So if I try these does anyone have any suggestions as far as cooking ? Obviously I will try them myself only in a small amount. Unless one of you guys want to come and pick them up ? Heh Heh. 2BHNTN. You just might want to check out Michael Kuo's page at http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/%7Ecfmfk1/mycology/morels.htm

Morels in Kansas City, Missouri. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 21:13:29 -0400. April 12th around 5:30 p.m. With the unseasonably warm weather we were having I have been looking diligently for about a week and one half to no avail. Tonight 5 shrooms. (What I call common or yellow morels). Four in a cluster and one about a foot from them. One inch to 1 1/2" tall. I should not have harvested them, but I did just to show my wife to get her fired up. We have both our daughters out of the house now and just recently were blessed with out first grandchild. A girl, her name is Belle. She will be introduced to this wonderful bounty as well in time. I like the walking stick my wife and daughters bought from you for my 43th birthday several years ago. Compass is a plus. Timber Troll

finding morels. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 07:53:22 +0000. From: Jeannie. ive been out the other day for approxmatily 3 hours, looking for morel mushrooms. i only found 1 morel mushroom the whole time i was out I was hunting close to johnson shut ins. in missouri

Re: first find. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 19:04:02 -0700. From: critr. Hi, just wanted to report a very small find. We are in the K.C. Mo. area and just found our first morel! About 3 inches in size. We are taking vacation next week in search of the elusive morel. Hope we have the right week! Weathers not suppose to be so good, but this is missouri, the show me state!! Good luck everyone.

Re: missouri morels. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 06:30:16 -0700. From: critr1. We went out yesterday and found 32 in one area. Some had been up a few days and were starting to dry! Rained again last night pretty hard.If the sun comes up hoping for a big find today! Did see a snake, first one i've ever seen in that area. We are in K.C. Mo. area, just to let you know that it's time!

morels in missouri!!!! Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 22:32:35 EDT. From: Cabow. date: april 15th kansas city missouri. well i've been anticipating this for 10 months. i am in my 8th year of morel hunting and each year brings more excitment and disappointment. some places that produced one year came up dry other years. anyway after the illinois hunt in 1999 we returned to grandmas farm in northern missouri and found the largest morels i've ever seen.some large enough to cut in half and stuff with cheese and sausage..(large as a 16 oz can)..ok about this year. i've been hunting for the last two weeks comming up empty at all my usual productive sites. the weather has been cooperative..so i can only guess that its a matter of time. we are expecting two evenings of below freezing temps..can this ruin a season??..all i have found as of april 14th are a few small greys that went real well with breakfast..anticipating a great season..dont let me down mother nature

St.Louis 04/14/01. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 11:08:24 -0400. From: Jennifer P. St. Louis MO. Found 15 or so spikes left probably the same amount behind they were dried or drying up. Found 4-5 nice grays and probably 20 or so yellows. It was all very wonderful!! Thank you Easter Bunny! Michigander visiting the in-laws.

Morel sighting in Missouri. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 11:25:29 -0400. From Missouri Mike, I have a morel sighting to report. I found 5 Morchella esculenta (yellows) and 21 Morchella Semilibera (half-free) in about 4 hours of hunting on 4/13 and 4/14. I was hunting about 50 miles S.E. of Kansas City, Missouri (Johnson county) on a south facing hillside. I also hunted a short while on level ground without any luck. Hopefully the freezing temps the next couple nights won't slow them down much. The yellows should be popping up like crazy in the next couple of weeks! I hope! Mike

More Morels found in St.Charles county. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 13:16:57 -0700. Went out Sunday after my son Robbie 11, bagged his first turkey during the youth hunt here in Missouri Saturday. Found 49 Yellows, Whites, and Grey's. That will top that old bird off right good ! What a weekend. It's a beautiful thing. Good Luck all. 2BHNTN

First Morels of the year!(Missouri). Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 16:59:36 -0500. Though I've looked long and hard for hours every weekend, it wasn't until this morning when I wasn't actually looking that I stumbled upon some. I found 1 gray 2" tall and one yellow about 3" tall. The first one located in wet leaves 10 feet from the nearest tree and the second one was touching the base of a Black Walnut tree. I found these 30 minutes north of Kansas City Missouri on a private farm. A friend of mine also found 2 grays about 2" tall each. Should be more soon. Good luck! Jack W. M.

'shrooms. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 18:35:17 EDT. Found about 100 blacks on 4/7 and 130 blacks with a few whites and half frees on 4/14 in East Central Missouri --- Max.

first official find....go figure. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 23:24:51 EDT. From: Cabow. kansas city area. april 17th..well since we last spoke i tried some different woods on those slopes i keep hearing about..i guess the ones that get sun all day..well i was surprised to find all the stages of morel that i have ever heard of in the same stretch of woods..i found two false morels about the size of a large fist..wow wish i could eat those..anyway i also found the half-free kind..ha ha all stalk and no meat..is it unusual for the caps to be smooth instead of pitted...i found both kinds..oh and i collected about 30-40 true morels..mostly greys but also a few whites or yellows that looked like they had been up for a few days but avoided the sun.still good enough to keep... the temps had been freezing last night and tomorrow night but the shrooms still had the texture of fresh morels...just lucky i guess..will these areas produce more or should i move on...i still worry about the freezing temps...but i have a newfound hope after today..the weather is suppose to be rainy and warm back up..i'll hope for the best and continue expanding my searches to places i havent looked before..it sure is paying off..most of the true morels were almost 2 inches tall..i was astounded..thought i was just getting exercise.......how exciting..thanx mother earth

Harvest Time. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 13:09:34 -0700. I have found about 100 Half-Free morels, 12 Whites, and 15 Blacks. Hunting is very good this year in Cape Girardeau county. Michael.

Morels found. Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 04:08:49 -0700 (PDT) From: kcdave. It looks like a GREAT season here in the KC area. Time has limited my hunting, but I have found almost100 grey and yellows while only hunting for about 2 hours. Also, a friend of mine found over 250 in a small stretch along the Mo River. Warmer temps and rain are predicted for this weekend, so this could be one of the best crops of morels we've seen in years.

Morel Sightings. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 13:49:04 -0500. Found 4/15/01 - North of Eldorado Springs, Missouri. Judi

2001 sighting. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 14:09:26 -0500. I find White and Giant morels in my yard every year. Always in different spots. I live in House Springs, MO, in Jefferson County. Kelly O.

Found Morels In Kansas City Missouri. Fri, 20 Apr 2001 16:20:24 EDT. Found 15 morels today!! Friday, April 20th, 2001 10 gray and 5 yellows, all between 1 and 2 inches in length. These are the first mushrooms I have found and I have been looking for last 2 weeks. Found all the mushrooms around 2 fallen Elm trees. If we get additional rain in next 2 days the mushroom hunting should be great. Bunker Boy -Lees Summit, Missouri

K.C. MO. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 01:05:46 -0500. From: Leo T. Northwest of Parkville. we found 130 or so greys and yellows.

K.C. Missouri. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 02:48:17 -0700. From: critr. We've been going out every day for the last week, and yet we have not been skunked! Small finds and then yesterday we started to find the original morels!! All fairly good size, and fresh! We are now truely in the season. Happy hunting!

trip to missouri. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 23:23:58 EDT. Tried to put posting on but sighting 2000 tooo busy, turned my friend on to the thrill .Together we founr 6lbs grays BIG yellows Knewmone here,there popping all over in Misssouri. See you all at the hunt on the 4th of may, and good luck,!

Update from Karen. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 21:37:33 -0500. This is Karen from the state of confusion again( Actually I'm from west central Missouri) with an update on the shrooming. We have been having a great year , about 600 so far .Going out again tomorrow, starting to get towards the end of the season here, maybe another week if we are lucky.May have to get on the exercise equipment after eating all those shrooms though, Know what I mean?! Happy hunting to one and all!

morels. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 14:27:28 -0500. hello this is tim in kansas city today is the 23rd of april and the mushrooms are up along the rivers. i have already found approx. 30 pounds of tasty morels!!!! just letting ya know happy hunting ticks are also here in abundance!!!

great whites! Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 01:02:06 -0500. From: Tammy D. Found some decent whites last Monday, just popping. Don't have a lot of time to hunt. Roughly s/se of St. Louis.

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 17:47:27 -0500. Apr 26 Sightings First year on your sight and really enjoy following the harvest. We use it to find out how far to drive south before we can start looking here in northeast Nebraska. Found first mess around Rockport,Mo April 24. Yesterday found a nice mess here, about 30 miles north of Omaha. All were along the Missouri River, alot of yellows and few greys. Need some rain before it gets too hot. Will be watching to maybe travel north to continue the fun of the hunt. Thanks, Buster.



Found Some in Montana. Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 22:51:53 -0600. From: tuftimes. Just got home from a teriffic day of morel hunting here in Montana. My son, husband, and I went into "grizzly country" and found 55 choice morel mushrooms! They are definately just arriving in the area. Location is northern Montana high in the Rocky Mountains, actually still some snow on the ground where we picked! At any rate, it was a wonderful time, and we plan to go back up in a few days, just wish we would get some rain, and a little warmer weather!

sighting. Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 03:33:25 -0600. I picked 3 pounds of morels yesterday here in Missoula, Montana.under the cottonwoods along the river. Ed V.



On the watch in Omaha, NE. Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 20:11:47 -0500. From: j. t. I've been out scouting the ground, and haven't had any luck, but the fever is upon me! We are expecting some more rain on friday with steady temps between 60-70 degrees. I would imagine by this weekend I should be able to find the much anticipated 1st one of the year. I will keep you guys updated! It's great to know there are other "crazy people" out there. My wife thinks I lose my mind every year at this time, but if she could only understand the feeling that comes over a guy that loves to hunt the elusive morel. Your catalog looks great and I can't wait to see it!

Indian Cave Nebraska. Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 13:32:03 -0500.From: So are the Morels popping up yet in the Indian Cave area? Rox

Morels in SW Nebraska. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 02:59:11 -0500. I found my first morels of the season today (April 10th) near the Republican River here in Southwest Nebraska. Picked 20 small greys with the biggest ones being only about 1.5" tall. They were small but the deer had been through the area and I wasn't going to let them have these. =) On the other side of the tree I found several bunches of really small yellows which I didn't pick. (There must be about 100 of them). I will take my camera back tomorrow and get some pics to send along. I had never seen this many like this - they were all really tiny in mounds. It rained late this evening with the high today only about 50 degrees. Tomorrow's forecast looks about the same. I believe we are going to have a good season as we have had a lot more moisture this winter - last year wasn't all that great. Thankyou for your page and all of the interesting info. Regards, Nathan

Morels in SW Nebraska. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 02:34:58 -0500. I am hoping I can pick some tomorrow morning. I am headed to Chicago tomorrow and wont return until Easter so all I can do is keep my fingers crossed that whatever I leave doesn't get eaten by deer or picked by someone else. =) Happy hunting! Nathan

mid nebraska hunting. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 23:43:32 -0500. From: cap-am. nothing to report apr14 ground temp too cold need four days of 70plus days

morel sightings for Nebraska. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 19:00:40 -0500. Hi I'm a bit of a newbie, but I've been hunting morels for a few years now. I'm in southeastern Nebraska, just north and west of Lincoln. I went out looking on thursday, the 12th of April, and did not see any yet. The spot I checked is very dependable, so If there had been any up, they would have been there. I think the ground is not warm enough yet. It's a late spring this year. There are also not lilacs blooming yet, so that also tells me it is not warm enough. I will report as soon as I find some. Rxwoman.

sightings report. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 15:02:38 -0500. Stunned in south eastern Nebraska ( just north of Lincoln). On sunday april 22, I checked the dependable spot after a good half inch rain, and still no mushrooms! The ground must really be cold. The lilac bushes are leafing out, but the blooms are still in tight bud form. I guess what they say about the lilacs blooming at the right time is true. You never know what to beleive, and what is just 'old wive's tales". Supposed to get highs in the 80's from wednesday to sunday. surely that will warm the ground sufficiently to make them appear. I wll most definately post when I finally find some. I'd love to hear from anyone else near by, Lincoln, Ne, extreme north eastern Kansas, or western Iowa along the Missouri. Post a response here. Rxwoman.

Morels in SW Nebraska. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 17:47:03 -0500. They are out in full-force! Picked two large bags full in about an hour and a half. Quite a few that were 3-4 inches tall. We had an inch of rain over the weekend (along with some nasty winds) and today's temp got up to about 75 degrees. Nathan in SW Nebraska - Republican River Valley

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 17:47:27 -0500. Apr 26 Sightings First year on your sight and really enjoy following the harvest. We use it to find out how far to drive south before we can start looking here in northeast Nebraska. Found first mess around Rockport,Mo April 24. Yesterday found a nice mess here, about 30 miles north of Omaha. All were along the Missouri River, alot of yellows and few greys. Need some rain before it gets too hot. Will be watching to maybe travel north to continue the fun of the hunt. Thanks, Buster.

MORELS. Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 20:41:15 -0500 (CDT) please send me a catalog i have had good luck this year , so far ive found 50 morels in nebraska along the platte river. DON

Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 17:50:08 -0500. south eastern Nebraska, just north of Lincoln. Waited, and waited for the ground to warm enough, and then it became too warm. found one little patch near my hot spot where a couple were trying to come up, but they hit the hot, dry wind we were getting, and became 'petrified'. I've been picking 2, or 3, tiny ones from that same little patch for the last couple of days. Other than that I've been very disapointed. Even after the inches, and inches of rain we've recieved. I don't know what the problem is. They should be coming up like mad all over. I'll keep looking. Rxwoman. Those "petrified" are really just dehydrated "on the stem". They'll taste just fine if you let them soak in water for an hour or so and then let them drain on a paper towel.

Nebraska. Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 23:28:00 -0500. From: drgm. Response to Rxwoman in Nebraska, 5-5-2001 heavy rain these past couple of days and the lilacs are still trying to bloom out, hey did you find any yet north of Lincoln? I am going out tommorrow down by the Missouri river should be a great day! I have been out twice and no luck yet but I will always remember the days of picking a couple of hundred while floating down the river banks in a buddy's boat.

better news. Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 23:56:54 -0500. have been having good luck since may 1 got four inches of rain in the last two days and its cool so season will continue. went out for three hours this afternoon and picked a five gallon bucket full all about 2 to 3 inches tall no bugs either. capam central neb

good picking. Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 23:28:48 -0500. still hunting as of 12 may weather has been good . the season may be just about over the veg. is getting thick but the ones you find are between 4 and 7 inches tall it has been a good year iam going out tomorrow for one last try but if dont find any dont need them still have enough in the fridge. capam2000 centralneb


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more morels in PA. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 10:31:23 -0400. I checked my local early spot again last Sunday, 4/22. We found 14 black morels. There was rain on each of Friday and Saturday nights. But, the early crop was small, probably due to the hard freezes that occurred last Wednesday and Thursday mornings. All 14 of these morels were found at the bottom of a south facing slope nearby tulip trees. Yesterday, 4/23, I ventured east of here into New Jersey to my favorite spot for blacks. But, I found more ticks than morels. I picked 21 small ones -black morels, that is- in a spot that typically gives up 50-60. The combination of a hard freeze last week and dry weather to follow -conditions that occurred in New Jersey- are probably to blame for the small harvest. Now the weather has turned hot and dry, not a good combination for us morel hunters. So I don't think that this will be a very good year for the black morels. There's still time for the weather to turn more favorable for the yellows. I'll check my local spot again on Thursday. Dave in PA

found in NJ. Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 23:08:09. 4/19, found 75 Morchella angusticeps under Prunus serotina in Cape May County in mixed woods. Area appears to have been burned over, several years ago. This date is later than I've found them in past years. CaperAl.

morels in PA. Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 12:15:27 -0400. Checked one of my favorite old apple orchards on Sunday. There were zero yellows. I wasn't surprised since there had not been rain for 15 consecutive days and temperatures have soared into the 90s during several of those days. Yesterday, Monday 5/7, I checked another favorite orchard. I found 23 yellows, mostly pretty fresh, but small. So there is still some hope for the morel season here in Eastern PA. We need rain. I'll check another spot today. Ended up with a total of 110 blacks between my spot here and my other spot in New Jersey. That's below normal. I'm assuming that the blacks are over & done with. However, there is a Northeastern facing slope that gets a nice late fruiting of blacks late in the season. If we get rain soon -looks doubtful- they may come out. Dave In PA


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NY State! Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 11:10:14 EDT. Hello to all New England (and all others for that matter) morel pickers. I went out to check some of my sites, sadly discovered my all time best producing, easy to get to, site has been razed, all 200 acres of it, for development. On a brighter note, now that the snowpack has gone way down, some ground showing here and there, and the copious rains have followed, and lots of cloudy days, my instinct tells me this could be one of the best, if maybe a bit late, springs for those of us in the lower New England area (you know, kind of like a slightly below average season for you midwesterners). Quite jealous reading the reports of people already finding. Luckily still have a few ounces of dried left from last year, but can't wait for the first taste of fresh morels again. Dave


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morels found! Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 12:15:08 -0500. Sighting.Found three gray morels on 3-28-01.These were found in the Piedmont of North Carolina.Recieving rain today and its warming up a little more. Hope they are really going to start popping up. Barry

Morels! Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 11:47:55 -0400. WOW! A friend and myself found 361 morel on 4-3-01.Of these were 150 half free morels,1 grey morel and 211 blacks.We took the day off from work to find some new locations.And boy did we! We found 4 new locations.135 came from one new spot.Some had started getting dry.They were left for seed and some small ones also.Most of these were found under tulip or popular trees with scattered ferns growing underneath and on the side of hills.P.S. We were happy. Barry from N.C.

Morels found. Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 12:30:37 -0400. Found 5 black morels ranging from 1 inch to 3 inch in height.These were found quite unexpectedly beside an oak I'd felled this winter in mostly sunny,but leaf covered area. Looked high and low all around area and didn't find nary a one.This was 5 miles north of Hillsborough, NC on Sunday 4-8-01. I didn't know morels were in NC! I used to find them as a kid in Ohio and always thought they just didn't grow in NC at all.Glad to find out different! Joe

Morels Found. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 20:15:11 -0400. Found 38 morels 4"-7" tall, and 7 smaller, younger morels along a streambank in sweetgum, oak, and tuliptree woods. However, they were scattered and didn't seem to be associated with any particular tree. Trilliums arefading and the mayapples are in bloom, nearing the end of the season here in the piedmont area of North Carolina. Cary


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North Dakota. Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 16:23:43 -0500. May 7th. Looked behind my house today and found 1 very little morel. As it was broke off at ground level I can only surmise that I knocked it over last evening when I looked in the same spot. A friend called this morning and said that he had found 2 little ones last evening as well. Been raining here for the last 3 days and temps in low 50s for the high. Suppossed to warm up to low 60s later this week with more showers predicted. Should be a great year if the weather does as they say. Will keep you posted when we start picking for real. Cal in south east North Dakota

North Dakota. Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 20:04:48 -0500. May 12, Southeastern North Dakota. Went forageing today for the first time. Have been keeping a watch on local areas for the last week, as has a friend. Today we decided it was time to actually start gathering. Pretty early yet so we had to work for what we got. But total was 9 lbs. so I think we did OK today. We were out for several hours however. I like em dried, but nothing beats fresh. Luck to all. Cal in southeast North Dakota

North Dakota. Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 22:21:52 -0500. Monday May 14, 10:30pm. Just got back from the hunt and thought I'd report whats up around here. Things are really popping right now. But if we don't get any rain real soon it will all be over soon. So if you are around S.E. North Dakota you better get out soon or they will all be done. Lots of luck Cal. 6 lbs.+ tonight.



Morel time, Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 19:46:35 -0500. From: I can't believe it!! The spring peepers a calling tonight in Jefferson County Ohio. It can't be long till we find some morels. Red B. in Ohio

Mushrooms! Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 14:17:50 -0500.From: "topdog" <topdog2@bright.net> I was sending you a letter to let you know if you have any body that is in the Ohio area that would be interested , We are holding are annual Mushroom Hunt . At Tar Hollow State Park on Saturday April 21,2001 . Register at (9;00. am) and Check in is at (2;00. pm) Prizes are awarded . This is Sponsored by the Ross County Sportsman and Wildlife Association. and the ODNR. Thanks' and happy hunting. Topdog's emailis included in case anyone wants more info

Ohio sightings... Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 22:24:20 -0400 (EDT). Found two blacks, tiny little blacks in Southeastern Ohio today April 4. Tom H.

Ohio Checks In! Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 21:03:29 -0400. My first black of the year, S/W Ohio near datyon. hunted a steep south bank that gets a lot sun, only two inches but it's a start. happy hunting. Rob

mighty morel. Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 11:53:56 EDT. Mike and Kevin R. found their first morel's in Pike county, Ohio on April 5, 2001. They were small but mighty.

morel time. Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 11:13:11 -0400. we found 12 black morels on 4/6/01 in the hocking hills (Laurelville, Ohio) there size is from one eighth to two inches. adam b.

Black Morels are up in Ohio.Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 12:17:14 -0700 (PDT). First it was too cold, then too dry... but, at last we found our first six little Black Morels in SW Ohio, near Dayton. Happy Hunting! Perry

ohio-indiana. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 16:37:00 -0400. From: Martin C. I've been skunked in Ohio and Indiana this week. It's raining now which might help,some.I "planted" some morel spore on an old firewood storage spot. I'll advise if they come up.

patiently waiting in OH. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 22:47:36 EDT. hunted in williamsburg, oh. on monday, april 9th in what is a traditionally excellent spot but found no morels yet. our hunters were surprised to not find any as we thought with the warm temps the morels would be out. we must get some wet weather to soften the ground in this area. will keep you updated just as soon as they arrive. williamsburg is just east of cincinnati. good hunting, Mike C.

Picking shrooms. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 08:05:07 -0400. I picked a few blacks and hid a few under the leaves to grow. Found one tiny little grey which will grow to be a fine 3 or 4 inch tall mushroom. With all this rain it should turn out good.Southeastern Ohio area. Jeff in Pataskala

Pike County, Ohio - 4/8/2001. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 12:37:43 -0000. From: Dave B. I found my first black morel of the season in Pike State Forest near Bainbridge, Ohio on Sunday, 4/8. About 2 inches tall - a loner. Took two hours of trudging to find this single mushroom. Times are tough here right now! It was too dry over the weekend when I found this one, but we are getting some rains now. I expect folks to be finding some this weekend in South and Southwest Ohio.

still looking. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 19:27:06 -0400. I don't understand why I havn't found morels yet in Jefferson County Ohio. I've been to some of my best spots and the weather certainly seems to be right but I'm still looking. Red B.

SW Ohio Report. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 13:56:57 -0400. None as of yet (4-11-01)..Searched all my hot spots...The Weather seems just right, I'm thinking in the next week I'll be stepping on 100's.... Thanks, Joe D. Miamisburg, OH 3 miles south of Dayton

Morels are up in Dayton Ohio Area. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 18:29:24 EDT.12 Apr 01, found 6 small yellow's. All in a 20ft x 20ft area, ground was cover with leaves, wierd! Looked all over and didnt find anymore. Also, they were small and starting to get brittle which means they have been up for a few days. I think the weather has had some effect on thier growth. Going out tomorrow, and will keep you posted. These were found in the Dayton area. Wolfy

Sighting. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 00:11:11 -0700. I have a friend who has already bagged about 5 pounds of small black morels near Haydenville in Hocking County. He gave me about 2 pounds 4/10 and 4/11 2001. Don M. Logan, Ohio

Tar Hollow. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 07:47:18 EDT. Found a little less than 2 lbs Wed. Apr 11. Mostly small blacks, but several horsetails, tho they were not elongated, just the caps sticking thru the leaves. Finally, lots of rain and warm. later, woodsman

Sightings from ohio. Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 19:58:40 EDT. Have searched four different areas within the last week with no luck. Yesterday I found one very small spike...about 1 inch. I think it's still gonna be another week or so around here. Reporting from West Carrollton (Suburb of Dayton), Ohio on April 13, 2001...Thanks, Thia

up in ohio. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 10:23:38 -0400. Doug and Connie found our first morels in muskingum county yesterday. Not our biggest find, but a good start. There up! We predict a good year. We will keep you informed.

morels. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 19:30:38 EDT. From: TM. April 15, 2001. We went out today and found 11 small greys. All together they fit in the palm of our hand. We're located in Northern Ohio, near Sandusky.

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 21:08:07 -0400. From: I found my first morels in Seneca County this morning. They ranged from 3/4" to 2". It's just getting started here. J.A. NW Ohio

Starting to pick! Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 22:34:16 -0400. From: kk. Morrow OH. just northeast of Cincinnati. Took home about 20 nice size mushrooms,2 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches, all dark grey and found on flat hilltops poking through the leaf litter. This is my first year and second hunt of this area, so I don't know what kind of count to expect. One patch yielded about 12 and then lots of singles. The weather had turned downright hot with a bit of rain so it is cooperating! Good luck to all and happy hunting!

Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 00:29:16 -0400. out on april 13 and found first blacks about 90 of them. went back to same spot on april 15 and found another 81. will try new spot next time out looked in perry county oh steve

morel shrooms. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 20:16:35 -0400. From: Jeff M. Neil M. found 20 small shrooms( morel) on Easter Sunday in Meigs County, Oh, and found 4 on 4/18/01 and gave them to his favorite brother-in-law...I hope he finds several hundred this weekend(4/21-22)!!

Mushrooms!!! Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 12:19:23 -0400. 4-18-01. Found 6 , 1 nice size gray....only looked 15 minutes.....Looks like they're here....Start Looking people, just not in my spots please... :) Joe D. Miamisburg, OH (SW/Ohio)

Ohio darke co. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:05:16 -0400. I went this morning and found 28 grays 2 1/2". I think I missed the blacks in darke co Ohio. Ronbo.

mushrooms. Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 12:05:57 -0400. From: Sheila S. I live in crawford co. ohio and have not found any yet i wish the sun would come out for 2 or 3 days in a row then i should start finding some. I'm starting to have DT's need morels bad! from bob in northcentral ohio

lookin good. Fri, 20 Apr 2001 18:58:50 -0400. i found a nice patch of blacks near cleveland. they were about 1/4 to 3'' and around 100 of them this is one of my hot spots. can anyone tell me what the snow will do to the ones i left behind?? "c larry"

mushrooms. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 12:28:02 -0400. From: Dear Mushroomers, I really enjoyed visiting your website. I also think it's great that you are offering a free catalog. I would be pleased if you could send it to me. Mushroom season is just under way around here, we have had plenty of rain but not too much sun or heat. The small black and grey morels are out, but no yellow ones yet. I live in northwest Ohio, about 30 miles southwest of Toledo. I hope this helps with your sightings report, Jon Z.

SE OH. Sun, 22 Apr 2001 11:02:29 -0400 (EDT). been out 3 or4 times nothing yet shoud be getting close. deercreek OH. Mark

sightings. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 16:44:15 -0400. writing from ohio,knox county found 90-100 spikes 4/21/01 going out 4/23/01 to look some more.evering things looking good right now,but no sponge.keep you informed just found your sight today 4/22/01 have enjoyed. later, doc.

Yellows darke co Ohio. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 06:54:29 -0400. I went out yesterday morning and found 18 yellows 6". I hunted the south east side of a woods in darke co. Good luck, Ronbo.

discovery. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 09:33:33 -0400. From: jeff b. finding white morels here in extreme se ohio.started to find around 3rd wk of april.range in size from 2"-6". we've left a bunch to grow.We have never really found any black or grey morels.Can't quite figure that out!! Last year about this same time we were finding white ones in the range of 6"-12".Yummy!!!!!!!!!!If you come down here to hunt and find some,just leave them; I'll be around to pick them.Thanks,my belly appreciates it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!good luck

yellow morels. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 15:52:39 -0400. From: Martin C. Ohio I found several dozen yellows "somewhere" in Clermount County after turkey hunting on Monday. A few were as big as a Coke cans! I hope the pictures turn out. I filled my turkey hunting vest...

2001 sightings. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 12:54:41 -0700. just found your sight a couple days ago went out april 21,01 found 90 spikes in one area i hunt.went back out april 23,01 at another spot i hunt and found 105 grays 1 to 4" tall.went back out today to another spot i hunt and picked two 2" grays then went to another spot and spotted 8 yellows that i left to grow.in that spot i found yellows last year too pop cans tall hope these grow up.thats all i have seen so far, but it's looking good.i live in cenral ohio east of the capital.will keep checking your sight to keep you informed. doctor!

Greys/some yellows in Ohio. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 21:20:56 -0400. Found 65 greys (1 to 3 inches) near Columbus Ohio on 4/23/01. Had been skunked up until Monday, although knew that season was close to starting here. Found 115 greys and some yellows on 4/24/01 at a different site. Most all along railroad tracks. Season should peak here around 5/5/01. Best of Luck in Illinois. Mark P.

Ohio. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:46:31 EDT. From: Tmbrdod. Northeast Ohio. They are here, both blacks and whites. 161 blacks and 36 whites so far.

Morels in Granville, OH. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 09:49:06 -0400. From: Richard D. Black morels and half-free morels have arrived in Granville, OH. I found my first blacks on Monday, April 23rd and half-free morels a couple days later. Central OH 27 miles east of Columbus

quick ? Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 10:44:45 -0400. From: HUNTER, central ohio to SE Ohio is drying up and top temp in afternoons 70-80 I think we need rain , cool in mornings tho , maybe its to early just a few grays so far thank you -- :)

quick ? Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 10:44:45 -0400. From: HUNTER, central ohio to SE Ohio is drying up and top temp in afternoons 70-80 I think we need rain , cool in mornings tho , maybe its to early just a few grays so far thank you -- :)

Northeast Ohio Report. Date: Sat, 5 May 2001 06:10:35 -0700 (PDT). May 5th Northeast Ohio Report: Not doing real well so far this year. Our usual spots have been a bust, but we picked 1 1/2 lbs. yellows, 1" - 5", at two new areas in Summit and Ashtabula counties on May 1st and 4th. Temps in the 80's and not much rain recently. All found near elms. Going out again today hoping to get enough for dinner for the six of us instead just an appetizer. Anyone doing better in these parts? Good luck from Sandy's Scouts.

Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 16:53:54 -0400. From: Dave S. I live in Athens county Ohio and have not found many this year. It has been too dry until today the eighth of May. Things are good and wet but I think it may be too late for this part of South East Ohio.

Ohio morels. Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 16:36:47 -0400. Tom, I believe it's over here in Ohio. We didn't get the rain on time here in Southeastern or Central Ohio in time. The season for Me was about the same as the last 2 years which I considered poor compared to the mid 90's. Although I managed to can 17 pints and give a few pounds away this pales compared to the years of canning 30 pints and just as many 1/2 pints. I would rate the season a 5 although I'm sure some would disagree. Morels can be found in abundance in areas where rainfall is abundant but unfortunately My areas didn't get the rain on time, so I base My score on My own finds. Thanks and good luck to those who are still picking. Jeff in Pataskala



Sat, 24 Mar 2001 20:51:53 -0600. 3-24-01 Rodney, Sandy P. & family picked 50 morels in Oklahoma, this is 2 weeks later then last season. LeRoy P.

oklahoma sighting. Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 17:08:12 -0600. To LeRoy P.: where in oklahoma did you find morels? I don't mean what county section or anything that would give away your site; just the general area e.g.., south central, or near Talequah etc. I've been looking in tulsa county (NW Tulsa County!) but haven't seen any yet--just mica caps. Its been a bit dry around here past 3 weeks. Hoping for rain and a bit warmer temps. Dean M. Tulsa

SIGHTING! Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 16:09:04 -0600. Carolyn in central Oklahoma has found about 20 of the little gray morels this week. The season is here.

Found Some. Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 09:44:23 -0500. From: bill and carolyn m. JDM found some nice little grays on March 30, 2001 in Creek County Oklahoma. About 30 of them. They were sure good eatin'

morels-tulsa. Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2001 18:28:18 EDT. -a lone morel in a favorite tulsa county sun. spot, mar. 31, but it means the season has started. s.

Northeastern Oklahoma. Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 20:10:22 -0500. Tom & Vicky, Sighting April 2, 2001. Bob and his son picked 6 gray Morels and left 2 little ones for next year in North Eastern Oklahoma -- verified! Kent

more morels. Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 23:42:19 EDT. -100-plus lovelies in a fall-burned area in south central ok. all fresh and new and hunting looks good for another week. s.d.

morels in Oklahoma. Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2001 14:05:04 -0500. Being from Illinois originally I would have never thought that there were any morels in this state but I was wrong, last Sunday I found about a pound and a half. Then yesterday while turkey hunting I found about 4 pounds. Then this morning again while turkey hunting I found almost ten pounds. Yes you may think that I am full of it but it is true. I am just as surprised as you are. I found them in the Wildlife Management Area just north of Altus-Luggert Lake in southwest Oklahoma. Happy hunting. Layne C.

Morels! Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 20:34:10 -0500. ELGIN, OK. We just ate our first batch tonight! JEANIE H.

Mushrooms in Oklahoma! Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 17:15:05 EDT. From: BUCKEYE. Growing up in Ohio I am used to finding morels. I moved to Oklahoma in 1979 and never gave mushroom hunting another thought. Several years ago I started to hunt in central Oklahoma. The hunting is very good, plenty of yellow sponge mushrooms in the Oklahoma City area. As of April 7, finding some grays and fresh yellows last night, April 9th. Need some rain, but the hunting in central Oklahoma is good!

hooked. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 14:03:11 -0500. Hi, I live in Edmond, OK and was at our city lake thie weekend and experienced morel mushrooms for the first time. I'm hooked----------Please send me your free catalog. Nadine

Shrooms Northeastern Oklahoma. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 20:51:30 -0500. Tom & Vicky, Northeastern Oklahoma report from Bob, 15 white Morels about three inches tall. Need rain which I think is on the way. See Kansas report tonight too for more info..... kent

Oklahoma Morels! Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 23:06:14 -0400. Who would of thought - but tonight (4-12-01) I have three types of Morels bagged and in the fridge. The ones that caught my wife's eye from horseback was some beige, 6" type. While hunting the creek bottom, I found 2" greys and some 4" tans. What is maddening is that I also found a couple of spots where there were a dozen or so that were at least a week old and going moldy so I left them. I knew they grew here but this is the firs harvest. Now, must find some recipes. Bill - Oklahoma City

Morels in Tulsa! Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 20:22:17 -0500. Finally! Found morels in Tulsa--after several years of searching the area over a 40 mile radius and coming up empty--found 6 tonight, all under one dead elm tree, right in the heart of Tulsa! They had been perfectly dried by severe dry windy conditions the past several days, following a rain shower about four days ago. They're dark brown-grey looking, about 2-3 in. long (dry) with a huge base (still moist). Supposed to rain tonight--I'll be back re-checking! Probably getting late in season for here-- red bud trees starting to fade out, iris blooming. We'll see. Dean M. Tulsa

Hot yellow patch in Norman (oklahoma). Date:Sat, 14 Apr 2001 10:23:50 -0500. Hello shroomers, This is my first season of morel hunting, and I had my first success last weekend. I found a patch of yellow morels 2-4 inches tall around a very large old juniper tree. Whooped for joy, whipped out the knife, and took home a big handful to saute in butter. Location was "At lake Thunderbird State Park"- that's all you get! Have also found and eaten this past year: yellow chanterelles, fairy ring mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, and horse mushrooms. Morels are the tastiest, chanterelles a close second. Good luck! Julian H.

First time out. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 20:27:53 -0500. Found about 7 gallons. NW Oklahoma 1 1/" tall to about 5". Trying to find out how to preserve them...most of the neighbors have left for the weekend, so can't share them enough to do much good. Some kind of problem, what? Fresh, they taste like ink caps, also forund around dead stumps and burned wood. Dick M.

shrooms!!!! Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 09:21:59 -0500 (CDT). Northwest Oklahoma. My husband and I are 1st time shroom hunters. Have fell in love with it! I don't even like mushrooms (that you buy in the stores), but these morels are so good. We have already done our 'poison' research, and are enjoying the hunt! What's a 'shroom stick'? Mick

late season (?) in okla. Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 21:32:47 -0500. Finding solitary yellow morels-- two in Logan Cty. yesterday, one in Chandler Park (Tulsa) today-- all in deep woods. Dean M. Tulsa

more morels. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 19:44:33 -0500. Julian H. here again from Norman, Oklahoma: I was up in Woodward yesterday and found over twenty large yellow morels growing in a mixed juniper/cottonwood/elm lowland. I found all of these in only an hour or so- had I had all day I would have found pounds of them. We really need rain- some of these that I found were dried on the stalk and probably a week or more old. The 'head' of the largest morel in the bunch, though, was almost the diameter of my fist! I had no idea I'd find them growing in such a dry part of the state... Happy hunting.

Frist time hunting. Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 20:02:45 -0700. From: Allen M. I was in OK the weekend of April 19th and ate and hunted them for the first time. It was so great, they say they start coming up the first or second week of April and are gone by the third week and we found the or maybe the last 30 that day. Could you send me a How and when to find them in southern California I live in Mission Viejo in Orange County, thanks again.



the morel situation in Ontario. Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 09:30:48 -0400. hello Tom, thanks for the loot-very exciting. just wanted to give you the low-down regarding the picking this year in Ontario- went out for the first time this weekend to a spot where a usually find yellows-no sign as of yet... the weather here still remains a bit too snowy and cold but will keep you posted. take care Tatjana B.

Southern Ontario update! Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 10:25:46 -0400. Hi Tom, Read about your recent fame and it is about time. You've been wonderful. As for the the Southern Ontario situation, since I live about 2hrs drive from Detroit I always check how the Michigan scene is doing. Since I seem to be the only Ontarian, wanted you all to know that have been avidly hunting and have yet to spot one...however-the weather here is finally beginning to co-operate and I'm hoping to bring good new soon. I certainly agree that the season this year will be later than last as winter has been putting up a bit of a fight. cheers. Tatjana

morels. Date: Tue, 8 May 2001 17:41:48 -0700. From: Donna G. May, 08/01. Hi, I'm Donna from Ontario, Canada and my husband and I just had our first sighting today. We live about 15miles south of Barrie, Ontario. We picked 4 of them, but left the smaller ones to check on tomorrow. Last year at the same bush, we didn't find any at all, but 2 years ago we found enough to fill 8 freezer bags and we still have one bag left in the freezer. We've also come home from morel hunting and found some on our property. When I soak them, I throw the water on the lawn and the spores will grow in the next couple of years. The morels we find are a beige colour and about 25kms from here they grow to be a reddish colour. So depending on the soil, is the colour of the morel. Since we've moved to the country almost 10 years ago, we've been avid hunters of this very delicious wild mushroom. I was very happy to find your site when I was researching morels.

Morel report. Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 20:39:21 -0400. Hi, I found 9 Morels on May 13th near Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. Found near wild Leeks in rich soil. There are not too many yet. I am hoping a rain will bring out more. Great web page. Thanks. Manfred



morel mania, Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 23:20:39 -0800. From: Susan S. march 12 and i found 12 morels in oregon. Pretty earily for us here but i was real excited when i found them. Makes me realiize they are on there way since we are in the low valley. Some real excitement for the day i would say!!!!!!

Oregon! Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 18:36:47 -0800. I found 1 pound of black morels today. I'm on my way home to eat them. Joe M. in Ashland, OR

Oregon Again! Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 13:20:16 -0800. I found another pound at the same site yesterday. They are on the floodplain of a major river out here. The area was scraped by a dozer 1-2 years ago. Haven't found any anywhere else though, yet. It doesn't really get rolling here until may-june, then watch out! Thanks for holding the calendar. Joe M. in Ashland, OR

Caught the fever!!! Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 12:50:21 -0700. As recent transplant to Medford, Oregon by way of 10 years in Arizona, I am delighted to find Morels in this area. As a child in Iowa, many a fine spring day were spent tromping through the woods with the folks & a paper bag. I am in the Rogue valley and from about the middle of March have collected about 3 pounds of morels "right in my back yard" I have been looking in the surrounding hills but, have had no luck there so far. Happy Hunting! Rita

oregon sightings. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 01:37:48 EDT. From: CBloch. Dates: 4-12 to 4-15 over 100 morels all within 1acr. of each other. this same spot has produced over and over this spring for the last month I've had weeks like this! Great year for shrooms hear in a river valley near Portland about 250' above sea level

2001 Sightings in Oregon. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 16:03:57 -0700. Our first find of the season near Ashland in the hills about 3000ft high. We found 29 beautiful fresh yellow morels about the size of golf balls. J. F.

Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 14:47:03 -0700. From: Jim S. Oregon. 10 mi. south PDX, 12 April, 2001. I found about 2lbs of morchella esculenta. Is this early?

Oregon sightings. Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 13:54:32 -0700. From: carl c. Found twelve Giant morchella crassipes under cottonwoods. One was nearly eleven inches tall. Flavor was delicate but nothing to write home about.



Sighting in PA! Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 10:25:04 -0400. My Fellow Morelomaniacs, Last Sunday, the 15th of April, I made my second trip to my local early morel spot. I zig-zagged up and down about 4 miles of the gently sloping sunny ridge of oaks and tulip trees -definitely not "as the crow flies", at least not any sane crow. Unlike my first such journey, this one produced a morel! That's right, a single black morel, standing about 3-3.5 inches in hight. I cut it down and placed it into a bag, hoping to find a few more. But, alas, that was the only one. I guess that things just dried up a bit too quickly. For we had not had rain for 6 days or so, at that time. The weather had been fairly mild, with days in the 60's and nights mostly in the 40's for over a week. There was one frosty morning on or about on the 11th. Now that we have had a fairly good soaker of a rain -last Sunday night- it's supposed to get pretty cold. A hard freeze is predicted for Thursday morning. This seems to be the main problem here in Eastern PA. Either we get the rain, followed by extreme cold, or it warms up and dries out too much. It is still quite early, but a freeeze will likely negate the first good sized flush of blacks in my area. Typically, I can find about 50 blacks, locally. I travel about 100 miles East of here for better harvests of blacks. I'll wait for a week or so before doing that. I do get a few yellows in old apple orchards, around here, mostly during the first two weeks of May. The local woods do not seem to yield many yellows. I think it's because of the rain-followed-by-cold syndrome. I mostly seek out tulip trees, when looking in the woods. Some people find them by sycamore. I suppose that I shall take my lone black morel to the taxidermist for mounting. It is a pretty nice one, by local standards, about 3.5 inches tall. Today, I'll check my spot again. The ground did warm up before the last rainfall came through. Dave In PA

Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 20:34:00 -0400. hi, my name is larry. I live in Homer City, Pa. six miles south of Indiana, Pa (Jimmy Stewart's home town). I found my first morel mushroom of the season today. It was located on a side of bank next to a gravel road. I find them there each year. There were 6 of them, only about an inch in size. They were just popping out. I'll keep you posted on anything new i see.

mmmmmmmm. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 23:34:47 -0400. From: The Byers Family. Hi, just a note to say the temps and rains in Pa. are already producing morels here. they are few yet but will not be long till harvest increases good luck to all morel hunters.

Sighting: Chester County Pennsylvania. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:51:43 -0400. Hi, I found 6 morchella esculenta's today, 4/26/01. (Chester County, Pa.) They were in a hardwoods area. The weather is finally warm enough for the mushrooms to start growing and I hope to see more as the week goes on. These were excellently camoflaged in amongst dry leaves and new growths of stinging nettle. Actually, I passed this area and came back and looked again and low and behold there were 6 in this area that I did not see 10 minutes earlier. So it pays to look twice! I'll be looking harder next time. Good hunting, Bob W.

more morels in PA. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 10:31:23 -0400. I checked my local early spot again last Sunday, 4/22. We found 14 black morels. There was rain on each of Friday and Saturday nights. But, the early crop was small, probably due to the hard freezes that occurred last Wednesday and Thursday mornings. All 14 of these morels were found at the bottom of a south facing slope nearby tulip trees. Yesterday, 4/23, I ventured east of here into New Jersey to my favorite spot for blacks. But, I found more ticks than morels. I picked 21 small ones -black morels, that is- in a spot that typically gives up 50-60. The combination of a hard freeze last week and dry weather to follow -conditions that occurred in New Jersey- are probably to blame for the small harvest. Now the weather has turned hot and dry, not a good combination for us morel hunters. So I don't think that this will be a very good year for the black morels. There's still time for the weather to turn more favorable for the yellows. I'll check my local spot again on Thursday. Dave in PA

PA sightings. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 01:18:34 -0400. April 25, central PA. Picked 4 blacks & about 8 half-free this afternoon. First time out this year, I've been judging the timing by the reports at this site. About fifty miles North of Harrisburg, PA, they are just starting to pop up. Largest was about 3 inches, the rest....I took anyway. Ken in PA.

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 21:22:31 -0400. From: mroach. Eastern PA. Went out today - very cold. Only found 3 but believe me they won't go to waste. Yes, women are 'room hunters, too. I love it! Give it a couple warm days and watch out.

Morels in Pennsylvania. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 07:30:03 -0400. From: Bet. Yesterday, April 25, 2001, my daughter, 5 year old granddaughter, and I went hunting. We live in Northeastern PA, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Granddaughter spotted the first morels of the season--4 little blacks. We also found 6 helvella. I expect the esculenta will appear in a week.

morels in PA. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 09:34:03 -0400. From: Went back to my local spot yesterday, 4/26. I didn't expect to do very well, so the 23 black morels and 5 half-free mrels that I picked were more than I had anticipated. The weather has been too dry here in Eastern PA for a really good morel fruiting. Hopefully, there will be a few showers during the upcoming week, so that the yellow morel season gets off to a good start. Typically, our yellows come out right at the beginning of May. Dave In PA

morels in PA. Date: Tue, 08 May 2001 12:15:27 -0400. Checked one of my favorite old apple orchards on Sunday. There were zero yellows. I wasn't surprised since there had not been rain for 15 consecutive days and temperatures have soared into the 90s during several of those days. Yesterday, Monday 5/7, I checked another favorite orchard. I found 23 yellows, mostly pretty fresh, but small. So there is still some hope for the morel season here in Eastern PA. We need rain. I'll check another spot today. Ended up with a total of 110 blacks between my spot here and my other spot in New Jersey. That's below normal. I'm assuming that the blacks are over & done with. However, there is a Northeastern facing slope that gets a nice late fruiting of blacks late in the season. If we get rain soon -looks doubtful- they may come out. Dave In PA


Saskatchewan, Canada:

morels. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 11:51:14 -0700 From: Hello from Saskatchewan Canada,I was wondering if anyone knows of morels in this province. Does anyone know if Canadians can pick in the States where would I find out about it. Thanks G.J.


South Carolina:

MORELS FOUND IN SOUTH CAROLINA! Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 22:04:39 EST. MARCH 31, 2001.....Morels found in Sumter National Forest. We are transplants from Southeast Ohio and found our first South Carolina morels today. This was the first time we went mushroom hunting and found 5 medium sized yellows. We are looking forward to next weekend and a week of mushroom hunting back in Ohio the last of April. We are wishing all of you shroomers a happy season. Good Luck, Linda and Stu

South Carolina Report. Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2001 09:02:15 -0400. I found 50 small blacks this morning 4/7/01 in a low lying wooded area outside Fort Mill SC. My heart jumped when I found that first one and I gave praise to the great mushroom lord right there on the spot ! No one here hunts and they give you that " Your crazy look " when you inquire about it. I was under the opinion that they do not grow here until last year, I found an old gray under my neighbors air conditioning unit by chance. So this year I was bound and determined to find them. These are the kind that you find in the first of the season.Hopefully the monster yellow and grays are not far behind. I`am going to Roanoke Virginia next weekend and hopefully I`ll have a good report from there too...Craig M.

South Carolina Report. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 11:28:50 -0400.This morning I found 25 yellows in a low lying wooded area and on a wooded hillside in Lancaster County east of Fort Mill. The biggest was around 3 inches tall and about two fingers thick. We need more rain and they should really be up in good numbers and size. I did not make it to Roanoke today and hopefully will get up there before the season is over. But ! I had a wonderful breakfast of mushrooms this morning. Try running a fried mushroom through some sour cream and horseradish, it will not get any better than that and it will set you free !...Happy Hunting Craig


South Dakota:

South Dakota checks in! Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 06:49:00 -0700. From: Richard H. Reliable source reports first morels of the season found Sunday, 4/29 along the Missouri River in the south east corner of the state. As of 4/28 none to be seen in the central part of SD. Will update tomorrow.

south dakota sighting...... Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 15:23:48 -0700. found black(smokey) morels in woods along missouri river in southeastern sd on saturday may 5th..... ron g.



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Morels in Tennessee, Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 17:12:50 EST. I found a few this morning. It is still early, but could not resist getting out into the woods. These were located in the southern part of middle Tennessee near the Alabama line. Will let you know if I have better results next weekend. Richard in Tennessee

More Morels. Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 16:40:56 EST. Went back today and found about 30 something blacks. It is still early, but this is very encouraging for the rest of the seasons. Found these in the same place I looked last weekend. No sign of the whites or yellows yet. Bonny found more than me. Richard in Tennessee.

sighted. Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 05:52:22 EDT. Hey Tom and Vicky, Found five yellows in old orchard near Atoka, TN. All about 3/4-1". Soon as rain lets up will go back out. Warmer weather expected later this week, so am expecting to find more. Chris & Judy N.

Morels in Tennessee. Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 16:07:55 EDT. Went back to my favorite spot on Saturday March 31, 2001 and found about 20 half-frees. I spotted one very small white which I left (about half the size of your pinky fingernail). Weather is suppose to warm up some this week. Hopefully the season will progress, and the whites and/or yellows will be at least start popping up by next weekend. Richard in Tennessee

another sighting!!! Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 22:06:39 -0500. From: pattyjo c. Hello Fellow shroomers!!!! Hubby left last friday and headed for South-Eastern Ky. and North-Eastern Tenn. and found a few, small seven black mushrooms and ten snake-heads! But this is the beginning of the Big Hunt for us because they aren't up here in Southern Indiana as of yet; or shall I say that we have found. Can't tell you where exactly , I'm sure you can understand why! :) We have reallly enjoyed the pamphlet you sent us and can't wait to join in the fun and adventure in Illinois!!!!!!

more. Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2001 17:11:25 EDT. Found another 27 on short trip to same location between rain spells. About even mix of yellows and grays. Finally after being shot down for 5 years in TN, I'm starting to find some. I think some of my northern friends down here have been misleading me as to were to look (imagine that). This lady is co-worker of Judy's and she's been mowing them off in her orchard for years! Didn't know what they were. Sun is due out rest of week and supposed to get up in the high 70's, so expectations are high. Will keep you updated. Chris and Judy near Atoka

morels found near Johnson City. Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 15:07:21 -0400. From: Steven R. from Pennsylvania but every year we travel to Tennessee to mushroom and turkey hunt. Went down 3/30 and 3 of us found about 60 morels ( ranging from black to white 3/4" to 3" tall). We went back out 4/01 and found another 250 (this time the size was much greater - they averaged about 3" with few small ones.) The rain spells and warm afternoons are really starting the bring them out

morel report. Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2001 18:10:28 -0500. Date, April 4, 2001. Checked a park near Gallatin, Tennessee that had only yielded 4 half-free morels over the past 8 years, but always felt like a good place. Found approximately 200 today, all within a 100 by 200 foot area. Last Saturday I checked some old apple trees near Rock Island, Tennessee that always produce big yellows. Nothing yet. Last year at this time they were at their peak, which was unusually early. My best areas just northwest of Nashville usually peak around middle to late April. May be a great year if the rains continue. Hal

April 5, 2001. Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2001 17:26:55 -0500. From: Ross C. April 5, 2001. Found 67 this afternoon , flat top mountain in Middle Tennessee at 1320 ft. elevation. The area was rocky, the majority of black mushrooms were found were near 2 young cherry trees, which I though was unusual. Several of the find were some of the largest half-free I have ever seen. The half-frees seemed not to be around any particular species of tree. I have not hunted this area in several years as the timber was cut and getting to the area was difficult. Several years ago, a friend and I found over 1000 in the same area in just a few hours. I learned one thing from the large find and that was that blacks do not dry well or I was not successful in so doing. I have dried whites with great success, but I must be missing something in trying to dry black morels. Ross

morels again. Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 17:53:03 EDT. I went back to my favorite spot Sunday April 8 and found approximately 40 Blacks, most of which were fairly large, about 30 small whites and a few aged half frees. I think next week will be good for whites in the southern part of Middle Tennessee near the Alabama line. Richard from Tennessee

Sightings in TN. Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 22:14:40 EDT. From: Scifinder. Found over 50 greys next to sycamores and green pastures facing east on 3 April. returned to the same area 6 April and found 70 giant yellows. Are of location S.East Tn. on the Ga. border. Went again today 9 April and the 30 I found were starting to dry up due to the 80 plus tempatures here again near sycamore trees.

morel foray report. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 12:50:15 EDT. Tom, just wanted to let you know how well we did on the Morel MushroomHunting Club's first annual foray, in Knoxville, Tennessee. With about 25 avid morel hunters eager to hit the woods, we came up with a three day total of 1,797 morels! Mainly black morels, a few grays and half free. We had perfect weather, and all went home with their bags full! I saw many of your products there, mushroom knife, and shroom stick. It was a wonderful experience. Sincerely, Chris M.

Morel Catalog. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 17:44:49 EDT. From: Debbie. I would love to receive your free morel catalog. I was just on a Mushroom Foray in Knoxville, TN with 25 other "mushroom crazy" people. We had a great time and found morels.

TN morels. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 18:01:49 -0400. From: Thomas B. Morels are here in SE Tennessee! Went out Sunday 4/8/01 and found about 35 on one of the mountains Northwest of Chattanooga. (Last year I found them on April 1st) My hunting time was limited otherwise we probably would have found more. Also, the place I usually go was closed for Turkey Season...so the usual spots were unavailable. Anyway, others may want to try "road hunting" in unfamiliar areas. Lots of gravel roads leading through the middle of nowhere also carry you into great mushroom areas. My buddy was driving about 10 mph while I was scanning the woods on the right. Sure enough, I told him to pull over when I saw something that looked promising. And there was our first of many morels. He was amazed, but I have used this technique successfully many times. (It's no substitute for hiking through the woods, but in areas you've never hunted before it can sure get you pointed in the right direction quickly.) Be cautious. It's best to know whose land you're on (I'm not saying you don't). In Illinois it can mean a $250.00 fine for trespassing, If you're caught with morels it can be criminal tresspass (possible felony) because the courts think you are stealing - so does the landowner!

Sighting of Morel Mushroom. Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 19:47:34 -0700. I found a Morel Mushroom in my front yard today. It had been there for a while it was about 2 3/4 inch tall and about 1 1/4 thru the base. I live in Hohenwald, Tennessee. We picked Morels in Oregon in 1989 and was very surprised to find one here. Mozell C.

It gets better, but I do not know how. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 20:34:32 EDT. I found 99 today in my favorite spot. Not near my record, but still looking good. I think maybe next weekend may be the end however. Mostly white/yellows from one to four inches in height. This has not been my best year, but close. Southern Middle Tennessee near the Alabama line. Richard in Tennessee

morel report. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 18:14:00 -0500. April 17. Checked out my favorite site northwest of Nashville, TN this morning. Found over 200 (about 10 lbs.!) of nice fresh yellows in less than 2 hours. Also saw many tiny yellows just peeking up through the leaves. While many were found randomly under just about every type of tree, the best patches were all around black cherry. Hal



Texas Morels, Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 09:46:08 -0600. From: David. After a two-year drought, morels are back in Texas -- we have gathered baskets of them around Lake Whitney. In Texas, they seem to prefer typical Hill Country terrain. Look for areas with cedar trees (really, they are a variety of juniper, but every redneck in central Texas calls them cedars) and spanish oaks, limestone.

Morel sightings, Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 21:13:10 -0600. From: Susan M. S. After several years of drought conditions we were blessed with a rainy winter, and now MORELS in the Edwards Plateau of the central Texas. Curious which species we might have (the pale-yellow guys that are about 4 inches tall, found in the leaf litter under Ashe juniper trees on limestone hills. So if you could steer me to a Texan I'd be much obliged. Being a transplant from Wisconsin I had forgotten the elusive mushroom hunters. Thanks, Susan S., Center Point, Texas (NW of San Antonio) Susan, we'll let you know if we get any volunteers. Otherwise, you might ask a guy named Phil at Mycoinfo He's from the Austin area and is a member of of the mycological group for that area - He's even found morels in November in Texas!

Sightings in Texas. Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 20:18:25 -0600. To David : Exciting news around Lake Whitney . The reason rednecks call Juniperus virginiana "cedar" is due to its common name , Eastern redcedar. JR

Austin Texas, Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 19:03:00 -0600. Hello, I am a student at the University of Texas. This weekend we were walking outside of town and found thousands of morels. I knew what they were, but most people around here don't even know what they are. We got some friends and picked about 50 lbs of them. I have a few questions. My friend has been storing them for three days already in a closed plastic bag in the fridge. I realized this is a mistake, but are we too late? How do we know if they get rotten or start to get moldy? Are they dangerous to eat now? What is the best way to store them, should I put them out in the air to dry, or leave them in the fridge? Should I slice them or leave them whole. I appreciate your advice on my questions, and look forward to hearing from you. If you would like info about our discovery in Texas, I am happy to talk about it more. Thanks, Roger G. Roger, Congrats on the find. Airtight is a problem, but being in the fridge may help. If they haven't been washed or soaked in water, they should probably be ok. If they have been washed, then you'd better through a big party - quick (be sure to invite me!) If they've not been washed, you should still be able to dehydrate them. The following quote is from our information page at http://www.ocslink.com/~morel/6497.html "Don't wash or soak any mushroom that you intend to dehydrate! Slice them in half and brush away any dirt or critters. You may string them and hang them in the sunshine or place them in a single layer between two screens and elevate them for air circulation in the sunshine. Use two screens so that with help you can pick them all up at onnce and turn them over. We have a dehydrator that provides both heat and circulation. Don't dry them until they are crispy like a potato chip, they should still be a little flexible. Remember that bigger, thicker mushrooms will take longer to dehydrate. Then we place them in an air tight baggie in the freezer, but you can store them anywhere they wont be found by critters. When you are ready to devour them, simply place them in water for 30 minutes to an hour and they're ready to use the same as if they were fresh. I like to take them right from the freezer and let them rehydrate as they are cooking in soup." I have changed my thinking since I wrote that article in '97. I now dry them until they are crisp. The problem is that with a dehydrator is that if you get the temperature too hot, you can actually "cook" the mushrooms so that they have a burnt taste. You can tell if the ones in your fridge are starting to spoil if they change color or get rust colored areas on them, if the water they're in turns briny (brown) or if mold or other growths appear on them. I would slice them in half because they will dehydrate better, you'll be able to get rid of any critters contained in them, make sure they are hollow, and look for any discoloration easier.

Mushrooms in Texas! Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2001 21:45:32 -0600. Grew up in southern Illinois and hunted through childhood and into my mid twenties. Moved to San Antonio in the early 80's and inquired about morels to the natives, who looked at me like I was crazy. Well twenty years have gone by and today while throwing some weeds in the wooded lot next to my house I find 21 beautiful yellow morels. Dave F.

Morels. Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 14:23:48 -0600. I live in Austin, Texas and its March 21, 2001. Like most people I am a little scared to pick mushrooms myself and eat them. This morning I found a several Morels growing in my flowers beds. Thanks to your website I am confident they are Morels. I think I will go home today and pick them. I will cut them in halves and grill them. We bar-be-que everything in Texas. Reed M. Another great page for identification is Michael Kuo's

Morel sighting! Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 19:54:34 -0600. From: Sandy E. My boyfriend (who immediately identified them) and I found several " clumps" of morels on my property over the last couple of days. I live in Austin, Texas and we have had lots of rain lately and colder than normal temperatures. The morels seemed to be situated close to oak clusters, and we were also thinking about the proximity to the 'burn pile' where ash might fall on the area.

Fri, 6 Apr 2001 14:37:17 -0500. From: Sam G. March 16, 2001. Checked out one of our regular sites (central Texas) - listed by one of your more sharing reporters in her report - figuring we were a week early. This is a favorite spot for hunters on public land, first come, first serve, so to speak. Four years ago we collected hundreds of whites; three years ago, dozens; two years ago a few; last year, one. Went into the woods anyway and the ground was covered with literally thousands. No one had been in yet. We picked what we wanted, two hours with a lunch break one day and one hour the next, leaving thousands. Two of us cleaned five 64 quart Igloo coolers full. fifty years collecting, never seen anything like it. March 30, 2001. Last week to central Oklahoma and less luck on our two leases there (2 sections of woods), but at least two hundred pounds in four hours of hunting (six people) in the mud and water. All whites.

Morel Sighting. Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 15:37:17 -0500. Hello, I moved to Texas from Iowa about a year ago, and have loved morel hunting for many years. On Wednesday, April 4, my wife and I had a picnic at a park in central Texas, and found an 8" morel popping out of the gravel near where we parked our car. I was amazed!! We decided to take a hiking trail and found two large grocery bags full in about 40 minutes just from the trail! We couldn't believe people weren't out picking these things! To my surprise, most of the Texans we asked about the mushroom said they never heard of them. In fact, more than one person was surprised we were picking wild mushrooms and cautioned us about eating them. I guess I can enjoy plenty of good harvests in the years to come!! Sam Y. Temple, TX (50 miles north of Austin)

sighting report & ? Date: Sun, 06 May 2001 14:36:13 -0500. From: Tessa N. North Texas- We found our first morel on April 7, and found more on the 8th. Most of them were in clumps of two, but we found a cluster of 10 esculentas, in which we found one that was 9 inches in height (it was so big it was bent over!). We only found 24 morels on our property, but this is the most we've ever found on our own property since we moved to Texas. April 7 is the day we have found morels here for the past 6 years. I was wondering , have morels ever been found in May, in North Texas ? The weather right now is cooler than usual here, and quite damp, and we were considering going and looking for some today, just in case! We will be checking this fall for morels, and will hopefully be lucky, and find some!





Sighting! Date: Sun, 27 May 2001 13:25:21 -0400. From: Suzi and James. Sunday May 27, Moretown Vt. Esculenta in my backyard Bon Appetite.



Virginia Morels! Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 16:13:45 -0500. Just got back from my favrite spot and lo and behold, I found 26 black and 6 yellow scrumptious goodies! I can't wait to cook them up. These were found this morning, but I got cut short by a severe rain storm. Checking the same spot tomorrow and will most likley find some more. Virginian's get your mesh bags ready to fill. I found these in the Newport News area. If anyone wants to know specifics, let me know and we can work it out. Can't wait till tomorow. Jody

Virginia Shrooms. Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2001 22:28:11 -0500. From: Jody from Newport News, Virginia again. Found 78 black and yellow this afternoon. The same spot I found them in yesterday, and I didn't even make it to my second spot which I will hit tomorrow, plus this same one again.

Virginia Shrooms! Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 15:45:12 -0500. I found another 66 blacks this morning (Friday). This spot is turning out to be a real good one this year. This is my last year here, so I think mother nature is being nice to me. I am drying a lot of them and freezing as well. Thanks again. Jody

Virginia Shrooms. Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 15:35:23 -0500. Well, 4 days in a row have yielded a harvest. 26 more black on Saturday, and then only 9 on Sunday. Looks like I need to wait for more rain which is due in the next couple days. Temps have dropped in the 30's, but Saturday it looks to get warmer. I got a hold of Clayton, and I told him my spot. Yes, I know, Morel hunters usually NEVER give out their hot spot, but I figure, he has been searching for a couple years with no results, and I have been finding them for 3 years. Now it is his turn to enjoy the tasty little buggers. Besides, I am leaving before next season, and decided he can take over my spot. I will update you after Saturday's hunt. Hopefully Clay will go with me, so we can find even more!! :-) Thanks. Jody, Newport News, VA.

Virginia Shrooms. Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 10:41:28 -0400. Well Tom, Saturday the 31st was a good day. Clay went with me to my spot and we did real well. I arrived about 45 minutes earlier than him, and had already found 20 or 30 blacks. We both hunted from 8am to noon and we both had some pretty good finds. I shared some of my find with him since he arrived a little later. I walked out of the woods with 87 blacks after giving Clay a couple handfuls. Not sure how many he ended up with, but I know he was VERY pleased. I think this was the first real find for him in Virginia. He was surprised as to the actual location of the shrooms and how early they were popping up. In places where you normally wouldn't even think of looking. The majority of the finds were located in Poplar Tree groves and even some in Oak Groves. The day was good and temp was in the 50's. It rained on Sunday, 1 April and I found 14 before I got rained out. I will keep you posted of the Virginia finds. Jody, Newport News, VA

Virginia. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 11:52:35 -0400. Jody from Newport News again. Went out on 7 April and found 17 more black and 18 half free. Seems like the black ones should be going away soon, but hope not. Waiting for gray and yellows now. Still finding them in the Poplar and Oak groves. Jody

Virginia Morels. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 22:33:36 -0400. Tom, Thanks to your site, I hooked up with a fellow shroomer out her in the peninsula of Southeast Virginia. In fact, we grew up no more than 60 miles from each other in Iowa. He took me to his Morel patch, and I have been in hog heaven since. The site keeps producing Morels every single day. First the blacks, then the half-free's then the grays and yellows. The last four times I've hunted, I have found all three varieties at once. We went out for a little over an hour today and I pulled 14, and I know he tripled that. The air temperature reached 79 yesterday and still there were fresh blacks to be had today. The best site is nestled amongst a stand of yellow poplars with a presence of sweetgum trees. The forrest floor will show poplar flower sheds and sweetgum prickley balls. We are also finding Morels in mixed hardwood stands with a blend of conifers. Two weeks ago, the ground temperature next to two morels was 49 degrees F. Down here, the Morels started to show long before the woods "came alive"; About the same time the Mayapples were sprouting. We are at the 39th parallel, and I know my buddy has been finding them since 21 March. One more note; Where there was an abundance of Early Spring Entolomas, there was an abundance of Morchella. Find the Fungus! Clay B. I'm glad we were able to help, but most of the credit should go to Jody for being willing to give you his spot.

Morel report--Emory, VA. Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 00:43:30 -0400. From: Gary A. From the height of the mayapples, and a few white trillium blooms, I would estimate that I'm out about a week earlier than usual. I found several black morels (probably elata, but who knows?) under maple and oak. They seemed to be several days old and varied in quality from good to a little "stinky." I don't eat the black ones. Under the stand of Hickories that has always been my most reliable place for little yellow morels, *I found none.* However, I did find at least 30 Verpa bohemica --many more than in past years. I don't eat those either. I haven't been to the apple orchards, since the "no trespassing" signs went up, but all of the best abandoned orchards are now very overgrown with raspberry thickets or are being subdivided, so I haven't seen big [8"x2"] yellow morels there for years anyway. You must have gotten there first! In a back yard in Abingdon, there is a often a very big black Morel (not out yet), that is shaped more like agusticeps or big yellow morels than the usual black ones. It is under an apple tree.

Virginia Shrooms. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 08:17:40 -0400. Well, since I am writing I might as well tell you about my latest find. I know I post a lot of messages, but this season has been really exciting. I'm not as fortunate as other parts of the country where they walk out of the woods with 20 and 30 pounds of morels, but I get excited when I find the smallest ones. The weather here reached the mid 80's for a couple of days and I though it might be over real soon. That was 11 and 12 April. Well, on Easter Sunday, I went on my own type of Easter egg hunt. I guess you could call it an Easter Morel hunt! To my surprise I still found blacks in the same areas I have been finding them all season. I was thrilled. I also noticed that the later in the season, the larger the blacks become. One was the size of a soda can! I was only out for about and hour and a half, and returned home with 27. A combination of all three (black, gray, and yellow)! This is by far the best season I have had in Virginia. I think the season is winding down, and I will keep all parties informed of the latest finds. Signing off for now. Jody from Virginia.

04/21/01 Morel report--Emory, VA. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 17:59:56 -0400. From: Gary A. Where I saw the 30 Verpa bohemica last weekend, those were nearly gone --dehydrating and starting get a bit of a black tone to the ribs and top. There were very few fresh Verpas [I don't eat those] . . .but a half dozen or so yellow morels, and no fresh black ones this week where I found the morchella elata. I bit farther away from where I usually find Verpa bohemica, I saw a morel looking mushroom that I first took for Morchella elata, **but** upon closer inspection it was half free, with small gap between the apparent cap and stype, the gap was slight and was very symmetrical to the shape of the stipe, I'll have to get a microscope to know more. Although still *fairly* moist and fresh, it's color was that of a black morel. The ones I have identified as Verpas can get a bit black with age, but this one is a mystery for now.

Fwd: update 04/21/01 Morel report--Emory, VA. Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 18:59:38 -0400. From: Gary A. Cutting the mystery half black morel lengthwise revealed that it was absolutely *not* a Verpa (which it didn't look like). Its cap was attached half to two-thirds down from its pointed tip. Some of the fresher more yellow half-free looking ones that I had dismissed today as aging Verpas (aging explaining how the ribs were starting to get black near the tip) left over from last week's big Verpa flush were also half-free morels. Cutting open one of last week's Verpa specimens stored in the fridge revealed that it's cap was attached very near the tip indicating that it was likely a verpa. Since I didn't apply that procedure to all of the 30 Verpas reported last week, it is plausible that at least some of them were half-free morels dismissed as Verpa bohemica identified earlier in the hunt. The hunt continues. I'm nearly in a frenzy.

SW Virginia Morel. Sun, 22 Apr 2001 08:50:39 -0400. You have a wonderful site and my family especially likes reading the sightings entries. We are in the far Southwest Virginia mountains near Wytheville. Morels generally spring about the last week in April around these parts. Happy to report that my son found a three inch yellow beauty yesterday. It's been quite dry and this was the only find during two hours of intense scouring. My guess is that next week will bring the treasure! DCS Wytheville, VA

Half-free Morels. Date: 22 Apr 2001 15:24:25 CDT. My wife, dog, and I found 23 half-free morels (snakeheads) today in the woods near our home in Fairfax County, Virginia. Size range was between 2-8 inches. Hopefully, this is an indication that the big sponges will follow! My wife is from Southern Indiana where morels are plentiful. So this was a big surprise to her since expectations were fairly low for this area. I will be checking back at the patch daily for the next several days to see how things are. RON

MOREL HUNTER. Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 11:03:09 EDT. I need some help. I am in Newport News, VA and I attempting to make contact with Jody who is finding these roonies! I went out today and found none, if Jody could provide me a hint or a close location that would be outstanding. I am from Indiana and I have not had any roonies in a long time. Please help me so I can satisfy my taste buds. Appreciate your help! John John, you are the fifth person that wants to make contact with Jody. He has been very gracious and has even given his favorite spot to Clay. We have forwarded all emails to Jody, but please understand if he doesn't respond.



There back in Washington! Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 08:53:27 -0800. From: Teresa L. Our first sighting was 3/18/01. They are late this year and not as many because the lack of rain. but it is so exciting to find them and great to be outside with beautiful Mt. Baker on on side and the San Juan Islands on the other.

Morel Sightings! Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 11:53:42 -0800. From: Moony J. I am an avid hunter of the infamous Morel Mushroom and have found them already this year in the Stanwood, Wa areas on 3/20/01 and also in the Arlington, WA. There have been plenty so far I have already eaten over 5lbs of them between me and my friends. We have gathered over 20 lbs so far and the season is just getting started.

Morel Mania. Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 08:15:01 -0700. My neighbor found 70 in her (10-acre, woodsy) back yard on Sunday (4/1/01). Barbara S. Camano Island, WA

Here @ Lynden, Washington. Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 22:21:49 -0700. Hi my name is Jenny R.. My son (Sean) and I went for an outing today while on our walk, I happened to look over and there and behold I saw a morel mushroom. I showed my son so we went to look around for more, wow oh wow there were tons of them (figure of speech). We collected quite a few morel mushrooms. I was excited because I never saw so many morel mushrooms in one area while my son and I collected them. There was just so many!! Our biggest heading (the brainy part) was at least 3 inches without the stem from top to bottom and the width was at least 2 inches. My son and I had a very adventurous walk today. I would like more info. on Morel mushrooms for around here in the Whatcom County area.

Morels. Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 03:13:42 -0700. From: Jeremy F. Morels are finally coming up in washington. Found about a half pound in the usually sparse west side of the cascades. I found them in cottonwood stands in the hills around north bend. Verpas have been slow to grow due to the cold weather, but are certainly around in good numbers at lower elevations. The snow and cold weather hopefully will help out with drought conditions and low snow pack. Also if any of you texan pickers need to find a home for all those morels e-mail me please.

Fort Lewis, WA checking in. Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 17:53:09 -0700. I am 29 years old and found my first Morel. I nearly fainted. It was so exiting. Just wanted someone to know. I found it in the woods at Fort Lewis, WA right in the middle of a very busy mountain bike trail. Go figure. Thanks for the recipes. Jodi

Early morels (Verpa bohemica) Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 21:42:35 -0700. From: John H. April 15, 2001. Early Morels are still out in the lower Green river area. If you can eat them, go for it. Does anyone have hints or reports on true morels (Morchella sp) in Wash?

Sightings. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 08:58:48 -0700. I found 3 Morel mushrooms over the weekend in a woodsy area in Mount Vernon, WA, on April 22. I used to hunt Morels with my father in Oklahoma when I was young, but I am new to Washington, and new to having to find them on my own (without my father taking me right to them). I know there has to be more around that same area. I would love some pointers and where and when to look. I love to eat morels and miss the family gatherings we used to have every spring to feast on our findings. Julie W.

Bellingham morels. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 17:42:08 +0800. I currently live in Bellingham, Wa and am very interested in learning how to find morels in this area. Is there anyone out there that would be willing to take me on a trip or offer advice of where to look(type of tree's, terrain, etc. Thank you, Mike

Morel report. Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 19:16:26 -0700. From: Robert J. To guy asking about true morels (Morchella species) in Washington, they are out there. Been finding them for 20+ years on east slopes of Cascades. Think areas like Cle Elum, or Lake Wenatchee. Look for cottonwoods growing near water as prime target zones. Within that environment, search areas with little/no undergrowth and a ground cover of fallen, dead cottonwood leaves. The little darlings are exceedingly hard to see, but become easier to spot with experience. Typing this on May 7th, having within the last hour brought back 4 pounds of black morels from Cle Elum area. Good luck.


West Virginia:

Morels in WV! Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 16:41:02 -0400. This is Curtis from the southern part of WV. Just got back from tripping through the woods for 4 miles and found 5 mushrooms. That's 2 more than my neighbor found and 1 more than his buddy found. The weather has been ideal for the last 2 weeks, temps have been in the 70's and 80's with moderate rainfall. Hopefully the next time out will be better, probably not next week though suppose to have snow showers. Keep on shrooming!!!

morel sightings. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 17:31:47 -0400. My name is Bud H. from Spencer,W.V. On good friday I harvested 334 black morels 2001 1st flat off the top on a south east facing slope, delicious!!!!

WOW! Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 10:51:55 -0700 (PDT). From: Doug N. Was in WV over Easter weekend. My cousin Eric, who lives in the woods it seems, pulled 429 morels (17-18 lbs) from his favorite patch on Friday Morning. He was nice enough to grace me with 100 or so of them :-). This is near in central WV. He says that he left the house at 8:30 AM and was home by 10:00 AM. He is the stud 'shroomer!

Morels. Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 19:53:43 -0400. From: nwatt. Collected Morel mushrooms this evening in High View, WV. Absolutley wonderful.

West Virginia. Sun, 22 Apr 2001 13:35:28 -0400. On April 22, 2001 on the eastern pan handle, found 25 morels within 50 yards. A few were quite small. Niwana

West Virginia. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 21:36:36 EDT. Found my first West Virginia morels today, April 24. Two keepers and three that I left to grow. All found under an older live cherry tree. Also found five half frees under a tulip poplar. I was starting to wonder if there were morels in this state after leaving my proven sights unattended in Illinois this past summer. It is almost heaven here now!! Bopper!!

morels of course. Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 11:21:58 -0600. Hi there fellow morel lover! I am wondering if your still into gathering info on morels. I live in WV, and I found the first morel this year on Friars Hill, on April 11th while digging ramps. We have had a dry spring, and the season seems to have ended prematurely. We hardly found any, compared to last year that is. We found morels everywhere! I mean literally, popping up out of the crushed limestone on the edges of our remote mountain roads!!! I simply could not believe my eyes. In Michigan, we had to dig through leaves, and had only one major find. Last year, here in WV, we had so many morels we got sick of them. What was I thinking??? I should have kept gathering, and dried them. I guess I thought the season would always be like that, boy was I wrong. I am wondering if the season has been affected on a widespread basis? I agree with your assertion that morels do indeed GROW, as I had heard the popping out of the soil fully grown theory. I find that ludicrous, and I have proven to myself and my husband that morels do grow. Like anything that I have seen coming from the dirt, the rate of growth depends heavily on the weather. Keep up the good work, and happy morel hunting, if not til next year. Niki M.



what else ? Mushrooms. Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 16:22:16 -0500. Tom, I read your peice today about following the season north, and I wanted to tell you that I live between Eagle River and Boulder Junction, WI. I always come to the Sparland, Chillicothe, Edelstein areas to hunt mushrooms as I grew up in Chillicothe. Do you know anyone who actually hunts mushrooms in northern Wi.? I don't know anyone that does. Last year while driving down a logging road I found 8 morels in the middle of the road probably late may, early june. There are no elm trees in this area, although a friend of mine has a hunting shack in Glidden about 65 miles west and he thinks he has elm trees in the area. I will be checking this out this year. I usually come down and hunt the week before your championship, so I don't get over to your area even though I drive right by your house sometimes, but usually I drive 17. Tell your sister Ann and everybody that remembers Rick and Debbie from Chillicothe and Sparland Hi! Happy Easter To everyone and please lots of mushrooms this year!!!!!!!! Rick.

Wisconsin Sighting! Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 04:02:58. From: brett w. The Morelmasters of Wisconsin have finally found a few morels!! Hey it's not fair all of you guys South of us find morels before us!! It was painful reading those first findings from other States the last couple of weeks. This morning here in Southwest Wisconsin we woke up to a light dusting of snow on the ground. By afternoon the snow had melted and I decided to go check a South facing slope. I couldn't believe my eyes at first but there was 3 very small morels peaking out of the moss. I'm talking like not even as tall as a dime. Wisconsin hunters can look for prime season to be roughly 3 weeks away!! We will have pictures of these little morels and the tree they were found under on our website in a few days. You are welcome to view them at www.angelfire.com/wi/morelmaster Again thanks to Morel Mania for this website.

Morel Sighting in Wisconsin! Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:58:50 -0500. A short trip to the woods last night (April 18th) resulted in second sighting of the famous Morchella in Southwestern Wisconsin near Potosi. (We did spot a grouping of 3 gray caps in the evening hours of April 17th in a ditch line facing due south.) A projected outlook of the season looks very promising at this point. We have adequate amounts of ground moisture and the Dutch Elm Disease spread like wild-fire through the area last summer, resulting in an abundance of elm trees that recently died off. With a little assistance from Mother Nature, we will be in prime-time hunting the week of May 7th and May 14th. Happy & Safe hunting to all! Brett

1st morel. Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 20:42:11 -0500. From: Tim K. Sat. April 21 south facing limestone bluff in Rock County, WI. Several dozen are up. Some 3 inches tall may have been up a few days others just up!

Morels are up in Southeastern Wisconsin! Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 09:03:59 -0500. Morels are up in Southeastern Wisconsin! On Wednesday April 25, I found 7 Morchella Esculenta in Washington County. They were growing on a southern facing slope next to a dead elm stump. The largest one was about 2 inches tall. I checked all of the other southern slopes in the area with dead elms but nothing yet. The morels I found were in an open area that didn't have much grass or moss to shade the ground. The weather is supposed to be warmer over the next week. I'm sure more will start popping up real soon. Hey Brett, what happened to your web site? Erik

MORELS SIGHTING. Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 17:17:44 EDT. Monday June 7th 2001. I just got back from my favorite Morel Hunting ground near Westfield WI. The weather has been a little cool but there had been over four inches of rain last week. I managed to come out of the woods with about three dozen small to medium sized grays. I think the yellows should start popping up in the next week or two. TGA

Can we buy them. Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 12:19:18. From: brett w in SW WI. Hey Tom, Thanks for the lead. We've contacted Roger to let him know we are unable to ship any more fresh morels this season. (Dang sun!) Actually, we can not complain. Our season was one of the best. Final numbers are not tallied yet, but I know we came close to the 300 pound picking mark. We also took two days in the heart of the season to do some guided hunts and help Larry Lonik out with a video he's putting together.

once again! Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 17:48:18. Hello Tom and Vicky, The season in sw Wisconsin ended on May 17th this year. Jason and I picked well over 275 pounds (close to 300, but we got lazy towards the end of the season:) Larry Lonik stopped in and hunted a couple of days with us (May 7th and 8th) after leaving the Magnolia festival. He really enjoyed the hunts, as we averaged 30 pounds a day. We would have undoubtly got more, but Larry slowed us up a bit:) Don't let him tell ya otherwise...... We did break a copule of Morelmaster records this season. "Most pounds in a day". Previous mark was set in 1998 at 41.5 pounds. We thrashed through the underbrush all day on May 9th and picked a grand total of 44 pounds. Previous record for "Most pounds under a tree" was set last season (2000) at 10.5 pounds. This year we cleared 14 pounds of morels under one elm tree on May 6th. Hope the season in central IL was as good as ours and as always, Happy Shrooming! Brett Thanks for the info Brett, I met up with Larry at Boyne City and saw the raw footage of some of your hunts - simply amazing! He hopes to have the video avaliable this fall, if so, we'll have it in our next catalog.


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Its Not Fair! Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 21:39:22 -0500. Have been checking out the "patch" across the road for a week, been dreaming , losing sleep, obsessing over finding that first shroom of the season for at least a month. Did I get to find it, NO! the ole hubby walks across the road after work and spoils all my fun and finds the FIRST! Now I can relax and get out into the woods and find the MOST. Yes we take our Shrooming seriously! All is fair in love and SHROOMING!!!! Hope to have a great year, love the site, keep up the good work! Karen

Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2001 21:11:38 -0500. From: kwt. April 15,2001. Went out to a new spot that looked good last year with no results, this year we got 75 yellows in an hour. This is the first year i've got a good find and wondered if they will come back for another harvest this year in the same area?

found shrooms. Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 19:01:15 EDT. From: Kg. found my first mushroom sunday april 8 in sourthern brown county. it was a small grey sponge. i have been hunting hard since. my husband and i have found around 100 snake heads, 50 sponges, and 30 woods mushrooms. they have been found in either southern brown, northern jackson, and eastern monroe. my husband also found a small elephant ear in northern jackson county.kc

findings. Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 18:59:39 -0700. From: cheryl n. So far we have found over 400 morels. We like to call them "muggles" here. The first ones we found were on the 7th of April. Today (April 19) we found 250. They will soon be gone.

sightings. Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 22:29:50 -0700. From: Jerry M. I found a dozen esculentas this morning at around 900' elevation in extreme northwestern Trimble Township, Athens County.

Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 19:41:08 -0500. From: Bob E. shepardstown to shenandoah junction are thick with morels. pleant for all. shake them before you leave.

more morels! Sun, 22 Apr 2001 10:15:38 -0500. Found a couple of pounds of horsenecks this week after work.Colleen and Sharon should be ashamed for picking my roadside patch in Montgomery county! LOL!!!! Hope everyone has a great spring. from Bryan in Wingate

Sighting and other things. Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 21:59:02 -0500. Howdy, Bryan from Ellsworth here been out several times and just found my first batch of Morels found 8 total pretty small but glad to have em' with the rain coming and weather heating up should be going good in about a week or so.

Tue, 24 Apr 2001 00:14:56 -0400. From: R&A B. Picked 80 grey mushrooms on the 22 and 23 of April in the southern part of Branch county. 64 of them were under one tree. But all of them were under dead Elm trees.

Dearborn co. Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 07:22:07 -0500 (EST). we found about 30 large blacks about 65 yellows. on23 we hunted southern dearborn CO some gray had been up for the cold last week 90% great morel year here. G MAN

Morels! Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 10:34:11 -0400. From: Paul. Finally! April 22; Found about 60 yellow morels in the old hot spots in Guernsey Co. Could use a little rain to bring the rest up. We fixed them up with bluegill fillets. What a feast! Going to look again 4/26 for more.

was getting worried. Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 09:41:54 -0700. started out real slow ,went out the 23rd of april and only found small lite colored blacks .but i went out again the next day and found over 50 nice big blacks,So i started looking in some other spots and and found more on the 25th, over 100 big blacks ,its looking real good here,so get out in them woods ,good luck everyone im off to the woods again ,,,,,,,Van

reddish beefsteaks. Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 18:58:35 -0500. april 28,2001 i found 11 of these beefsteaks this evening in a valley between a north facing and a south facing hill side. i left them in the woods cause i don't eat those. no whites or greys around boscobel, wisconsin for me, although i've heard of some people that have found some 1 inch or so tall. Rick

Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 14:15:50 EDT. yesterday we found over 50 morels in less then a hour had a blast!!!!! the web page is killer thanks cathy d.

Found some ! Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 20:31:38 -0400. From: Kip T. Here is a Great Spot Latitude: 42.944225 Longitude: -85.71077

morel sightings. Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 06:17:47 EDT. TURKEYHUNTER. found several hundred over the weekend. mostly tiny greys. found a handful of eye opener yellows though. anxiously awaiting sunrise (so i can see in the woods)good luck to all.

Hello Fellow Morel Hunters. Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 01:26:17 -0500 (CDT). From: Dave S. I have been hunting the elusive morel for thirty seven years now. I can't believe that there is a website for this! The way that I discovered this was, I was out in a woods today, I ran into a friend that told me about this site, she had looked it up on the net. She and her 4th grade son where coming out of the woods defeted, but I took them back in and shared my secrects with them. We all came out victorious, so proud to come out with everyone gong in or coming out empty handed!. You know the pride of all our expertise. When asked you are to give the response, where did you find those? In a woods! I figure I won't be around forever, and young people should learn the art of finding morels. I've been doing it for many years now, and I only take a taste of them when they first come out. Then my goal is to find them for the shut -ins and folks that can't go out and find them anymore. These folks had them once upon a time, and to take the mushrooms to them, is about the most rewarding expierience in the world.The smiles you see, when handing them a bread wrapper full of morels, is the most genuine smile that one could ever see! I took them to my third grade teacher for years, ever since I was at the third grade level, even the years that I lived in Minnesota, She and her husband passed away, lost me there as to who I was going to give them to, but trust me, I will find deserving people! Thank You again for having this website