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Old 03-26-2008, 04:51 PM   #11
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Allen: We have excellent morel hunting here in central Oklahoma as well. The variety we have is the classic yellow morel. They can very from about an inch to close to 8 inches in size. Growing conditions greatly influence their size and in some years, where they are found.

As you point out, dead elms are great places to look. Just about any hardwood except oak tends to be a good place to look. One of my buddies swears he finds a lot around the edges of cedars but I have never had much luck there. Creek bottoms with lots of good leaf clutter are a good bet here.
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:02 AM   #12
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Maverick, morels are pretty hard to miss. It is probably the ONLY mushroom I feel secure foraging for on the "poisonous mushroom fear" front. When I do go foraging, though, I go with an experienced guy. Not because of the fear of the "wrong mushroom", but because people can be very possessive about their spots for mushrooming, even if the property is in the public domain, and even if a landowner has not posted where you cross into private property. I've had fun the tiimes I've gone and feel secure in picking out morels. Wouldn't dare try any other type on my own though. My "Opa" used to take me foraging in Germany, but again, he knew what was poisonous and what wasn't. I need the security of a real expert for anything but morels. Yummmmmm
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:16 PM   #13
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The morel season is finished here for this year I guess. What a season though! I found far more morels this year than ever--and I've been hunting them for about 46 years. My friends and relatives who hunt morels also tell me they found more than ever. What a great gift they were!
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:47 PM   #14
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We should be getting morels here soon, but I am too terrified of snakes to look for them.

But I am fortunate enough to be in an area where so many are harvested, that some people sell them to a deli about 2 blocks from my house.

The deli repackages them and sells them to the public at an outrageous price per pound. I will buy mine again this year.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:35 AM   #15
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Leolady: I have to admit I nearly stepped on a (non poisonous) bull snake the other day while looking for morels. I almost knocked my wife over getting away from it. I've never been hurt by a snake but I've sure hurt myself getting away from them over the years!
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:11 AM   #16
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MIOguy, even at outrageous prices I would rather buy my morels in the deli.

Outrageous morel prices are far less than a hospital stay.

And I would be in a hospital with a heart attack or stroke brought on by seeing a snake too close to me. If it bit me, I would die on the spot.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:30 AM   #17
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That's how my MIL is, absolutely terrified of snakes. She wants me to move my woodpile for my BBQ smoker away from where I currently have it (near my smoker), as she sits outside to smoke a ciggarette there, and she's terrified that a snake might be in there waiting for her.

I've been too busy with yardwork, housework, my job, and trying to catch some fish to even think about looking for morels. But, I can believe that it was a good season, with all the rain we've had this month. This is the wettest April on record.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:10 PM   #18
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The morels are just now popping here, and today, a friend brought us 15 nice little white ones. He sliced them in half and they are now soaking in salt water in the fridge, waiting to be cooked tomorrow night.
The morels always seem to coincide with the asparagus, both of which usually run through the last of March and most of April.
Spring was late this year, though, so everything is running a little late.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:15 PM   #19
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By the way, Allen, we have rat snakes and chicken snakes on our property, and we co-exist with them, as they, along with the red tail hawk, really help control the field mice.
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Old 04-30-2008, 09:43 PM   #20
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I'm hoping to go hunting for them for the first time this weekend, just north of Boston.

My Polish relatives taught me how to go mushrooming, but they never hunted morels, so I don't really know where or when to look for them. Got pointed in a very general direction by someone who saw them last year, so I'm goin' in!

Would love to hear from anyone in the Boston area who would be willing to share his/her morel-hunting secrets! (as if, huh?)

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