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Old 02-22-2017, 05:22 PM   #1
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Anyone anticipating the upcoming season?

Here's some pics to get your mouth watering.

The tailgate full was a good day with my dad.

It's peak time when the lilacs bloom.
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Those certainly look well-behaved.



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Can't come soon enough, my dried stock is almost up
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Have you ever seen them grow in a basketball size clump or needed a wheelbarrow?
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Omigosh those look soooo delicious!
I'll have to learn where to look up here in the Willamette Valley. Had them pretty well dialed when we lived in the Rogue Valley -- up around Howard Prairie and Fish Lake.
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there is an annual limit on how many mushrooms you can pick FYI
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At spring bear camp over east i look forward to the mushrooms pickin more than killing a bear!
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there is an annual limit on how many mushrooms you can pick FYI
I thought it was a daily limit of one gallon and only in national forests. I know you have to get a daily free permit at a ranger station... How dumb and inconvenient is that... I ignore that one.
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I've seen more bears mushroom hunting too, and also found the most deer and elk antler sheds.

Herm: There hasn't always been a limit everywhere, but good point as there is a limit in WA now. Five gallons or you need the $30 two day commercial license and rules.

For my family, moral mushroom picking is a family camping trip. We have young and old. Some ride quads and dirt bikes, some do a little target shoot competition. We eat well, tell stories around the campfire and laugh. No friends or partners of less than 3 years allowed, just family.

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This article is from 2013 so I'm not sure it's still relevant, but... Also, nothing about an annual limit. I always thought it was five gallons.
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there is an annual limit on how many mushrooms you can pick FYI
As far as I know, that only applies to National Forests. (unless you buy a commercial license)
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Here is a couple from last year
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Mom and I sit around the fire and thread the morels onto string with a darning needle to hang them up, so they can start to dry since we're there a few days. If left in a bag, they would start to compost.

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First to show are the Verpas or false morels (bother some persons stomachs).

It's about time for the Verpas....I'll have to take a walk tomorrow and see if any are up.
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Excited to figure out some spring mushrooms this year.
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First to show are the Verpas or false morels (bother some persons stomachs).
It's about time for the Verpas....I'll have to take a walk tomorrow and see if any are up.
None yesterday....
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Came across this oldie but goodie:


The Mushroom War of '94
by Danny Stephens

It was an April mornin' wet and warm
Seventy degrees after a thunderstorm
I stuffed a bread sack in my back pocket, and I headed out for the woods.
I seen a couple kids spittin' off'a the bridge
So I slipped along the fence-line and I low-crawled the ridge.
But when I seen those footprints, buddy I lost all sense of right, wrong, bad or good.

It's the mushroom war of '94,
I hereby declare it and I'll tell ya what's more
Those scum-suckin' slime buckets leavin' those stumps are goin' down for sure.

You can beat me to my fishin' hole, there's plenty of fish, but when you start takin' fungus off a good ol boys dish
It's time for the mushroom war of '94.

Well I heard some voices thru the trees
Just'a laughin' perty as ya please
They were haulin' out my harvest in some fancy burlap sack.
I sat right down, took off my socks
Filled 'em full of walnuts and some heavy old rocks.
Then I took off screamin' towards them mushroom thievin' demons
Lookin' for some heads to crack.

It's the mushroom war of '94.
Thain't the kinda mushrooms you can buy at the store.
Them slick-chicken patch-pickin' low-life slugs
Are messin with my spores.
You can rob my garden blind late in the night
But touch my morels and ya best be ready to fight
It's the mushroom war of '94.

I came up on 'em like a wild-man and said
With both socks swingin' above my head
If ya wanna see tomorrow boys ya better drop that bag right there.
Well one of 'em tried goin' for a stick layin' near
So I popped him with my sock-o-rocks upside of his ear.
His ear popped, the bag dropped, his buddy took to runnin'
Guess I made myself real clear.

It's the mushroom war of '94
If ya think ya want my mushroom ya better think some more
Snake-bellied, brain-jellied, timber-trackin-cleptos ain't somethin' I'd ignore.
You can take my dog and turn him into mexican food
But pullin' up my poppers, well now that's gettin' rude
You'll be in for a war like '94.

Well that's my story and it's all true
Except for the beginning and the rest the way through
But ya gotta admit those footprints have made ya feel that way before
Well keep your good wool socks on your feet for the snow
But keep a spare pair around close cause ya just never know
When you'll be in for a war like '94
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What's the best way to store these long-term? Dry them up? What's your method?
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I put mine in a dehydrator. They'll last for years. I send a large jar to relatives back east every year this way.
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I dry about 80% and freeze 20%. Dry keeps longer but make sure to store in glass because plastic let's moisture back in.
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Right on thanks for the tip, so do you guys soak them in salt water or something first before drying to get the bugs out? I have a great aunt who swears by doing that before you cook them.
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Right on thanks for the tip, so do you guys soak them in salt water or something first before drying to get the bugs out? I have a great aunt who swears by doing that before you cook them.
I split them in half and soak in LIGHTLY salted water to get the bugs out. Then I dry them on a window screen with a fan on them. They last for years this way and Morels reconstitute nicely. Like Dimples said, it`s best to keep them in a sealed glass jar.
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I split them in half and soak in LIGHTLY salted water to get the bugs out. Then I dry them on a window screen with a fan on them. They last for years this way and Morels reconstitute nicely. Like Dimples said, it`s best to keep them in a sealed glass jar.
Cool thanks Bill seems simple enough, how long do you typically have dry them before they are ready to jar? And do you just soak them in water for reconstitution ?
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Dusty, dry them until they snap when bent. Agree they reconstitute surprisingly well. I am not shy about adding salt to the pre-soak to get bugs out.
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Dusty, dry them until they snap when bent. Agree they reconstitute surprisingly well. I am not shy about adding salt to the pre-soak to get bugs out.
Right on looks like I'm gonna have to try some morel drying this year. What's everyone's favorite way to eat them? My aunt always fries them up like chicken fried steak they are amazing.
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Right on thanks for the tip, so do you guys soak them in salt water or something first before drying to get the bugs out? I have a great aunt who swears by doing that before you cook them.
The bugs add a little flavor and texture!
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if fresh i usually do about 2-3 tablespoons of seasalt soak for around 1/2 hour than again the same and rinse and eat squeezing out excess water too. rinsed keep good for few days in frig. if clean most of the time when i get home i string like popcorn (see above post) and hang under the porch till they hard as a rock dry, no water treatment before or after needed as bugs don`t like dried shrooms. they`ll start squirming and dropping off your hanging shrooms after couple hours. here (the dalles) in shrooming weather when things start or has dried off takes about 2 days and they are dry. when reconstituting either chicken stock or beef stock are what i use usually, cover good amount of shrooms in bowl overnight gently squeeze out excess and eat as would fresh. my favorite is breaded but a good white sauce heavy dose of parmesan cheese cooked shrimp and just barely sauted shrooms that are cooked with the shrimp and garlic/butter till shrimp are juuuuust done throw that in the white sauce and mix with some pasta, mmmmmmm.
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if fresh i usually do about 2-3 tablespoons of seasalt soak for around 1/2 hour than again the same and rinse and eat squeezing out excess water too. rinsed keep good for few days in frig. if clean most of the time when i get home i string like popcorn (see above post) and hang under the porch till they hard as a rock dry, no water treatment before or after needed as bugs don`t like dried shrooms. they`ll start squirming and dropping off your hanging shrooms after couple hours. here (the dalles) in shrooming weather when things start or has dried off takes about 2 days and they are dry. when reconstituting either chicken stock or beef stock are what i use usually, cover good amount of shrooms in bowl overnight gently squeeze out excess and eat as would fresh. my favorite is breaded but a good white sauce heavy dose of parmesan cheese cooked shrimp and just barely sauted shrooms that are cooked with the shrimp and garlic/butter till shrimp are juuuuust done throw that in the white sauce and mix with some pasta, mmmmmmm.
Dampainter I love sauteed mushrooms and shrimp that sound freaking amazing. Thanks for the drying tip I think I'm gonna give drying a shot this year.
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Going to try figuring them out on the west side of the cascaderange this year. Any tips on what to look for in terms of types of trees, direction of slope, dry weather after rain, shade, sunlight? That kind of thing.
I have heard about looking where it's burnt, but there isn't much that burns where I'm thinking of. Curious what other indicators might be.
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Randy, I am new to morel hunting out of the Willamette Valley, but in southern Oregon I looked for logged or thinned areas as well as old burns. Anything that disturbs the soil can be enough to trigger the mycelium into fruiting -- i.e., sending up mushrooms to produce spores.
As to eating, we just sauté in butter until the shrooms get much smaller and start to get a crust. Concentrates the flavor even more.

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It may be Forest specific, but on the Fremont-Winema you are allowed to collect 1 gallon/day and 5 gallons/year without a permit under incidental use guidelines.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/fremont...forestproducts

Not a bad idea to have this brochure printed with you if you are Morel hunting as I have heard of FS Leo's that are not aware of this exception to the permit requirements.
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Going to try figuring them out on the west side of the cascaderange this year. Any tips on what to look for in terms of types of trees, direction of slope, dry weather after rain, shade, sunlight? That kind of thing.
I have heard about looking where it's burnt, but there isn't much that burns where I'm thinking of. Curious what other indicators might be.
Your really not going to get any specific help here, people seem more protective of their morel info than fishing info. I haven't been able to figure it out, and I've tried with minimal success. There are people on the board that will give elevation info, like what elevation they're finding them at. Best bet it to get out and start looking just below snow level. Read books on hunting in the Cascades. Google Earth will give elevation at the bottom right as you pass the pointer over the area your looking at. I do know, or pretty sure anyway, that you won't find them where you find chantrelles. Look more to the East slopes of the Cascades rather than the west. Drier side more than wet side. And if I'm wrong, sorry, I don't know any better.
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Going to try figuring them out on the west side of the cascaderange this year. Any tips on what to look for in terms of types of trees, direction of slope, dry weather after rain, shade, sunlight? That kind of thing.
I have heard about looking where it's burnt, but there isn't much that burns where I'm thinking of. Curious what other indicators might be.
You want to look for soil that has been disturbed since last spring. Look in the most heavily disturbed areas first, in most cases locally that would be a landing. Timing is key to finding morels.
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You want to look for soil that has been disturbed since last spring. Look in the most heavily disturbed areas first, in most cases locally that would be a landing. Timing is key to finding morels.
Could you provide examples of what you mean by "a landing." Do you mean boat landing, logging sites, construction staging areas? Thanks
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There are no morels in the NW!
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Bubba, a landing at a logging site would be a very good place to look.
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Places I`ve found Morels; Clearcuts, Commercial thinned areas, Construction sites, fire pits, bark dust. I`ve found most quantities in Clearcuts and Commercial thinned areas, mainly due to there being more acres of habitat. Look on the landings first, like I said earlier, and then fan out when you find some. They will be mostly right in the machine tracks. Keep an eye on any outdoor fire pits and newly laid bark dust as you can often find a few at a time here.

April and May are prime months, most say soil needs to be 70 degrees, but I think it can be cooler than that, and the earliest mushrooms are always the best. Timing is everything though, so if you find a likely area that is easy to get to, keep going back and looking through the likely time frame.

This applies to "burn morels". There are other kinds that grow near various trees, such as cotton wood. I haven`t had much luck in finding these in any volume.

Morels are FOOL proof to identify once you know what to look for, even though there are several varieties.
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Bill, the "burn morels" also are known as black morels, Morchella angusticeps. The "white morels" that usually fruit earlier along rivers and among cottonwoods are M. esculenta. Like you, most of my finds have been black morels.
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Has anyone found morels this year yet?! Much different than last year; I think the high-mountain elevations were drying up at this time last year!
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Cameron, just checking the Snotel stations down south -- 25 inches at Fish Lake, 10 inches at Howard Prairie. That's prime morel county, but likely will be an April-May show. Howard Prairie used to be pretty reliable about the opening weekend of trout season, but I have found them as late as Memorial Day up there depending on weather. They seem to love thunderstorms.
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I can't wait
I spend all day picking morels, and all night drinking beer...then wake up and repeat.
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Thanks for the info. Plenty of thinned units in the area I'm thinking of, it'll be awhile before I can make it tho. Lots of snow, be a good side distraction while bear hunting.
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Are there any wild flowers/weeds growing in areas along with morels?
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Are there any wild flowers/weeds growing in areas along with morels?
In the ochocos there's a plant that resembles an umbrella (or reefer) that is usually fund around the morels.
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There are a few early patches I pick low on the west side, but my main patches are on the east slopes. Drive logging roads, park and spend the day walking through the forest.

Funny thing about morals is there can be a great patch in one 10 x 20' spot year after year and 30 yards away nothing. You have to find the needle in the haystack, then return there at the right time each year. It takes many years to find many patches, so put on some good boots and start walking. I go when the lilacs bloom.

What kind of trees are in the background? Are they Hemlock????? Look there.
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:43 AM   #49
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Cant wait to get out there!! I'm hoping to hunt the Trout Lake area this season.. I had lots of success with chanterelles there last year. Not sure if morels grow in the same areas as the chants or not... I know there are some cottonwood areas up there too. I'm thinking I'll try the higher up pine forest areas for the darker morels.

Any general tips for Trout Lake? Timing, elevation?
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starting yet anyone???
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Old 04-10-2017, 05:38 AM   #51
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With up to ten more inches of snow predicted today, my morel season is probably shot.
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Where are you located? I've found them mid to late summer before, I wouldn't write them off - but you know your patch better than me.
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Found my first lowland Morel of the season today.
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Found a bunch of false morels today in central Oregon...they looked semi old. Hoping for some nice weather soon
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There are a few early patches I pick low on the west side, but my main patches are on the east slopes. Drive logging roads, park and spend the day walking through the forest.

Funny thing about morals is there can be a great patch in one 10 x 20' spot year after year and 30 yards away nothing. You have to find the needle in the haystack, then return there at the right time each year. It takes many years to find many patches, so put on some good boots and start walking. I go when the lilacs bloom.

What kind of trees are in the background? Are they Hemlock????? Look there.
Probably grand fir if there is no disturbed ground. Grand fir is the big key in the undisturbed east side areas. Also, as Bill noted, thunderstorms can make a marginal area erupt.
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Way to go boss.

Here is an awesome recipe for those wanting to try something new. Mix some crab with cream cheese and stuff the morels before you grill them in butter and garlic. When I was living on the coast last summer I'd leave my crab pots out during work and make that recipe almost every night. I died and went to heaven each time, it was great.
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Hydrophylic: Crab-stuffed morels? HAVE MERCY!

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do these count



Picked two batches out of the bark chips in the yard
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Hydrophylic: Crab-stuffed morels? HAVE MERCY!

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