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morels, its that time again

Postby l1ranger » Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:11 pm

I'm planning on hitting some spots this weekend. the calendar says the time is now, but it seems early giving the temps and signs in the woods.
no leaves on the trees, daffodils are just starting to bud, soil temps still seem low, but a day in the woods will be nice and give me a jump on turkey scouting.
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby adawg » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:12 pm

I'm itching to get after them too . We have plenty of moisture in the soil, unlike last year . But the soil temps need to be at least 53-54 . Not there yet . At least not here . Not sure of the timing, but better to get after them early, than to
miss them too late . Very short window on those tasty fungi !
Ranger, not sure if you check this forum, but some good info here .

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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby l1ranger » Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:55 pm

i have been over there dawg. i check a few of them waiting on the reports to heat up.
last year was a poor year for me. the year before was good. I'm hoping this year will be kind
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby fmfdoc » Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:27 am

Always hunted Morels in Northern Michigan. VERY tasty critters, for sure!! Haven't been out in Va. yet, tho......
To use generalities, only (secret spots are just that, I know!), where in the region, can prime morel hunting be found????
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby l1ranger » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:46 pm

I have done all of my hunting in the mountains, but have heard reports of them being found elsewhere in VA
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby adawg » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:49 pm

For those interested in a report, I hunted for about 3 hrs. today in some very good spots, and found nothing yet .. The calendar is right, but the
long hard winter has slowed things down I think ..
Although I would never shoot a turkey on Sunday,(illegal in Va,) I brought a call along with me, just for fun, but no gun . I got no response at all .
The turkey rut and morels, usually are about the same time .
Will give it another week, and try again ..

Edit : Found the first tick of the year .. They don't seem to care about the long cold winter ! :shock:
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby Frank » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:55 pm

Turkey are sounding off good up in Pa. I'll be heading that way in two weeks.
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby l1ranger » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:22 pm

thanks for the report dawg. i never made out. was planning too saturday afternoon but couldn't pull myself away from the building materials auction. way to much stuff I wanted to bring home, and i did get some of it.

no gobbles here yet though. i've seen a few groups out in the fields, so it shouldnt' be long before they start gobbling at the truck door when in the early morning. i will definitely hit it this coming weekend if the weather holds.

starting to see some color coming into the redbuds and the daffodils are showing their colors too. no leaves on the poplars yet though.
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby adawg » Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:49 pm

Any day now !!!!! Went out for an hour after work today . No true morels, but I did find a very large Thimble Cap morel . This is a false
morel . Genus verpa bohemica . Not poisonous, but if eaten, you prolly want to stock up on the Charmin ! :lol: :oops:
That is only the 2nd false morel, that I have ever found here in Va., but a good sign things are about to pop ..
Also, these things really look nothing like a morel, so very hard to confuse the 2 ..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verpa_bohemica
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby adawg » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:07 pm

I think I better add this for any new shroom hunters . After looking at the pics of the false morel, I can see how some may confuse it with the real thing .
If you don't know what you are looking for, find someone to teach you . Don't eat any shroom unless you are 100% sure of what you have .
To me, it's obvious, but to the untrained eye, maybe not .. Here are some true morels .. Kinda similar, I guess ..
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby sanman » Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:11 pm

Can you freeze them or do you have to eat them right away..??
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby adawg » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:07 pm

If ya got too many to eat, the best thing is to dry them . Never tried to freeze .. But never found more than I can eat ! :lol:
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby sdbridges3 » Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:32 am

Okay adawg. To us mushroom-challenged folks, that false morel looks exactly like a true morel. Found this YouTube video about false morels:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD6h8OVFENE

It shows the cap of the false morel popping right off. Does the true morel do the same?
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby l1ranger » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:41 am

true morels are hollow also. the false morel has a cottony membrane.

here is a real morel Image no the continuous hollow stem and cap.

on the false morel, there is the membrane, and also a separation at the cap as shown here

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best rule of thumb is if you are in doubt, don't eat it.
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Re: morels, its that time again

Postby l1ranger » Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:44 am

also, don't freeze them, they get mushy.

I dehydrate them if I find enough. once they are dried i store them in an airtight container with one of those moisture packs to keep them dry. rather than rehydrating them, i eat them almost like hard candy. get a jaw full and suck on them, once they soften and the flavor is starting to dissappear, I munch em up and eat them. great for camping and canoe trips.
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