Friday, April 02, 2010

Morels for some while most get skunked (some literally!)

I keep getting reports and checking from the boards I need to update my maps. Here is a photo sent by Shane Jr. from Hillsboro, MO. Way to go Shane Jefferson County will be on the map when I update it tomorrow night. Thanks for sending me the report and photo. Makes me a little jealous. Oh what am I saying it makes me a lot jealous.

I have been out the last few days finding no morels. On Thursday the first day I actually looked I spent an hour just working my way to my patches. I had to work around and wade a few sloughs in the woods that were backing up with flood waters shooting down from the north. After finally getting to my spots, I looked extra careful and did not see a thing.

To add insult to injury on the way back I literally got skunked, as I came face to face with one of the little varmints not four feet away. I saw him turn tail. To run or to spray I will never know because I was not about to stick around and find out. I took off in the other direction as fast as my out of shape legs could carry me (remember it was my first day in the woods and I was on the way home). Luckily I escaped but I took that as a sign and headed back to my Jeep.

Today I went out with Camoshroomer for a few hours scouting to no avail. Meeting up with a larger group of morel hopefuls tomorrow, so who knows we may just be able to turn up one or two yet. Although many signs are right (redbuds and dogwoods are budding, my forsythia is in full bloom, and many trees are already showing their green leaves) things seem a week behind for morels, but this good rain has some promise as long as the rivers don't rise too much more.

7 comments:

ROCKHUNTER80 said...

I went out yesterday didnt find a thing :-(

ROCKHUNTER80 said...

ROCKHUNTER80 again forgot to tell you guys im in COMO

NWMOnatureboy said...

I have watched your blog for a couple years now. I used to live in Columbia now I am in Maryville MO for my first north MO shroom huntin. I just wanted to say with all the crap blogs out there yours is truly a resource and the information and myco-photograghy you provide has captivated my interest. Last year I morel hunted on public land in Columbia for over 20 trips and nearly 40 hours to find one morel....lol(mainly at rockbridge park, Schnabel woods, and Eagle bluffs) Yeah it was kind of dissapointing but that one morel made it all worth while. I have found good bunches in the past mind you but I am a novice mycologist at best so thanks for your sharing of information that is ohhhhh so hard to pry from seasoned veteran morel hunters. I plan to hit it hard this year and will hopefully post pics and info on what I learn this year about NW missouri. Kudos and good luck

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Well, at least you missed out on the tomato juice bath!

Karli-Rae said...

I had a DREAM last night, about finding my first morel of the season. I'd never dreamed about mushrooms before and I think this marks some sort of rights-of-passage as far as mushroom-hunting goes. ;-) Also, ditto to what NWMOnatureboy said, this is a quality blog and I am so thankful for the effort you put into it!
Karli-Rae

ahistory said...

Karli, I think you are right, in that you are not a true morel hunter until you start dreaming about finding them. It is definitely an early warning sign that morel fever is taking hold. Just wait until you find a few. That night when you close your eyes, all you will be able to see is morels and that is before you even fall asleep and start dreaming.

JeffcoDave said...

went out for 2 hours today, nothing...checked valleys and ridge tops....nothing happening yet around hillsboro....