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April 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm #36398


Looks like I won’t be able to hunt SW IL this year (Madison County) so I’m planning a trip with my brother to go up North around the weekend of May 24th when I get back to the states. Question for the Northerners: When is your typical season up there? I also gotta ask but I don’t expect a response: Any good public areas/campgrounds?

April 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm #36511


I’m not really good at morel hunting yet but I hunt turkey in Carroll county around mid to late April, I still have yet to find one. If I had to guess id say its later up there, mid May? I know there is the Mississippi palasades state park up there, you might want to look into it.

April 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm #36512


I’m in DuPage Co. and our usual time is around Mother’s day.

April 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm #36532


yea its about mothers day in will county also

April 8, 2013 at 5:16 am #36581


Sounds like I will get my fix in this year! I really appreciate all the info!

April 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm #36682


If you are waiting till mothers day to hunt, you are missing 2-3 weeks of hunting on a typical year. Last year I found my first one in joliet on March 31st. On the normal year though it is the last week of april. Good luck and give it a whirl a bit earlier, and stay out of my woods, thanks. hahahaha

April 9, 2013 at 4:51 am #36755


Masonrymaster; I understand that I’m missing out right now (Madison County boy) but unfortunately, I’m out the country until the 22nd of May so that is why I was wanting to find out good picking times up north. So where are you hunting?? Bwahahaha!! :mrgreen:

April 9, 2013 at 4:55 am #36756


Thanks for the advice, it kind of all makes sense now I’ve only found yellows even though this is my only the second year doing it. Thanks again

April 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm #37049


shout out to dbowhntr …I know you’re out there :mrgreen:
Haven’t had my dream yet, it’s gonna be a spell. Tread lightly my fellow shroomers.

April 15, 2013 at 9:11 am #37748

Got no morels

I’m out in Pingree grove il it’s Kane county il I’m going crazy. I need help desperately to figure when is a good time and or where to go to better my chances I’ve been reading up but would appreciate if I can get some help from someone who might know the area? That can give me pointers. Please I beg of you pleeeeese ALSO other areas near me huntly morengo

April 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm #37800


How you doing, morelmoocher? Been getting ready, scouting out spots. Nice cool, wet April so far. Got to like that. first small ones should be up in a week or so. Saw some ramps starting to emerge around 4/3. Should be able to start digging up some of those in a couple days.

April 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm #37804


Hah, amazing, I just looked at my calendar from 2012. Because of the crazy string of 80 degree days in March last year I found my first patch of morels on 3/31 and by 4/7 I had already picked almost 800. I only went out a few more times in the next couple weeks and by 4/24 it was almost all over. What a difference compared to this year, which seems much more “normal” in its timing so far.

April 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm #38235

Got no morels

Any body from or around cook county Kane county area?

April 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm #38293


Got no: I’m in Kane County. Keep an eye on me here and I’ll let you know when to look. I find a few hundred every year and all in Kane County. We are still a week or two away from seeing anything. Needs to warm up more and more under growth needs to wake up. All this rain is good. I’m anticipating a good year.

April 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm #38337


I’m in cook county. I don’t expect anything until it warms up in hopefully the next few weeks.

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