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Soil temps are running upper 30s to lower 40s in most of Central and North Central Alabama. I see the 10 day forecast gets us a week or so of highs near 70 and lows in the lower 50s. Well have to see what the soil temps are by next Saturday 2/22; but continued warmth in late Feb/ early March could get the season going sooner than average......
 

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The warm spell has me checking some of my usual spots around Birmingham. Last year I stumbled on some turning black on March 5 so I'm thinking this weekend or net week may be the start of the season.

 

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Dawg, you may be on to something. For Central Alabama the 4" soil temps are running in the 50-55 range since Weds(19th) and look to stay that way thru Tues(25th). I always hate to think about missing the start of the season and will be checking some spots this Sunday (23rd). Usually it is 4-6 days, sometimes longer, of 50-55 degree soil before any morels appear. I think the underground party has begun and we may see late Feb or real eary March morels; unless it just turns off below average cool for a run of more than just a day or two. Anybody on a line from Atlanta to Dallas and especially points south of that line should get in the woods at least once or twice the next 10 days. (Anybody out there SC, GA, MS, AR, LA, TX)???
 

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Checked my good spots today (2/23), nothing. It is still early here in Bham area. Next warmup in early March could start them. Usually were I hunt starts around March 15th-20th...
 

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Still nothing for me either. I have noticed that the daffodils are a couple of weeks late this year due to that cold snap. We may just have to be patient.
 

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I'm almost due west of Atlanta, in Ga, about 30/45 mins from the Bama border. I've been looking into botany and mycology for about a year and am now looking to get into school soon, so im out hunting 3 or four times a week :) I've been keeping my eye open when on my regular hunts, but no signs yet... I haven't had the chance to hunt morels yet, I just moved from south florida less than a year ago, but i have been studying up and have several prime habitat locations I'll be keeping my eye on. Happy Hunting!!
 

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Hi Art,

I did that lest year. The studying part, I mean. I am a biologist but not the mycology type. Read lots of the best books and spent from November through March scouting out the "best Prime habitat locations". I did in fact find Morels but none of them were in the "best Prime habitat locations" as described in the books. I think I wore a two inch ditch around some great big old Elm trees. Nada! I found some isolated morels and three pretty good flushes. Ole Kuo says you can't find them around hickory trees but I did. Moral of this Morel story, look everywhere! Chattanooga Area.
 

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lol, I've read lots of stories about being in "the best spot ever" and not finding anything at all. My "prime locations" are only starting points really. I wont be limiting my search to any one area or habitat. We'll see what happens :) Good luck to everyone! And thank you for the words of wisdom pomoxis as well as Missouri Mate! I'll keep you posted if you'll post pics of the amazing hauls up your way :wink:
 

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8-O ......... wow ...... I dont even know what to say to that picture lol. Now that is what i love to see!! Incredible sir! Cant wait to see what you come up with this year. I hope to post a picture with just 1/5 of those! I'll be very happy :) I hear you guys up north get the real motherloads though.
 

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:) They wrap around in a horseshoe in the background kitchen area. I think my brother and I came home with 52 lbs that last trip. It was indeed an incredible (and my best) year. Check out some of the other morel sites when the season gets going and you'll see hauls like this (and better) from many morel maniacs out there...

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Now I know why I can't find any morels. Somebody from Minnesota ate them. LOL

I don't even want to find that many. but I'd like to see that many in a pile. It would be like looking into a Vault at Fort Knox.
 

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Even better than a pile is making the 8 hour drive back to KC in a Scion XB with 6 coolers full of big ole beautiful Morels knowing you were able to cover the costs of a three day picking excursion to feed the need to hunt until the last possible opportunity. Morel Maniac!
 

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Wow you make me jealous Mitch with all of that out of state hunting... I may have to try it sometime. Noodling season throws a wrench into that though..
 
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