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Hello Shroomers and new bloomers (new to/interested in fungi),
I pray everyone is having a blessed year so far, also I hope and pray that everyone is blessed and safe in their mushroom hunting adventures!
I am new to this site, and glad to have found it... I am not new to morel mushroom hunting, I have been hunting em since approx age 3-4, maybe earlier lol, but I don't remember that far back... I moved down here from Indiana, all of our neighbors were Amish, that's how far out in the country I grew up, so you can image how bountiful the sponges, that's what most my family calls them, morel mushrooms were super thick up north, for a super small window of time, but I feel it was easy for one to just know when its time for the first sponges to be up, without even going out to the woods, I can remember one year my mother took us kids to the woods, and she said she was a day early by the time she got a few feet in, I also went a day early two times on my own, once I was old enough, both times I had done just like Mom had done the one time I can remember, I had gotten out there one day early.... Long story a lil shorter: I have yet to learn how to gauge the mushroom season's start here in Bama, the way I was able to just literally know, in Indiana. I decided that this year the best way for me to be able to know when the season is beginning in future years is for me to just get out there this year even though I know it's too early, I know it's way too early when I first started going out daily back at the end of February; but I have been checking everyday, and it's incredible what I've already learned and gained from those trips thru the woods, but I have so many questions now, because I am finding a few species of fungi that I can't even find in the audubon society field guide, or elsewhere, I know of course not to eat them, I just want to know what they are, and I need to know more about the differences in hunting mushrooms up north, versus down south. I have been here a decade and for a decade had always been told by locals and others who moved to the area, they've all said they're certain there's no morel mushrooms here, but I would try to check sometimes, but I figured out by my second spring here, that I was expecting morel mushrooms here to pop when they pop up north, even though there's a huge time difference in north spring TIME and south spring TIME, lol, but I was still way off for years... Two springs ago, my Mom was saying "there has to be mushrooms down here," she went to the woods the day she said that, and I went with her, so we're walking thru this lil patch of forest and she said, we're too late this year, but she just knew that they grew here... Then she says, there's one, it's old, but it's proof of morels! So this year, since my Momma can't walk, and Daddy's knees are too bad to go, and my child is super into nature and biology, etc, so the two of us are going to have to find plenty for the whole family, I hope and pray it's a good season for everyone.
I'm 32, so I'm not knowledgeable about mushroom hunting in the south like someone who's lived here and hunted here their whole life, but now that I have been out in these Decatur Alabama refuge area patches of woods, I really believe there should be what y'all call half frees, which down here was the first I'd heard em called that, my grandma called em (half frees) snake heads in front of the kids, but pecker heads in front of the adults. Lol... Anyways, being out in these woods every day since the last week of February, I am certain we can't be more than 4-7 days away, what do y'all think? The MayApples are just now spreading up from the swampy areas, but the MayApples as of last eve, weren't very far spread out yet, they were just popping up a few full size, hundreds of nubs, nubs of MayApples, all around where the one to two full sized ones was sprouted over the previous night...
I am medically unable to drive, so it makes it hard to get to really get out there like if like to, and hunt some places with someone else who is passionate about mushroom hunting, and learning more... If anyone wants to learn how to morel hunt, I am your gal ;) Again, I am not am expert on the conditions and environment down here in the south, but I'm pretty good at hunting and finding them... I check on here daily... Good bless you all
 

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Hello Cornfed, I'm really trying to make a lil trip with my kid to Tennessee to hunt sponges, I am not sure this year is the best year though... how is the season there so far?
I am still out looking everyday, everything short of crawling thru the woods with a magnifying glass, but still not found any, even where I did see some last year... I will keep looking til the briars make it impossible lol.
 

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Chonas, I have been seeing those devils urns too... I hate narcolepsy and not being able to drive, I'd so drive to Tennessee or Kentucky and find some too!!! I hope it's not a bust of a year for us! Sorry, back to the urns, I never knew they could indicate a time line for morels, how so chonas?
 

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I feel there is something wrong with the mushrooms this year, I did finally find one on Thursday, April 7th, and it was brand new, fresh... however, been out there looking like my life depends on it, and just the one small - grey - morel. Is anyone finding flushes of them this year? Anyone else finding there not growing where they were in year past or two years past? If I wanted to take my kid on a camping trip and finding morels, in Tennessee, close to the Alabama line, when would be best for big yellows? Thanks. Be safe and God bless all.
 
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