2018 Alabama Morel Season

Discussion in 'Alabama' started by chonas, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    Greetings AL mushroom hunters!

    Hopefully you guys all had a great 2017 like I did. I started the 2018 thread because I had my first morel hunting dream of the year last week. Good luck this year everyone!
     
  2. jk117

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    Can't wait any longer. Hope the cold weather and a little snow makes for an epic fruiting this spring.

    Way to early guess on the first one in Alabama:

    March 17

    Good luck out there.
     

  3. newtimmy

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    last two winters were warmer than avg., My hunting buddy and I didnt find many like we did in 2014 and 2015. This winter is running 3 degrees below the avg. First morel Bham area im guessing March 15.
     
  4. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    By the way, I found a very very strong indicator of morel fruiting: leafing of oak leaf hydrangea. I'll keep a better eye on leaf size:morel fruiting time this year, but I saw none before it had leaves and started finding them as it gained them.
     
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  5. tommyjosh

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    I'm pretty sure they say the oak leave the size of a squirrels ear
     
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  6. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    That adage is about leaves on oak trees. I'm talking about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrangea_quercifolia oakleaf hydrangea. The problem with using oak trees as an indicator is that there are up to 10 species in any given area which all have differences in leaf out schedule. The saying also doesn't say what part of the tree should have leaves the size of squirrels ears (tree crown and understory grow leaves at different times).

    Oakleaf hydrangea on the other hand rarely grows above 10' tall, so its leaf growth is pretty uniform.
     
  7. tommyjosh

    tommyjosh Morel Connoisseur

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    Up here in Minnesota we only have two type of oaks
     
  8. tommyjosh

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  9. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    Have you AL people seen the 10 day forecast? Highs in the 60s lows above 40 for the forseeable future. Keep an eye on soil temps!
     
  10. tommyjosh

    tommyjosh Morel Connoisseur

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    Could be a early year
     
  11. i_heart_shrooms

    i_heart_shrooms Morel Enthusiast

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    Last week? I had my first back in September, LOL
     
  12. i_heart_shrooms

    i_heart_shrooms Morel Enthusiast

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    I thought Minnesota had more than that?

    White Oak
    Red Oak
    Northern Pin Oak
    Swamp White Oak
    Bur Oak

    Am I missing any?
     
  13. tommyjosh

    tommyjosh Morel Connoisseur

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    Well the main oaks that we have I. Central mn is red,white and bur
     
  14. newtimmy

    newtimmy Morel Connoisseur

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    Temps will be very mild for next 10 days if the forecast verifies. May have to check early spots next Monday (2/19). I dont expect to find any then; but, I always error on the side of not missing the start. All that said, if it stays mild, it should set the stage for late Feb or early March start if we get no serious relapse to cold. Happy Hunting, its getting closer every day
     
  15. eidolon

    eidolon Morel Enthusiast

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    New hunter here. I'd like to know about burned land. I've heard morels seem to like land that's been burned, but does that impact last more than one season past the fire? I have access to some areas near the NC wildfires that happened in the Fall of 2016, and wonder if I should concentrate on those tracts? Any advice?
     
  16. eidolon

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    Another question from a newcomer: I'm in GA. Once the season begins, how long will it last? Is it prolonged if the weather remains moderate for a longer period of time, or do they all go at once and then it ends, e.g. just 2-3 weeks? Thanks.
     
  17. Mary Smiley

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    How far south in Alabama do morels grow? I’m currently staying in my camper in Mobile. The ground temp here right now is 59.5° about 4” deep in the shade. I am prepared to move north of here once the time comes. How far do I need to go?
     
  18. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    @eidolon Burn morels are a specific species associated with the giant conifers out west. They don't work here. What I did was look at google sat images for my area, then run wooded spaces through https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm to see if the soils were non acidic (morels like basic sandy loam). This helped me ID 2 new spots last year. Good luck!
     
  19. newtimmy

    newtimmy Morel Connoisseur

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    If this weather holds warm next 10 days, someone in SC, GA or Ala will find a morel in late Feb. i hunt in southern metro Bham and our next 10 days are forecast with avg high 73 and avg low 58. Getting close for sure.!!
     
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