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Hi all,
I am in Eugene, Oregon and am wanting to find a way to earn a living while I travel.

Can you still earn a living by hunting mushrooms/morels?
Do you think it comes out to minimum wage ??? more? less?

I am definitely the type of guy to bust his ass and sweat all day if the work is worth it.
However chasing a pipe dream is tiresome, somebody please fill me in.

Any info helps,
Jaws
 

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Can you still earn a living by hunting mushrooms/morels?
Do you think it comes out to minimum wage ??? more? less?
Contact Chris Matherly, he does it. The bad part is you will most likely have to be Certified in almost every state in the US now. Here in Michigan, it's around $175.00 for an 8 hour class. I know Oregon, in some areas , charges around $100.00 a day for permits, and you can only take something like 2 gallons. This was a few years back, it may have changed now.
 

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Jaws - As you are in the NW of USA, check out this site: http://matsiman.com

This site above has participation by hunter/pickers of many different types of mushrooms in the NW (US + Canada) besides morels. It is largely a mushroom hunter networking site.

It may seem confusing at first, but will reward you if you spend some time and patience exploring it. You can make helpful contacts there as well as get insight from others who already do what you believe you would like to do. Activity & participation on this site varies from year to year.

They would, to a degree, express a reverse in their priorities: Instead of "I like to travel and maybe can earn money picking mushrooms while doing so." They would more characteristically say: "I love mushroom hunting and therefore I travel in order to do so."

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Thank you both,
I took your advice and read up on Chris Matherly, he seems that he is kind of a criminal at the moment. There are several people looking for him and trying to get back money he has taken from them. However I aim to search to see what certifications are required in Oregon and up.

I am on matsiman arleady, in fact I am emailing matsiman himself. He tells me that there is lot's of competition from veterans and that it is hard to make any money picking morels. I am guessing that in order to make money, you have to have a list of spots that you know produce morels each year to make your energy spent worth it in payback.

I have high hopes of trying, maybe I can meet with someone who has a car that will take me.
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"Have frying pan, will travel."

What old western series did that line come from or mimic?
Hint: substitute gun for frying pan.
 

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I hope your teasing.
Yes i was sort of kidding my friend. the point is that unless you are a seasoned pro with proven high volume hunting spots you are highly unlikely to find the quantity needed to make a substantial amount of money.
Good luck with that my friend.
 

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"Have frying pan, will travel."

What old western series did that line come from or mimic?
Hint: substitute gun for frying pan.
im so friggin old that i remember watching that series in black and white before there was color tv. "Have gun will travel" was a weekly western series staring Richard Boone. his name was simply " Paladin". it was a hugely poplar series at the time. i dont recall it being mimiced from any other show. hummmmm
 

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Yes i was sort of kidding my friend. the point is that unless you are a seasoned pro with proven high volume hunting spots you are highly unlikely to find the quantity needed to make a substantial amount of money.
Good luck with that my friend.
What if I went to burn spots, would I stand a chance then? I am only looking to earn enough money to keep myself going, $100 a day would be nice. Could settle for $80 though.
"Paladin Paladin where do you roam , Paladin Paladin far far from home"
"A knight without armor in a savage land, he's a gun that's for hire and name is ....Paladin"
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What if I went to burn spots, would I stand a chance then? I am only looking to earn enough money to keep myself going, $100 a day would be nice. Could settle for $80 though.
"Paladin Paladin where do you roam , Paladin Paladin far far from home"
"A knight without armor in a savage land, he's a gun that's for hire and name is ....Paladin"
Stand by me
ill invite others to reply but my simple answer is...not a chance in hell would you get that lucky...sorry pal
 

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Vern - I was mimicing the Paladin line "Have gun, will travel" with the line "Have frying pan, will travel". I don't know of any knockoff's of the Paledin show either.

I like that our friend, jaws tried on the tv series lyrics for size, above. Perhaps he could see himself in the lyrics..

Substitue "morel picker' for knight and "Jaws" for "Paladin" . . . not sure that works musically.

Jaws - Absent good luck, the learning curve is steep/long. As you still have time, I see your best shot to be trying to team up with someone through the links you are already exploring on maitsman -- as in someone in that area, who picks for money, willing to take you with them on a hunt. I've seen that happen on/through that web site occasionally.

If you offer a compelling story and economic carrot such as: they compensate you and take your pickings from you to incorporate with theirs at their selling price minus some % that you both agree on for your effort.

Who knows, you may find someone willing to keep some gypsy wind blowing in your sails for a season or maybe just a single hunt.

I have nothing more to add, so: From another popular old western series: "Happy trails to you . . ."
 

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Vern - I was mimicing the Paladin line "Have gun, will travel" with the line "Have frying pan, will travel". I don't know of any knockoff's of the Paledin show either.

I like that our friend, jaws tried on the tv series lyrics for size, above. Perhaps he could see himself in the lyrics..

Substitue "morel picker' for knight and "Jaws" for "Paladin" . . . not sure that works musically.

Jaws - Absent good luck, the learning curve is steep/long. As you still have time, I see your best shot to be trying to team up with someone through the links you are already exploring on maitsman -- as in someone in that area, who picks for money, willing to take you with them on a hunt. I've seen that happen on/through that web site occasionally.

If you offer a compelling story and economic carrot such as: they compensate you and take your pickings from you to incorporate with theirs at their selling price minus some % that you both agree on for your effort.

Who knows, you may find someone willing to keep some gypsy wind blowing in your sails for a season or maybe just a single hunt.

I have nothing more to add, so: From another popular old western series: "Happy trails to you . . ."
Good advice,
To Matsiman I go offering carrots. Haha and yes, Sleeping bags, dirty boots and trails ahead to a new land! (morels are only a bit of what I am searching in these adventures!)
Side note- I accidentally found the train track bridge the (Stand by Me) boys run across in Shasta, California while 'google map searching' for places to mushroom hunt!
 

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Okay... so here is what I suggest for you to do Jaws.

Find out where the professional morel pickers are going to be legally allowed to pick and go there. The state or feds set up camps including porta potties for the pickers. The buyers show up on sight and buy direct.

The only camps I know about are burn sites. I don't know any details except it's very competitive and a lot of vagrants, illegal immigrants and other folk who can't get a real job do it.

I would love to do this one year just for the experience but I'm afraid it's too dangerous for a lone woman.

Google is your friend. There are many stories about professional mushroom pickers in the PNW. Read and learn.
 
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