2018 Kentucky Morels Thread

Discussion in 'Kentucky' started by nutsak, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. rick

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    The hunting has really been tough this year not only in Jefferson county but also central and western KY. I will try a couple of more times this weeks before the killing heat on Wednesday and Thursday. I did manage to find 6 more yellows in Hart this weekend, 2 of those being past prime. The little greys and yellows have been really tough to find this year.
     
  2. MorelMorals

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    I'm in green county, south central party of ky, we've found around 160 so far
     

  3. Redbird.river

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    You will have to send me some of yours. I have only found 4 this whole year and nothing the past two weeks ago. I lost one of those and one of them was frost bit. I have walked my socks off here in Jackson and Clay Counties! No kidding, I would love to hunt with you some time! There is always next year.
     
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  4. johnhenry

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    No luck for you either, huh? Best I can tell you are the closest on the forum to me geographically. I'm hunting in McCracken Co and right across the river in IL too (Massac, Pulaski, and 1 trip up to the Shawnee in Pope Co). I'm still skunked for the year and now it's May. Have hunted at least 3 hours on April 14, 15, 21, 22, 26, 29. Have put in a solid 25 hours I'd say. I know that places just a little north of us are in full swing. We had at least 3 times where it got warm and then dropped back below freezing. I'm still hoping the season is delayed and not a dud. We've definitely been wet enough.... I think. I've been hearing similar tales from the other locals. Most of those who are known to come home with several pounds are finding a handful at best. Any others from far western KY or far Southern IL care to share results?
     
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  5. ian

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    laurel co. also. there still up places with more sun are done with focuse on cooler shady areas. creek bottoms is where I'm finding right now. found some Saturday that was dryed up then turned around a few feet away and got a mess of perfict ones.
     
  6. ian

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    well folks I know seasons about done with id like to just say that this is a awesome website glad to be part of it. and I have had a decent season probably one of the best ones yet. still never found no truck load or any thing, but have had plenty to eat all spring. ate till I was sick last night. I think by this weekend will finish up the season its dry and hot all week long. still cant post pics I got a old phone that taking pics is the most high tech thing that it does I cant even put pics on facebook. and a question if soil temp is what makes them grow then why don't the come up in the fall when the soil temp drops back down to the 50s and 60s?
     
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  7. Mitsy

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    Look hanging off the side of the creek banks
     
  8. ScottT

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    Sorry you didn’t find anything today, but glad you had a nice day out. That was the only public place around Lexington that ai thought might have a good chance of holding any. Outside of Fayette county you might look at driving out Richmond Road till you make it to the Kentucky River and navigate some of the forested areas there. If you know where Hall’s on the River is at, there was an old trail at the back parking lot that leads up a feeder creek that might also be a good place to look. As for the trees I have heard so many different kinds now I am not for sure there is a pattern.
    Good Luck!
     
  9. T tom

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    @vern seem to have that effect on the ladies!
     
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  10. Shroomer-Tiff

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    Went out all day yesterday in Gallatin county, checked my spots and covered lots of new ground and still no luck!! Last year I picked on April 21, and they were near their last week, one had already burned. If the 10 day delay is accurate, I should have had a good day yesterday. Still the underbrush here is inconclusive to past morel seasons, so I'm wondering if my area in particular will even produce. Will there come a point when the sun is to hot to grow them? I'm so in a fever!!
     
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  11. deleted

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    Its only obvious...they know a real man when they see one..;)
     
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  12. rick

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    Unfortunately these 80 degree days with full sun will push the soil temps past the range that new morels can pop in most areas of KY with Eastern KY possibly being the exception. The other bad news is this heat is really going to speed up the maturing of the ones already up. I’m pretty confident this week will be the end of the season for most of us in KY.
     
  13. couch potatoe

    couch potatoe Young Morel

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    I live in Simpson Co.Been out 4 times have not found any, will be in Lexington Wed May 2nd and will test the hunting.
     
  14. deleted

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    i would be curious to know haw many people had a normal harvest this season..
     
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  15. rick

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    Not even close to normal. I have found 94 for the entire season and I typically find 400-800 but last year was down also.
     
  16. Skeeter

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    Vern, I haven’t found a single mushroom yet! I’m in Rowan county & the vegetation here is just starting to take off in the trees. The undergrowth is still well behind. I’m still holding out that if we can get some rain late week as predicted, surely I can find a few this weekend. Btw... found just a shade under 400 last season in the same areas.
     
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  17. nutsak

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    I stayed home and worked on orders all day.

    I will have to try and go to it next year
     
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    Man, where im at, the ground is still plenty damp from the huge rains a couple of weeks ago. i just spent five hrs hunting for eight shrooms..less than two an hour. grand total so far is about 45, last year wold have been more like 120. you got me cat..
     
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    if you found big numbers like that of previous years, must be private property. never heard of anything like that in the Louisville area. two of the ones i found today were brand new growth so im not tossing in the towel just yet..lol. rain for Thursday so this weekend will do something i sure hope pal. hang in there
     
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  20. Old Elm

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    Vern, was/is your season a bit soft this year? Pickin's down some?
    We should be good to go up in wisconie abt a week out my best guess.
    I'm so bored of scouting, that I went over to the Minn board & started the plastic bag vs mesh bag war, just for entertainment & of course the Minnesotans jumped in with both feet. Same O'le shit. Ha Ha
     
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