2018 Kentucky Morels Thread

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

  1. johnhenry

    johnhenry Morel Enthusiast

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    Anyone care to help ID this tree? I think our season here is all but done, but a bad year forced me to try some new spots out of desperation. I found this tree yesterday in a new spot. Thanks...


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  2. Already Gone

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    Sure looks like an elm. About two years past prime. I find the most under the ones that died the previous year. The bark will still be tight, the small twigs will still be intact. No leaves.
     
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  3. Mark67

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    Guys and gals, NE KY is dead as a door nail! I've found 7 mushrooms this season on 8 trips out. Absolutely one of the worst seasons in my 25 years of Morel hunting. We've got rain coming Friday but I'm afraid it's too late. I'm not sure what happened this season but will figure it out after thinking on it a while.

    Congratulations to the ones that had a decent season. I've enjoyed your posts and pics.
     
  4. rick

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    I hear you Mark67. It has been my worst in the past 20 years. I don't know for sure what happened to this season because my areas seemed to have adequate and timely rains. I suspect the timing of the freezing temps that we had multiple times during the fruiting season had something to do with the lack of shrooms. I found a whopping 2 of the small grey/yellow types in spots that I have found 100's in the past. I just hope the folks that have just started hunting morels don't get too discouraged and give up on future seasons.
     
  5. johnhenry

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    I'm in the same boat in far Western KY and far Southern IL. We seemed to have plenty of moisture in the soil through the whole season. In fact, some of the low land may have been too wet. The swinging temps that kept dipping below freezing couldn't have helped. I'm in touch with folks about an hour away that are having a normal season, but guys in my immediate locale are having a dismal year. The good news is I put in way more hours than I normally would and made note of some new spots with potential to check in coming years. We are on our second day out of 4 with temps above 80. But when I checked soil temp in the forest late PM yesterday it was only 59. There's a chance of light showers before the weekend. If we get those maybe there's still hope for this weekend. Everything high and low is pretty well leafed out here.
     
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  6. ChrizzlyBear

    ChrizzlyBear Young Morel

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    upload_2018-5-2_13-58-38.jpeg First post. After about an hour I found these two near a dead tree on the east side of a hill. The tree was so decayed I couldn’t identify it. Hopefully there is more to come!
     
  7. ChrizzlyBear

    ChrizzlyBear Young Morel

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    Honestly, this looks like an Ash tree. The circular holes are a tell tale sign of the ash borer. I'd like to see a tighter shot of the sapwood, but I think I can see worm trails throughout which is indicative of the ash borer.
     
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  8. Pongo805

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    That’s good glad you found some good spots. It’s always a good thing when you go out and don’t come back empty handed. Hope you have a great frog leg season I guess it starts up in a couple weeks should be prime hunting if it don’t turn cold on us again the dogwoods are blooming you know what that means happy hunting.
     
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  9. Pongo805

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    I’m with you grizz most definitely an Ash tree
     
  10. SSgt.CWhite

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    I need one of those bags! Nutsak... How much?
     
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  11. SSgt.CWhite

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    I'd really like one of those morel bags. What do you need???
     
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  12. Mark67

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    I think you nailed it on the head with the freezing at the time fruiting was coming on. I've been thinking on it and you're right about having adequate rain also. The night time temps just didn't hold steady in that 45-50 range for enough consecutive nights.

    All you new hunters, please don't be discouraged by this season. It is rare to see as most years are good to great!
     
  13. ian

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    thinks pongo. I actually got a few last night just enough for a meal. and iv always heard that its time to catfish when the dog wood blooms fall off. is that what you are referring to? sorry folks I know this post is has nothing to do with mushrooms lol.
     
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  14. ian

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    I know what you mean vern. I would love to be abile to put some back for on down the road. iv heard tales of people finding more than they pack out at a time. I actualy seen that many b4 but it was in a big box that a guy found he said it was all on one hill side I had to help him carry the box it was so heavy and one of them could of probably been a record sized one. he had to make 4 trips in and out to get em all he sold a lot of them. I don't know what I would do If I walked up on all that. but I would sure like to find out:)
     
  15. Pongo805

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    Dogwood winter another cold spell on the way lol
     
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  16. myfinds712

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    Finally was able to check the baby blondes last night, I'd given them about a week anyway they were only two inches tall and drying out. Luckily I found two decent ones besides those and grilled them with my steak. All said I've found 9 total in Oldham county. Being down in my back for a week probably didn't help my harvest and now these hot days are probably putting an end to it. Here's hoping I find a hen in the fall. If anyone is on Facebook check out the morchella connection page, I'm pretty sure that's what it's called. They've had an amazing year in se Missouri and countries overseas have also been crazy productive.
     
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  17. rick

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    Good luck in the fall but use caution with drinking any alcohol with the hens and/or chickens of the woods shrooms. That is the only shroom I have had negative affects from when combining alcohol.
     
  18. myfinds712

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    Thank you for that advice, I'm not much of a drinker so not a problem for me but good advice to pass along. What other mushrooms do you harvest?
     
  19. rick

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    Only those that I have total confidence in being safe for me and others to consume. Oysters, lions mane, chicken of the woods are ones I will harvest every time I find them in their prime. I’ve tried Dryad’s saddle but not really a fan.
     
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  20. Already Gone

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    yo, Mr. or Ms. Chrizzly.
    Where exactly are these exit holes? I did not see any ash borer holes.
    That is not an ash, my friend. Look at the upward sweeping branch tips and the acute angle of branch crotches. Ash crotches are usually closer to 90 degrees.