2018 mushroom season

Discussion in 'Virginia' started by kevin t, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. kevin t

    kevin t Morel Enthusiast

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    Hey y’all I was just checking out Kentucky’s message board and they were lamenting how few people chat on their board. Well, they don’t have nothin on Virginia. We probably post on here in two years what they post in a week. If your hunting va, post on this thread so we can get something started. This year looks like it should be great for Virginia so let’s brag bout what we’re finding
     
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  2. pauliep

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    I hope this year is good. I have more spots than anyone I know (eastern central Blue Ridge) and I haven't had a real banger of a year since probably '14. '15 was OK for me, '16 about the same, and last year was pretty "meh". I feel like we're due for it.

    I'm also on board with the idea of keeping the Va boards alive. I've consulted this site for years as a way to "follow" the morels as they make their way north to us in early Spring, and it's saddened me a bit to see activity here dwindle. I'm assuming it's mostly because of FB pages that have popped up focusing on morel finds, and I'll admit I'm even a moderator of one of the big ones, but I don't want to see such a great site suffer because FB is monopolizing on yet another aspect of our lives. So I'll try to do my part in keeping this board lively.

    So here's to hoping for a record year for all my fellow Virginians! Happy Hunting!!
     
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  3. rutnbuck

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    I'm from Pa and hunt higher elevation in Montgomery Co. Last year I came down May 6th and was a week too late. We found some but found quite a few that were too mushy. I think they were possibly getting dried up and then two days before I came down there was a lot of rain which finished them off. Hoping this year is a good year!!!
     
  4. gmichael7

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    This is my first year in Virginia, and for sure the forum participation here is pretty lame. I had a honey-hole all to myself up in New York- an abandoned old apple orchard that I could consistently pull sack-loads from most years. I'm in Virginia Beach now, and can't find any historical posts about finds in this area. My in-laws are here nearby in Yorktown, and I'll be doing some scouting up there in a couple weeks. I'm thinking with the cooler March-April here, it will be a late season, but we'll see how the forecast looks in a week or so. The 10 day cast shows lots of rain, and now no more overnights in the 30's, so the mycelium underground will have what it needs to get moving. Keep an eye out for high 60's / low 70's day temps, and overnight mid 50's with mix of rain and breezy sunny days consistently for a week or so, and the fruiting should begin.
     
  5. kevin t

    kevin t Morel Enthusiast

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    Went out today to hear turkeys and spent about 30 minutes checking some spots. Nothin really going on the woods as far as green up. Almost no trees have leaves yet and no greening going on in forest floor. Looks like the weekend of 4/14 will be best here in Powhatan. Last year was 4/12
     
  6. Ramblinrosie

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    I had a honey-hole all to myself up in New York- an abandoned old apple orchard that I could consistently pull sack-loads from most years.

    If your orchard was near the tri-state area/Dutchess county, I’d be happy to send photos if you wanted to me to babysit your spot for you;)
     
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  7. hstlrussell

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    I'm from virginia but do most of my moreling out in CO now. to my knowledge, though they do like sandy loam, they prefer to be upwards of at least 20 miles from the coast, idk if for soil ph, salinity, or ground nutrients. i would look around petersburgh, west of tappahanock, and in new kent.
     
  8. NoodleIsAShark

    NoodleIsAShark Young Morel

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    Hey Everyone, from the Richmond area here. I have been foraging edibles and mushrooms for a few years now in the area. Never hunted specifically for Morels but have been keeping an eye out this year. I'm looking forward to finding delicious treats and hearing about your finds!

    (New to the forum, just wanted to say hey!)
     
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  9. kevin t

    kevin t Morel Enthusiast

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    Haven’t been in a few days but I’m pretty sure some blacks have popped in my neck of the woods. Looks like we might get a chance to take pictures of morels in the snow?
     
  10. gmichael7

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    Actually, it's right across the river from Dutchess, just a few minutes from one of the main bridges. Not sure how to send private messages here, but if you know how, send me a PM and I'll reply with an overhead map. I can give you everything from where to park, and a trail map with some markers of most likely spots / trees to look under. And yes.. will need pictures of any of my abandoned babies!
     
  11. gmichael7

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    Ah, perhaps why not much history here in the VA Beach area. I was going to check up near Williamsburg, but that's still pretty close to the shore. Hmm.. wonder what keeps them sparse out here... o_O
     
  12. gmichael7

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    Just my read on the weather here.. the 10-15 day forecast looks ideal IMHO for mycelial growth and pinning / fruiting . Would love to hear the first reports anywhere within an hour of my area if anyone makes some finds and cares to share! ;)
     
  13. hstlrussell

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    you can absolutely find them in the foothills and mountains west near the 81 and western 64 corridors. i wonder if the 95 medians might have some nice yellows too. idk how clean, but. a thought.
     
  14. Evelyn Sullivan

    Evelyn Sullivan Young Morel

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    I looked for nearly 5 years before I found my first morel in Fauquier County, VA. I'm from Ohio and could find them in the bushel full, but seemed more difficult here. I finally found some last year, and note it was on May 1, 2017 from my pic. I'm keeping an eye out and will post when I find any.
     
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  15. pathfinder2016

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    We haven’t found any yet here in the Williamsburg area/York County but it’s looking like it will be a great season. We will be out this weekend on the hunt for the elusive morel. Good luck everyone
     
  16. pauliep

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    I'm from nearby in Rappahannock county, and while that's where I find most of mine, I have found some nice honey holes in Fauquier. In Virginia, you mostly want to look out for pure Poplar tree groves.
     
  17. kevin t

    kevin t Morel Enthusiast

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    Hey I hope any of you Shroomers out around Lynchburg and Danville are doing alright today. They were forecasting some nasty stuff for us, but it looks like y’all took all the punches. I guess the silver lining could be that we got some perfectly timed rain
     
  18. JHCase

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    What Ramblin Rosie doesn't take I gladly will. Just "followed" your profile as I'm also not entirely sure how to send a private message.
     
  19. JHCase

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    So, it's still too early where I am, but it seems like it may be too early in VA, too? Given this weird season, if I come down in early or mid-May instead will I be too late?