2019 Connecticut Morels

Discussion in 'Connecticut' started by clutch2412, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Connecticut hunting was tough today. Found 19. More than half were past. Decided to head up to NY. Saved my day. Found 134 more. Dead Elms were the key. Wish I went to my spot 3-4 days ago. Some were past. Oh well. It was fun regardless. Cut to shreds. Soaked from the woods and sweat! Tore my pants wide open! What a great day!
     

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  2. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Yeah, today in Ct. the weather was in the low 40's. Raining. Got into the low 50's. Felt like freaking March! So the fishing was a no go. Got into the woods a little further than the last trip.Found 78. Some real nice keepers and some the slugs must have really enjoyed. Soaking wet and tired. Mission accomplished.
     

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  3. rjmichna

    rjmichna Morel Enthusiast

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    If your half as good at fishing as you are finding Morels they are in trouble!
     
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  4. ForestRoamer

    ForestRoamer Young Morel

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    Howdy All, newbie morel searcher here. I'm in central New Haven County and was wondering if there's any hope searching in this area? I put in some hours in Naugatuck State forest and Brooksvalle park in Hamden to no avail. The only fungus at all was turkey tails other than a very small clump of little brown mushrooms (pretty sure they're poisonous) at the base of a very dying ash tree. So should I keep up the effort here, move to other areas? Also, I read a lot about ash, elm, sycamore and apple trees, but I see very little about terrain - so should I look on hillsides, flats, along streams, etc...? Thanks!
     
  5. Jigger

    Jigger Young Morel

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    I’ve spent about 12 hrs in the woods in southern litchfield county . Looked at about 100 elms and found nothing. Is it too late? I thought I’d at least find something.
     
  6. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Welcome to the forum Roamer. From what I have seen the morels I have been finding now are more Northerly. Today I was in NY. Columbia County. I found 90. All those places you mentioned are great places to look. As the season goes on you may want to look on North facing hills. For me in Ct. it's Ash, Elm, and Apple. Occasional Poplar. Good luck. The season is not over.
     
  7. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    No. It's not too late. I found morels on Saturday very near where you are looking. Don't give up. Oh...welcome to the site jigger!!
     
  8. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Haha. I have plenty of bass photos rj! I keep those more secret!! I fish ice out until it ices again. Crack a lack city! Found 90 today. New York Elms were my friend. Long tough day. Had 10 until I had a hunch and made a last ditch effort. Saved my miserable butt!
     

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  9. Jigger

    Jigger Young Morel

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    Went to an old apple orchard today , looked prime. Spent two hours looking, nothing not one. This was in central CT . Idk I will try a couple more times this week/weekend . This is the one mushroom I’ve never found . It’s driving me nuts , chasing ghosts. LOL
     
  10. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Do not give up! The finding of you
     
  11. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Dont give up. The finding of your 1st will be so much sweeter. And it never gets old.
     
  12. rjmichna

    rjmichna Morel Enthusiast

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    Clutch is 100% right. It’s my first Morel season, and I’ve only found a few in CT.

    I was lucky to forage in Southern Illinois, and learned that’s it’s all about covering ground and learning your land.

    I learn every time I’m in the woods.
     
  13. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    I'm heading for NH tomorrow. There is a late season spot in Ct. I will need to get to on my return. Hoping I don't miss it. Maybe next year rj I will hunt with you. I like to share. But if we go...you will be blindfolded until were in the prickers!
     
  14. ForestRoamer

    ForestRoamer Young Morel

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    Thanks Clutch. I did another 4hrs and 4.5 miles yesterday (heh, I can usually hike that in an hour ) but the only mushrooms I came home with were from BigY. Very good on my tulip poplar ID now, already had ash down. Was in a stand of huge dying ash and tulips (healtht) all 1.5-3' di 20190515_155519.jpg 20190515_153213.jpg ameter trunks but no go. Didnt see many elms. Saw a nice pheasant back and these crazy bright orange somethings -see pic. I'll give another shot next week, do a day trip up to the NW corner somewhere.
     
  15. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    I see no one on here posting. Back from the big lake in NH. Going to check some late season spots after work....see what's up. I will post my finds/ non finds.
     
  16. rjmichna

    rjmichna Morel Enthusiast

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    I checked a couple new spots in the NW corner, but no luck.
     
  17. shroomsearcher

    shroomsearcher Morel Connoisseur

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    So true! I never found a single morel my first season. I was bummed and some self doubt began creeping in. I began to wonder if I was looking at them, but just not "seeing" them! I went out for my second season and when my eyes lit on that first one it felt like I'd hit the lottery!
     
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  18. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Back to being totally confused. Found 87 today. Not surprisingly half were giant long past yellows. I was surprised to find some small just popping grays! Found a few bigger beauties too.The season isn't over yet. If you look hard enough they are in this stupid state! Damn it was nasty in the woods today! Haha. Just gotta deal with it.
     

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  19. rjmichna

    rjmichna Morel Enthusiast

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    74F1267D-2359-4886-A1EC-439CEB100B95.jpeg Stumbled upon this one at work of all places!
     
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  20. clutch2412

    clutch2412 Morel Connoisseur

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    Haha. Of course!! Work your butt off for hours in the woods...and he is waiting for you at work. Go figure. Now you have a spot!!!