2019 Merkel Season

Discussion in 'Virginia' started by barndog, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. briggs

    briggs Morel Enthusiast

    7
    11
    3
    Found these out in Montgomery County yesterday evening.
     

    Attached Files:

    Mama Morel and (deleted member) like this.
  2. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    Those are nice. I wish this rain would come on.
     
    1 person likes this.

  3. Hunt hard

    Hunt hard Morel Enthusiast

    21
    27
    13
    Im sorry took so long to reply just saw the invite will have to plan a outing
     
  4. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    All this rain should make a nice pop.

    Who is going to hit it hard in the morning?
     
  5. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    I was finding them pretty regular this morning till the downpour hit. My glasses fog up in the rain
     

    Attached Files:

    1 person likes this.
  6. Tool

    Tool Young Morel

    1
    0
    1
    barndog, I was thinking of going out tomorrow also. Do you think the rain will cause any issues? Think it would be better to wait for Saturday/Monday? Also, I'm in Fredericksburg, VA, where are you around?
     
  7. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    I am in Giles county. The rain brought out more fresh ones for me. Found over 20 in the last 10 minutes. They are still unfolding.
     

    Attached Files:

  8. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    One of those rare outings when it was Merkel picking not just huntin.

    A nice mix black, white and grey/green. 2 pounds.
     

    Attached Files:

    Inthewild likes this.
  9. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

    25
    13
    3
    I hunt around rappahannock county but haven't had much time so far. Only got out a couple times after work in the evenings and found about a dozen each time, which is actually a good sign because I found them in spots very close to where I park, where I normally only find a couple.
    Anyway, I took off work all next week, and end of April-early May is when I usually do my best in the hills where I'm at. The past couple years haven't been so great but I've found 37+ lbs on a good year. This looks like it could be a good year. I'll keep you guys posted!
     
  10. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    Are these edible?
     

    Attached Files:

  11. Inthewild

    Inthewild Morel Connoisseur

    181
    411
    93
    Tis Pheasant Back, (Dryad Saddle). Smells like watermelon rind. Hard stem, looks like feathers, Can't cut stem with most knifes. Tastes like what ever you cook with it. A friend of mine deemed not worth picking and eating, but you gotta try it once it gets, say 6". Don't eat the stem, might pull your teeth out! Seriously.
     
  12. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    Thanks! I thought it looked pretty nasty. I'm not that hungry.
     
  13. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    Today was another day of pickin. Briggs and I found over 2 pounds. They are looking old so I think the season is about over in the lower elevations
     

    Attached Files:

    Inthewild and (deleted member) like this.
  14. briggs

    briggs Morel Enthusiast

    7
    11
    3
    Cooked up the merkels that barndog and I found on Sunday. Made chicken alfredo with a side of sauteed green beans and merkels in garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Mmmm
     

    Attached Files:

    Inthewild and (deleted member) like this.
  15. barndog

    barndog Morel Connoisseur

    78
    66
    18
    Wow Briggs. Your a real chef. That looks good!

    I made more pizza
     

    Attached Files:

    Inthewild and (deleted member) like this.
  16. Mama Morel

    Mama Morel Young Morel

    2
    0
    1
    Anyone finding anything in NOVA? How about in Shenandoah Park?
     
  17. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

    25
    13
    3
    Typically now would be prime time higher up in the park, but the past couple years the restaurant hunters have taken over. Every single one of my spots in Shenandoah Nat'l Park had been all but wiped out before I got to them. Luckily they can't find them ALL, so I haven't been empty handed, but it has gotten ridiculous nonetheless. Oh well, just have to take off work a week earlier next year and try to beat them to it.
     
  18. Merkelpicker

    Merkelpicker Morel Enthusiast

    15
    13
    3
    Been really slow in Albemarle ,some of my spots are at 1300 ft. Temps in the upper 80’s and no rain for a week. Got some rain today but not sure it’s going to help
     
  19. forthefood

    forthefood Young Morel

    1
    0
    1
    lots of rain and somewhat cooler temps in albermarle county coming up, so should be prime conditions! im relatively new to the area, so don't have any go-to spots i'm familiar with. anyone in the area want to go on a hunt in the next few days? possibly Hunt hard, ianyhendersonIII, or Merkelpicker? would be a lot of fun for me!
     
  20. Merkelpicker

    Merkelpicker Morel Enthusiast

    15
    13
    3
    Getting late for morels but I guess it’s possible they would come up again