2019 Morel Season

Discussion in 'Alabama' started by newtimmy, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    I'm checking 2 spots tomorrow for HSV area. Will update.

    Had to go out of office after post above, I'm still going to go out but I'm 100% sure I won't find any morels. Only yellow dandelions out, and woods all still look like they're in winter mode.
     
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  2. Treesleeper

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  3. Treesleeper

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    Thanks, I knew you were in B'ham area. I've been waiting on Chonas to post something from the Huntsville area. I'm going be out of pocket until next weekend, but plan on looking then. I've never found a Morel, but have a few spots that I want to try.
     
  4. Treesleeper

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    Hey Chonas, I know that you hunt the Huntsville area. I'm actually in the Maysville/Gurley area and like you said, things are just starting to green up. I saw the first redbuds stating to bloom yesterday.
    Good luck, I look forward to your post.
     
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  5. chonas

    chonas Morel Connoisseur

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    At least 2 weeks away. Did get some dryinus oysters and young pheasantbacks though.
     
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  6. newtimmy

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    Chonas, i think we have only 10-12 days of fruiting around Bham. Based on what and where im finding compared to previous years. We ll hunt til April 1, but fruiting may cease by 26/27th
     
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  7. jk117

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    I agree with you Timmy. Only ~10 days left here in the Birmingham area. My late season patches are already fruiting but only half as much as usual with frost burned spots on most of them. The freeze really put a hurting on the places I hunt. Good luck out there.
     
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  8. newtimmy

    newtimmy Morel Connoisseur

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    My assessment of the season its been about average. How much time left for a materially mass fruiting here in the Bham area? Im guessing the fruiting will end late March or the first few days of April. Based on soil temp data I have followed the last 6 years, I can see we have not gotten too warm to signal the end of season is close. This warming did occur in 2016,17 and 18 and caused a shortened and poor season. Weather looks alot more like 2014 and 2015 which were highly productive around March 22~ April 2. We can only hope and hunt. Big hunt tomm 3/21. Will update on finds. What do you other Ala hunters think about what remains of the season?
     
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  9. chonas

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    Checked the farthest south place I could, and the plants there look like the plants near me. Mayapples lower than mid calf, trilium still mostly closed. We were like a curve approaching zero with the soil temps, just never quite got there. Looks like we'll start a week from Saturday up here.
     
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  10. stasiakj

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    Shout out to newtimmy...this guy. Not only does he help a newbie to the morel environment of Bham, he also texts me directions to a tree. Cross the bridge, take a left, go 80 yards...
    Bam. My first Alabama morel. If newtimmy was a drone pilot, the war in Afghanistan would of been over 15 years ago!
     
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