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cant wait to hook up with you again OldElm, and adriana, its always sort of a guess but usually 3rd week is pretty safe. I wonder how deep the frost is, got pretty cold before the snow came, lots of flooding this year I bet.
 

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I have heard from some of my excavator buddy three to five feet depending on where you are that's for southeastern Wisconsin I'm sure it's more towards the high-end up north. We will definitely be several weeks yet before you see your first morel
 

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Weather is cooperating in southeastern Wisconsin for a normal start to the season somewhere around mid to late April I would guess
 

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The anticipation is growing by the minute so I thought i'd share my recent morel gear purchase for anyone trying to figure out a better way to haul the haul.

Bought a cooler backpack from eddie baeur for $25. Can fit 3 empty 42 oz oatmeal containers inside. Crush proof place for a good sized batch of shrooms.

Before you get all spore-y on me, I have used a mesh bag one year and it never ended well. My beautiful morels were trashed by the time I got back. I go through so much thick, hard to penetrate sections that it was constantly getting hung up on everything. Not fun.

Good luck to everyone this season! As usual, i'll most likely post honest pics of my first few finds and then fade into the background as the season gets hot.

Rook
 

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Road hunting elms can be dangerous to your health! I road hunt year round as well for trees (standing, fallen, logged), hunting spots, berry patches, creeks, shrooms and more; many close calls that say I need to be payin' attention to the road. :eek: Actually thinkin' of using some modern technology this year to mark spots/GPS rather than my notebook! o_O Better to find the exact spot rather than general location . . .
Yeah, I was rubber necking some elms while driving in the rain and hit a curb...blew the sidewall of one of my tires! Sounded like a bomb going off. Was not even in my home state. Haha. Quite the adventure that day...spent getting a new tire instead of picking.
 

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Just finished up bottling my maple syrup and pulling all taps and here you guys are already 3 months into morel discussions, ha! So now I transfer my eyes from looking at maple trees while driving to looking for elms.
 

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Just finished up bottling my maple syrup and pulling all taps and here you guys are already 3 months into morel discussions, ha! So now I transfer my eyes from looking at maple trees while driving to looking for elms.
Glad you’re back & trust you had an awesome Sap Season, we sure did up here.
 

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View attachment 13200 Finding some good O’le Elms, Frost is coming out just right & snow pack is melting slowly. Perfect setup for morels. The bark is a good example of dead American Elm. View attachment 13202 View attachment 13204

Old Elm, last picture looks more like it may be an ash tree that has been infested with the emerald ash borer than an elm. There are an increasing number of trees with this damaged bark pattern and only going to be getting worse.
 

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They’re both Elm, I don’t hunt ash trees at all. Up close the difference in the bark is very obvious as you well know. Ash bark also doesn’t have the Kit -Kat bar layering when ya snap it in half. ;)
 
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