2020 Merkel Season

Discussion in 'Virginia' started by barndog, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. barndog

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    DSCN0011 (800x600).jpg 2009-04-26 010.jpg 2009-04-26 017.jpg 2009-04-26 029.jpg IMG_2001.JPG IMG_2004.JPG IMG_2005.JPG Is it ever too early to think about Merkels? I have been dreaming and looking at old pics all thru the winter to scratch my Morel itch. The current weather pattern seems warmer and wetter than most. Should make for a early and prolific Merkel season.

    Who's ready?
     
  2. sb

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    barndog - nice pics!
     

  3. barndog

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    I like to take Merkel pics. I really think that studying them before going out on a hunt helps the eye to pattern match.
     

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  4. wade

    wade Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    We are about to find out
     
  5. kevin t

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    So barndog i see you changed your avatar photo .... If I’m not mistaken is that not a photo of the extremely rare morel pointer dog ...... Be careful somebody might want to steal that dog....
     
  7. wade

    wade Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Yall sure have some Nice lookin Blacks
    Over there in Virginia..
    i wish i could just put a warm jacket on and my thumb out..and head Yalls way right now..and just live out there on a mountain side,
    Love'n, Find'n, Cook'n, Eat'n
    and do it again Everyday... 587_IMG_20180504_1700471-1.jpg i hope i get to someday
     
  8. barndog

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    Yes that is Ozzie the wonder dog. He loves to hunt Merkels also. So far every year he has chased at least one bear.
     
  9. barndog

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    20190421_133751.jpg 20190421_134158.jpg 20190421_101132.jpg 20190421_121649.jpg Yes it will be time for Blacks soon. Here are a few Black stragglers mixed with other colors. The ones with the long stems and a tiny cap usually come out and go away first. Then the caps get bigger ending up with the regular shaped Morels that are mostly black. Then it's time for the white, grey and green ones. Can't wait!
     
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  10. jim33

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    That picture of the half free beside the black is neat as hell.
     
  11. Turtle

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    New to the woodfish scene (usually going after panfish lol), had a bit of luck in the Bedford area last year.
    Can't wait to get back innawoods! This old scout really enjoyed it last year..

    Been eyeing those poplars hard, haha, awesome pictures and good idea using them as a study guide!

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    Couple cool snaps from my first season.

    Keep us Virginia rooks up to date with how you think the seasons timing up, and what you're seeing (timing, hill side/directions, tree types showing, etc) always appreciated barndog! :)

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    And anyone in the Bedford area looking to tag up or drag me around some nice spots, let me know, I'd love to share the experience (and only need a few to take home for the pizza, haha you can have the rest!:D)
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  12. barndog

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    Those are some nice ones! Good luck this year.
     
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    I went out in the woods for a look and everything still looks dead. No bloodroot or mayapples yet. It is wet and warm this morning so it wont be long.....
     
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  14. Turtle

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    I'm seeing some action in some other state's threads, and a buddy found his first 2 of the season up in Ohio.

    I'm going to go check my spot tomorrow after work, not sure if it's a good early spot (or really what a good early spot even means or looks like, other than mayapples popping up), but will report back if I see anything.

    Lots of poplar trees with a creek between SE and NE facing slopes where I'm trying.
     
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  15. Turtle

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    No luck for me today, rookie eyes, but alot of dead leaves still may be burying things yet.
    Saw just a few single bloodroot flowers sporadically, not much turning green yet in the woods.
    Hopefully soon though!
     
  16. KelleyLee

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    ETWC_7qXsAEvMEZ.jpeg Went bottle hunting today In Prince Edward County Va. Found morels. Near a dead elm.
     
  17. wade

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    We also Love Bottle Hunting..and often find early Morels while doing so..
    I have some old ditch dump sites that I've always wanted to Carefully Excavate ..like a foot deep and just keep throwing what i dig behind me as we go through it throughly
     
  18. KelleyLee

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    Sure was hard to focus on the bottles after I found these. Awaiting asparagus to pop as well. These seem a little darker than the ones I found last year(my profile pic) hopefully there's nice weather tomorrow as well.
     
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  19. barndog

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    Way to go Kelly! I am going to look tomorrow. It is still cold at night here on the mountain.
     
  20. KelleyLee

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    Still cold here as well at night. Does your little dog find morels? I was trying to train our beagle to hunt truffles. Haha I was not successful.
     
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