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If I recall correctly, your 1st find last year was on 3/8 and mine was on 3/9.There was another early find by a poster on another site that was on 3/3 but I never saw photos of that find. I’m not liking these extremely cold temps forecasted for next week. Good luck this season.
 

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Yeah That may set us back a bit, I hope its as good this year as last for the blacks. I had a banner year on blacks and found hardly any yellows at all.
 

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Yeah That may set us back a bit, I hope its as good this year as last for the blacks. I had a banner year on blacks and found hardly any yellows at all.
I had my best March ever for black morels in the 30 years I hunted them. This late winter weather pattern is really going to make this season’s arrival much later than last year. But the snow cover coming will provide great moisture. We’ll just need to get a warm spell to bump the soil temps.
 

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Looking more and more like a delayed a season due to the cold February temps. I checked the soil temps a few weeks ago and again recently and wow what a change. There were some finds of blacks morels in Ky last year @ March 8th but that’s not going to happen this year. That graph shows the 2 in depth soil temps the past month.
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Looking more and more like a delayed a season due to the cold February temps. I checked the soil temps a few weeks ago and again recently and wow what a change. There were some finds of blacks morels in Ky last year @ March 8th but that’s not going to happen this year. That graph shows the 2 in depth soil temps the past month.
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Come on sun!!!
 

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I had my best March ever for black morels in the 30 years I hunted them. This late winter weather pattern is really going to make this season’s arrival much later than last year. But the snow cover coming will provide great moisture. We’ll just need to get a warm spell to bump the soil temps.
May I ask a question? What is the environment like where you find blacks? I'm up here in NE Ohio, and have never found a black morel. I've managed to develop quite a few spots for yellows in the 12 or so years I've hunted for them, but the blacks elude me. I attended a seminar by John Maybrier who is from Michigan. When I asked him he said that he prefers a "popple" woods for blacks.

Well, we don't have many of those around here. It's mostly oak, maple, beech forest. Sometimes, alongside the road, you can spot an isolated copse of popple trees, which are actually big tooth or dog tooth aspen. We've driven up through Michigan many times on the way to a Canadian fishing camp, and once you get so far up in there Michigan starts looking a whole lot like Canada!

I figure Kentucky and Ohio more strongly resemble each other, so I figured I'd ask the question.
 

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In Kentucky I focus primarily on woods that have a lot of tulip or yellow poplars. I find most of mine on east and north facing hillsides or near the crest of those ridges again facing east and north. I do find some near or around beech and pignut hickories but there are almost always poplar nearby also. If the woods are predominantly oak I don’t even bother to look. Most of my better black morels spots are in extremely hilly terrain.
 
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