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Anyone still finding in northern lower?
Yes I did pick fresh morels 6-3, 4, and yesterday the 5th. Emmet county. It is definitely a down year for the whites but they are out there. I will be going again this weekend June 11. Should be some to pick.
 

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Glad your still finding Glenn. Some look old and some fresh. Are you getting rain up there this week? or last?
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Glad your still finding Glenn. Some look old and some fresh. Are you getting rain up there this week? or last?
We received rain last night. A little over a half inch. Didn't get much rain last week. It has not been ideal weather for morels. One week cold and the next week we are reaching near record highs. The
poor mushrooms don't have a chance. But that is the ball game. Have to make due with what you get. The reason there is a mix of fresh ones versus not so fresh ones is because the early morels on
south and east facing slopes had to withstand three days of 85-90 degree heat. Those on north and west slopes or very shady areas near the lake were just coming up during the heat and now it is cool while they live out there short life. So there are very nice morels out there but you have to really spend time to find them.

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Anyone out there looking for/finding golden oysters? My mushroom mentor turned me onto them last year. He said just go check your morel spots they grow on the dead elms. The great thing about them is that they’ll keep fruiting most of the summer. So if your find some he told me to go back every 10-14 days. They have a short shelf life on the stump so you have to stay on it to get them fresh. He said they’re in his top 5 favorites. The top photo is a fresh pod I found Tuesday, they other two are that same pod from this morning, they mature quickly
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Anyone out there looking for/finding golden oysters? My mushroom mentor turned me onto them last year. He said just go check your morel spots they grow on the dead elms. The great thing about them is that they’ll keep fruiting most of the summer. So if your find some he told me to go back every 10-14 days. They have a short shelf life on the stump so you have to stay on it to get them fresh. He said they’re in his top 5 favorites. The top photo is a fresh pod I found Tuesday, they other two are that same pod from this morning, they mature quickly View attachment 43947 View attachment 43948 View attachment 43949
I haven't found any golden oysters in the southern part of the state. I'm on the Michiana line and always find other oysters but have never seen the golden ones.
 

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Found a shit ton of chants today. Gonna go back Friday morning to pick 'em. Pictures are in the Indiana thread if interested (@noskydaddy ) :)

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Thanks for the update buddy! Appreciate it. I've been on a dry spell from hell this early summer. But with this rain my luck is going to change. I think I'm going to head out tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!
 

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My wife found 2 different nice size flushes of golden oysters. 1 yesterday and another today - Sunday. Different spots, but both in Shiawassee county. It has been real slow up until theses finds. Those few bouts of rain this last week finally got things started and hopefully rain tonight to keep things going. She brought home around 5-6 lbs between the 2 batches!!
Good luck all!
 

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Thanks for the update buddy! Appreciate it. I've been on a dry spell from hell this early summer. But with this rain my luck is going to change. I think I'm going to head out tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!
@noskydaddy have you found any black trumpets yet. I’ve been looking none yet here in Miami Co
 

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noskydaddy - The woods they come from has sufficient understory to break most rainfall so there is little mud splatter on the underside.

For reference, this pic below is from Smooth Chanterelles from the same woods, I picked this morning sitting on the stove top.

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They don't need to be cleaned.

When they are so abundant that I'm only picking what I need for a few dinners, I'll just leave the dirty ones. Another secret is that I won't pick any out in the open where the mud splatter is highest. So, If I'm picking along the path in this particular woods, I'll walk off the path into the surrounding vegetation to pick.

I cut the stem with a knife. I never pull them from the ground and place the shroom with the base and dirt into my bag. No need to introduce dirt if I don't have to.

This morning I had my mushroom hunting neighbor along. I noticed he was pulling the Chanterelles from the ground and placing the whole shroom with dirty end into his bag.


Afterwards, I asked him why he didn't cut them off. He said that he had a knee replacement and it didn't allow him to squat or kneel without discomfort. So he bent over and quickly pulled the whole shroom out -- not taking the extra time to cut it off.

Thank God for good health!!! 😎 🌞

Blessings of good times in the woods to everyone!!
 

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nokydaddy - more.

I'm ok with washing shrooms and routinely do so. I fill the sink and dump them in and dunk & swirl them slowly. Then I'll use my hand with open fingers , like a strainer to lift a few onto the cutting board. I'll pick up each one and cut it'd base off so its a fresh cut for storing or cooking. I happen to love food that looks great too.
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