Aaron - We target the top of the central/northern Bighorns in mid-June. We do much better around ponderosa pine and aspen than lodgepole pine or various spruce w/softwoods. North facing moist slopes also productive then. Rain is key. Latest black morel find there is June 30, few yellows. Good Luck!
butchbob, do they pick many naturals/yellows/greys in the Bighorns and if so when do they start coming on? Are you hunting burns or just general spots? I have relation in Sheridan and have thought about a trip west to try something new. I have friends who hunt burns up in Montana and Idaho but my mother was from Wyoming and it would be kind of cool to pick some there.
kb - we harvest almost exclusively natural black morels, oysters and King Bolete in the Big Horns and focus on highest elevation aspen groves on steep N facing slopes...key on leaves just starting to form on the aspen and moist areas. The NE half of the range (Sheridan) is much more productive than the SW half (Ten Sleep) - we have no luck around lodgepole pine or rocky soils. Plenty of moose to avoid especially moose w/calves. ATV's are a substantial help w/access as this is big, isolated and very remote country where cell coverage is sparse. Take your fly rods as white fish and trout go great w/fresh mushrooms. Let us know how you do!
Question for you guys. I have never hunted for mushrooms before but I am going to be up by the Hazelton and poison creek area this and next weekend and would love to find some mushrooms for supper. I know what morels look like. But any advice on where to look up there. Just thought it would be a fun activity to try. Thanks for any help
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