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Relatively dry winter will impact hunting unless we get some more good moisture. The earliest I found a Morel around the Hills was May 1st one year. Has anyone been scouting yet anywhere?
 

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Relatively dry winter will impact hunting unless we get some more good moisture. The earliest I found a Morel around the Hills was May 1st one year. Has anyone been scouting yet anywhere?
Mary - thanks for the new thread! First pasque flowers last week while turkey hunting, now all covered w/1-2 feet new snow in northern hills. Edgemont area had green grass, skunk weed in bloom and good dandelion flush starting on our April 20 visit - they did not get snow this weekend but are to see rain this coming weekend. April 12 is our earliest and June 30 our latest black morel finds in the hills.
 

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Relatively dry winter will impact hunting unless we get some more good moisture. The earliest I found a Morel around the Hills was May 1st one year. Has anyone been scouting yet anywhere?
I was out a few days ago and saw zero fungi and not much for green plants sprouting up yet. I'm hoping the snow storm and upcoming warm weather will kick off a good season. I did see a few little holes dug by animals. I'm guessing they are digging up grubs. This gives me hope as I saw the same thing when I found morels last year.
 

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Mary - thanks for the new thread! First pasque flowers last week while turkey hunting, now all covered w/1-2 feet new snow in northern hills. Edgemont area had green grass, skunk weed in bloom and good dandelion flush starting on our April 20 visit - they did not get snow this weekend but are to see rain this coming weekend. April 12 is our earliest and June 30 our latest black morel finds in the hills.
I checked a spot a couple days ago that last year was fields of blondes but nada yet. Found those May 30 last year. Pasques are small and not fully bloomed yet. Too cold during the nights and expecting rain and a bit of snow. It needs to warm up around here! Still in the upper 20's and 30's mostly at night. I am ready to go! I didn't get out a lot last year due to dual knee pain but just got shots and they are good. A lot of my finds are on the sides of ravines or in the bottoms so pretty strenuous going. Wishing luck to all! Post your finds and photos!
 

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Went out hiking off of Iron Mountain road the other day and found these... someone said they are turkey tails but not sure... very fresh. Good sign though if they are starting to pop up. Good luck and happy hunting!
Went out hiking off of Iron Mountain road the other day and found these... someone said they are turkey tails but not sure... very fresh. Good sign though if they are starting to pop up. Good luck and happy hunting!
Went out hiking off of Iron Mountain road the other day and found these... someone said they are turkey tails but not sure... very fresh. Good sign though if they are starting to pop up. Good luck and happy hunting!
Pondering them becuase the spore side should be white. Did you try them?
 

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Pondering them becuase the spore side should be white. Did you try them?
To me those look old! Yes, spore side should be white.
Wasn't sure since I have never picked them. Are they turkey tails then? And I thought maybe they were fresh since they were soft and other ones just down the log were hard and very brittle. Don't know enough about them and so I left them.
 

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Wasn't sure since I have never picked them. Are they turkey tails then? And I thought maybe they were fresh since they were soft and other ones just down the log were hard and very brittle. Don't know enough about them and so I left them.
Perhaps invest in the Black Hills mushroom book available at the Forest Service offices. Very good info in it. If I don't know it, I look and if I don't see it or its no Bueno, its a leverite. Don't waste time from they ones I know.
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Mary - thanks for the new thread! First pasque flowers last week while turkey hunting, now all covered w/1-2 feet new snow in northern hills. Edgemont area had green grass, skunk weed in bloom and good dandelion flush starting on our April 20 visit - they did not get snow this weekend but are to see rain this coming weekend. April 12 is our earliest and June 30 our latest black morel finds in the hills.
Nice to see you. Large area got a good almost full day of steady rain. Much needed. Hope renewed. Now warmth. Later this week may be a snoop run to a spot. Any luck?
 

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Went out to check one of the first spots that usually comes up with morels early season and it's still just a little early there. I would say in about a week if it stays warm we will have some morels there. Ground Temps were running as low as 44 and as high as 48 in some places. Average temp in that area was 45. Can't wait! Good luck and happy hunting!
 

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Nice to see everyone is out and about enjoying our wild Spring weather! I've been out randomly checking ground temps, but the snowmelt keeps dragging them below 50 degrees. Checked my early spots, but nothing yet. I've got it on good authority that a few popped along Rapid Creek YESTERDAY🤪. Thinking this weekend should FINALLY kick our season off🎉
Good luck to all and bon apetit!!!
 
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