I hunt around Princeton in Bureau county and a few spots in Putnam county. I looked this morning on a south facing "early spot", nada so far. The trillium and mayapples have been up for a bit, ground is plenty wet and I'm starting to see a few dandelion here and there. The soil temps in our area are really close, it wouldn't surprise me to find a few greys possibly this weekend, but I'm thinking more mid to late next week. Does any Lasalle people know if morel hunting is allowed at Mitchell Grove SNA? I bow hunted there last season, beautiful park and I noticed plenty of elm.
Donger glad to hear things are shaping up. Never been to Mitchell Grove so I wouldn't be able to tell you. I tend to look for them around the Ottawa/ Marseilles area. Going to check things out, for the first time, early Sunday so I'll update when I get back. Hoping with all the moisture in the ground that these upcoming temps will help us all out.
Took my youngest boy out this am, with a buddy of mine from work in Will County. Timber looks great but no luck yet. Saw a bunch of dandelions just starting to pop on the way into work tonight. Looks like late week we should be in business.
I found some tiny greys this afternoon. Pinky nail size at the largest. I left them and backed out, searched a few other spots briefly, found some pecker heads and a guarder snake. I found the greys in a grassy opening on the top edge of a south facing slope by elms. Oh yeah, found ramps too. Wooded and grassy areas are still plenty wet in the soil which is a really good thing! Tomorrow will be better, after work there should be some decent size greys up. Temps were in the 70's today and will be in the 80's tomorrow. THEY'RE HERE!!
Nice find, Donger. Hopefully this warm weather will make them pop even more. My favorite grey spot was totally flooded this year so I'll have to do with the yellows when they come up. Working the night shift so I'm hitting the timber bright and early tomorrow morning. I agree with the soil conditions. It looks great. Good luck to you too, Huffs. These temps and upcoming rains are gonna make it a great season.
I morel hunt where I deer hunt which is several locations. Without getting too specific I hunt south of town on Lovers Lane and another down by the canal. And several other farms around Princeton. There are tons of people who hunt around here and not as much timber as other counties, so it's good to have several spots. I found the greys yesterday on a farm by lake Tbird in Putnam county. Boss is letting me have an extended lunch, only if i bring him back some greys, lol Should be some really good picking by Friday around here!
I'm hunting in LaSalle County mostly along the Fox, Haven't been out yet, but a friend hunting in same area found about 3 dozen false morels and 6 small greys this am. I'll be checking my early spot tomorrow. Very optimistic!! @Jake-tried finding you on the N.IL board...Hope all is well for you or any of you're family and friends in Marseilles. I like the looks of this season!!
haha shroomdonger I live on lovers lane. Im guessing from last year you were the one in the blue truck? and maybe last year or the year before you got caught on my famly's farm that bumps up to your spot? haha if so no hard feelings. just try not to venture out on that farm area. for 1. its my only spot :-| and 2. my father in law doesn't like people up there because they keep their horses up there.
Hey, what's up, Chad? Great to see you on here again this year. I'm out in the country, in Wallace Township, and my pole barn and part of my basement took a pretty good hit from the flood. Even though I've got a double sump in the basement I still had to rip out all of the carpeting and padding as well as junk the welder in my pole barn. Feel fortunate though considering what happened in Marseilles. My river spots all got flooded but I'm going back to Will County in the morning and I've got a good spot, on high ground in Marseilles, I'm going to hit once the yellows start poppin. Let me know how you make out here in the next couple of days.
Went to the honey hole today in Joliet. Everything looks ready except for ground temps.
May apples just starting to pop. Nothing yet, but I found a 1927 wheat penny! Sun needs to warm the ground up a few degrees before they pop. I'm guessing next week. Rain and front will help this weekend. I'm guessing mid to next weekend. Good luck!
Sorry huffs, but if you look in a bureau county plat book there are over fifty different properties on lovers lane. Lots of shroom hunters down there, there will be cars parked all over today. I hunt a property there with tons of elms and plenty of acreage to roam, never a need to trespass. I don't drive a blue truck. You kinda act like me and you are the only shroom hunters in the whole county and your spot is the only place to find shrooms. Poachers suck and I know how that goes, it's very frustrating. I have a special spot that is safe and accessible for my kids, problem is some guy is in there every year, trespassing and picking what my kids should find. I found an empty laundry basket(for hauling out like twenty pounds at a time) back there a few years ago along with a bunch of stumps in our honey hole. Also, just to reassure you, you mentioned horses, there is no horse pastures or horse farms bordering that property I hunt on LL. If you really want to catch the thief, set up a trail camera instead of blindly accusing people of punking your honey hole on this website...I set up a few cameras and it seemed to deter them last spring,,, just a suggestion
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