8 or 9 miles of rugged, steep and stickery terrain yesterday that should have been prime area and didn't find a thing. Went out today for an hour of easy walking with my dad close to town and found 8 or 9 nice size grays along a popular walking path. You never know where you're going to find them!
Can anyone confirm or verify some of the things below that I've read, heard from people or experienced myself?
In a couple different books I've read they say mushrooms don't grow around nut type trees like Walnut, and Hickory.
I'm not sure if that includes things like Oak that produce a nut generally not consumed by humans.
They say you can find mushrooms around Black Cherry or Buck Cherry trees, but in Iowa I've never found any by Cherry trees. Apple trees and old Apple orchards are however prime picking areas.
In Michigan their tree of choice for finding morels are under White Ash, similar to our Elm trees here in Iowa. Even though we have Ash and White Ash I've never found any mushrooms by them in Iowa.
The lighter color the tree bark and leaf litter the more likely you are to find morels under them. Ash, Aspen, Poplar, Birch and Elm all have lighter color bark and leaf litter as opposed to something like Walnut or Oak.
They say you can find morels under Cottonwoods, but I've never found any.
Previously flooded creek bottoms and riverbeds are supposed to be good areas so you'd think along the Mississippi and the feeder streams going into it would be good, but I've never found any in those areas.
The last two years when we had drier conditions I found more in tall (bent over) grassy and burn areas than I did in typical spots under Elms.
ShroomCrafter, yesterday the finding them under every 100-200 Elm trees didn't even hold up. The 8 we found today probably would have fallen into the every 20-30 trees range.
Things cooling off again over the next couple days isn't good, but maybe we'll get a little more moisture with it.
The good thing about mushrooms is once they're up they stay up and they'll still be out there for the ones that have already popped. More moisture and heat will both help. What we don't want is wind or 3 or more days above 80 degrees.
Let me know if anyone has any thoughts or experiences with the things listed above or anything else you want to add.
Ticks are bad this year. After one long day of hunting, one on me and seven on the dog even though he had a new treatment and an additional collar while we're out in the woods.
Happy hunting and good luck to all!