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I found a couple dozen in Kendall County 20 years ago this spring. I have seen but a handful since. That does not mean they aren't happening. I just don't do a lot of early season hunting these days.
 

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Same here. Found a small patch about ten years ago. Think it was Sangamon County. The blacks I've found on a consistent basis were in piney areas in MI.
 

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Yes, They are normally very small. It is a very short window when I see them. Often times if we have a late frost it seems to prevent the black morels from getting a chance to grow.

In my opinion the black morels are the hardest to find. They often get overlooked as soil and don't pop out like the big yellows and grays do.

Also, blacks tend to like burn areas or trees that have been stuck by lightening.
 

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Cool man thanks for the info that’s like five hours southeast but I’m hoping to find some in the quad cities or a lil closer to home
Where do you live Tool fan? I'm from Kewanee so you might not be to far away. Do you ever go to the Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival? May 5th this year in Toulon.
 

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Where do you live Tool fan? I'm from Kewanee so you might not be to far away. Do you ever go to the Stark County Morel Mushroom Festival? May 5th this year in Toulon.
Was thinking of going this year I’m from rock island
 

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More specifically in west central
I'm from Springfield, had to create a new account. Lost access to my email I signed up with and couldn't remember password.

I have o ly found them a few times, mainly in Menard County, but have also found a few one time in Cass. As odd as it may sound, I found them later in the season. Definitely were blacks, not half -frees/peckerheads, although they were just as delicate. Mainly found them around ash and under thick shrubs. Just happemed upon them but can find them nearly every year same spot in Menard.

I have never found them in Sangamon or Christian Counties.
 

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I'm from Springfield, had to create a new account. Lost access to my email I signed up with and couldn't remember password.

I have o ly found them a few times, mainly in Menard County, but have also found a few one time in Cass. As odd as it may sound, I found them later in the season. Definitely were blacks, not half -frees/peckerheads, although they were just as delicate. Mainly found them around ash and under thick shrubs. Just happemed upon them but can find them nearly every year same spot in Menard.

I have never found them in Sangamon or Christian Counties.
Thanks for the info this will be my third year and never found any of them so was just seeing if I needed to start early or what knowledge I could soak up
 

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Thanks for the info this will be my third year and never found any of them so was just seeing if I needed to start early or what knowledge I could soak up
I've never specifically targeted blacks in the early season or really ever. Both counties I just happened upon them and only Menard has produced each year.

If you can find a good stand of ash in a cool shady spot I'd check it throughout the season.
 

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I have found my blacks in the same spots for over 30years now and most of my trees are black cherry. Yes very hard to find. I will start looking for them when my redbud blooms start to open.
 
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