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First Morels of 2015

Discussion in 'Virginia' started by pauliep, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    Found 4 little grays (all around 2 inches tall) this afternoon in Rappahannock County, at the foot of the Blue Ridge in one of the early spots I go to. After the supposed rain tomorrow and possibly more rain throughout the week, I believe this coming weekend should be pretty good for everyone in the lower spots. After that we can chase em up the mountains!!!
     
  2. adawg

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    Thanks for the report there Pauliep .I live in lil Washington, and have been out 3 or 4 times, but no luck yet . Went up
    to buck hollow Sunday but turned around after I saw all the tourists ! Lol !
     

  3. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    Oh wow! Small world!!! I used to live on Fodderstack Rd. Lived in RPK since '99. I have a couple spots in Gid Brown Hollow as well. Those I found were in an early spot so I don't think the park will really be popping just yet.
     
  4. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    Also I have found many, many morels in that area around Buck Hollow. Good Spot! Usually they don't start popping there until closer to May, in my experience. And yeah, the tourists get pretty plentiful there in the spring.Maybe we'll run into each other out and about. Happy Hunting!
     
  5. adawg

    adawg Morel Enthusiast

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    Small world indeed, especially when you are talking Rapp. Co ! Lol ! I'm down in Tiger Valley . But I know the Fodderstack well . My family has been here since the mid 1950's . Before I was born .
    Have had some rattlesnake issues up in Gid Brown though . My mom got bit one time, and barely escaped another .
    Messed her up bad ..This was lil Devil Stairs trail, SNP .. Snakes are nasty up there ! Always have been .
    If you see a tan colored Toyota Tacoma, with a big G in the back window, that would be me . Say hello if ya want ..
    Anyway, good luck !
     
  6. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    Yea I came about 3 inches from a timber rattler late in the season in '13. Luckily he slithered away, and he actually rattled. As soon as I heard it my knees started shaking. I was about an hour away from my car. That was like May 17th I think, and the morels were still happening high up in the park. I also know someone who was bitten in Gid Brown up at the old ski lodge. I'll keep an eye out for you! I drive a gold VW wagon by the way.
     
  7. the_dude_abides

    the_dude_abides Young Morel

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    Able to find more than a half-pound in Hanover on Monday the 13th. Hopefully I will rustle up some more tomorrow! Good luck out there and happy hunting.
     
  8. kevin t

    kevin t Young Morel

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    Whoa!!!! A Hanover shroomer! I live in powhatan and work in Hanover and I bet I've known 3 people tween hear and there that hunt mushrooms. You up towards Louisa or out toward new kent?
     
  9. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    Found 25-30 more grays, just starting to barely turn blonde. All in an "early" spot where they come up the same time as blacks elsewhere. Only had an hour or so of daylight so I'm sure there are plenty more. I'll go out this weekend and see what I come up with. Checked a low spot in Shenandoah National Park and they still aren't ready there yet.
     
  10. copperjon

    copperjon Young Morel

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    pauliep, Where in VA are you ? I am 30 minutes south of Lynchburg. I am planning to go out this week but didn't know if it was too early. The forest floor doesn't have any green.
    Thanks,
    Copperjon
     
  11. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    I'm in Rappahannock County, about 1 hr north of Charlottesville. Went to where I found those grays and pullled about 4 lbs of blondes out of there.At the base of a mountain about 200-300ft up, on a southeast facing hill. This is my early spot. My usual spots up a little higher aren't popping yet.
     
  12. pauliep

    pauliep Morel Enthusiast

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    Went out Saturday and found about 4lbs. Went to one of my normal spots and it looked like someone had beaten me to it, but I still managed to grab around 2lbs. Then as I was headed home, about a mile from my spot I saw what looked like a good area so I pulled off the road and headed up into the woods, and sure enough I doubled what I had found all day in about 20 minutes! Lots of big ones right at the base of big old poplars, with very few smaller ones scattered throughout. Never really seen them like this, literally walked from tree to tree and every single one had at least one big one under it. Might go back today after work because I have a feeling I just scratched the surface but I ran out of daylight.
     
  13. hscsusiq

    hscsusiq Young Morel

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    Friend found some in Goochland. They're by the river where there are lady's slippers
     
  14. shroomer2003

    shroomer2003 Young Morel

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    has anyone heard of morels being found in the newkent kingwilliam areas?