Instinct and Impulse

Discussion in 'Iowa' started by shroom god, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. ruralpeas

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    Went out yesterday for the 2nd time in my life. Came home with 49 grays! Exciting to begin to understand what I'm looking for...where...and the pattern disruptions in leaf and greenery for which to be looking. &lt;a href=&quot;<a href=""><img src="" alt="" /></a> https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11210452_10153832581017519_8239653850679004331_n.jpg?oh=f85e3d9243854129131535a61423e572&amp;oe=55C7CFB6"&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;<a href=""><img src="" alt="" /></a> https://scontent-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11210452_10153832581017519_8239653850679004331_n.jpg?oh=f85e3d9243854129131535a61423e572&amp;oe=55C7CFB6" alt="" /&gt;</a>
     
  2. ksmorelhunter

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    Nice job Rural Peas! What area of the state were you finding these? Thanks
     

  3. shroomhawk

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    Eastern Iowa here. Anxious to see if the overnight rains brought any shrooms. Anyone from the area been out today?
     
  4. kb

    kb Morel Connoisseur

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    SG, Yeah, I have had some luck in Iowa. I live in Mo. so I hunt both ways. I have almost schroomed my feet and legs to death this year. I am lucky enough to live in a place where I can drive 200 miles any direction or hunt in my own area, So I have been doing that for the last 3 weeks almost every day. I should have gone today but could not make myself drive an walk in the rain again. Keep us informed on NE. Iowa though. Maybe next weekend
     
  5. catfishjohn

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    Just got back Shroomhawk. The rain did some very good things.
     
  6. swi shroomer

    swi shroomer Morel Connoisseur

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    Monster day for this old boy in the wood. Some highlights:
    -- a 13-pack cluster under a giant dying elm that produced 69 total.
    -- another giant elm produced one of the coolest morel sights in my life as there were about 20 morels in a space of about 8 feet by two feet and the morels were grouped in clusters of two, three and four. The tree produced probably 40 or 50 total.
    -- a disturbed mound-like dirt area produced about 30 and was very awesome to see.
    -- only one morel out of hundreds that looked bad on sight.
    -- total poundage just over 11 pounds and weighed on my way home at a convenience store.
    -- probably my second-best day ever in terms of morels picked and poundage and one I shall never forget!
     
  7. ruralpeas

    ruralpeas Young Morel

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    I'm in Iowa County...went out for 6 hours today. I was mentored for a while yesterday, ran into a life-shroomer today...who has hunted all these years without knowing any sense of where...as his empty bags after two hours showed. Didn't know how to identify most trees...about my age..early 60s. So we retraced his steps on Iowa River bottom grounds...and I found for him/helped him find...2 dozen morels. I found almost 60 others early on today. First tree...beside my car...had almost three dozen! Interesting pattern, or lack there of...of where they are...when and so on.

    But it was great because I paid forward the support I got yesterday with the same support needed today by another collector!
     
  8. kb

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    congratulations SW, Great pick! They are clustering this year in the hills for sure. Most of the 156 I picked on a big elm SAT.were in clusters of 3 - 8. I should have gone up today but it looked like rain all day and I had a long list of Honeydo's that had been building. I replaced a water heater in the middle of a hunt about 3 weeks ago the only problem is the old one is still sitting in the house. Had to get back out. I'm glad to see all the time you have put in finding good locations has paid off this year for you. not everyplace is equal. I checked a spot Sun. that a decade ago I picked #53 out of in 3 days. I could not find a pound in 3 hours. All the elm are pretty much gone, a sad sight. Were you on private or on pulic land? With All the rain whats up is going quick.
     
  9. leahk3

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    Found 15 HUGE yellows today!
     
  10. paulhans79

    paulhans79 Morel Enthusiast

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    leahk3, what part of the state?
     
  11. leahk3

    leahk3 Morel Enthusiast

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    Keokuk county.
     
  12. leahk3

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    Biggest one measured 8 inches tall
     
  13. shroom god

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    It's nearing the end here, far more old than fresh ones. I went through living hell for these. I'm beat up and tired out.

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  14. swi shroomer

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    Great pic, SG. I'm with ye on the beat up and tired bidness. Every part of my body hurts or is bruised or scratched. As kb said recently, I'm not 50 anymore (I'll be 54 in a few months). Hoping to get my fifth wind for a memorable finish Sunday. I have killed it this year over here, finding nearly 40 pounds in the past eight days. Unbelievable to me. Good to see your post!
     
  15. kb

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    hope you took some pictures SW, I picked enough up your way to not doubt a word of it. I had a family emergency keep me occupied today, so I may be done this year. I found 50 to be a watershed year for me. I really need to work all year to keep fit for the hunt. A friend picked some north of you today, but left a lot on the ground. so get them while you can. I bet if you got north of HW 20 you could get some more too. Nice mess SG, sometimes it is good to quite on your own terms and not when M.Nature makes you.
     
  16. leahk3

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    I'm going out again tomorrow morning with my mother, hope we can find at least a dozen or two. I've never found the several pounds that others seem to find, but this has been a decent year for me. Found about fifty so far. My eyes aren't the best and back problems keep me from being out too long or going through rougher terrain. But overall this has been a pretty good season. No complaints from me. I'm sore and worn out and gave it my all on the days I was able to get out and hunt. Sad to see it end but looking forward to next season already! Maybe I'll find some new spots to check out next year.
     
  17. swi shroomer

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    kb, I took lots of pics and even a few videos. May or may not have one final hunt in me. Keep going back and forth on it.

    leah, that is great you have gotten out and found some. Very cool.
     
  18. leahk3

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    Found another 16 today before back pain forced me to call it quits. Not looking very good out there. There were several that were molding and several that were dried up. This may be the end.
     
  19. shroom god

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    I agree leahk3, Iowa, Johnson and Washington Counties are also looking pretty bleak. It's time for the countdown to next season. On the bright side, you have about 340 days to get that back in shape!

    I'm dreading going back to work tomorrow. I've all but lived in the woods and gone fairly wild, savage even, by now...and interacting with people again will be an enormous challenge. But after 17 days it has to be. :cry:

    Time for me to get season's end thoughts in order.