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Soil temps hit 61 degrees yesterday in the southern zone.That should get them growing every where.It will take a couple of days before their big enough to see.If we could get some rain they would swell up quicker and grow fast,We should have a normal year where they will be peaking out by mothers day,lets hope.
We havnt had a normal year around here for a long time.In recent years we always get 2 or 3 days where the temps outdoors hit 80 degrees in the middle of april then it turns cold.It brings the soil temps up to 60 degrees and then way back down.seems to screw ever thing up.
Now this year we did have the same thing happen but the soil temps hit 56 to 57 them 2 days.was that enough to put the same curse upon use again? i hope not.
Is 60 degree soil temps the make or break deal?Probably not but ive been looking into this theory for the last couple of years starting with the states south of us up to us and when the soil temps hit that magical 60 degrees the yellow hoard seems to show up.
Ive seen years where we had a bad year on the high ground but the river bottoms were a yellow gold mine.That year maybe 20 pounds came from the higher ground and 180 pound came from the river bottoms.
Last year was one of the worse years i had,didnt get a whole lot on the high ground and the river wiped out any hope in the bottoms.
Found enough that we still have some laid up but im looken forward to some fresh ones.Hope this turns out to be a decent year for shrooms.Good luck everyone,its time to get em.

How odd--I'm 20 miles from you and last year was one of my best years ever. Do you ever wonder if the reason "we havnt had a normal year around her for a long time" is due to climate change? I do. At any rate, I hope you're right about everything. Good luck.

I went fishing today. 39 degrees wind chill. Crappie.
 

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How odd--I'm 20 miles from you and last year was one of my best years ever. Do you ever wonder if the reason "we havnt had a normal year around her for a long time" is due to climate change? I do. At any rate, I hope you're right about everything. Good luck.

I went fishing today. 39 degrees wind chill. Crappie.
I hope so too,but my wife is pretty sure i aint right about much very often.Time will tell about the shrooms i guess.The river bottoms is where i hunt the most and last year it was a no go,nuthin but mud and water.I used to hunt the whole season but the last few years ive been waiting for the yellows to start,im getting old fat and slow and the hills and thorn infested woods dont hold that same apeal to play in that they used to.Anyhoo its time to start looken.
 

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Got out for about 45 minutes this afternoon, hit one good patch in the first fifteen minutes, then nothing. I think we just
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needed a little bit of heat to make them come out.

Found a nice set of slightly gnawed on deer sheds as a bonus. First spot of the day was a challenging one! Came out with about a quarter pound, enough to make for breakfast. That's fine with me! Probably have the nieces out over the weekend to visit, and hunt with me while still maintaining social distance.

They're out there folks- Story County.
 

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Nice haul, Tool. The shape of most of those suggests that the shrooms are struggling for moisture. I think we're about 1-2 inches deficient for April around here, and windy days are a double-whammy. North of 80 may be much better.
 

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Dry as a bone. The rain keeps missing up over here as well Tool fan. I went down to monroe county today and found only 1 lb, usually pull atleast 4 or 5 from that neck of the woods. North hills were warmer than south, southwest hills. Greys on the north, fairly dried out but 1 hour soak brought them right back to life. S/ S/W were much fresher yellows. Perhaps the season will still turn out good if we get a darn good soaking day long rain. Even the cricks are running dry. I'm past 10 lbs for the season and gave my normal stomping grounds a 3 day rest to recoup. Hopefully tomorrow I'll see the fruits of my patients? Amazing how we can cover so much ground in 6 hours of walking. North hills in monroe were 59, south by southwest were 57. If anyone knows a good rain dance, PLEASE share it with me!!!
 

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On a side note, be careful taking your dog hunting. About a week ago I took both kids out on what should of been a good day hunting, wasn't ten minutes into the woods and she was barking up a storm so we stopped and listened. We could hear her getting closer and trees/ bushes moving. I told the kiddos to be quite and lets see what she is chasing towards us ( My money was on a turkey ). She comes to an opening, i see her and call her. Before i finished calling her name appeared an animal that I would say was close to the height of a great dane, but it was charcoal, ash colored, light grey, with pointy ears... Mountain lions are orange, coyotes are short, it was a damn bobcat. When i had said her name however the bobcat turned and split.
 

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I immediately got real loud and started beating my stick hard on the nearest tree and bust part of it ( found a bunch of morels with this stick ) as to keep the cat away from me and the kids. When she got to me she laid down and i seen the blood, The kids were crying at this point, and instead of being only 10 mins in the jungle i felt like we were a mile in. The dog eventually caught her breath and was walking fine so we called an escort to pick us up ASAP. Got to the vet and he had her in surgery before we were out of the building. She ended up with 4 puncture wounds, 3 on the driver side, and 1 on the passenger. The vet said it was 1/8 to 1/16th of an inch from puncturing her intestines, her liver, and her diafram. He said im damn lucky she wasn't lunch. Kept her over night, got her back the next day and she is still on biotics and something for the pain but the prognosis is good. She will pull through and had her out with me today, but she sure stayed close! The things we put others through just to hunt morels....
 

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I immediately got real loud and started beating my stick hard on the nearest tree and bust part of it ( found a bunch of morels with this stick ) as to keep the cat away from me and the kids. When she got to me she laid down and i seen the blood, The kids were crying at this point, and instead of being only 10 mins in the jungle i felt like we were a mile in. The dog eventually caught her breath and was walking fine so we called an escort to pick us up ASAP. Got to the vet and he had her in surgery before we were out of the building. She ended up with 4 puncture wounds, 3 on the driver side, and 1 on the passenger. The vet said it was 1/8 to 1/16th of an inch from puncturing her intestines, her liver, and her diafram. He said im damn lucky she wasn't lunch. Kept her over night, got her back the next day and she is still on biotics and something for the pain but the prognosis is good. She will pull through and had her out with me today, but she sure stayed close! The things we put others through just to hunt morels....
True story. Had a turkey hunter down here in Mo. call in a bobcat that jumped on his head from behind him, he shot his dumb bobcat butt, and some folks got all upset with him. I know he sounded like a turkey but it is pretty obvious they are not as afraid of people as they once were. I like wildlife, but not if it thinks you, your kids, or pets are dinner. On a morel note, I picked over #5 of really nice morels in SW. Iowa over the last 2 days. Got 47 off an Ash, most I have ever picked off of one ash tree.
 

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How odd--I'm 20 miles from you and last year was one of my best years ever. Do you ever wonder if the reason "we havnt had a normal year around her for a long time" is due to climate change? I do. At any rate, I hope you're right about everything. Good luck.

I went fishing today. 39 degrees wind chill. Crappie.
 
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