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I know some of y'all are startin to find a few shrooms but the way this year is kickin off has got the Dawg concerned. Season is 10-14 days early and the long range weather forecast calls for spotty rain and cool temps thru mid April in the KC area.

Maybe if it stays cool enough it will stall the season a bit and stretch it out to late April into early May but if the widespread rains don't come we'll all be chasin the precip just to get a few in the skillet.........., does anyone know a shaman? We may need a rain dance!
 

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I hope it's not a bust. 10 day area forecast only shows any moisture chances above 10-20% not until April 9th when it shows 50% chance . I hope they are very wrong. Every year though, I can't wait to get out there and I'm sure I chomp a little at the bit. :wink:
 

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The areas I covered yesterday had decent amounts of moisture in the soil and even found some fresh ones growing out of dry dirt pretty much. It being a earlier season then normal I think has us nervous and a tad anxious. My guess is mid week next week is going to be a good time to start hitting some bottoms where the tree cover is the thickest until the season kicks off. I didn't pick my first few shrooms worth talking about until the 14th of April last year. I think the ones that can be picked now as appetizers are what's motivating fellow hunters to map out there first strategy of attack on the first wave of shrooms coming through. More warm days back to back is all its going to take in my opinion.
 

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If it had rained the last few days things would be perfect. As of now the south facing slopes and ;areas without cover have dried up so much that anything coming up that is not there is iffy. North facing slopes and deeper ditches are still good. Still a lot of moisture under the leaves. this is the St. Joe area only.
 

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Follow the rain. I made that mistake last year in Ohio. We were bone dry in my area and I wasted hours looking on crunchy ground as hard as concrete. I should have spent those hours driving to where the rain fell.
 

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i hate post titles meant (or not meant) to get everyone bragging, or worried...that being said, cooler nights and moderate to cool daytime temps mean that little moisture is evaporating. wind is starting to cause more dried out top layers, leaves, but its definitely going to be unpredictable
 

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jdk, that is good advice. With modern tech. you can always find who got the rain. 25 years ago I would drive out to spots hundreds of miles away from me hoping it had rained there, or hoping I would not get caught in the middle of a storm. I would call the local post office and ask how much rain they had. Course there were a lot more elm then too, picking was much easier. Leave the hunting to others, I like to pick. Nice cluster forager. Is that on a root ball?
 

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Don't let the post title worry ya none Forager it's all good! Here in Mo some years are good, some are ok and some are terrible. This year is going to be sub par if the rains don't show in the next 5-10 days.

The brush will continue to thicken and many trees will be fully leaved out by mid April. As far as the cool days not drying out the top soil......,well the cool weather will help but it's pretty dry across the top half of the state and the humidity levels have been somewhat low. March precip was 2 inches and below across much of central and northern Mo so subsoil levels are not real high.

But I aint too worried yet and I'm damn sure going out tomorrow morning cuz the Dawg and his posse gotta find'm.
 

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Well, the first shroom trip was not a bust. The Dawg Posse came up with enough to feed the family so everybody is quite happy and the shrooms are hittin the skillets tonight, tomorrow we'll be back at it early to see if we can get on a ShroomDawg worthy haul. There's enough moisture out there if ya know where to hunt......., havin a few springs keeping the ground wet on a SW bank did not hurt either. :wink:


 

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Very nice shroomdawg! Has me regretting not being able to make it out today, definitely a nice little haul there. I'll be hitting some spots tomorrow after work, keep them hunters motivated shroomdawg.
 

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Bigger than anything I have picked, nice job. Just askin dawg, where you down toward KC, or up toward me?
 

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I predict the mothaload is coming this year. Rain chances 50% Tuesday and a small chance Wednesday!! If they're correct it should get them poppin real nice!! It's still gonna be good in the spots that always stay moist. ITS ON SHROOMDAWG!!! THE POSSE NEEDS TO BE PREPARED!!
 

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kb, what we found today was huntin in the KC area. Some of my family has found shrooms on the bottoms in the St Joe area so it looks like they're just getting started around here but we still need some rain. Heading out in the morning, I'll give a report on how the Posse does tomorrow evenin.
 

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thanks dawg, yeah i have picked some here in the hills and bottoms, not as large. They got more rain in the last week down that way. Things from here to Iowa could use a drink. Makes me think to go somewhere south like tomorrow, like I should have today.
 

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Kirby, the Posse is locked and loaded ya know it! Let me know if y'all find any this afternoon, we'll be in touch...........l8r :wink:
 

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dawg. your title seems somewhat prophetic now. I can't believe how few morels i have picked in Mo. so far. It may end up lower than since before i could drive. I hear about someone finding #10 , or more here and there. I have worked my ----- off to get into double digits in pounds. Usually thats one trip.in a good year. that bunch you picked way back on April 2 look better all the time. We will see how things are up north now the season is old here. the rain to late. It actually made the ones i found tonight worse.
 
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