Morel Fever

Discussion in 'Massachusetts' started by timmyd36, May 5, 2014.

  1. timmyd36

    timmyd36 Young Morel

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    How many people out there in MA have been out yet? Ive been out scouting new places and found a few I need to keep Too cool right now, we need the sun and warmth! Temps are supposed to be higher than they have been this week. Hoping to start seeing em in a week or so.

     
  2. leog

    leog Young Morel

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    I tried to look in a few places in eastern mass but I'm kind of new at this so most likely wasn't looking at the right locations; have you found more this year? any tips to which locations I should be looking?
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  3. bunnybambina

    bunnybambina Young Morel

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    Also new to this. In the greater Boston/North shore area. Can use all the tips and help I can get. I reallllyyy want to find some of these lil guys! Already been looking in lyyn woods, breakheart, and lynn fells reservation (stoneham, winchester, medford) found nothing so far.
     
  4. timmyd36

    timmyd36 Young Morel

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    Nope, I haven found any yet. I found some new spots to look but no luck yet. A friend of mine found 5 small ones around the Easthapton area. They have also alleedly been finding them in Amherst and a little further East. Best places to look are in OLD apple orchards ( use caution, because lead arsenate and DDT can remain in the soil for many years) and also around dead or dying white ash, cottonwood, and American Elm. Elms tend to be the key species more out incentral and western U.S. Ive checked all the dead elms I could find and not a one. My first and only find was in an old farm apple orchard lat year. The greys come out after the first week of 60-65 degree weather with no frost then the yellows come in as the weather warms into the 80s. When the apple trees blossom, it is a good sign to start looking. I was also told to look for sweet soils-soils that also support wild ramps -is a good place to look. The soil should pack in your hand when you squeeze it and then crumble away easily with your fingers.Early season is best to look on southern facing slopes, but morels can be anywhere they wish. Still a rookie myself. The best thing to do is get some books on the subject. The book titled "Morel Hunting" how to find ,preserve, care for, and prepare the wild mushrooms" by John and Theresa Maybrier is a good place to start. Also, "Morels" by Michale Kuo is supposed to be a good one. Another good way to find spots is to join a Myocological club in your area, if one exists. Also , dont be afraid to check out the freebies on the web. Chris Matherly of morelmushroomhunting.com has a website and club you can join (for a small fee) and has loads of info.His site also gives you some freebies such as the morel progression map (map of the U.S. with plots showing where the mushroms have been found in each state ( not exact locations of course) and also the current finds and photos in each state. Keep looking under dead or dying elms ,ash, apple and possibly cottonwood and sugar maple. The main trees in massachusetts are the ash, then apples , then elms in my opinion. hapy hunting!!!!
     
  5. timmyd36

    timmyd36 Young Morel

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    Found 4 small greys today under old apple trees. A couple days of rain may bring the others up and bring some size to the ones I found.
     
  6. cbossen

    cbossen Young Morel

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    Any suggestions on parks within a couple hours drive of Boston that would be good places to look for morels?
     
  7. wannashroom68

    wannashroom68 Young Morel

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    I just signed up been out looking on the south shore found one!!!!!
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