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Found a massive abandoned apple orchard on one of my scouting hikes. Still feels too cold and not enough green to have had anything come up yet. Anyone think it’s past it’s prime to produce? Not sure what I’m looking for other than apple orchard...
Kurt it looks a little to open to me. Most of the really good orchards i’ve Picked you had to crawl through. They had moss all around from the years of shade. But I sure would hit that orchard fast and give it a look over at the right time. Happy Hunting!
 

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Found a massive abandoned apple orchard on one of my scouting hikes. Still feels too cold and not enough green to have had anything come up yet. Anyone think it’s past it’s prime to produce? Not sure what I’m looking for other than apple orchard...
Kurt, are all those trees completely dead? Most of the apple trees I find morels under are old but not completely dead some just have a few limbs that get leaves or blossoms on them but all have a little life in them. That's just the experience that I have with apple trees, maybe its just in my area.
 

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I went out to check a spot with the beagle this afternoon. We didn't find any morels, but my beagle found some squirrel scent and trailed one right up this small dead tree till she was about 8ft off the ground. When she realized where she was she turned around on that little tree and started back down and I took her picture with my cell phone, sorry about the quality,
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Kurt it looks a little to open to me. Most of the really good orchards i’ve Picked you had to crawl through. They had moss all around from the years of shade. But I sure would hit that orchard fast and give it a look over at the right time. Happy Hunting!
Thanks! There were some areas that the trees were completely covered in vines and I had to crawl through. I’ll definitely be going back just in case.

Beagle - that’s good to know! There are some trees that are still producing some leaves and have bark on the trees still!

Thanks all!! Good luck to you!
 

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I pulled into a court today that had a center island with curb all around ... It had 4 trees planted in the center of it. I look at the curb and was thinking barrier .. I hear about apple trees what about crab apples? Any thoughts one way or the other .....
 

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Kurt - one thing on apple orchards like that is that growers I've found LOVED to spray chemicals to keep their apples perfect, and those chemicals stay in the soil a long time, accumulating in morels that grow there. Not trying to put you off; just letting you know. I've been in old orchards before, with one never showing me anything and the other doing okay for a couple of years before a wet snowfall felled many of the trees.
 

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MonkeyMan....I don't know if it has anything to do with it, but when the leaves fall they kinda mulch them into the soil all around the tree rather than rake them and remove them. I don't remember hearing about Morels associated with black walnuts either but 'the proof is in the pudding'. I know I'll start giving them more of a look now just to make sure!
 

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Nothing yesterday in Somerset county. Woods still pretty bleak. Dropped off the mountain to Fayetteville. Several miles of tulip poplar and sycamore. May apples. Fiddlehead terillium all looked right. But no mushrooms
 

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Found one really nice black this eve in a very short drive by hunt. This weather looks good for this weekend. Saturday might be crazy and it might be a shorty season, so Carpe diem.
 
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