cooley, last year wasn't the greatest, but it wasn't the worst for me either. I think last year was on track to be really good, but then, bam it got too cold after the morels had started here. I found a lot of stunted mushrooms last year so I can only imagine how many I didn't see.
jdk32581, the sandy dark soil is there with the sycamores that I find morels under, but the other common factor is a THICK leaf blanket under these tree's. I don't know if that is part of the reasons for the mushrooms liking it there but it's just something I have noticed. I do think the leaf cover(and the large canopy) is responsible for making the ground warm up slower around the sycamores and that's why those spots are the last places I typically find morels every year(Its a bummer when I see them under the sycamores because I know what is coming and that it's ending fast). The great thing about the Sycamores I have found, is that they flush about a dozen mushrooms every year(good or bad years).