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I'm new to mushroom hunting and it appears the season for morels in March-April. I have 60 plus acres that back up to long hunter state park and am looking for someone to come show my wife and I how to search and identify. Most likely some good opportunities for other species.
 

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Hi there,

I've been foraging for two years. I've got good knowledge on basic stuff. There are lots of great choice edibles in the area, however, morels don't grow abundantly in Nashville. You have to get out of the basin. I'm happy to walk your land with you although now isn't the best time of year. I have been finding brown oyster mushrooms the past few weeks but we have another couple of months until the action really starts!

Shoot me an email if you're interested, I live about about 15 minutes from that park.

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I am from Indiana and want to come down to Tennessee to hunt - what month do they typically start to grow in northeastern Tennessee?

Thanks in advance
 

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Last year they came the second week of March but its been very warm here- 80 on Friday! I'll hit the woods this weekend for sure. Please take a friend in East Tennessee- many hill folk will defend their spots! I may make the trip east in April but who knows. Elm is the primary tree here but further north into KY poplar is better. Hope that helps.
 

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Thank you for the info and I can appreciate defending mushroom turf! We are going to a friends property - would you mind letting me know if you find any this weekend. I want to make sure I don't come down too early and waste the trip - thanks for your help I really do appreciate
 

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I will for sure.
I went on Wednesday to no avail but it's warmed up. It's supposed to get cold again on Saturday so I'm not expecting much but I'll let you know!

Good to have friends who don't mind us stomping about being mushroom zombies lol.
 

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I went to two different spots and got some oysters but that was all. The high temps were followed by freezing temps so my guess is another two weeks, right on time lol.
 

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"I’ve been foraging for two years. I’ve got good knowledge on basic stuff. There are lots of great choice edibles in the area, however, morels don’t grow abundantly in Nashville. You have to get out of the basin. I’m happy to walk your land with you although now isn’t the best time of year. I have been finding brown oyster mushrooms the past few weeks but we have another couple of months until the action really starts!"

What do you mean by "get out of the basin"? I'm in the Clarksville area so I'm curious to know if that includes me.
 

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No. Clarksville is on the rim. It runs from about the edge of Nashville to past Lebanon and south almost to the Alabama border. It's a geological dome formation but actually, Nashville is lower in elevation significantly than the surrounding areas. That's part of why we flooded so badly some years ago. The soil in the basin is not what morels like. They prefer loamy soil and Nashville has lots of clay and stone without drainage. I have heard of random spots they've been found here but you really have to travel pretty far out of city limits to get the right soil. Hope that helps.
 
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