Northern IL

Discussion in 'Illinois' started by tta1401, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. tta1401

    tta1401 Morel Enthusiast

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    Looks like I won't be able to hunt SW IL this year (Madison County) so I'm planning a trip with my brother to go up North around the weekend of May 24th when I get back to the states. Question for the Northerners: When is your typical season up there? I also gotta ask but I don't expect a response: Any good public areas/campgrounds?
     
  2. dang

    dang Morel Enthusiast

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    I'm not really good at morel hunting yet but I hunt turkey in Carroll county around mid to late April, I still have yet to find one. If I had to guess id say its later up there, mid May? I know there is the Mississippi palasades state park up there, you might want to look into it.
     

  3. lizweb

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    I'm in DuPage Co. and our usual time is around Mother's day.
     
  4. dang

    dang Morel Enthusiast

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    yea its about mothers day in will county also
     
  5. tta1401

    tta1401 Morel Enthusiast

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    Sounds like I will get my fix in this year! I really appreciate all the info!
     
  6. masonrymaster

    masonrymaster Morel Enthusiast

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    If you are waiting till mothers day to hunt, you are missing 2-3 weeks of hunting on a typical year. Last year I found my first one in joliet on March 31st. On the normal year though it is the last week of april. Good luck and give it a whirl a bit earlier, and stay out of my woods, thanks. hahahaha
     
  7. tta1401

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    Masonrymaster; I understand that I'm missing out right now (Madison County boy) but unfortunately, I'm out the country until the 22nd of May so that is why I was wanting to find out good picking times up north. So where are you hunting?? Bwahahaha!! :mrgreen:
     
  8. dang

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    Thanks for the advice, it kind of all makes sense now I've only found yellows even though this is my only the second year doing it. Thanks again
     
  9. morelmoocher

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    shout out to dbowhntr ...I know you're out there :mrgreen:
    Haven't had my dream yet, it's gonna be a spell. Tread lightly my fellow shroomers.
     
  10. got no morels

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    I’m out in Pingree grove il it’s Kane county il I’m going crazy. I need help desperately to figure when is a good time and or where to go to better my chances I’ve been reading up but would appreciate if I can get some help from someone who might know the area? That can give me pointers. Please I beg of you pleeeeese ALSO other areas near me huntly morengo
     
  11. dbowhntr

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    How you doing, morelmoocher? Been getting ready, scouting out spots. Nice cool, wet April so far. Got to like that. first small ones should be up in a week or so. Saw some ramps starting to emerge around 4/3. Should be able to start digging up some of those in a couple days.
     
  12. dbowhntr

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    Hah, amazing, I just looked at my calendar from 2012. Because of the crazy string of 80 degree days in March last year I found my first patch of morels on 3/31 and by 4/7 I had already picked almost 800. I only went out a few more times in the next couple weeks and by 4/24 it was almost all over. What a difference compared to this year, which seems much more "normal" in its timing so far.
     
  13. got no morels

    got no morels Morel Enthusiast

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    Any body from or around cook county Kane county area?
     
  14. dwak

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    Got no: I'm in Kane County. Keep an eye on me here and I'll let you know when to look. I find a few hundred every year and all in Kane County. We are still a week or two away from seeing anything. Needs to warm up more and more under growth needs to wake up. All this rain is good. I'm anticipating a good year.
     
  15. seanl

    seanl Young Morel

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    I'm in cook county. I don't expect anything until it warms up in hopefully the next few weeks.
     
  16. shroomstalker

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    I'm in DuPage and I'm going to agree with u Sean. My ramps aren't even starting yet.
     
  17. lizweb

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    Well hopefully with all this rain they we will have a better season than last year!
     
  18. lizweb

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    I'm in DuPage county. Not thinking anything for a couple of weeks. Lilacs are just budding and no dandylions yet.
    I so can't wait.
     
  19. got no morels

    got no morels Morel Enthusiast

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    Thanks a lot guys dwak and Sean appreciate the info dwak I'd love to tag along I used to pick mushrooms with my dad who has passed.when I was a kid .I'd love to start that tradition again with my son who is two but I figured if I can just learn how to find some of these it would bring that good ol feeling of being with pops let me know if you wouldn't mind? A lot of reading that I've been doing on morels say to go with experience folks so I'm very serious and I would love to go
     
  20. sponge

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    Tired of all the rain and cold.It's gotta start warming up soon.I'm guessing to pick shrooms on mothers day this year.Are any of my old buddys on this new board ? Amfit,Stump,Coyote,Bocephus - what do you guys think about the season this year ?