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Discussion in 'Indiana' started by ljbuckles, Apr 25, 2013.
I have two woods I find blacks North of Ft Wayne-but not very many--mostly morel
Well - no messages yet, but fingers crossed and the offer still stands!
If I had to guess, it's because we just don't have many old growth stands of poplars. I've only had one reliable spot for blacks (in Northern L.P. of Michigan) and I can't seem to find a similar habitat here. It may also be the effect from the lake. Seems like ground temps around the shore line seem to keep us a week behind everyone else.
I took a brief walk at a nature preserve in Battle Creek, MI on Sunday afternoon. Just scouting, checked north-facing slope with extra focus where the right kind of trees were, but nothing.
I've heard they are just starting to pop south of us. I saw a video from Central Indiana of a very nice spread under a tree, prime time down there right now.
One thing is for sure - this weather is perfect, and I'm expecting a larger and longer season for our area. I'll probably wait until at least next weekend before checking my go-to spots though, since I don't like to harvest when they are small. As always, will depend on weather between now and then.
NW Indiana on the map.
Found 7 nice grays today riding my bike.
Thought it was dog shit. Stopped. Looked back.
Thought they were walnut shells.
Came closer. And they were morels!
All in sand!
Nice grays! I checked my spot in Lake County this morning and found nothing. May apples are only about 2 inches high, it's still too early. But you never know unless you get out and look, and I spotted some new dead elm that I will be checking later.
Yeah noskydaddy! Can't wait to join the ranks. Re-checkin' my black spot 2mrw.
Let me know if you were able to get all the sand out - and how. I've always avoided ones that look sandy because i can't stand biting sand!
I think I'm in trouble buddy.
Rinsed em 6 times and still silty.
Only one way to know for sure but everyone is saying the same thing.
Found 9 more grays today. Left em to grow big and strong.
I found 10 blacks in Porter County yesterday. they were nice and fresh! Didn't have much time going back today
Porter County - left to grow
We went to my two early spots in Porter Co. yesterday and found nothing. We're gonna check'em again Thursday, but then we're going out of town for a week. Don't pick'em all while we're gone!
Found 11 today on the railroad tracks.
Still not seeing a ton of other fungus but it won't be long now.
I did the same thing today - about the same size too - glad i only had my lunch hour to do it in, so i can leave the rest to grow.
I predict this weekend will be the beginning of a great year for NWI, as long as we get some decent rain this week.
Mmm, I've been concentrating on my early spots and didn't even think to check anywhere else. Then, I go to Lake County today and find 11 grays in one 20' area?! My first attempt at uploading a pic.
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I guess I should says that all the morels
I've found this season were in sun-drenched
open areas and not the dappled woods
where they are commonly found in.
At least not yet anyhow.
Hope this helps.
Does anyone know if NWI is particularly poor
in general for BLACK MORELS?
Looking at Matherly's the latest progression map,
I noticed a large vacant area for NWI for some reason.
At first I surmised "lake effect" as a potential issue,
but then that would also hamper similar lake shore areas,
but doesn't seem to...
Benton Harbor, Muskegon, Petoskey, MI for example.
I have a hypothesis to offer up to poke holes in:
POLLUTION? Air, light, noise? All of the above?
Could pollution of some kind cause this aversion for BLACK morels?
I've worked in the steel mills in Gary many times and I don't see how there not all black up there. Lol
7 more NW IN.
Fresh as MONKEY'S BREATH!
25 more harvested today.
Tip top fresh! CHOICE!!!