Northwest Indiana

Discussion in 'Indiana' started by ljbuckles, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. old man

    old man Morel Enthusiast

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    I have two woods I find blacks North of Ft Wayne-but not very many--mostly morel
     
  2. ogrecharger

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    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.
     

  3. noskydaddy

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    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!

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  4. m_ m_

    m_ m_ Young Morel

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    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.
     
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  5. morelsxs

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    Yeah noskydaddy! Can't wait to join the ranks. Re-checkin' my black spot 2mrw.
     
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  6. ogrecharger

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    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!
     
  7. noskydaddy

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    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.
    Not good!
     
  8. noskydaddy

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    Found 9 more grays today. Left em to grow big and strong.
     
  9. punkolly

    punkolly Young Morel

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    I found 10 blacks in Porter County yesterday. they were nice and fresh! Didn't have much time going back today
     
  10. Kim Smoltz

    Kim Smoltz Young Morel

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    Porter County - left to grow IMG_0129.JPG IMG_0130.JPG
     
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  11. Ima Funguy

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    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!
     
  12. noskydaddy

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    Found 11 today on the railroad tracks.
    Still not seeing a ton of other fungus but it won't be long now.

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  13. ogrecharger

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    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.
     
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  14. Ima Funguy

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    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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  15. noskydaddy

    noskydaddy Morel Connoisseur

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    @Ima Funguy , once you upload the image,
    clicking "FULL SIZE" will insert it fully into
    the message area for you.

    FYI
     
  16. noskydaddy

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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.
     
  17. noskydaddy

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    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?

    Thoughts?
     
  18. T tom

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    I've worked in the steel mills in Gary many times and I don't see how there not all black up there. Lol
     
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  19. noskydaddy

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    7 more NW IN.

    Fresh as MONKEY'S BREATH!

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  20. noskydaddy

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    25 more harvested today.
    Tip top fresh! CHOICE!!!

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