Look up High Point Rd. It's a long winding road down a huge hill with a large section of forest at the bottom. I found quite a few down there a few years back including a few giant ones. The season probably isn't in full swing there yet but they are down there for sure.
Dwak - High Point Rd location you refer to is Forest Park Nature Preserve, a dedicated Illinois State Nature Preserve. As such, all fungi, plants and animals living in FPNC are protected, which means that it is illegal to collect them.
I am from Peoria and hunted there for many years, Jubilee State Historic Site is definitely the best find I ever had, found over 300 in one tiny spot, stay low, near the Kickapoo, bring a stick, they're hiding under the itch weed, look for giant trees, there were people everywhere but they never saw them, I did. Don't bring attention to yourself! They will start to swarm. Another piece of advice, get out of Peoria, go camping at a campground that has accessible forest with a water source/streams etc. a bit outside Peoria. Any large creek where people can go fishing is a good place to look.
Ive been scouting at jubilee....and you got that right about the ticks!!!! Def gonna spray my clothes better and ive also heard of using dryer sheets to wrap around ankles and in shirt sleeves bc the ticks wont cross the chemical barrier.
Is there anyone on here that gets together to hunt...im new to central il and dont have any shroomin buddies yet!
I don't shroom hunt that much as it cuts into my metal detecting time but I try to go to Jubilee once or twice a season. I don't have any "magic spots" there. I've pretty much found them all over the park. I tend to stay away from the creek area just because its so heavily hit but if I can get in there early enough sometimes I get lucky.
Yeah pretty sure my garden is kuput for the time being!!! The weather man said we are getting 2 months worth of rain over the last few days...tonight we are getting pounded....but hey as soon as the warm up comes our season will be off and running!!! I will just have to replant my seeds lol...sure they have all washed away!
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