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Great to hear from you man and glad you are looking out for me =)

This season has not been ideal, and not nearly as good as last year or compared to what we are used to finding. I blame it on too many hours spent at work, the weather not cooperating, and losing a good chunk of private ground that we have found a good number of morels on in the past. I have not posted anything this year and have not been as active on viewing this site as in the past simply due to lack of time. We found 25 lbs this past weekend and over 20 the weekend before, taking the season total to around 50 pounds, which isn't quite the 200+ we picked last year. Other than those 2 weekends, I haven't been out checking the flaking elms as much as I'd like and the woman prevented me from spending too many hours in the woods over Memorial Day weekend. I feel like the season is winding down and I didn't get to check a lot of the spots I wish I would have. Found a decent number of morels on live cottonwoods early, and the typical dead elm as the season went on. Managed to kill 9 nice long-beard turkeys within the family this spring, so maybe that balances out for a sub-par mushroom season. Our spring started slow and cold, and when we finally got the rainfall, the temps dropped again with it. By the time the temps got back up to favorable, it was too dry already which may have caused the somewhat "below average" popping year. Its dry and dusty now and the morels don't love that climate as we all know. The season seemed to be moving north like it should and then stalled out before it reached my stomping grounds. A lot of people that pick within 100 miles south of me seemed to still do pretty well. Two weekends ago we picked fresh 3-5" greys and tans and this past weekend we started picking some giants. We left a bunch of small dark greys the first weekend and went back there this last Sunday night and picked over 100 big fresh golden yellows, for those out there who do not believe mushrooms grow or can change colors. These started as tiny greys and developed into textbook giant yellows. Most shrooms this past weekend were still in very good shape although we began finding those that should have been picked 2 weeks ago. I know there are still many pounds to be picked in the woods but when its over 80 degrees and you're walking up and down big hills getting torn up by raspberry bushes its not quite as enjoyable. Many dead elms this spring just didn't produce like they should and many had a small number of morels by them. Not as much reward for your effort this spring it seemed for me. Did find one tree with 190 on it but no huge motherloads. A buddy picked 45 pounds last week in 3 hours in north central Iowa. How did things pan out for you kb?
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