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SoDak Morels 2015

Discussion in 'South Dakota' started by butchbob, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. butchbob

    butchbob Morel Connoisseur

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    Have a kettle of stew on the stove with dehydrated black morels from the 2014 Black Hills season. Trust that this year we all can fill our dehydraters!
     
  2. ozone21

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    Landscape dandelions are going to seed already. The time is near...
    Hope you're still right, Butchbob!
     

  3. walleyewacker22

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    I'm new to the mushroom scene but would love to find some, I know the black hills and surrounding areas fairly well from hunting and fishing. Last year while hunting fairburn agates on the Cheyenne river I found a small patch of yellow morels. This was the first time I had ever noticed them, I was 5+ miles from my vehicle and no plans of leaving at that point so I just left them. Would they be in that area again this year?? Hope to try the hills as well for some blacks. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm not asking for locations just advice on what to look for thanks!
     
  4. butchbob

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    Morels are great with walleye! Worth a look to revisit sites whenever you find yellows. My best yellow patch has produced for roughly eight years. I find that the blacks in the hills start to wane after 2-3 years, probably due to tree death. As to tips for the hills you may want to peruse the last year or two of postings on this web page as many pickers share good info. If we get rain we are probably 3-4 weeks from the first morels.
     
  5. walleyewacker22

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    Awesome thanks butchbob! I'm looking forward to it!
     
  6. butchbob

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    Pasque flowers (some say wild crocus) are in bloom west of Spearfish and lilac are forming purple buds in town. No fungus yet, but we did get a third of an inch of wet!
     
  7. maryc65

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    Pasque west of Custer as well but very, very dry here. Lilacs doing nothing
     
  8. maryc65

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    butchbob....anything looking hopeful yet?
     
  9. butchbob

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    Violets now in bloom along the creek in town is usually a good sign, but no fungus yet. Soil is bone dry top four inches. Am out daily looking. If the weatherman is right we are to get 3/4 inch of wet next two days. Our earliest BH blacks past decade were found on April 21/22.
     
  10. maryc65

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    Thanks! Please let me know if you spot even oysters as I am in Custer and driving there every weekend with nothing coming back is depressing!
     
  11. blueheron333

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    I looked in some woods in the Sioux Falls area today. Some green growth, but zero fungi. Dandelions were out in places. I dont hunt the SF area, but was there today and we saw some woods that looked like I had to check them. Its going to be soon. I would almost bet my spots an hour south of there have some tiny fingernail-size morels peeking up. Happy hunting to everyone this year, and good luck! :)
     
  12. blueheron333

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    We're going to check things out down on the MO river next Thursday. If our old reliable early spots pay off, I'll report such. If they do not pay off, we're going out west for the weekend to find agates, instead. I read someone's post about finding yellow morels while looking for Fairburn agates...the very idea of such a thing nearly makes my head explode lol. I honestly do not know how the guys that live out there can ever get anything else done, except for this time of year, when you can look for morels. Happy hunting!
     
  13. blueheron333

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    How are things looking out west?
     
  14. butchbob

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    Heron - Hills are cold and still relatively dry so no fungus yet. Violets and dandy-lions in bloom at 4,200' elevation. Ran into snow drifts at high elevation Saturday before the rain. Probably another two weeks for morels here.
     
  15. blueheron333

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    Thanks Butchbob. Happy hunting! :)
     
  16. blueheron333

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    SSE SD is going now. I found a few near the MO River. Very small, yet fully mature specimens. Little yellows where they are usually little greys and big yellows. Many many many babies. Anywhere an hour south of Sioux Falls should be good now. We need significant rain, and a decrease in temps, and soon, or we will have an abbreviated season here in this corner. Far be it from me to be a knay-sayer, but sadly, it appears that it is already so. The region has 4 consecutive days above 80f in the 10-day forecast. And an almost apologetic precip outlook. On a more positive note, however, if the season is able to continue...based on what I have seen beginning, we are at least off to a very good start. Let's hope the weather gets more seasonal.... Happy hunting everyone!
     
  17. sapworm7979

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    Anybody here like to Ooooggaaboooogaa? Good luck SD our season is toast here in OK.
     
  18. ozone21

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    There's a fungus among us!
    Some of the big guys have been up for a few days even.
     
  19. blueheron333

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    Ooga Booga back to you, Sapworm! Indeed we do. There are getting to be quite a few of us up here. :)
     
  20. walleyewacker22

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    Neal did you see them in the hills west river or east river?? Happy hunting and thanks!