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Earliest ever Black Hills black morels today, only 10, but they made a great pizza topping. Near Sturgis with oak and pine in full south facing sunny exposure. About 1.5 inch precip past few days helped.
 

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Snowing on the patch this morning, but did find 69 black morels in 2 hours. About 20 were found at elevation of 6,100 feet - a full 4-6 weeks earlier than past years. Morels for Easter dinner certainly a first for us.
 

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New to us patch in mixed hardwood/pine wet forest yielded 4 dozen very fresh black morels today @ 4,500' elevation. Adjacent yellow snap dragons, purple violets and Pasque all in bloom are the more visible indicator plants. Weatherman says 1-2 inch of rain next 36 hours!
 

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Thanks for all the awesome info butchbob! I'm en route to CSP for the weekend. What're your thoughts on looking in areas that area cleared away from the fires? More specifically the early regenerated forest regime spots?
 

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New to us patch in mixed hardwood/pine wet forest yielded 4 dozen very fresh black morels today @ 4,500' elevation. Adjacent yellow snap dragons, purple violets and Pasque all in bloom are the more visible indicator plants. Weatherman says 1-2 inch of rain next 36 hours!
Is there any other spots I. The hills besides sturgis/spearfish area?
 

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HumFun- we find more yellows in the southern hills than up north. We focus on Cheyenne River and tributaries w/cottonwood, recent pine log units, fires, mix soft/hardwoods and moist bottoms - right now morels need sun w/partial shade and wet. Avoid the many rocky soil zones and look for black dirt. We'll be in southern hills this weekend chasing turkeys and will look at the fire zones east of Pringle from 1-3 years ago and the river at Edgemont. Good luck and post your findings.
 

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Five new to us spots into the GPS this weekend compliments of five different groups w/mesh bags hunting w/in 30 yards of major gravel and paved roads between Pringle and Pactola. The purple mesh bag guys looked to have a pound each and we'll hit that spot once tomorrows snow melts. We did ok in the newer burns next to Wind Cave Nat'l Park getting 7-8 dozen blacks, but nothing in the older fire zones, plus we filled our turkey tags! To get lots of wet the next 10-days.
 

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Went out all day Sat. Skunked except for the Thermos full of blacks we saw a guy with that had been out four wheeling. 5100 ft. He told us where he was as he was from NE and wouldn't be back but we didn't find em. Found some nice spots to check here soon and my go to spot was still gated. Bummer!
 

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First of the year mountain blonde morels yesterday. Only six and all about fingernail in size, but we picked them due to snow coming. Already 4 inches at our place w/snow to continue through the night.
 

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How is this snow going to effect the morels? I was planing to go near the Pringle wind cave area this weekend. I'm curious to know if they will survive the snow. Thanks
 

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Jet - We did best where non-pine species were burned, the edges of the burns and all moist drainages. Avoid the grey/white ash areas as they were too hot. As to freezing, and we are to get low 20's again tonight, IMHO the morels pause growing and many have a teepee type top where they shriveled and freeze dried - still good to dehydrate. Good luck.
 

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Coldest place in the lower 48 last night per Nat'l Weather Service was the centroid of the Black Hills morel patch at Hill City - down to 18 above zero. Cold similar to that is expected tonight plus more snow w/in 24 hours may set back our season.
 

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90 miles east before daybreak in search of snow free land and our state gem the Fairburn agate. No agates, but did find 105 greys and 14 yellows around one cottonwood!
 
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