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Good story by Dave Ode the GFP Botanist in the SoDak Conservation Digest, Jan/Feb 2013 edition on two oyster mushroom species on Boxelder trees. We find yellow morels under Boxelder in far west river as they are one of our few "maple" trees out this way. Most of our oyster mushrooms are found on Aspen and Cottonwood and should pop by Mother's Day.
 

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I have never seen them this abundant. Found many in Lawrence county at about 4500 elevation. Also many Black Morels present some fresh some rained on. Also found quite a few smaller ( golf to softball size) Giant Puffball at 5500' on dirt logging roads. Going back out today.
 

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Great poundage of Oysters today on old, black-trunk Aspen near 5,600' elevation, Lawrence County. A full 8 dehydrator racks going now plus a big pot of oyster stew, yum!
 

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Good to hear there still mushrooms to be had. I gave up for the season day before yesterday... I have to get back to work. Morels were often so soggy I had to pre-dry them before placing in dehydrator. I attempted 5 trays of black morels, after 24 hours many were still wet. Oysters were just awesome this year.

2.5 gallons of Dried Morels and 1.5 gallons of dried Oyster (more dense than Morel), with the occasional Bolete/Shaggy mane/ Lobster, and perhaps Maitake <-- Ive seen them in the foothills, just cant remember when they fruit) . I will be in good shape this year.

I need to learn the hill's morel better, so many micro environments (this side of the hill at that elevation, etc, there is no Hills Wide Flush.. which is good and bad) They are a fantastic mushroom if harvested before it rains on em. Soggy Black Morels are kind of icky.. you almost need to pick them as they are growing.

Been a good few weeks. Good luck to all of you that can keep after them. Oysters tend to lag behind the Morels a bit, so you may yet find many at higher elevations for a couple more weeks.
 

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Baby oysters found on downed Cottonwood tree today, each about the size of a thumbnail. About 100 feet away a new to us patch of 25 yellow morel near Boxelder and green ash, several were up before the snow and are now mushy.
 

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First oysters for 2016 found on dead cottonwood near Belle Fourche. They are early and at 24 ounces certainly enough for a tasty meal or two!
 

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First oysters of 2017 found on Nemo area downed aspen yesterday. Five bunches = 2.5 pounds and yielded 49 individual oysters and best of all, only two bugs!
 

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Probably last of year oysters for us this weekend as it is to be 90-100 for the next 10-days. Good finds on Spring Creek below Sheridan lake, almost exclusively on giant oak logs. The oaks are some of the biggest we've ever seen in SoDak where two folks arms did not reach around a log.
 

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Fresh Oysters on a cottonwood log that produced for us late last October. A first for us collecting from the same downed tree in both the spring and fall. Anyone else experience that? Nearby a black morel patch that has blown tops and tip over morels indicating that they have been up for at least two weeks. Area had snow cover 18 days ago.
 

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2019 on the board for cottonwood oysters - our first oysters of the year! Also, found 8 yellow morels w/in 50 feet of the oysters! This spot had 14 inches of snow cover just 8 days ago!
 
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