Thanks for the reply. I have heard it goes mid- May to mid-June. I guess my real question is there a signal that foretells the end of the season? My wife and her sisters got 6 pounds near Champaign last weekend. We found a couple in NW Indiana this past weekend. ( and heard of a few others hitting nice numbers) so by my logic, since Champaign is typically 8-10 degrees warmer than up here near Chicago, there is still some season left. Is there a general rule that says "when the soil temp gets above x" or "when Hemlock berries turn black", the party is over. I am going to Mississippi Palisades the first week in June. Is that too late?
Deadfan, u should be good for another week or two up that way. I usually stop looking when the vegetation gets too high or when there has been an extended dry period with temps in the 80's and 90's. That ends things in a hurry.
I saw my first dead show in 1973. I've been moreling longer. Morel season starts when the first bud opens on a lilac and ends when the last bud dies on the lilac bloom. My grandpa learned that when he was a kid in the 1920's and taught me in the 60's. Science says first morel when 4 inch ground soil is 53 for 3 days. That is exactly when I see the first lilac blooms. It has been accurate for me for 45 years.
Thanks for the reply everyone! Gus, I've been a deadhead since my 1980s teen years. Seen a lot so shows including the last Jerry show. Along with camping I have been carving this is the sign I made for my camper and a shrooming stick.
Thanks everyone, good luck!
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