I found a dozen or so yellows this morning in Northern Grant County.. I easily talked to a dozen people though who hadn't found anything though.. It's still a little early, this time next weekend it will be on like Donkey Kong..
I found 50 this morning in Southern Wabash county (Mississinewa Reservoir). I was there almost before it was light enough to see, which was a good idea, because within a couple of hours the hoards descended. I ended up seeing more hunters than mushrooms. I think I saw more hunters today than I've seen in the past three years put together. Went to Huntington Reservoir this afternoon to check a couple of shots. They had signs posted at every pull-off saying no mushroom hunting until 1 PM due to a youth turkey hunt. I went in at 1 and met three guys carrying sacks of 'shrooms out. Grrrrr. Why can't people just follow the rules? Freakin' hipsters.
Sounds like your season is off to a good start then Butch.. I'm glad you posted last night when you did, because I wasn't planning on going hunting today at all.. I did the same thing you did, I was in the woods before 7:00 this morning.. I haven't hunted in Huntington County for a long time, but if people are pulling bags of morels out of the reservoir already, then it sounds like that's where I need to be tomorrow morning..
Got out for an hour after work tonight. Found 8 more yellows, but only 2 were fresh. The older ones probably came up late last week. IF we get some more rain tonight and tomorrow, this weekend should be good. Otherwise, it will be slim pickins.
I agree with you Butch. I found 7 nice fresh grays Sunday and then tonight I found 20 yellows,but half were no good. One was bigger than a pop can. Not a good sign this early in the season. We need rain like you said or it will be a short season. The cooler temperatures will help I hope.
Went out for a couple hours tonight and ended up picking almost 8lbs of greys and yellows.. Half of those came from one dead elm tree.. I did find signs of new growth, found several small yellows down towards the bottom ground.. The ground is starting to dry out though, we need a good soaking rain to keep things moving along.. Check out this video I made tonight, I hit a motherlode on a westward facing bank..
Thanks Morelas.. When I was a kid it was common to find them like that around here, but it's been 15 years, easy, since I've came across a spot like that.. Hopefully this means they are starting to make a come back around here.. Tomorrow, rain or shine, I'm going back to hunt directly across the river from where I hunted at today.. I could see them growing on the bank from across the river..
After my granddaughter found a big mess of spikes, and few grey, day before yesterday, I checked several of my old spots that used to be real hot spike ares, but never seen any toadstools or mushrooms of any kind, and the may apples were strange, one group was full leafed out, others were just breaking ground. Same on flowers. I think I will run onto some morels, maybe a wk from now. At 85, I still enjoy being out there.
day before yesterday, i looked at some of my old woods that used to produce spikes, but never seen anything. Woods was dry. Some may apples just coming up and other patches all bloomed out all in the same woods. Strange things to see. A couple of my friends have run on to a few here and there-so I will keep looking just because I can still do it at 85. I like to hear from you other people who enjoy being out there-camping, turkey hunting, fishing, mushrooms etc.
Thanks Butch and Guff.. Guff- In most spots along the river the veg is starting to get pretty high.. The spot I was in yesterday though only gets a few hours of direct sunlight each day.. I tried going back to get the shrooms across the river today, but it was just to muddy to climb on those steep banks.. I did found 20 smaller yellows on my hike back there though, so today wasn't a total bust.. Did I see you post that you were from Landess? Are you familiar with Mount Etna? We use to do pretty good shrooming along the river back there..
Old man, I've been wondering the same thing about what happened to the spikes. We used to find nice patches in nearly every woods,now their all but gone. I've found 1 after about 10 hours hunting in tri-county. So far I have 15 grays and yellows all from two live ash trees. Dead elm and sycamore just arn't producing. What's worst than not finding mushrooms is the trash people are leaving in our woods. Do people just not care anymore? For more than 10,000 years, the people that lived hear loved and cared for this land, and in less than a 100, we've trashed it. So shameful. What's so hard about carrying a bottle or can out of the woods. I feel sorry for the people who do this,they just don't see the beauty around them.
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