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waiting (impatiently) for spring

Discussion in 'New York' started by lynkage, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. lynkage

    lynkage Morel Connoisseur

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    Haven't seen a winter like this in a few years.I guess we were due.Got spoiled i suppose.Good for the environment they say.Ihope so because I'm tired of it already.Take care!
     
  2. geogymn

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    Hey Link! Rough winter. Not sure how it will affect the morels. Itching to see new growth. Talk to you soon!
     

  3. lynkage

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    Geo,good to hear from you! What,if any,info might you have on winter's effects on morels?
     
  4. geogymn

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    Leeks are peeking through the forest floor!
     
  5. spanielmander

    spanielmander Morel Enthusiast

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    I am hoping that the rough winter is good for the morels -- no shortage of precipitation, and as I understand it the snow actually stops the ground from getting much colder than freezing.

    What are we thinking for first reasonable chance of finding morels? 1 more week like this? 2 more? I will probably not try hunting until late this month.
     
  6. lynkage

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    Excavating on a job a few weeks ago the frost was down 2 feet.I've heard and read that morels like cold climes. The last 2 years I've picked my first with a week left in April at about 600 ft. elev. mostly under (not so happy) ash trees.But those were much milder winters. I'll be running on pure optimism and desire to be in the woods regardless of conditions.
     
  7. geogymn

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    Que sera, sera. None of my long term predictions ever pan out. However, unless we get some real warmth it will be a late start to the season. Stay tuned.
     
  8. lynkage

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    I feel the warmth,Geo! And it's about time! 72 here now,65 fri.,mid to upper 70's sat. & sun.,81 mon. BUT, the weatherman has become even worse than usual. I'll give that forcast 'til I log off in two minutes! Take care!
     
  9. jcumo saratoga

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    I am really starting to get anxious. I like the snow but this winter was a bit much. I have yet to have luck with Morels and am hoping this will be my year.
     
  10. lithic hunter

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    jcumo, stay positive. I was able to score a few my first year and while I can't devote a whole lot of time looking for them, I know they are there.
    For me, spring turkey hunting and morel hunting go hand in hand since turkeys can only be hunted til noon. So if I don't score a turkey, I can spend the afternoon scouring the ground!!
    Season is coming up fast guys/gals! May your mesh bags be full!
     
  11. geogymn

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    Blue cohosh is starting to emerge here in the Valley of the Mohawk. Had a fine dinner last night of steak and leeks. The leeks are best when young, so get on it! Enjoy the hunt!
     
  12. lumberjill

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    My sister told me some have already popped in Remsen last week! I'm shocked at how early it is...
     
  13. geogymn

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    Found Scarlet Cup fungi. Trout lily are emerging. Had a tick crawling up me arm.. Had a fine dinner fireside, leeks, sunchokes and venison all harvested within 200 yards of said fire. Sweet! Enjoy the hunt!
     
  14. jcumo saratoga

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    Weather and the ground is warming up nicely. Im thinking I will start the hunt this weekend.
     
  15. tallcoolblonde

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    Going crazy here south of Albany...haven't seen any yet. Looking every chance I get!
     
  16. lynkage

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    Nice warmup followed by cool and rain.I like it! Maybe a little too cool but I've heard of them growing up through snow. Will start checking my go-to early spot this weekend.Happy hunting!!
     
  17. tallcoolblonde

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    Anyone seeing anything yet? I don't know if it is just too early or I am blind! Lol!
     
  18. geogymn

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    Not sure where you are but it is too early in the Valley of the Mohawk. When you have to mow your lawn for the first time start looking, when you have to mow for the second time they are definitely around.
     
  19. lynkage

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    Mayapples are up 2-3 inches in my go-to spot.Still thinking at least a week away depending on weather.Nighttime temps need to even out and average above 40.
     
  20. jcumo saratoga

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    Checked a few spots that I am hoping produce something this year. Nothing yet but I found about 6 nice sized rotten hens from last year. I struck out on hens last year too. Go figure.