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Planning a trip to the Benzie area. With soil temps there being reported in the 50's the sh'rooms ought to be poppin'! Anybody doin' any good?
 

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Well, we did not make the trip north as we had planned...so we have nothing to report. Sure is quiet with no one reporting anything going on anywhere in Northern Michigan on this website anymore...what's going on?
 

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Bohemianjon, with you on the no responses from upper michigan. Just wondering if done in upper michigan and now in the U.P. ? You know I never realized morels are in all the state's I have read about. Some of the pics I see are amazing. If I found some of them clusters I've seen, I would frikin freak out ! !
 

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we are up here hunting morels, the wife and I are from Indiana. I have done my best to convince my wife that there are no bears in the lower peninsula. we were out driving today down back roads and she told me she saw a bear. I stopped and backed up telling her it probably was a burnt stump or something else but it wasn't a bear. she said it looked at the car and then it walked out of the clearing and back into the woods. I asked her if she was sure it wasn't just an overweight black lab. my wife very rarely uses profanities but after my black lab comment she said "it was a bleeping bear and I am not getting out of the bleeping car to hunt. at that time I knew she actually saw a bear. it took about another 5 miles of driving and a really nice pocket of ash to get her out in the woods. we did find some good sized yellows that are dry. good luck to all and may your bags be full.
 

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MMH, I'm thinking it's really Michigan's Dog man. Although Black Bears have been seen and killed on I75 in Genesse County . The likelihood is " The Dogman "

http://youtu.be/vvlQp5f7ZwU
 

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thank you Jack but it appears you good intentions have caused a bit of a problem for me. After about a minuet into the video Mushroom Mary told me to shut it off or she wasn't going out tomorrow. after another minuet or so she said tell Jack "that's it, I am turning my stick in". so I guess I am now placing a personal ad. I need someone to drive me to my morel hunting spots and then to drive me back to Indiana on Monday. (its her car) please help a fellow shroomer that is down on his luck. MMH
 

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Bohemian Jon,been up north the last seven days. Just got home. Last Saturday and Sunday I found about fifteen small grays and yellows around Wolverine. Went up to the UP Monday and Tuesday around Seney and nothing but mosquitos and little black flies. No shrooms. Went back to Wolverine and found forty five nice fresh grays and yellows on Wednesday. Most on top of east facing hills and around multiple trunk trees with one dead rotten trunk. Thursday I went to a flat area they cut the ash treeso down earlier this year. Saturday it was 82 degrees with a high wind blowing through so I almost didn't go back. I found about sixty really nice ones. Really big and fresh yellows and nice grays all in an area about the size of my living room. They were around two cut ash stumps. Same place I found forty last year but, these were much bigger and nicer.I found another twenty on a game trail I hike into the woods on.The funny part of that is I found them on the way out when l was tired and walking slow. Not on the way in when I was hunting both sides of the trail. mmh,if you're still up there keep looking. Bohemian Jon,if you're going you better go now.Good Luck to both of you. P.S.mmh,if there aren't any bears in the lower peninsula, why do some of the campgrounds have bear proof trash cans and why did I pass a bear crossing sign on the way home today?
 

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devilsgirl, we are up north, everything we picked yesterday was dry still in good shape so we kept them. its very dry so they seem to dry out before they rot so we kept them all. we did pretty well considering what little time we spent in the woods due to the traumatizing bear scare of 2014.
 

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Hey MorelasMustShroom...Thanks for the Great report! Congrats on the hunt! I'm envious! It doesn't appear we'll be making a trip north this year due to just all kinds of problems...and the reports kinda takes the edge off if ya know what I mean...now with all the Bears and Dogmen running around up there its probably a good thing.
And Jack...That's a good story about the Dogmen...Thanks and I won't even mention what the locals up there call "The MuckMonster" that runs around the swampy areas and...Eats all the Sh'rooms!!!
 

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Devilsgirl,I agree with mmh. Most of the older ones are semi dehydrated instead of rotten. I would head at least as far north as Gaylord and forget the UP unless you know someplace good to hunt up there. It was even drier up there than below the bridge.
 

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morelas must-shroom, I knew there were bears around here but I did my best to deny (lie) to Mushroom Mary as I knew it would greatly reduce my time in the woods. I pointed out to her that the state map showed elk and moose icons on it but no bear icons so there couldn't be any bears, she didn't buy that one or any other of my (well thought out?) supposedly reassuring statements. It didn't help that she was told by a guy back home that he never goes into the woods up here without a gun because of the bears and the packs of wild dogs that prey exclusively on 5 foot tall brunettes from Indiana. I just heard her talking on the phone to her son and it sounds like shes ready to try it again. HOORAY
 

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Mmh,glad to hear that. My brother lives in Manitoba and his wife runs them off just yelling at them or banging pans together. A good smack on the nose with your mushroom stick will work too. Good Luck on the rest of your trip. Hope you find loads.
 

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devilsgirl. we are just south of the bridge. just got back from about a two hour hunt. I found 12 Mushroom Mary found 26 so I had to buy the ice cream. The ones we found up high (really high) were small to medium yellows very dry, on the lower level (not wet low ground) we found them in pretty heavy vegetation, they were larger and a little dried but not hard to the touch. very warm here with a chance of rain Monday. I assume that if it does rain the dried ones that are here will rot quickly. we have averaged around 16 morels an hour the last couple of days. I really don't want to tell you weather you should go or not but I was thinking of coming up again next weekend by myself because Mary cant hunt for long periods but from what I have seen the last couple of days I don't think I will. we are going back out tomorrow and if I see anything different I will post for you. good luck to all and may your bags be full.
 
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