Hello to anyone that visits my thread. I'm new to the forum and very new to the hobby. I'm talking so new that I just caught morel fever on Saturday, lol. I've never pictured myself getting excited over fungus but when I saw that first one I was hooked. My fiance, daughter, and I decided to spend the day at one of the more popular, bigger parks in Greene County just hiking and getting in touch with nature again. As we rounded a bend in the trail my fiance spotted a single yellow growing at the base of a tree and asked what it was. Now I've never hunted them before or seen one in the wild but new what it was immediately. Further down the trail we spotted two more about a foot apart in a grassy area about five feet from the river's edge. We searched and searched the rest of the day but those were the only ones we were blessed with. Once my fiance and I got home we researched as much as we could about the best methods and places to find them. Here it is late Tuesday evening and so far I've spent a good deal of time at four different parks in Montgomery County where I live looking for them. The thing about it is that I haven't spotted a single one. Zero, zilch, nada. I'm very disappointed and somewhat down about not being able to find anything. Like I said before, I did alot of reading regarding methods that others use and the places they frequent. I've heard you find them around elms, apple trees, poplars, in grassy areas, that they don't grow around pines, that they do grow around pines, in loamy soil, in sandy soil, search in the morning, search right before dawn. The list goes on and on. With so many theories out there it sounds as though you search high and low, near and far, and if you find them you're lucky and if not then it just isn't your time. Am I right about this? Are there things specific to the Dayton, Ohio region I should be looking for? Should I be offering animal sacrifice or first born children? Can someone just lead me by the hand to a good 40 pound take of them? I'm at a loss because I know they're out there but no matter how hard I think I'm looking I'm coming up empty handed. Please, someone have pity on me and throw me a bone, lol. Also, what are these other edible fungi I've been reading about in this area such as ramps and hens and the others? Sorry for such a long winded opener and thank you in advance for any help you may give.