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What happened to the half-frees?

Discussion in 'Ohio' started by ksu_shroomer, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. ksu_shroomer

    ksu_shroomer Morel Connoisseur

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    They used to be everywhere! But, the last few years I've found a handful. I know others on the board have experienced the same thing.
    Is anybody still finding them in the same quantity as like 5-6 years ago?
    Anybody have any thoughts as to what's going on? Think this year will be different?
    Just curious...
     
  2. shroomerman

    shroomerman Morel Enthusiast

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    Ksu ... Are you talking about Dog Peckers ?? If so last year was skunked because of weather . but 2 yr's ago I was still finding a few hundred like all other yr's in the Champaign Co. area .. don't know
     

  3. boozerburke

    boozerburke Morel Enthusiast

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    I agree with Shroomerman .... Last years weather made them scarce .... but two years ago we found a bunch.
     
  4. shroomfreak

    shroomfreak Morel Enthusiast

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    last year the weather did it to us! 2 years ago i found around 2500 of them i will loose some this year due to a house being built but i bet the way the weather is going right now i find around 1500 or 2000 it is looking great around here although still a hair early for big finds next week it will be on!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. quickdraw832

    quickdraw832 Morel Enthusiast

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    I agree with all the comments above. But through my history, I have come to this conclusion: I feel the half free/snake heads/ dog packers come up "better" on a 2 year cycle. It seam to me that I have better like every 2 years finding alot of them. Grant it, last year was extremely dry around central Ohio which thrown the season (for me) in a quick tail spin.

    what do you all think about the 2 year cycle? Any thoughts on it?
     
  6. buckeyeshroom

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    There's a theory that I've read on various other sites that talks about these half frees and their 3 year cycle meaning the produce very plentiful one year and then go dormant. Now obviously people find them each year but not in the large numbers. Has anyone else heard this rumor/theory?
     
  7. buckeyeshroom

    buckeyeshroom Morel Enthusiast

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    To clarify, they produce largely one year and then go dormant (or under produce) for 3 years and then produce large volumes again.
     
  8. thunter

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    It been tough down my way for half-frees lately too. Like everyone else, I just think we havn't had good weather for em. The best years for shrooms, any kind, are the years that have a very slow, gradual warm up. We're in one of those years, so far. I think we're gonna see em back in good #'s this season...i hope. :roll:
     
  9. ksu_shroomer

    ksu_shroomer Morel Connoisseur

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    Thanks for all the replies, folks. It's been a few years since I've found them in any real quantity... when before I was finding hundreds in a season. I just think it's odd...
    Hope this year brings 'em back!
     
  10. huntinguy

    huntinguy Morel Enthusiast

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    Last year I found a couple hundred or so in crawford co.. haven't found any this year though. Don't know.
     
  11. skynet

    skynet Young Morel

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    The year before last my brother threw all of ours in the trash because after researching it on the internet he said you could not tell the real ones from the false ones???
     
  12. huntinguy

    huntinguy Morel Enthusiast

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    That's a shame. Anybody can tell the difference between them, if they cut them in half length ways.
     
  13. ksu_shroomer

    ksu_shroomer Morel Connoisseur

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    <blockquote>my brother threw all of ours in the trash because after researching it on the internet he said you could not tell the real ones from the false ones&lt;</blockquote>

    Not the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?
    If you find any this year, do yourself a favor and do your own research (or ask the elders here) and keep your brother away from your finds!!
     
  14. amoyer09

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    KSU shroomer I'm a KSU student from Sandusky county. I know where to find them there, but the past few years no luck in Kent areas. Any way you can point me in the right direction or give advice? My email is amoyer5@kent.edu I would love to hear from you.
     
  15. mickey

    mickey Morel Enthusiast

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    WOW Shroomfreak, 2500??? Did you sell any? I'd imagine you could make a killing.
     
  16. fishingmandan22

    fishingmandan22 Morel Enthusiast

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    I have found 95 shrooms this years sp far and 50 were half frees
     
  17. blown86lx

    blown86lx Morel Enthusiast

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    I didn't know so many people liked these? I usually end up walking past at least a couple hundred every year. I will get some of them but usually I just go for the sponges. Now mind you if I'm not having much luck with the sponges, I will go back and pick all I can find but that rarely ever happens. I guess I'm going to have to start getting these and if nothing else I will give them away. I haven't had a year yet where I don't see at least a couple hundred of them.
     
  18. ksu_shroomer

    ksu_shroomer Morel Connoisseur

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    I know a lot of people don't bother picking 'em... When I was finding a ton of them I would separate the caps from the stems, dry 'em, and keep the caps with my blacks (very similar) and use the chopped up stems when I just wanted to get some morel flavor in a dish without using my precious morels!
    but, that's just me...
    <blockquote>if nothing else I will give them away</blockquote>
    I'd happily take them off your hands!! :lol:
     
  19. scott c

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    We have found a lot more spikes this year than the last 2 years combined.
     
  20. shrooner

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    Hey ksu.shroomer I found 180 today and 171 were Half Free (Peckerheads), Blacks some were Old Most were New a few Had dirt on the Top and they where around 6-7' Tall and we had a Hard Rain for about 2 Hours Yest so what does that Tell you, also out of the other 9 2-two were Big Yellows really Orange where the Sun had been on them so long those 2 weight 1lb and 6 oz they were as big as a 16oz Coke Bottle or maybe rounder, the other 7 were small Yellows and Greys So this year we are having a weired Season all types are growing at the same Time because I was finding Black, Half Frees and small Yellows in March. Hope this will Help you in some way.Jim