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Bob from Alabama found 4 grays. ~Bob
In the Pinecrest/Strawberry area in Tuolumne County, California right now they are sprouting up everywhere. The weather was beautiful this weekend and Pinecrest Lake is full - it was really a great trip! ~ch
Saw you a couple of times at Boyne. These morels were found at 2100 feet along the Lochsa River in northern Idaho in late April. You go up several hundred feet and you still have patches of snow. When Lewis and Clark came through here over 200 years ago they found Morels on June 18 at higher elevations. Quotinng from their journels" these tasteless insepid morsels etc". I can imagine that if they cooked them in old bear grease that they would not have tasted very well. Have a good year. ~Dick
I spent two hours walking thru the woods on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon. Mine was more than a stress-reducing walk. I did find mushrooms, 2 to be exact. They were fully grown, water-logged, and fallen over so I left them to rest where they were. May be my last trip for the year.
Didn't get home to Fayette County this year, but had a fair year here in Cook & Will. Will try to be patient and do some fishing and game hunting until the morels come again.
Thanks to both of you for your help in making this season a good one. Hope to get out with both of you next year. ~
2012 Midwest Morel Fest Winners
NICKEY GREER, SEATON, ILL
1ST PLACE MALE & SMALLEST MUSHROOM
RANDY DEDECKER, SILVIS, ILL
2ND PLACE MALE AND BIGGEST MUSHROOM
ALEX LINTOTT, CHICAGO, ILL
1ST PLACE FEMALE
NADINE RENBARGER, CHICAGO, ILL
Late in the season. Bugs and rain taking their toll. Big yellows still to come, I hope. ~Charles
At least one out of 20 to be proud of. ~Charles
The best 'shroom of the day. Southern Cook County, IL. ~Charles
40 or so. Nice whites. Many fresh. Picked 4/25 in Southern Cook County. May apples looking better all the time. Don't know what this cold spell will do, but looks like we'll have some rain. Next week could be good again.~Ron
Its been challenging year for me. More ticks than shrooms along my usual haunts along the river bottoms in Whiteside county. Found 14 yellows in early stages of growth in Lee county yesterday. April 21st. I am of the opinion that the shroooms are on a typical schedule for this area this year. Good luck fellow shroomers. Endeavor to persevere. ~Mayor Boondini in Lee County
Magnolia, IL, 04/21/12. I haven't had much time to look. But at least Vicky has priorities straight. She
found these 200 feet north of the mushroom workshop. I can only imagine how many more we'd find if we'd get some rain. ~Tom Nauman Morel Mania, Inc.
Found 11 on 4 / 15 between all the rain and lightning in kendall county,happy hunting to all,
see you at the Ottawa Morel festival ~Rogelio
Found a half dozen more yellows this morning 4/15. Good thing cause I at all the ones from last week! ~John
Found 63 today with my daughter today in Winn. County. Hope we get some rain. ~Mark :)
Hey tom found this little guy in batavia ~Rogelio
Excellent Easter hunting today! Found 21 good sized yellows, they'll go great with Easter dinner tonight. ~John
Found this little guy March 27. Marshall County IL, Went out today found a lot of small ones left behind to grow for a few days. ~JT
Went for a quick walk pretty good one tree shelbyville, Illinois. ~Cgarrett
Went 4- 4 and 4- 5 mclean co and champaign co found 24 the first day mixed greys and yellows then today we found 15 yellows in a burned out area in about 20 mins of looking during lunch good luck they are up but we need rain. ~Rich
Found this mix of greys and yellows today 4/4 in East Peoria in an hour. ~Noah
1st batch of the season shelbyville illinois.
Found 10 2-3 inch grays and yellows after that last good rainfall we had on Sunday afternoon in McLean County. Definitely up. Just need some more
rain to match the temperatures! ~
All from the past weekend. Saturday, Sunday and Monday ~Bob
Found 140 nice greys and yellows in Fairview Heights, IL on April 2nd. We really need a good warm rain!! The sunlight was perfect for this photo.
Found 4 grays in my backyard in Joliet yesterday! Never found them there before. Then found close to 200 yellows 1/2 hour south! ~Michelle
Found 25 small greys in Peoria County. ~Ted
Found about 10 thumb size grays in Kanakee county on March 31st ~Rich
John from St. Charles found one gray morel approx. 2" tall. I'll be back out to the woods in the morning. Happy hunting! ~John
On March 28th found 55 nice greys around a dying Elm. Nothing around last years hot spots yet. This find is a month earlier than 2011! ~Linda
Found these morel mushrooms (three pounds) on March 28, 2012 in Peoria
County. All it took was a little advice from my dad Mike H on where to
locate them. Looking forward to a good year of hunting. All we need is
some rain and sunshine. ~Matt
Hi! Yesterday, 3/28/12, in Fulton County, Illinois I found about 30 tiny grey morels ranging in size from 1"-3", and also found about 10, 3"- 4" yellow ones! This is about 3 weeks early for me! I think it's going to be a "great" year!! ~Lisa
Spent an hour and a half in the woods today in Knox County. The result was one tiny grey morel ... and by tiny I mean less than a half inch. Hope its still just too early. ~Norm
First grey of the season! ~Randy in the QC
Found morels tiny ones on sun 25th in effingham county but its on my phone so i cant get it on the site. Thanks. ~Jacki
Hi,Tom and Vicky. Ive hunted the morel mushroom for many years and never found them this early in Peoria co..I found these on March 25th and many others i left behind to continue growing.Fingers crossed for the perfect mushroom weather.Take care and good luck hunting.Your former professional automotive sales consultant. ~Larry P.
Found a pound and a half on the 24th in Sang. County. ~Conrad
Hunted at Vienna on Saturday, 3-24. Found 40 mixed grays/yellows, 1”-2” and very scattered. Then went 1 ½ hours north and hunted by Centralia. We found 14 blacks in one very small area. Both areas very wet w/lots of moisture due to recent rain. ~Jim
Found 4 super small greys in Cass today, Crazy early! ~Julie
Hi Tom and Vickie.
Mike Hanleys brother Pat found 1 very small gray morel today March 23rd. Warm weather but need rain to make them pop. Good hunting this early season. ~
Mike and Sally
My father in law, husband and myself went out north of Chillicothe on family farm wood land and found 50 from micros to an inch n half ones. Just got some rain so while I am at work this weekend my husband and his father are on a mission to go out again Sunday to find them. Haha. I will update. ~Kaylee
Greetings Tom. I hope this early spring finds you well. Perhaps unbelievable, I found three tiny grays in Peoria County today, my earliest find ever. They were on the edge of a field and all withing a few feet of each other near an elm that died more than a year ago. A few days of rain and it should be hopping. I just hope it doesn't end too quickly with these crazy temperatures. ~Matt B.'
Found these two, partially dried-up greys this afternoon, March 19th,in Fairview Heights, IL. ~Larry
Found 30 dark morels and one yellow at garden of the gods today! Not sure how to post a pic here but pic posted on fb under Jacki black Whitacre. ~Jackie
Could it be? Friend of a friend found these this week in Fayette Co. ~
Found this little one in northern St. Clair Co. On 3/13/12 ~Brent
20#s of big yellows Laporte Co., IN ~Lila
37 Yellows 4-5 days old in parke county. They related to sycamore and horsetails. ~Pete
Skillet full found near Greencastle, IN. Pete
Hi, Just wanted to report I found this one small black morel this afternoon near my home in Williams, IN 47470. Happy Hunting... ~ Jeff
Just wanted to report that I found two more small black morels near my home in Williams, IN 47470 today 3-15-2012.
Good luck Hunting...~Jeff
Hi, Just wanted to send a photo of the Black Morel found on todays hunt. 3/17/2012 Found near my home in Williams, IN 47470. Found 5 total so far in the same patch. Looks like another good year and around two weeks earlier than usual here.
Just wanted to report that I found 8 small black morels today near my home in Williams, IN 47470. One this morning and 7 this afternoon, 3-18-2012.
Here you go. Southern Iowa on April 14 and 15. 75lbs.
Note from Tom: I think the rains have begun our regular season. The grays we found three weeks ago were a pre-season bonus. ~Brant
Tom, I've attached a copy of the picture of the 50 gray morels I found in
Dubuque County, Iowa today. Some were as small as a fingernail, others as
large as my thumb. All were found on south-facing slopes, gullies and
ravines. It is the earliest I've ever found them here so hopefully it will
be a good, long season.
Good luck to you and everyone else hunting them and great job with your
Found about 1.5 pounds in the hills of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Early for hill mushrooms here. ~Angela
23 NICE GREYS IN AN HOUR OR SO ~Raceready
The first of the season, maybe one of the earliest finds in the state, but to be expected based on March weather. More to come, many more, but not for a while. At least we know what to look for. Town of Brigham, Lake View Road, Iowa County. Good searching. ~Jerry
Hi Tom, Found these nice morels in the Augusta area last week around the 26th. Found a few more since. The kids love them! Thanks, ~Wilena
Found several nice tans in Wichita area. ~John
SE Kansas, we found 28 Morels at a little patch this afternoon, forest "GroundCam" picture attached. Confirmed sightings of Morels since Sunday, March 18, in SE Kansas and NE Oklahoma. ... ~Kent
Found these along a popular trail in the Natural Bridge State Park last weekend. ~Mother Chalk Bags
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: FOUO
Hello! Love this early spring! Morels sighted in Conowingo Maryland! Same patch every year, just a few weeks early. Picked about a dozen on the 25th, cant wait till Saturday to get more.
A friend and I found 15 blacks just south of Houghton Lake, MI on 4/29/12. They ranged in size from a 1-1/2" - 4" ~I.BE.
Hi Tom and Vicky ,just wondering what your thinking about this prolonged warm temps.and your upcoming morel season? We are down at
Siesta key,Fla.for the month of march again this year,so I don't have
a handle on what's going on in central Michigan. My previous record
for the first blk.in my area is March 29 th. would not be surprised if
we break that record this season. I did not see a 2012 sighting link
on your web page. Hope all is well, ~Rog and Lela.
First timer’s find in an hour by our woods in Western MN-we are now hooked! ~Amber
I love your website.
My best friend and I found 35 Morels on my farm in Maysville, Missouri on March 31, 2012. Here is a picture of our little mess. They sure were good eating! Happy Hunting! ~Farmer J.
Morels were found at MKT trail in Columbia Missouri. ~Stanley
Found 33 Sunday March 25, near Smithville, Missouri. Small but delicious with eggs Monday morning. Wife had 16, I had sixteen and we arm-wrestled for the last one…I lost, man the first of the new season are always some darn good ‘shrooms. ~Timber Troll Kansas City
Yes, the sun is shining, after 5 days of rain and the Grays are starting to come up outside of Kansas City area; mostly thumb size. ~Ed
Found 2 small yellow in Cape Girardeau MO. ~Doug
From my yard in St. Louis about a dozen, St. Louis, MO. ~Mindy
Tom, Mark P. here from kansas city mo. Went out the 20th found over 60 picked 38 about the size of your thumb. There here. ~Mark
These were 2 of 6 found March 20th in NC. ~Darlene
I found 8 small yellows after this week's rain in our usual spot in central Ohio. ~Melinda
Hello,I found these april 2nd 2012 in southeastern Ohio 38 big Morel they were some getting old 4-5 they were too old to bring out of the woods we are having aq very early year usually about apr 20 when these come up here but due too warming temps. and good rain we are having a early year, enclosed is 2 pics found on ridge rich soil around elm and popular. ~Michael
Found 36 Greys near Paint Creek State Park. ~Steve
The blacks are up in southwest Ohio on Tuesday ~Martin
Hi Tom. Bryan here i found 66 saterday 27 was in a 2 foot sq. found another 40 on sunday. ~Bryan
Found about 60 over a few day period in Portland last week. ~Jessica
24 blondes - 5-2-12--central Pa.~Curt
4 nice ones. beaver county, pa ~Gregg
27 blacks Huntingdon Pa ~Curt & Deb
Huntingdon,Pa. 3 nice blacks & 4 small ones. ~Curt & Deb
Huntindon, pa. 3/17 4 black one ,3/20 8 blacks, & 3/22- 6 blacks! WOW! 3 weeks early. ~Bruce, Shane, & Lucas
We have found black, grey and yellow mushrooms starting around 3/11 Not a good year. We had a frost and it hasnt been good since. ~Deb N Bruce
Thought we were almost done this year because we have been finding them for about 4 weeks now. But came across this one yesterday in the De Soto, WI area, along with 6 more that gave us about 4 pounds. ~Joy
We located about 8 quarts just south of Ripon, WI. ~DH
My first morel in my back yard under my dead elm tree. Pepin county, western wisconsin.
I'm getting into it now. ~Terri
Looking good in SW Wisconsin! ~JE
Found 9 tiny silvers in Buffalo County Wisconsin. (This is the earliest date I can remember. ) ~Laura
Hi: Tom: These were found the week of April first in S,W, Wis: ~Jim R,
Picked about 130 today in Southwest Wisconsin - mostly small grays. Had frost here last night though. ~Kelly K
Finding pins in S.E. Wisconsin as of Monday, March 26 ~Robebabu
Hi: Everyone: Found the first ones of the year on the 24th: They are tiny: But pretty: Good luck All: Jim: S,W,Wisc, ~James
British Columbia, Canada
Hello Tom, Has been pretty warm here, went out to check. No Mayapple shoots yet, but spotted some 2 dozen Morchella Elata (blacks) 1 to 3 inches in size, picked
Attached are pictures. Season is one month earlier.
Happy morelling to everyone. ~LUP