The first morels of 2013 have been found in Georgia on March 1!
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I found these 3 morels on our ground in Arkansas. We moved here 3 years ago from Iowa and thought my morel mushroom hunting days were over. We live in the Ouachita Mountains just west of Hot Springs. So I know they are here, just need to find them. Since this picture, I have only found a few more. Hitting the hills, but no luck. Very few locals even know what a morel mushroom is and they look at me like I am crazy! These were found on April 8th. ~Jane
Idaho Mother's Day 2013. It's here!! ~Teresa
Found 200 greys and yellows in Whiteside County, Illinois. ~Steven
Putname County report: Josh & I filled four bags in two hours this afternoon. Some of the thickest brush and multiflora rose I've ever hunted in. The conversation went something similar to "OUCH! There's one. DAMMIT! There's another one. OUCH. WOW, Look at that one!" Repeat. I've got some scars and scratches, but I don't think any of them are permanent. They were all small to medium yellows (1" to 5" tall) and most were very fresh and were near dead elms. I'm headed for the Boyne City, Michigan National Morel Festival in the morning. I'm thinking there could still be some when I get back on Monday. ~Tom Nauman
SO FREAKING EXCITED TODAY!!! I have fantastic news that I found morels in Naperville, IL. While walking in the woods this morning, by pure chance, I stumbled across (2) morel mushrooms side-by-side... just sitting there next to the dirt path as if to say, "Oh, hello there - good morning" as I walked around a bend in the trail. I have never hunted or even consciously looked for morel mushrooms before, so this was a complete surprise. I was in awe! I was actually just hiking to hike, and occasionally looking for edible plants along the way - things like wild onion, dandelions, plantain, etc. Snapped some photos on my phone, and picked them gently up, couldn't leave those gifts behind. I didn't have much time before heading to work, but I looked around in the vicinity of these treasures, but nothing more... I am hoping that there will be more. What are the chances of finding more? Would only two be there, or if there are two, there has to be more (assuming that no one else has discovered them and picked any). Thanks, ~William
Norther Whiteside County, IL. Finally found first little patch of the season. Picked 24 large grays, sorry having trouble downloading photos but I think we all know what they look like. Never had to wait until May to find the first ones of the season before this spring, last year it was the end of March for the first ones. ~Bill
My wife a friend and I found about 300 mostly greys yesterday outside of Peoria can't wait to get back out today. Good luck all u hunters. ~Samantha
Found this crop in Coal City!
Mercer County, Illinois: Found 17 small grays. ~Billie
Found 20 very small greys from 1-3 inches on a southwest facing hill in Peoria County on 5/2/13. ~Noah
Found in central Illinois starting to come up real good after the few days of heat.
Morels found in Southern Illinois yesterday, April 30, 2013. ~Pamela
I have found around a dozen so far this season. I'm going out today to look for more. The season is just starting here in Sandamon Co., IL. ~Roger
I have been out 5 times this year. I am hunting in Mercer County. Everything looks perfect but nothing yet! ~Billie
Just west of Litchfield. 38 mostly grey a few yellow. ~Ted
Hunted for 2 hours. Found 1 nice grey 3-4 in. ground temp 54 F. ~Sheila
Betty Jo found several small morels in Peoria County near Princeville, IL on Saturday, April 27th. Happy Hunting!!
Fayette County: Monday, 4/22 = 3 hours, no mushrooms. Tuesday, 4/23 = 2 hours, 2 new whites. Wednesday 4/24 = 3 hours, 3 new whites. Kaskaskia and major creeks out of their banks. Ground soaked. Just too cold. Next week looks good if weather warms. ~Ron
Hey Tom, been a couple years! Found 22... all grey yesterday in Fayette County, IL. Just starting here, this is the first year in at least 20 years I haven't found a black before April. I thank you for your site and wish you good hunting. ~Bart
I found two baby greys today in the bad weather in Pekin, Illinois. We need more sun. ~JC Womeldorff
Found 4 yellows, and 21 grey's in southeast Illinois today!! ~Josh
Briefly, I found my first morels of 2013 in IL today in far southern IL, not far from the Ohio River. I found 4 black morels by one of my favorite Ash trees, largest was 3 inches tall. That is a start. ~Darrell
3 small elephant ears in Greene County by the Illinois River, zero morels, it cooled off today, my prediction is the morels will start on the 20th. ~Larry
Indiana morels Miami County! ~Jason
Found 20 & this trio in Miami County yesterday. ~Jason
They are coming on strong! ~Jason
Found my first on May 6th, nice fresh gray! Sun this week should make up sprout up, lots of moisture here!
Found some in Madison, Grand and Miami County this past week/weekend. Not Many! Rough Hunting! Ground cover is getting dense in areas, Need some Heat! Found one yesterday that makes you keep going back! Get your kid's in the woods, & show them the ropes! Take the Game Control out of their hands, and put a mesh bag in it! Build memories, and stories that will last a lifetime! Don't forget the bug spray and water, GPS & or a phone. Happy Hunting! Thank you Morel Mania for keeping us informed.
Found 20 grays and yellows in Washington County. Some were starting to dry up and some were fresh. The ground cover made it hard hunting. ~Bill C.
Tom, I thought you might be interested in seeing what I believe to be the world record for the smallest Morel ever found. The item to the right of it is a toothpick to give you some idea of just how small it is. My sister-in-law, Becky K., found it Tuesday morning. Happy Hunting. ~Frank
Found 25 in Orange County Indiana. ~Jack
Still only fifty degress... lots of rain the morels are trying here in Lafayette, Indiana. ~Big Red
Found some small blacks and greys in Brown and Johnson counties yesterday in Indiana. ~Becky
Found 13 black and greys 4/18/13 in Scott County, Indiana. ~Bill
Spotted 2 black in Scott County yesterday. ~Bill C.
Hi, I found a ton of morels, some dried up, some fresh in Keokuk Co. Iowa this past week. It was a great year and I didn't even get lost this year! ~Sue
My son and I found 80 in SE Iowa was told 2 weeks earlier was prime. ~Jim
Found 9 small grays... Fayette Co... good luck!! ~Clint
Found about 60 small brownies in council bluffs IA on May 8, 2013. ~Mark
Small little grays. Good Luck. ~Chris
SE Kansas... Forest GroundCam shoots realtime live walk-by aware going out, below. We are still being visited and experiencing an excellent season. ~Kent
They are still visiting SE Kansas... Forest GroundCam, attached for 5/1/2013. 50 today. Unusual cold weather forecasted with possible rain next couple days followed with heat could be game changer. ~Kent
Forest GroundCam plus partial truck bed pictures attached... close to 700 harvested today. ~Kent
SE Kansas Morel season has plenty of moisture but little heat, supposed to freeze overnight tonight. They have been visiting for two weeks, just not in full force. Good Luck All. ~Kent
Our first of the season! ~Text Message
First one of the year for us here in Kentucky! ~Angel
My wife and I found 4 morels today in Sheffield, MA. 2 blondes and grey/black.
West Michigan, 32 Blacks. Pic of 2 blacks in front of my dogs legs.
Found 43 greys today near Ada, MI. ~Mary
Finally found a motherload in SW Michigan. Beautiful greys and some nice yellows, fresh and just up. 120 total, 70 around one dead elm tree in norh facing low lying gully. ~Andrew
First little black today in Central Michigan. Slow start to the season with all these cold nights. How did your Foray go this weekend?
Response from tom(at)morelmania.com
No foray this weekend. We were at the Mansfield, IN mushroom festival. Saw some rain on Sunday and LOTS of morels. Still too early for most local mushrooms. But saw about 50 pounds come in from Missouri/Oklahoma.
We found 45 pounds in North East Missourie area this past weekend, I just had to take a picture of them in the woods to share. ~Stuart
Greene County, Finally some good size patches but not alot of size and all grays, found 4/29/13. 282 very fresh small grays. ~Larry
My first time morel hunting! How fun! This past weekend in St. Charles County. ~Chris
Timber Troll in Kansas City, Missouri. Spring has sprung! Yippee! ~Neil
Found our first mushrooms, 2 tiny blacks about 1 inch tall, found in Central Missouri on South facing bank. ~Mushroom Annie
Two grays, one was 1-1/2" tall, and the other did not hardly register on the tape measure. Found on river bottoms in sandy soil in central Missouri area. ~Mushroom Annie
Hey Tom, Just picked 42 blacks this morning. Some were a few days old and some were fresh and young. I am in extreme southwestern Ohio. Have a good season! ~Ron
Pomeroy, Ohio found these large (23) big morels and 12 late morel types. ~Michael
Chillicothe, Ohio Scioto State Park. ~Matthew
Found these morels 24th of April they moved up the hill about 25 yards. 12 in total and 1 was around 8-9 inches tall.
Central Oklahoma April. ~Steve
Greetings form Lebanon County, Pennsylvania~ Morel season has begun here! Found about 60 browns, grays on April 28th! Happy Hunter to all! ~Kathy
Season was almost 2 weeks late here around Memphis, TN. Not real good, either, but it might just go on for a while longer. By 4/19, our season is generally long over. Hope you and Vicky are just fine and have a few great hunts in 2013! ~Jim
Found over 400 in TN over the past week. Kinda small but nice ones. ~Deb
Dad found 25 this weekend in Kingston & Columbia Tennessee. None in the honey holes... Were hitting South Indiana Thursday and Friday, I'll post when I can represent Indiana! We hunted those woods as a kid growing up visiting my grandpa in Kingston. Dad now lives in Columbia, TN and we still travel from Indiana and him from Columbia to hit the woods we have been hunting for 30+ years. ~Jason
Found about 30 half free morels and a few greys in Northern Utah. Saw quite a few smaller ones as well. Fire killed the Poplers several years ago. First time finding half free morels. ~Phillip
After many days of rain.
Jackson County, WV. My husband and I found 107 morels total in two big patches, on moist ground surrounded by tulip poplar and ash, in a grassy area in the woods: 46 were rather small yellow morels and 61 of them were nice, big, fresh, black morels. We could use some more rain but it's looking like a great start to the season. This is one of the best hauls we've had in recent years for this spot. ~Amanda W.
British Columbia, Canada
Hi Tom, Today April 30 was a beautiful warm day, temperature 23 Celsius. Spotted first 2 Morchella esculenta, small a couple of inches, see photo. ~Limbert
Today went back to the spot where we saw some very small elata, had grown but not that much, anyway we picked 6 for now. Hope for a very good season to all. ~Limbert
Today April 14 went out, after a few days of rain, freezing rain and snow, spotted around 20 very small, pale elata. Season for Morels just starting up here, good hunting to everyone. ~Linbert