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Old 04-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #751
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Things to also look for rain then a big warm up ...
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:28 PM   #752
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what type of habitat do you find morels in? I read that they are associated with dead elms or dead hardwoods. I don't know that I would be able to identify a dead elm, and there are dead hardwoods everywhere in the forest, so are there other physical characteristics to look out for (soil, aspect, etc.)? Please help me!!


still to early in our parts...Chestnut Ridge.

nother two or three weeks... look for what you seek under the young mayapples.

I would show ya my spots, but then I would hafta kill ya
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:41 PM   #753
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still to early in our parts...Chestnut Ridge.

nother two or three weeks... look for what you seek under the young mayapples.

I would show ya my spots, but then I would hafta kill ya

Yes we all protect our spots with

I will say they are a tad early this year
So I would say give it a quick check..
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #754
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Bwalsh stopped over to give me a hand with something and about 1830 when he was leaving one of our resident Hummers flew up into his face to let us know they were back.

Mad scramble to get the feeders out but they should be happy in the morning.

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Old 04-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #755
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You have a really nice place there Mike! Had a good time shootin the breeze with you and Mary. Didn't realize how late it was till I was pulling out of the driveway!
I also stopped by my sisters new(to her) house just off Rt 55 on the way back to Strasburg. Just got home...
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:58 PM   #756
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Thanks! You know where to find me now and you are always welcome here.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:44 PM   #757
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still to early in our parts...Chestnut Ridge.

nother two or three weeks... look for what you seek under the young mayapples.

I would show ya my spots, but then I would hafta kill ya
That's classic! One of our best friends in town evidently has a top secret spot, too, and she will absolutely not tell me where it is. These friends love venison, but neither hunt... I do and this year they suggested that we combine resources and cook a killer meal! I told them that was fine with me, but I wanted to help look for morels... their response: "don't worry about where the morels come from, just bring the venison!". I was like
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:06 AM   #758
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Yuppers where folks find morels are always very hush hush....
The morel is very delicate and an over harvest of a wild patch could become extinct... It's hard to know just how much to and to not pick...

That's some folks use mesh sacks like an orange/lemon /onion ....
I throw my cleanings back out to where I hunt....
And I don't take ALL in an area .. To leave some to keep the area spawning..
And I don't take the roots...

Everyone has there own ideas of how they take from this grand land ...
Oh and always give thanks for the harvest....
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:10 AM   #759
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Yuppers where folks find morels are always very hush hush....
The morel is very delicate and an over harvest of a wild patch could become extinct... It's hard to know just how much to and to not pick...

That's some folks use mesh sacks like an orange/lemon /onion ....
I throw my cleanings back out to where I hunt....
And I don't take ALL in an area .. To leave some to keep the area spawning..
And I don't take the roots...

Everyone has there own ideas of how they take from this grand land ...
Oh and always give thanks for the harvest....
The same can be said for ramps too. Pick too many or pick the biggest(mother) plant and they may not be there anymore. Always leave some!
I remember reading something a couple years back about how there were so many people picking ramps in WV and just grabbing everything they could find, they were wiping them off the map.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:31 AM   #760
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For the first time in a long memory I saw a truck on the side of the road selling ramps. That kind of harvest will definitely wipe them out.
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For the first time in a long memory I saw a truck on the side of the road selling ramps. That kind of harvest will definitely wipe them out.
Three years ago passing by the local supermarket in Petersburg they had a big sign out front selling them.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:15 AM   #762
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definitely agree with the sustainable harvest approach. I know it sounds silly, but the thought of my daughters growing up and not being able to enjoy nature's bounty with their families makes me kind of sad.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:36 AM   #763
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As long as we're talking about foraging, I'll add that Boletes and Puffballs are very easy for beginners to determine which are tasty and which are not.

Boletes are sponge-like beneath the cap, as opposed to having radiating gills. Puffballs should be sliced vertically, to make sure that it is indeed a puffball and not a capped shroom that hasn't opened yet. Both need to be picked while relatively young and flesh is firm. Neither will kill you, some are just not edible. I've found puffballs the size of a basketball, and have eaten ones the size of a large grapefruit, cut into steak-like slices and sauteed with garlic and butter. Yummmm.... both can be very tasty...

Notice: eating wild mushrooms may lead to severe illness, paralysis, or even death. Do not attempt without seeking professional help. Any comments in the message are for entertainment purposes only, and not meant to suggest that writer is qualified mycologist. Proceed at your own risk.

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Old 04-20-2011, 07:42 AM   #764
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definitely agree with the sustainable harvest approach. I know it sounds silly, but the thought of my daughters growing up and not being able to enjoy nature's bounty with their families makes me kind of sad.
...words to live by, methinks...
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:27 PM   #765
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Ancient Yakima Racks for Free

I have an old pair of Yakima racks that I'll give to any inmate who comes by . . .

The towers are the old style (OK, ancient) that fits on a raingutter. the bars are 48 inches long. I used to use them to haul pulling boats and canoes around, but it's been so long since I've had a car with raingutters . . . . .

Come and get 'em!

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