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  • Birthday 12/11/1972

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    georgetown, On.
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    Anything outdoors. Hunting, fishing, foraging etc.

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  1. I actually am kind of fond of these. The young ones or (as Dave mentioned) the rims of older specimens are certainly edible. Would I call them "choice" not really. On the flip side they're common, easy to i.d. and have varied uses. I enjoy them, sliced, in in a soup, stir fry or stew. Floured and fried much like a chip. Many people seem to like them pickled. At times I've even chosen to look for them over morels. Part due to their availablity and also that they can stand up to being tossed in a pan on a campfire and hold up with other flavours and textures. The one point, I should add, is if you don't fully cook them they retain the watermelon rind taste and may be slightly bitter.
  2. No morels here yet. Frost Sunday morning. Been trying to get my buddy a bird for years (his property) but young kids and a chance to sleep have limited his chances. We were out Sat morning and I put him in the choice spot and set up behind. Long ridge out into a field, he was at the tip and I set well back in the trees, dekes out in front. Things lit up at sun rise, we ended up seeing at least 14 birds with half being males. I worked a box call to start then went to a mouth call when they were in eye shot. Hens kept pulling the boys back until, wouldn't you know it, two toms came in through the trees from the side. I had to shoot or be busted, the second tom ran out in front but he couldn't tell the sex or (eyes rolling) hear me saying "shoot it". Sounded like Troy Landry on swamp people. Next morning (bow only) set him up on the tip of a small rise looking at a roosting area. Frosty and foggy with a big tom and hens coming out just out of range. As the morning progressed brought in a big tom from 500 yards behind us (had a shot) and a jake from the treeline. The jake walked right in on the decoys and I heard his crossbow twang, then the bird was in front of me. Brought up a fogged scope... centred the blob in the middle and shot. Then watched the jake and tom walk away. No feathers or blood and saw him walk for a long while. Lots of beautiful sites and excitement, wished he could have got his first bird but the chance was there. The kids were very involved wanting to see where the shot hit, help pluck and watch the cleaning. I expect this from my friends kids but they had three guests (7 to 9) who are city kids. Very impressed when one of them said "that looks just like a breast at home" when I took a breast out for lunch. Cubed ,breaded and fried one breast on the campfire and the kids inhaled it along with the leeks and dandelion greens they picked. No shrooms yet but some morels or dryads would have fit right in. BTW small tom 17 lb, 8 in beard 1 1/4 spurs.
  3. I did some last spring. With my friends kids. Took and thin sliced them then dusted in seasoned flour, fried till crisp and added to fried potatoes. Kids also picked leeks, violets, dandelion greens and cattail shoots. Sauteed those and served with some fresh wild turkey on the campfire. Big hit!. Good easy to i.d. mushroom that is suprisingly useful in a variety of ways. I like the fact that pretty much anyone can i.d. dryads and if cooked, pickled, dried etc they can be a decent edible.
  4. Nice off season find. Certainly appears to be a hericium. I recall that, several years ago, we had a weird weather spring. I think I posted of finding hericiums at the end of May and the odd huge morel in mid June. Little north of your area, so no doubt that they fruit when the conditions are right.
  5. Thanks Dave!. Appears that I was hasty on the cons and not the pros. Just wanted to make sure a new poster understood the potential risks and forgot to encourage the excitement of a great find.
  6. Yes, that is a morel. Quick caution, however. They seem to be in a cultivated area. Before eating any mushroom it's best to ensure that herbicides/pesticides weren't used in the area. I believe some of the morel varieties can be found in bark mulch, perhaps transferred from another area. Just a word of caution. Great find. Below freezing and snowing here!
  7. Bowguy, for some reason your question stuck in my head. I do recall a similar conversation, here or on another site, that dealt with spores. This topic, as I recall, dealt with stomping on dried puffballs (probably scleroderma citrinum) while picking blueberries. I believe this resulted in gastric upset from the spores drifting onto the harvested blueberries. This was some time back and I think I recall the circumstance correctly. Anyhow just wanted to follow up as your question was rolling around in the back of my head.
  8. WHAT! a mushroom falls in your pocket? I carry a firearm, with a dog, most of the fall and it's seldom I see a conservation officer. If one was to "accidentally" have a fruiting body (much like a tree fruit) fall into ones pocket I don't feel the ecosystem would be disturbed 😁
  9. Never a bad idea to carry separate paper bags. Any occasion that you are sceptical or want to to bring a find back to i.d. it's best to isolate them from known edibles. As far as proximity; I honestly don't know. Sure, I have picked up toxic mushrooms and had them together along with edibles. Always separated them, at home, and never had any ill effects. I'd guess the greatest danger would be from a broken piece being mixed in, Hopefully Dave can give an answer regarding the potential spore danger. Again, always a good idea to separate finds.
  10. Deer certainly eat fall oysters. Saw a nice cluster, I planned on harvesting, one morning by the the afternoon they were chewed to the trunk. Deer one me zero as I was hunting them at the time. No deer no oysters; mother nature wins again!
  11. They also dry quite well, better than the regular chanterelles.
  12. I've always found ab gracilis with hemlock and with a far longer and narrower stipe.
  13. This topic has come up several times, with various mushrooms. For me it's certain leccinums. I think I've isolated too those associated with aspen. Fresh the afor mentioned gastric distress but when dried no issues occur. Alcohol may contribute to the problem but doesn't seem to be an issue with other fungi. Possibly just a simple body reaction from person to person, hence the "try only a small amount the first time" warning for all wild mushrooms.
  14. In black and white with rabbit ears on top of the T.V.?
  15. Possibly the late Steve Irwin..".Look at this beauty!"
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