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MattVa

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About MattVa

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  • Birthday 12/24/1979

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    Virginia
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    Hunting,fishing,mushrooms....vintage stuff.

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  1. MattVa

    My hens-of-the-woods

    Angela, have you tried any after they where dried? I'm running out of vacuum sealer bags and freezer space..lol. We made sriracha chicken wonton tacos a few nights ago topped with hens and it was definitely a keeper.
  2. MattVa

    Are these honey mushrooms

    Dave, I believe the ones I found where growing from dirt that had partly filled in the deep grooves of the bark on the bottom of the tree. Trees are growing on a fairly steep hill side.. I said several inches up on the tree but 2-3 is probably more realistic. I do have two photos I took before my phone died at the time....low battery results in very poor quality photos on my phone though. Never done a post about it because of the photo quality. Don't wanna hijack L F Ps topic by posting them here so I'll do a separate topic when I have time. .
  3. MattVa

    Are these honey mushrooms

    Crazy how sometimes things go against the norm. This year I found a gilled bolete growing off the bark of a live loblolly pine.... several inches off the ground. I had suspected a possible association at several other places but that's a subject for another time perhaps.
  4. MattVa

    Craterellis tubaeformis

    E-B I have found C.ignicolor and at the time these where what I believed to be C. Tubaeformis.I believed them to be C. tubaeformis´╗┐´╗┐ due to the very dark cap color compared to C.ignicolor that I had found before. I found so few that I never went to great lengths to do a I'd post and each time was incidental while hunting for late oct black trumpets and early winter oysters. They where found in a river bottom approximately 20' from the river where a spring flows in so there's lots of ground moisture. This area does have some spoty ,very large pines scattered throughout but not enough to call it a pine bog but it's boggy. They where not growing in the exact spot as the black trumpet. The trumpets are further up ,out of the river bottom about another 20' .In my mind after a 3 mile boat ride it's the same spot... lol . There could be a pine associated and since they where incidental at the time I just my have never noticed. I didnt find enough to be 100% certain and perhaps a aging C.ignicolor could make for a good look a like? My very limited info is based totally off memory ,so it is what it is but I do look forward to learning more about this one. Would be a nice option in the off season.
  5. MattVa

    Craterellis tubaeformis

    I have only found a small amount a few times. That was in one of my black trumpet spots oak/beech-moss . I would like to know too because it seems like alot of folks have huge hauls and I'm lucky to find a handful. I just kinda figured I'm not in a optimal spots.
  6. MattVa

    My hens-of-the-woods

    EB,I don't think anyone has forgotten that post ,that was stellar. Fall mushroom patterns have had me guessing a little this year. I found several flushes of Honey's last Tuesday and I thought they where finished. It's been good for hens this fall,this tree has had 7-8 each year but always flushes late. Typically around Halloween give or take a week. My only complaint is that I have not had much time to hunt this season.
  7. MattVa

    My hens-of-the-woods

    Angela, your always welcome to come back again. That one old oak definitely flushes more than I need. Congrats on having them on your land thats a really special one to add to the list. eat-bolete, haha 47.... wasn't it? And a maple to boot. Old Oak, I try to be and Angela was good people as we like to say so we talked about all sorts of things. I'm glad she took me up on the offer because I hate to see them go to waste.
  8. MattVa

    I looked and I found! I think...

    Nice EB, I'm going to look tomorrow myself. As of now they still elude me.
  9. MattVa

    Oyster mushrooms?

    I like them when they are young and use them in stir fry,tacos ...ect. Some can get very large and when they start getting old and dried out they take on a more yellow color. I hunt and fish but most often from motorized boats these days. When I was younger we used to float quite often but it's been awhile. Mostly on the James and Appomattox.
  10. MattVa

    Oyster mushrooms?

    They look like the ones I find and call P. Ostreatus aka winter oyster. I most often find them on dead or dying Beech,Hickory and Red oak....In that order. Often near streams but not always. Beech has definitely been the most productive trees for me but finding a dead or dying beech tree is not that easy in my area. I do a lot of mushroom hunting via the river as well. Any down hardwood is worth a good hard look especially between now and March after a big rain,freeze or both.
  11. MattVa

    Gotta love these huge Albatrellus

    Thats pretty amazing! Nice ones EB
  12. MattVa

    The Truffle pig strikes again

    Il Well I can only tell you what has worked for me in our area the past few years. Every single hen I have found has been around oaks and all but one has been under Red Oaks. The very first one I ever found was under a White oak. It's aways been mid to late October/Early November. All trees that would guess to be 100+ years old but some that are well over 200years. Having said all that I'm sure they grow under beech,maple...ect in our area just as they do in other parts. The real huge ancient looking red oaks that produce several hens seems to be more reliable year after year. Smaller trees that flushed in the past have been less dependable...or so it seems to me. But just as you stated I have found monster trees that had nothing. My grandmothers place has 7red oak trees that are some of the largest I have ever seen and only one has hens. Don't give up they are out there and now is the time to look.
  13. MattVa

    Honeys ID

    This year has been weird . We went from Summer right straight into fall in what seemed like two days. I found my first handful of A.mellea today that was big enough to pick along with a few hedgehogs. All the trees that have had huge flushes in the past are turning up absolutely nothing. My work schedule the way it's looking will probably make me miss anything that will flush in the next few days. So just like that the Honeys are probably over for me but that's life. A. gallica´╗┐ is a seldom seen honey for me so far. I have only found it on one tree and it has not flushed this year. We make up for it with A. Tabescens though.
  14. Dave, you are certainly a busy man and a wealth of myco knowledge. That is with out a doubt a amazing undertaking described above. I know you make alot of us here feel better when you weigh in on a post. That's really cool stuff with the NAMP project and Amanita's.. especially the A.cyclops. Have fun out there today . I hope I can go this afternoon myself.
  15. MattVa

    Honeys ID

    That's the best looking honey pic I have seen this year EB. Prime buttons.
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