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  1. What is it about mushrooms?

    I've been a nature nut since I was old enough to wander away from the house. I feel content and at home there. I make primitive archery hunting gear and when I go hunting, I don't just go 'hunt deer' as most do nowadays... I go as a hunter gatherer, hunting any opportunity at any wild game in season, always with an eye for wild edibles or other useful items as well. But mushrooms, especially, have been intriguing me for some reason recently. I think it's like Dave said, a lifelong Easter egg hunt, a challenge, and quest for knowledge. What better reason to spend more time out in the woods?
  2. Wild Mushroom Edibility

    Great post, Dave. Thank you.
  3. Lyme hotspot here too. My county is in the top three of the state of Pa. Yes, mother black bears are VERY protective of their cubs and can be vicious, even deadly. I also have a canister of bear spray, but feel better with the gun and knife.
  4. Is It a Pine Polypore?

    That's really cool looking.
  5. Have you guys seen this Mushroom???

    Yep, it certainly helps to be familiar with trees when shrooming. Pin oaks and red oaks have pointy, lobed leaves, while white oak leaves are lobed but rounded. Mushrooms tend to like growing near the bigger mature oaks, and the big, old reds and whites are generally shaped differently in their basic structure, i.e. how their branches grow out. The branches of the biggest whites tend to grow more horizontal than the reds, such that they can often be identified from a long, long ways off. Maitake love those big majestic white oaks around here. Departing from oaks a bit... I found a BUNCH of chanterelles under mature shagbark hickory trees this June/July, with nary an oak in sight.
  6. Chanties ! ! !

    Yes, I cut their stems too. It also helps keep dirt to a minimum. Mushrooming is a funny thing, in that, I hunt and hunt for a new edible kind, finally find them, but since I'm not familiar with them, I'm not always sure where they are in their growth. That's the way it was this year for me with the chants. Fortunately, it was a good year for them here, and I hunted hard for productive spots, found several, studied those spots so I can narrow future searches, and got to see them in different shapes, sizes, and ages.... a crash course. I even continued to go back to those I left behind to take note of how they degraded. Now, since I have so many good spots located, next year instead of spending all of my time frantically hunting them... I can relax a bit, and watch them and get to know them a little better. You watch, this year they won't grow and I'll be running around like a maniac again. Lol
  7. I'd relive all of my bike and auto wrecks before I'd want to fight chronic Lyme again.
  8. Have you guys seen this Mushroom???

    I live in Western Pa and have found 3 of them in the last few years... none bigger than a cantaloupe. Two were growing on opposite sides of a young pin oak, and the one i found this fall was under shingle oaks. I found them all in the fall while I was hunting Maitake.
  9. Chanties ! ! !

    Those look a little past their prime to me too, but I may just be too picky. I left hundreds, if not thousands of smooth chants like those in the woods this year. I did get to put a bunch of prime ones away though. I dehydrated some and froze some raw. They seemed fine to me when I got them out of the freezer and cooked them. Tender and tasty. I'm chomping at the bit. I found several hot spots and can't WAIT until they grow again. They're not going to get ahead of me next time.
  10. What I take with me depends on where I'm going and how far. Sometimes I'm less than 100 yards from the truck, and sometimes I'm a ways up in the mountains. One fear here is running into a female bear with cubs. I've seen a few bears while out hunting mushrooms, but not with cubs, yet. If I feel there's a better chance of it because of where I'm going, I may carry a pistol and/or big knife. But I'm much more concerned about ticks and Lyme disease. I had it once pretty bad, and don't ever want to go through that again. I spray my boots and clothes with Sawyers Permethrin, exposed skin with bug spray, wear light colored brush pants because ticks can't hang on to them too good and they're easily seen. I also carry a walking stick with a Y on it down low which I use to push down or aside weeds and such where you just know they're hanging there waiting for ya to brush up against them. A cell/smart phone in case of emergency, for Google maps, compass... and of course camera.
  11. Top 5

    Since I only recently began eating wild mushrooms other than Maitake and Morels, it's not like I've eaten 20+ varieties and have just 5 favorites. I've eaten several and can't say that I DISliked any. Each has unique flavor and texture I appreciate. Of them, my top five would be. 1. Morel 2. Chantrelle 3. Maitake 4. Oyster 5. Hedgehog
  12. Weird looking Hen?

    The first couple of pics look like healthy, growing baby hens. The others look dry and crackled like they were trying to grow in conditions that were too dry. Here's some pictures of some baby hens. These were all growing around an oak tree, and I was going to continue to take pictures as they grew, but someone else cut or destroyed them when just a few days after I took these pics. There are five babies in this picture.
  13. Rain

    The woods are barren of mushrooms here in western Pa too. It was dry for several weeks, but we've been getting a little rain lately, still, nothing. Maybe it's too late for hens, maybe we still need more rain.
  14. Question about Maitake

    That looks like the last few I found here in western Pa. I took them and spread them around the bases of other nearby big oaks. I'm going out in a few minutes to check a couple of spots since we got a little rain the other day. Probably not enough, but who knows.
  15. Scale-less Honey Mushroom

    For those who've eaten honey mushrooms, do you eat the stems too or discard them?