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  1. Staveshaver

    2018 photos

    Nice pics. Mushrooms are awesome!
  2. Staveshaver

    How fast can hens grow?

    Here's a baby I found on 9/28 And here's the same tree 9 days later. They were edible, but just past their prime imo, with a tiny hint of that odor they get when they get old. It had just rained and they were soaking wet. I should have returned around day 6, but you can't be everywhere at once. I found 3 salamanders in these ones.
  3. Staveshaver

    How fast can hens grow?

    Like Eat-bolete, if I find babies like in your first picture, I give them 3-5 days and go back. I have waited a full week and wished I had returned sooner... edible, but not prime. Depends some on conditions though. I'd say if a hen hasn't grown at all in 3 days, it's done growing and I'd pick it.
  4. I'm not good at distinguishing between the boletes, just beginning with them, so I'm not even sure what they were exactly. Dry, velvety tan on top, white underneath, under red oaks, sometimes within sight of where I'd found chanterelles a month earlier.
  5. Staveshaver

    Decent flush of Oysters Found!!!

    Nice. I've found a bunch recently too. All whites. All I've ever found are whites.
  6. Here in Western Pa, Butler county, I've found plenty of Boletes this year... A lot actually. It's been a great year for everything here that I hunt... except Morels. I found a few, but nothing to write home about.
  7. That's a beaut, Clark!!! I've found a handful of them that big this year. It's been a landmark year for Hens here. One of them was a virtual twin to yours. Same size, shape, and color. But I bet mine weighed more.... unfortunately... I had to walk away from it initially because I saw two bowhunters approach and stand nearby to survey the area for the evening's hunt. I thought it was funny that they were camo'd head to toe, including facemasks, and I was in my street clothes,,, yet I stood there watching them for almost 10 minutes, and they never saw me.... until I wanted them to. There were several Hens around that tree, 18 of them around a tree 80 yards or so downhill, 11 around a tree a stone's throw up the hill, with 46 total right there in the immediate area. When I came back early the next day to harvest, I found the best one, the twin to yours to be EXCEPTIONALLY heavy when I cut it and tried to lift it. It was FULL of dirt and red ants inside. They used it as their anthill. I never saw that before. I began dissecting it, and trying to shake the ants and dirt out of the pieces, but I couldn't get it all out, and it had that 'red ant smell'... ever smell that? It's unique, and I didn't want to be tasting that in my mushrooms so I just scattered it around the tree and focused on the others. Nice find. And I hope you got to make better use of yours than I did mine.
  8. Staveshaver

    Private property ethics???

    I have talked with them a few times. Most are nice guys, but a few are buttheads. Some don't even know the laws. But it's legal to pick mushrooms, berries, and such on Pa state parks. It's in the Game Commission rules and regulation summary book that they give you when you buy a hunting license here. The last time I ran in to a DCNR Park Ranger, I no sooner got out of the truck and he pulled in right behind me. I thought.... Oh boy, here we go. But he was a nice guy, knew exactly why I was there(there were over a dozen giant, ancient oaks there), and it turned out he was a mushroom hunter too. He said he's seen other guys checking the spot, so I actually never went back. I have enough other, more secluded spots and don't like the competition.
  9. Staveshaver

    Private property ethics???

    It's easy to take an abundance of public land for granted, and I try not to. I try to remain grateful. But I (we, including the relative few others who do it) can only cover so much ground, and I can't help but think about the thousands.... millions... of mushrooms left to rot on lonely public land... so I go more often, walk farther, try harder... but as I do so, I'm getting older... the hills get steeper... creeks get wider :^)
  10. Staveshaver

    Are chicken of the woods perennial?

    Hit or miss here... like the Whisperer said, about 3 out of 5 if I'm lucky. Got a major flush going on right now on a tree that produced 40+ lbs two years ago... nothing at all last year, zero. Another tree that produced HEAVY in 2016 hasn't shown anything since. Rain and timing is good this year... I'm watching it closely.. Personally, I'm glad they(and so many others) don't produce every year like clockwork at the same place, otherwise I wouldn't have to HUNT them, and I probably would lose interest. I'm finding that the hunt is mostly why I do it.
  11. Staveshaver

    White Sheep Head

    Nice. The more they're shaded, the closer to the tree, and the tighter they're tucked into the crotches of the root buttresses the whiter they seem to be, but they sometimes end up all wrinkled and distorted in shape being tucked in tightly like that. But those are growing outward and seem well formed. Are they white because they're growing on a beech? I've never found one on a beech.
  12. Staveshaver

    Destroying Angel

    They are more common here than I originally thought. For some reason I thought they were like a needle in a haystack.... but I find them regularly here in western Pa... and I'm certainly not looking for them. In hindsight, I think maybe I heard from folks who live where they don't grow as often, or perhaps partly because subconsciously at least, I thought that something that dangerous, 'must be' less prolific. Now that I know what to look for, I see them pretty regularly.... especially late summer into fall. I saw these this week... and saw a handful of others that hadn't opened yet... wish now I would have taken pics of them too... they called to me... but I was on a steadfast Sheepshead mission. See the third one?
  13. Staveshaver

    Saturday's finds

    And yet I've never found a single one. Time and place.... when/where I'm obviously absent.
  14. Staveshaver

    The HENS!!

    Nice. That's a whopper. I found some yesterday and today. Not that big, but they were in their prime. Popped up just the last few days. Rain then cooler temps.... hello! I left a few of the younger ones to grow for a few days. More rain and cooler temps coming tomorrow. Gonna hit the old faithful spots this weekend.
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