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  1. Morels in Northeast Pa

    Bobby, these were older Hawthorns but healthy. I didn't see any that were dying. There were a few old and dying apple trees at either end of this stand of trees, at least 200 yards between the apple trees, and yes there were a few Morels under the apple trees too, but most of the rest of the trees were Hawthorn and there were morels under many of them. Unfortunately, I was there a little too late and most of the morels were past their prime, but I'll be ready this year. Good luck.
  2. Morels in Northeast Pa

    Western Pa here. I've found them under old apple trees, big poplars, and elms, but I also found hundreds of morels last year under Hawthorn trees.
  3. Its Almost Time!!

    I'm in western Pa. It keeps teasing us... gets warm and makes us hopeful, then gets cold and snows a couple of inches. It won't be long now though.
  4. Nice. I found some BIG morels under white pines last year... by accident, on my way out of the woods after I couldn't find them anywhere else.
  5. 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?
  6. Wild Mushroom Edibility

    Great post, Dave. Thank you.
  7. 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.
  8. Is It a Pine Polypore?

    That's really cool looking.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. I'd relive all of my bike and auto wrecks before I'd want to fight chronic Lyme again.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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