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  1. Staveshaver

    2018 photos

    Nice pics. Mushrooms are awesome!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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 :^)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Saturday's finds

    And yet I've never found a single one. Time and place.... when/where I'm obviously absent.
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    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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    Private property ethics???

    I do most of my shroom hunting on public land. I live in Pa. We have a lot of public land and I spend a lot of time there hunting... and just being in the woods. I hunt mushrooms in state parks, city parks, state game lands, state and national forests, etc. It's actually easy for me because those types of properties are all around where I work and live. I just got back from picking Sheepshead in a city park(they were PRIME by the way, perfect). Many, many folks out today bicycling, running, walking, having parties at pavilions, etc.... I was the only one shroomin' as far as I could tell. Beautiful cool day. Too many people out. I was being seen. Can't have that! I bailed out and will check those more 'public' spots during the week before folks get off work. One bicyclist today was really studying me as I harvested 10 Maitake from around a single tree. I have to remember not to go there on the weekends from now on. But private property? I respect landowners like it was my own place, and I certainly wouldn't want anyone sneaking onto my property and stealing my mushrooms. Would you? I don't trespass while hunting deer, squirrels, turtles, mushrooms, or anything. Any time I've asked, I was granted permission. I generally offer half of what I find to the landowner. Unfortunately for them, nobody has taken me up on it. Folks usually think they're gross, or don't trust that they won't be poisonous. I know where I could go right now and get Sheepshead growing in folks' yards(as they do every year), but won't, because I just haven't stopped in 'yet' to ask permission. Yesterday a friend and coworker called me to come pick Sheepshead that was growing along his driveway. I tried repeatedly to get him and his wife to keep some and try it, told them how to store it and cook it, but they wouldn't. They said they're rather get their mushrooms from the store. I also found a half dozen old Chanterelles less than 6' from the 4 Sheepshead there. Gonna have to remember that :^) They probably wouldn't want them either :^) I've picked a lot of mushrooms on private property the last few years. I always ask. Never been turned down. I give a bunch away throughout the year too, to folks who appreciate getting and eating them as much as I appreciate others allowing me to hunt them on their property. Just ask. Ya might make a new friend.
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    Just a nice photo

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    Trumpet madness lately

    You guys are killing me. I haven't found a trumpet yet. Haven't been hunting them in earnest, but keeping my eyes peeled while hunting chants. I need to learn more about their preferred habitat. Looks like they like moss and oaks? I heard they like to grow near creeks? I think I remember hearing they like beech trees? They're certainly beautiful.
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    Nice. I figured they were about done here and didn't go out for a while. Then was driving down a back road past one of my spots and there they were all over the bank and up through the woods. They were a little too old to pick though. I screwed up this year and tried to pinpoint the timing and conditions to closely. Gonna do things different next year.
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    Amazing fungus

    Nice. I like how they look too. Unique. Looks like an Oreo blizzard... with LOTS of Oreos. Same here, John, I've happened upon them easy enough, but haven't tried to eat one yet.
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    Two types of Chanterelles

    The smaller brown ones look like Appalachians to me too. I found them and smooth chanterelles growing within sight of each other a few weeks ago here in western Pa.
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    Yes those are Chanterelles, but they appear to be far enough past their prime that I wouldn't eat them. I left several hundred in the woods that looked like those, or better, because I felt they were too old, dry, buggy, etc. Like me, it seems you were a few weeks late getting there. How they grow and how long they stay 'fresh' depends on the weather and temperature. They often grow in the same spot every year though, so be ready next year and get there earlier.
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    good hunting

    Thanks so much Matt. I'll keep that in mind. Not too many places I can think of like that around here though. I wonder if they like grey birch? Grey birch I can find... especially up at camp. By the way, I found all of those Chants under shagbark hickory trees. Not more than an oak or two in the distance. They were also concentrated in places that tend to hold onto ground moisture a little longer than most other places. Shaded, facing away from the afternoon sun, washes, near creeks, ground cover, etc. I looked there because it's been dry here lately.
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    good hunting

    Nice. I sure wish I could find some trumpets. I've never seen one. A narrow band of rain came through a few days ago. It missed my house and my chanterelle spots close to home, but the radar showed that it his one of my best spots about 20 minutes away so I stopped today after I left work to check on it.
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    chanties! (and others)

    Vjhebert3, yes, definitely a bow making reference. I went out yesterday for a little while between the raindrops but didn't find any chants.