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  1. Chanterelles. Not sure why, but I have the most fun while hunting them, plus love the smell, taste, texture. This year wasn't a good year for them here. I hope next year is better. Running low.
  2. Trumpets. I haven't exactly been hunting them in earnest, but haven't found one yet.
  3. I started doing it as another means to learn more about nature and enhance my self-reliance. I always feel like I should be closer to nature, understand it better, and make better use of it when I can. Mushroom hunting has its own challenge/reward symbiosis like hunting animals and other plants. And yes, they're yummy and promote health. I haven't sold them, but maybe I should. I recently threw away a whole wheelbarrow load of various mushrooms that I didn't eat in time and they got freezer burned. I'm going to do more dehydrating this year and less freezing. I hate seeing them go to waste after finding and cleaning them.
  4. Ok. Thanks. I'm not familiar with them. I'll have to look them up.
  5. That one's a beauty. I found several big, prime ones in the last few weeks here in western Pa. I didn't weigh them all, but two that I did weigh were 14.4 lbs and 15.2 lbs. And that's after trimming enough of the bases and underside away in the woods to remove all dirt and debris.
  6. This is mostly an old thread, but I'll use this opportunity to post pics of some mushrooms I've found in the last week or so here in western Pa. I thought it was going to be a bad year for sheepshead, but we got rain just in time, and while I haven't found a record amount, I've found some really nice ones. A week ago I found these. And here they are 6 days later, yesterday, when I picked them. Last year at this tree, they grew a blonde color in the exact same locations as each of these. Does anyone have any idea what determines their color? Rain? Sunlight? I though it was last year. Actually this picture is from the same tree 2 years ago.
  7. Here's the view from the side. Aside from the shadow, it looks relatively normal this way. And here's the view down the back of the bow as it is now.
  8. Thanks for the info. I checked a few spots here in western Pa over the weekend and found nothing. The ground seems very dry and the springs, and little feeder streams are dried up, even after the rain we got last week. But I'll keep checking.
  9. I'm no expert, but the one in the first picture looks like tinder fungus. Also known as false tinder fungus, hoof fungus, or tinder conk. I have no idea what's in the other two pictures.
  10. Yeah Cajun, I'm working on the snakiest piece of osage I've ever seen. Gonna sinew back it, then put copperhead skins on the limbs and snapping turtle skin on the grip. I don't know if I'll get it done in time for this hunting season, but maybe. Foulhook, that sounds like an awesome day. I live in Butler county and have a camp up in Potter. Your story makes me think of a spot way up on top of the mountain next to my camp, and I've never checked it for chants. If I go up there next weekend, I may crawl up there and check. Like you said, even if you find them too old this year, there's always next year. I'm about an hour north of the elk area in Benezette, but there are lots of elk around camp this year. Saw a huge bull last week with two smaller ones. I find chants by oaks, but more around hickories.
  11. Hi guys. I used to visit here, then my browser got old and gave me fits and wouldn't jive with this site so I couldn't access it. Now I'm using the Chrome browser and it works, and it feels good to be back. Anyway, I don't see any threads or pictures of chanterelles. I know it hasn't been a good year for them here in western Pa because we got no rain when we really needed it, but I kind of expected to log on and see that someone somewhere was having better luck than we are, but no chant pictures? Eventually we got a few days of rain and I made one last trip for them and found a few last weekend. Anyway, I'm way behind on enjoying shroom eye candy so feel free to use this thread to post any pics of your recent finds, whatever they are.
  12. Nothing yet here for me in Butler county, although a few of my friends are finding a few here and there. I picked some Dryads Saddles and Watercress two days ago. It's been quite cool at night, but is supposed to warm up tomorrow. I'm going to hit it hard here in a few days.
  13. All very interesting. Boy, you should have seen it Dave... I live in Butler county btw... one day I went way down deep into this area, where I used to bow hunt near some old apple trees, crabapples, hawthorns, and combed it until I was exhausted and frustrated... found nothing, zilch... was taking/busting through the most direct route through the wall of multifora rose to a horse trail that would lead me back in the general direction of the truck. I labored up this steep hill, into the pines, stepped onto the trail, and right there at my feet 2' off the trail, growing in the white pine needles, was this perfect, gianormous yellow morel, with a beam of the late morning sunshine behind it illuminating it like an apparition. It was a cool moment. I searched the area and found over a dozen more, but none quite as nice as that one.
  14. I have a lot to learn about them yet, but found as many morels near trees I hadn't previously heard they were associated with. White pine, aspen, and hawthorn for example. Found some real beauties in the pines, 8-9" tall. And my best spot is all hawthorn trees. Hopefully the weather cooperates this year. Good luck to all.
  15. Hi folks, been a few months since I've checked in here. Hope everyone is happy and healthy and still enjoying last year's bounty. 2018 was a super year for mushrooms here in western Pa. I hope you did as well as we did. Winter is a busy time in its own ways. So many projects and inside jobs and various hobbies, but I'm excited by the feel of spring weather, and my thoughts automatically, or instinctively, recognize a time of new growth, of getting back out there to hunt mushrooms again. Thank goodness for the off season, because it's nice to get a break for a few months. I get kind of crazy about them for most of the year that it's kind of nice to not think about them for a while. lol. I have so many mushrooms in the freezer and dehydrated that I don't really 'need' more, but that is certainly no deterrent. For me, and many of you I'm sure, it's more about the hunt, learning, sharing, and enjoying the time outdoors. What I don't have a cache of, or have never found in enough numbers to worry about long term preservation, are morels... and they're right around the corner. Won't be long. I found a pretty good spot on the Pa game lands, and they, the Pa game commission, decided my morel hotspot needed brush hogged... due to the multiflora rose I think. Just my luck. Nothing grew there last year. I've hear morels liked disturbed ground, but I think the multifora rose offered them the shade and resulting moist soil they liked. Oh well, I'll be doing my best to figure out where they are and why. The fact that I don't have their number yet, and might never, inspires me to hunt harder. I heard they were finding them down in Georgia already. Anybody else anxious to get out there?
  16. Nice pics. Mushrooms are awesome!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Nice. I've found a bunch recently too. All whites. All I've ever found are whites.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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