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Kevin Hoover

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    Central Pa
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    Fishing, hunting, gardening, kayaking, reading

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  1. As a newbie, I’m curious, do you have or develop a hunting strategy before going out? My approach this fall was to concentrate on hemlock forests to look for hedgehogs (Hydnum umbilicatum) because that’s one species I could ID. I did pick some other mushrooms there also to bring home to ID, even though I didn’t eat them. These included some past prime honey mushrooms, a small crested coral, and some in the Suillus group. In the spring I’ll focus on morels, in summer on milky and chanterelles, and in the fall on hedgehogs and Siullus, as well as chicken of the woods and hen of the woods. And will pick others for ID and to further my knowledge. I’m studying milky and boletes extensively this winter, and hope to find some of those. Do you head out focusing on one or two species, but willing to harvest other things to encounter? Or do you just go out to see what you can find?
  2. I guess after posting here the last month that I should finally introduce myself. I’m Kevin, and I’m relatively new to mushroom hunting. I did hunt morels in south central PA apple orchards with my father while I still lived at home. Got interested after finding a nice flush of chanterelles this summer. Took a while to be confident enough to eat them. I was 98% sure but wanted someone who knew the species to confirm my ID. That’s a rule I’m still following. Joined the Central PA Mushroom Club and have gone on two of their walks. Picked a couple of hedgehogs (Hydnum umbilicatum) and took in to one walk to verify. Then spent a lot of time this fall picking hedgehogs under hemlocks. Planning to grow wine caps and oysters in beds this year, and will inoculate logs with shiitake and oyster (my wife gave me plugs for both for Christmas). Am spending the winter researching mushrooms avidly. Especially milkies and boletes. I’m retired, and love the outdoors. Gardening, kayaking, fishing, hunting, reading and cooking are some of my favorite activities.
  3. Early sixties. No existing conditions.
  4. How many times do you fall while hunting mushrooms? I know it depends on coordination and probably and slope of where your hunting, but it’s also easy to trip over rocks or branches. Just curious. I just started hunting mushrooms this summer, and while stumbling a lot, haven’t fallen yet. But I know that’s not going to last. And that leads to my second question. Do you normally hunt alone, or with others? I hunt alone normally. Sometimes my wife comes along. And hunt with others at club functions. But I always make sure someone knows the general area I’m hunting in. Guess I just want to be able to tell my GP, yes I have fallen, but most of us who hunt mushrooms do.
  5. As I mentioned in another thread, the state is clear cutting the mixed hardwood forest behind my father in-law’s camp. Cutting is ongoing now. If I can get a firewood permit from the state for that area, I’m thinking some of the larger limbs would be suitable for starting mushrooms. If I get them soon, thinking around New Years, and inoculate them in February, would that work? I'm also planning several beds of wine caps in wood chips early this spring at various places around the property. And several species of oysters in straw beds.
  6. I understand that he is scheduled to speak at the Central Pennsylvania Mushroom Club’s Bill Russel Foray this summer.
  7. I asked my wife to get me his guide on boletes for Christmas.
  8. Thanks Dave. As a beginner, I appreciate these deeper discussions. My area is notorious for picking milkies. I’d heard that, and it tracks with every mushroom hunter I talk to around here. Most, that’s about all they hunt. I’m working on a Milky spreadsheet for my own use, and currently have about 50 species that occur around here. That’s from four guides (Mushrooms and Other Fungi of North America by Roger Phillips, Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, by Timothy Baroni, Appalachian Mushrooms by Walter Sturgeon, and Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic by Bill Russel). Of those, I see 14 which are edible and four listed as posionous. Just trying to do my homework before I pick any. I also don’t eat anything that I haven’t verified with a knowledgeable mushroom hunter.
  9. We have a cave near here and the entire floor is covered in those. Can’t say I saw any porcupines when I lived in northern VA. Up here in central PA we have lots of them
  10. Looks like porcupine dropping to me.
  11. It mentions fungi hunting springtails. I know certain fungi also hunt nematodes.
  12. Thanks for posting that link. It reinforces what I’ve been seeing lately in forestry studies that I’ve read.
  13. Thanks, I wasn’t sure. My questions were based on plant responses and I wasn’t sure if fungi would respond the same way or not.
  14. I talked to one of the guys I deer hunt with today and he told me that the area behind camp (mixed oak hardwood forest) has been clear cut. That got me thinking. What happens to a mycorrhizal fungus when the tree that it is associated with is cut down? Does it then put all its energy into producing mushrooms in order to disperse all the spores it can? And if it does, does it do it only in its normal fruiting window or as soon as it realizes the tree is no longer providing nutrients, which may mean it may fruit out of season?
  15. They look like they were growing singlely on a lawn? Jack O’Lanterns normally grow in clusters and grow on rotting wood
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