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About Hunter

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  • Birthday 05/02/1944

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    North Carolina
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    Family, Church, hunting wild edible mushrooms, gardening, hunting, climbing trees, yakking. Former SCUBA, skydiver, whitewater kayaker.
  1. Hunter

    Boletus ?

    I do very much appreciate the help. Gotta tell you, the bite I took was sweeter than any hedgehog so far. Maybe the result of the Hypomyces? Oh well. Thanks again.
  2. Hunter

    Boletus ?

    Guys I'm adding 3 more pics because I really want this one to turn out to be an edible. The spore print is olive. The younger, when sliced have solid light burgundy flesh in the cap and a stem that is brown and white with a little bluish grey tint, and the stem can be seen as slightly fibrous. A two day older specimen, when sliced shows little to no burgundy in the cap but more blue-grey, and an otherwise off-white flesh with numerous medium brown dots and an emerging granularity. The stem is more fibrous. This is definitely a different bolete from the second one from my earlier post and the same as the first. They grow in grass,. So far all have been within reach of pine roots. The tubes are clogged with white and the white, in places comes up and over a part of the cap. The reason I am trying to get this id'd is the taste is sweet, pleasant, and "mushroomy" with a good mouth feel. After tasting one I've tried very hard to make these turn into King Boletes, but there little reticulation, the flesh color is wrong, and I forget what else. Any idea? Still, at my stage of ignorance I need to be very sure before I'll swallow a piece of bolete.
  3. Hunter

    Boletus ?

    I'm finding lots of these around, along roadsides and in a backyard. I append six photos, three each of two specimens. The first is not as mature as the second but is large. The flesh is spongy/granular, the cap is dry and tan, the stem streaked with red. The second (Boletus Badius?) is larger, has a stem 10 cm and cap 15 cm. The cap is tacky to the touch, a nice shade of burgundy, which color has infused deeply into the naturally occurring split. A fresh wound in the cap exposes a thin layer of burgundy over white firm flesh that turns bluish within minutes or immediately when bruised. No spore print yet but the older example shows probable olive spore staining of the tubes.
  4. Hunter

    Central NC after summer rains

    Good hunting, coastwx. Things haven't been quite that good here in a drier micro-climate, but after a couple of days of showery weather things are starting to pop. Still, until day before yesterday the only interesting edibles I've found in quantity are some mouse-eaten oysters and a big-ol' bunch of inky caps. Oh, and four sweet-tooths. July 11 I started noticing ganoderma, and many growing where I didn't expect.. The first was right beside a dog pen, a place I know insecticide is used on, growing on the rotted stump of a 3 inch diameter oak. The second was on the exposed root of a deteriorating Red Bud tree, the white edge turned dull yellow and the whole thing without the sheen I expect to see and with a light grey discoloration on parts, so maybe past its prime already. Another newer one, small and almost all white edge, is growing on the base of the tree. Then I found another half dozen growing on wounds of vaious oaks and the small group in the photo growing, I thought at first, on the roots of a maple. Closer inspection revealed they're on a rotted oak stump. I inspected the huge old oak with a split that was completely filled with Ganoderma L. last year, expecting to see new ones pushing out the old. No such sign as yet. I can pull the old ones out, and did a few, but saw nothing promising underneath. Maybe it's too early but then, what about all all those others I'm finding? Two small mushrooms I'm curious about and, since my camera lacks the resolution for good photos of tiny objects, maybe someone can suggest a few names to investigate from a description: Cap 2 cm, stem 3 cm, all creamy tan. The whole thing is so thin that if held to a bright light, light penetrates through the cap. The gills are what are distinctive. They do not radiate from the stem but form tiny empty squares.
  5. Hunter

    It's that time

    You guys are makin' me jealous. After a good crop of Inky Caps and some dry weather oysters, the only thing interesting around here has been my first ever find of a Sweet Tooth, and that was just the one. We'll get rain one day and then see what pops up. I'm still waiting to find what happens with the new crop of Reishi, whether the new ones push the old ones out of the way. We'll soon see.
  6. The puffballs I wrote of never did get much larger than a marble, then turned brownish. Picked one to make sure. It had an undeveloped brown spore mass in the interior. I had kept that one watered during this dry hot weather, leaving another as a check. Made no difference to these.
  7. Hunter

    It's that time

    Wait a minute Evan, I have a peach orchard. I have to spray antifungals on those trees every week to try to stay ahead of brown rot. And you get morels out of them. It ain't fair, I tell you. Please tell me it is an old and untended peach orchard.
  8. And maybe to pay the Dr. bills too. Really sorry to hear you had to go through that. If it's of any consolation (probably not) These dry windy days have not shown me anything to pick.. I just go grazing along, eating greebriar tips and wild strawberries, looking for the protein to accompany them. I'm still waiting to see if the new Ganoderma will push the old out of the way, and have found another source of 'em. And there's a stump of mushroom, the leftover where I collected an old Beefsteak mushroom last year, that looks like it's swelling, although it's too high to tell for sure. But not even an oyster. Looks like you're going to have to get better and show me how it's done.
  9. Hunter

    It's that time

    What a haul!
  10. More Russulas today, plenty LBMs of a variety that comes up and disappears again in less than 12 hrs., and tiny marble-sized giant puffballs. How do I know they're puffballs? Don't but that's where they were last Summer. That's it. No oysters, no boletes.
  11. Thought they were. A much more pink variety is common now too but I can't get to them before the deer, mice, voles, ants and pill bugs.
  12. Today's haul was very slim. A very few LBMs and a number of these in the pics. Close attached non-staining gills, caps lavender to pink, turning brown after picking 6-9 cm. No sign of a veil. No spore print yet. One pic shows caps turned brown and stem interior. Found among moss in an open glade with pine woods on one side, broadleafs on the other. Does not bleed, aroma faint and pleasant mushroomy.
  13. Looks like you got some good rain this evening, coastwx. 20 miles away we're still dry and windy. Hope this will benefit you and this coming week will us. Good luck.
  14. Gotta say, DufferinShroomer is da bomb on this thread. Just received the Audubon book and love it already. A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms is okay but a little lite. I still use Stamets' book on growing mushrooms as a reference. Getting the list of the local club has to be the best idea yet. Thank you
  15. The weather went from cool and wet to dry and warm. Then a warm rain followed by last night and tonight at freezing. Still, It's comfortable outside right now and I'm gonna spend the next hour trying again, and then again tomorrow for a couple hours. Gotta put A Field Guide to Southern Mushrooms to some sort of test.