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There is some luck involved chasing morels….

More of an experience game than just luck…

we don’t chase them like we once did, but I still remember how it felt and smelled. We would get that smell and just start looking. Some ramp smell and some trillium sticking up….. In the old days some Ash trees around..

We had a Forester look an 80 we owned and as a throw in he pointed out where there should be morels. We already knew that is where they were in May. So some guys know….
 

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Back in the day, we went to a Larry Lonik presentation. He was sort of an authority on morels.

He went through the preferred habitat but his big takeaway was “ They are where they are.”

The “process” would be to take what you are hearing on the forum and go look. Find some BTA and go look. In the past it was find some Elm, or find some Ash. Before the Ash Borer we rarely found a white morel outside the dripline Of an Ash tree. I am sure that part of that was because that was where we looked.

As I mentioned earlier in the thread we have slacked off on the picking, partly because we sold an 80 that had more than enough for us. But we still look while driving around for likely spots.

I mentioned it earlier as did someone else that is like grouse hunting. You see a likely spot and mentally mark it down. Check it when conditions are right.

plus, in many cases the actual mushrooms are secondary. We were sitting out this morning drinking coffee and we could hear, Cranes, Turkeys, two Owls, and the far away neighbors rooster.
 

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20 hours?? My wife and I have spent the last 50 years looking for morels so that would 100 years and one of our daughters spent 15 years looking for them with us. 20 hours…

we still can’t just walk up to spot and fill a mesh bag. Now, warm evenings and some rain in May and we can reliably find enough for a meal.

If you don’t get any this spring I would suggest you become a black trumpet specialist. Those come in the summer and are easier.
 
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