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Hit another spot by work at lunch...

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Trillium starting to bloom, lots of skunk cabbage and mayapples... Still no mushrooms.
As I said in my other post, skunk cabbage to me says that's a transition into an area I don't want to be in. 20-30 yards away from the skunk cabbage and trending up hill a little? Much better. Anyway, I found 19 last night. I also found 2 trespassers and 6 ticks. The 19, though you cannot tell from the pictures, were all in areas that are receiving much more sunlight than other areas. I stepped back away from a couple patches to take a picture. Look at your pictures now these.

This one is on the east edge of a VERY old orchard. You can see my basket sitting where the mushrooms are.

Plant Natural landscape Twig Tree Groundcover


This one is a transitional area about 150 yards by 300 yards in between the orchard and the swamp.

Plant community Plant Ecoregion Terrestrial plant Grass


The ones I found last night were not there on Saturday. In addition, my wife found 6 more blacks in our backyard last night that were not there when she picked the other ones this weekend. So, I'm HOPING I will find more in the next 4-5 days as the warmth we've finally got starts to take hold in the ground. Or, maybe the trespassers got me.... But, look at the difference between the pictures you posted and these. Your woods looks unhappy. Good luck.
 

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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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Trespassers picking your morels? I'd be pissed... do you think most hound bear hunters are also morel hunters? :mischief:

Only joking of course...
Ha! Yeah.... Sherriff was on the way. After about 15 minutes of fairly potent verbal abuse and a phone call with the previous owner, I called the police back and told them to bag it, somewhat reluctantly..... Long story.... Between that, 6 ticks, 90 degrees and not nearly as many shrooms as I'd hoped, it was not my best hunt ever. Oh well.....
 

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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.


Exactly, 20 hours is nothing for an activity you're out to enjoy and hopefully the 20 hours is a learning situation.
 

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Has anyone here thought about setting up electrodes in a spot that has produced before and shocked the ground? I've read of people doing that with a roling type electrical gadget connected to a generator.
 

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I will say -my color deficiency doesn't help.

Even after seeing them, and knowing right where they are... I still have to be within 3-4' to see them.
No problem with colors for me. You don't have my full pity though cause you spotted some again.
But your pics show they do blend in well. And those are some easy ones!

I'm so good at spotting them you know....
Proven one year by my partner ( an ex. now) calling my attention to one "somebody" had stepped on.:cautious:

Blacks coming up first just makes it easier to see whites. If blacks can be seen first.
Except there are other colors in between too....Not that I would discriminate. But I get an eye for one , and they all go all chameleon on me and I'm back to looking for sponges or bits of sponges of any color .
Squish. Ooops.
 

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Anyone searching in Washtenaw or Wayne counties (Superior, Ypsilanti, Van Buren townships)? I continue to strike out and this is beyond frustrating considering my go-to private places have produced nothing. Up to 17 miles walked with 0 Morels. Dryad's saddle are all i have to show so far. Every 2-3 days for the last 2 weeks or so I'm out walking 3-4 miles, never the same location. GPS puts me at about a 1.5mph walking speed. I'll take any and all advise, I'm still pretty new to this. I've looked into tree identifications, searched wet areas, dry areas, mature tree areas and areas that were cleared in the last decade. Nothing.

Or maybe I just need to schedule an eye appointment :ROFLMAO:
 
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