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Anyone Hunt Mushrooms?
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My brother in law reminded me about hunting for morels the other day and it piqued my interest. I can't say I've ever seen any morels in the woods before. Spring turkey seems to be a good time to start hunting them, the weather is just about perfect from what my research suggests.

This reminded me about another mushroom I've always wanted to look for, hemlock varnish caps. I've seen some before but never really knew what they were until I watched a video from Leatherwood outdoors.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRulE3-OFKQ

I've now since read about chicken of the woods and puffball mushrooms just to name a few, what are some other ones I should look out for?
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#2
I've never been a fan of fungus of any variety.

On another note, a certain mushroom is the world's largest living thing.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141114-...-the-world
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I know what you mean streak, and one misidentification could be your last.

I love portobello's and shiitake mushrooms on just about everything. Hope I can find some good, edible wild mushrooms to try out.
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I would be afraid to try, but my grandpa was excellent at hunting mushrooms and I still remember how yummy they were, freshly harvested and fried in butter. Mm.
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#5
They don't move much, so they're pretty easy to pick off with a .22
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#6
Chicken fat and turkey tail mushrooms are easily identifiable. As mentioned before, chicken of the woods, too. There are decent ID guides out there. In worst case scenarios, you can use the multi-step test for testing edibility of wild plants, that is taught in survival schools.
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You may have some success if you get out in the next week or so now that we've had some rain. Just remember that real morels are hollow when you slice them open. False morels are mostly solid and can be highly toxic.

I don't eat fungus, but I know a little (and I mean VERY little) about them.

And whatever you do, avoid the Dog Stinkhorn. If you ever see one, you'll know why.
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Sandcut;173934 Wrote:You may have some success if you get out in the next week or so now that we've had some rain. Just remember that real morels are hollow when you slice them open. False morels are mostly solid and can be highly toxic.

I don't eat fungus, but I know a little (and I mean VERY little) about them.

And whatever you do, avoid the Dog Stinkhorn. If you ever see one, you'll know why.

Yea, I'm thinking Tuesday is going to be a good day for mushroom hunting (and turkey hunting). Looks like rain Monday and then two days of warm sunny days. Should get the fungus growing with all the damp weather we've had lately.

Thanks for the advice about the false morels, I think they have longer stalks too from what I've read.

Hope I can find some varnish caps too, there are hemlock trees all over around here.
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Sandcut;173934 Wrote:You may have some success if you get out in the next week or so now that we've had some rain. Just remember that real morels are hollow when you slice them open. False morels are mostly solid and can be highly toxic.

I don't eat fungus, but I know a little (and I mean VERY little) about them.

And whatever you do, avoid the Dog Stinkhorn. If you ever see one, you'll know why.

I went out a few years ago to a local lake to do some fungus photography. I stumbled on some stinkhorn. Mother Nature makes some interesting stuff.
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spblademaker;173936 Wrote:
Sandcut;173934 Wrote:You may have some success if you get out in the next week or so now that we've had some rain. Just remember that real morels are hollow when you slice them open. False morels are mostly solid and can be highly toxic.

I don't eat fungus, but I know a little (and I mean VERY little) about them.

And whatever you do, avoid the Dog Stinkhorn. If you ever see one, you'll know why.

I went out a few years ago to a local lake to do some fungus photography. I stumbled on some stinkhorn. Mother Nature makes some interesting stuff.

I've seen some of that stuff growing in some mulch we used to get. Friggen weird. My son used to tell us there were snakes coming out of the flower gardens. Lol
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