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PostMon Apr 13, 2015 12:13 pm 
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Hey, anyone finding any morels on the east side of WA yet?
I haven't seen any yet...waiting for some warm rain to get them going.

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PostMon Apr 13, 2015 3:15 pm 
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Guy down the road found some... near Lake Wenatchee. We haven't looked yet.
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PostMon Apr 13, 2015 3:39 pm 
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Maybe still too early?
Or is it that morel hunters are even more zipper-lipped than trout hunters?
Good luck out there if you are looking for morels!

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PostMon Apr 13, 2015 4:21 pm 
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Schenk wrote:
Or is it that morel hunters are even more zipper-lipped than trout hunters?

yes.

here's where we used to find them:

46.8631663,-122.4630473

they usually peaked right around April 27th. but good luck getting in there unless you float down and access it through the DNR parcel immediately to the east. smile.gif

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PostMon Apr 13, 2015 11:31 pm 
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I have found a few gallons south of I 90. Needs to warm up before I find more though.

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PostFri Apr 17, 2015 8:23 am 
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Ill be on the lookout at Priest Lake. Im up there just about every weekend. I found quite a few of these last year on the trail to Upper Priest, however:

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PostFri Apr 17, 2015 8:50 am 
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Yeah Tinytowers...don't eat any of those!
but...my experience has been that when those begin to show the morels are usually close by in time and proximity

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PostMon May 20, 2019 2:32 pm 
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I just wanted to say that in Pend O'reille county I found some nice morels this weekend. The rain brought them out and foks should be able to find some for another week if they get out and look!
I got about 3 gallons, which is plenty for me until next Spring. I could have harvested more, but I had plenty.
The best I found were not in a former burned area. They were in the woods between 3000-4000 feet. Blonde (yellow) morels they were. Nice size, and very few "crawlies" (not that I object to some free protein).
I found plenty of black morels in a spot that burned last year too, but the blonde morelss were the prize of the day. I even found a few grey morels (suposedly taxinomically the same as the blondes/yellows).

Good luck if you get out there to hunt for them!

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PostMon May 20, 2019 2:39 pm 
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Someone I know loaded up around Metaline Falls over the weekend
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PostMon May 20, 2019 5:28 pm 
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Saw some in my area yesterday.

Morels are out.
Morels are out.

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PostMon May 20, 2019 7:23 pm 
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They should be out in the Blues now. The season here extends from now to mid June. All variations, due to elevations, snow levels, moisture received can be found here. Cannot give a personal report as I am layed up for a few weeks after a knee procedure. When I get out i will report in.... I can't wait!!!
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PostMon May 20, 2019 11:34 pm 
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I wish I knew how and where to hunt them. Maybe I should join the PSMS and learn. Every year when they show up at my local grocery for $50/lb, a buy a few, sautee them in butter with a bit of shallot, and eat them slowly with a glass of wine. <sigh>

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PostTue May 21, 2019 2:03 pm 
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Anne Elk,
They go for $10.00lb here in Spokane on craigslist, if you get over this way.

They seem hard to find, but once you get the hang of it, they become much easier to locate. I never had anyone teach me about finding them; I just learned on my own by stomping around in the woods and keeping my eyes open.

Some hints I have learned:
1) Get your eyes low  to the ground and look across the ground for their profile/silhouette. Looking down makes them harder to spot as they are really camoflauged well.
2) If you find one...comb the area carefully. Look uphill and downhill forom the one(s) your first spot as they tend to follow a pattern like that.
2a) Look on ground with similar aspect, elevation, and vegetation to any place you have found them.
3) Recently (last season) logging tracts can be a good spot, as are burns, but don't overlook just walking around in the evergreens. I have found the nicest, freshest, morels in the woods. Burn morels are a bit dirty and require more careful cleaning.
4) They need moisture AND some sun to warm the ground. Little open spots between trees where some light filters in can be good spots.
They show up are steadily higher elevations as Spring progresses. Around here 3000'-4000' is where they are happening.
5) read about them. Other people have good hints too!

If it is your bent to find some, GOOD Luck to you! They are out there!

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PostTue May 21, 2019 3:32 pm 
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Schenk wrote:
They go for $10.00lb here in Spokane on craigslist, if you get over this way.

OMG! That's practically free!   eek.gif Cheaper than shitakes at the grocery ($12-13/lb).

Thanks for the hunting tips.  All I knew about hunting the wild morel was the season, that areas after a burn are good (maybe just for visibility?) and that they grow near certain trees, but had no idea which ones.

I'm also reminded of the sage old PSMS member who disappeared several years ago while off gathering mushrooms.  SAR couldn't find her.  I can appreciate that with all the off-trail skulking one could get into, going in pairs would be safer in case of a slip, or other mishap.

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