This cold, drawn-out spring season has made for some interesting times afield for whitetail enthusiasts everywhere. And, whether you’ve been scouting, shed hunting or chasing trophy gobblers, you might have noticed the weird weather has also delayed the emergence of morel mushrooms.
The mere thought of putting my hands on some jumbo morels has me salivating for some of Tracy’s "Venison, Mushroom & Tater Chow." Unfortunately, it appears the closest I’ll get to a morel this year is vicariously through D&DH Field Editor Les Davenport’s photo on this page.
Davenport reported good success on finding morels last week. He lives in Illinois — one of the morel hot spots in the U.S. Having them grow in your area is one thing; finding them is an art unto itself.
Word to the wise: If you are a first time ‘shroom hunter, you should make your first hunting expedition with someone who knows what they’re doing. There are several types of morels, some edible and others poisonous.
With that warning in mind, do any of you mushroom experts have some tips you can share with the rest of the readership?