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Venison & Mushrooms: Hungry Yet?

Wild morel mushroomsThis 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?

9 thoughts on “Venison & Mushrooms: Hungry Yet?

  1. Michael O. Hiller

    Johnny Kings buck IS the world record whitetail buck! That was a simple thing. Tell B&C to fire Jack Reneau, Hitler tryed the same tactics and the world sent him to hell. Great buck Mr.King, dont let anyone tell you any different. Buckmasters are the only ones that arent backing down. Oh by the way because D&DH wrote this great story Im ordering the magazine from now on, thanks! Sounds like scoring this beautiful buck from the great state of Wisconsin, on national tv live, thats if theres any station that has the guts to air this mans great buck. All we need is a panel of scorers with good back ground that wont listen to Reneau cry about how his rep. and B&C will be slamed forever. Thanks for never giving up guys, from one hunter to another.

  2. J Stuck

    We all need to just ignore the B&C group until they cave to higher pressure. Let Buckmasters and others score it and keep the record. Boycott B&C, P&Y until they come around to OUR way of thinking!
    I have to go throw up now, they make me so sick!!!!!

  3. Sandy Dunn

    I would have thought by know that folks would realize that B & C and P & C are a very political groups and therefore with them it is who you know not what you know or did that gets recognition. The real shame in this case is Mr. King was either lied to or provided incorrect information by one of "them" in the first place and that I’m sure is not the first time that has occurred with these two organizations, this is why other entities have developed scoring systems that take the politics out of scoring.

  4. E John Pants

    I ate a "death cap" mushroom thinking it was a "white button." It took about 30 minutes for the poison to shut down my nervous system followed by kidney failure and paralysis. I spent a week in the hospital drinking charcoal shakes. I don’t eat wild mushrooms anymore.

  5. jon

    I see now you were looking more for mushroom identification poisonous VS. non-poisonous…i would type ”false morel” in your online search box …thats the best ID…and i havent found anything yet that was close to but not a morel,or anything other than a morel ..so far..i agree the best bet is to go the first time with an experienced ”shroom hunter” its’ invaluable!!

  6. jon

    I had my best yr yet in Illinois,it’s slowly going to be heading downhill from here.I personaly only seek out elm trees where the bark is popping off,usually the bark is at the base of the tree and it has just died.I was told each yr the elm is dead it produce fewer each yr…say by the 3rd or 4th yr it may produce none! Also i have found a lot by smaller dead standing elms that you could almost touch both hands around it,also look for several smaller or medium sized elms sometimes they are right at the base and other times they are up to 25ft away…if you find one stop /getting at ground level helps,scan the entire area and always use a walking stick to push back the overgrowth.The biggest haul i found was buried under some undergrowth right at the base ,under some bark,i also found some huge ones in a grassy area far from another elm scattered about.The easiest way to spot an elm is if it is dead or dying its’ prob. an elm…from my experience -good luck

  7. Dan Schmidt

    Robert; According to Tim Geho: "Several species of morels grow in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC area. They are commonly referred to as black, white, gray, yellow, and half-free morels. They can be found in a variety of habitats in this part of the country. Trees that are known to associate with morels in this area are tulip poplars, ash (both white and green), hickory, dead or dying elms, cherry, apple, striped maple, grapevines and sycamore. There are many more trees morels are known to associate with across the country."

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