Morel Mushroom Hunting While Camping

Morel mushrooms are one of the most prized edible wild mushrooms in the world. They look like a sponge on a stem, morels don’t look like any mushrooms you get at the store or taste like ordinary button mushrooms. Morels have a rich, woodsy flavor that is deliciously earthy, nutty, and it’s this awesome taste that makes the morel mushroom rank number one with mushroom lovers. We find many pounds of them every year in early spring when we go on weekend camping trips in southern Missouri. We hunt for morel mushrooms from early April through May depending on the weather conditions and location.

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Most mushroom hunters around here will agree that the weather has the most effect on the availability and quality of these mushrooms. Typically the day time temperature around 60 to 70 degrees, night temperatures not less than 40 degrees and the soil temperatures of about 50 to 60 degrees with good ground moisture levels are ideal for moral growing. Morel Mushrooms like it warm and moist. Morels grow where soil is moist but well drained not oversaturated. If you have a dry spring, the crop will be sparse. If you have ample rain but not an unusually wet spring the crop will be plentiful. Many mushroom hunters know to head out after receiving warmer rains. Morels need moisture, warm days and warm nights.

Most people in southern Missouri will tell you to look for certain trees like elm (dead), ash, apple, and maples and look around the drip line to the base in a circle. My experience has been that the larger in diameter trees seem to have proven to be better luck. I’ve never had much luck just walking around in the woods with my head down just hoping to find some. They have always been for the most part found around dead elms and ash in my area. I also look around old creek banks and down very old fence lines I have found many morel that way also. If you are going to be camping during the morel mushroom season try to find some and if you find many share them with friends and family they will love you for it.

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4 Responses to “Morel Mushroom Hunting While Camping”

  1. Dale Says:

    I have harvested them many times here in western Washington.
    In the fall it’s Chanterelles, my favorite mushroom.
    Make sure and cut the stems above the ground and not pull the whole mushroom out, so they grow back.

  2. edfrueh Says:

    Thanks Dale for your comment.The weather here is going to be in the 70’s the rest of this week and next.I think it’s going to start the morel season around here can’t wait.

  3. edfrueh Says:

    Found 35 yellows today i think tomorrow will be even better.

  4. edfrueh Says:

    Found 27 yellows Saterday and Tuesday found 38 more yellows.I think the season is about done here in southern Missouri.

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