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Apr 7, 2009 07:37 AM

Michigan Morel Foraging

I am getting antsy to go Morel hunting here soon. I have not been in a few years and the person I went with got me so lost getting to his spot that I doubt I could ind it again. I can say that it is near Marion Springs on State land...

Anyways I am thinking of going off for a weekend of foraging and was wondering if anyone else would be interested in getting together with another hound to forage, eat, drink and be merry.

I have been doing some research on where I would like to try to go but have yet to come up with a general area. I would like to keep it in the L.P. of the state.

Anyways....anyone interested or have any advice?

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  1. My advice would be to bring a GPSS with you. That way if you find a good spot, you'll be able to find it again.

    1. My advice would be to bring a GPSS with you. That way if you find a good spot, you'll be able to find it again.

      1. "The person I went with got me so lost getting to his spot that I doubt I could ind it again"

        LOL Considering morel spots are very closely guarded secrets there is a good chance that was not un-intentional. Pick some state land, go for a walk. We are very lucky to have so much public land here.
        Your a good month too early yet. Wait for those warm rains!
        Having said that I'm really looking forward to some morels and ramps. It's time for the annual pot of creamy bacon, potato and leek chowder!

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        1. re: Fritter

          Oh I am not a month too early...I am planning just in time! :)

          1. re: JanPrimus

            Have you ever considered participating in the mushroom festival? This way you wind up with local maps and go in a group. Something to consider for fun.
            I'd suggest staying in Petsokey.


            1. re: Fritter

              The group part is what I am wanting to avoid....

              I rather chill out with just a few...

          2. re: Fritter

            definitely a closely guarded secret. i don't know if you'll get many takers, and if you do, watch for them to poach your spots next year. It's not that i don't have any faith in humanity, I just know how crazy people get for morels. One tip I'll share though, morels can be found not only in state forests but in woody areas around industrial parks, colleges, etc. Lots of times those spots go ignored...

            1. re: charlesbois

              Interesting point. A good while back I worked with a bunch of tall talkers when it came to sponges. One day I searched a wooded strip just outside the place and came back with a good mess of morels during lunch break. Everybody was pretty quite for a while. All those years a good patch lay right under their noses. They could be anywhere!

              1. re: charlesbois

                The biggest morels I've ever found were almost a foot tall. I found them on the side of one of the busiest roads in Ann Arbor.

                1. re: Chris Weber

                  We found a few that were about 10 inches in my parents yard in Williamston. We just did not find any more groupings. I think I am gonna end up going towards Traverse City (Thinking Mesick area) when I go (about a week and a half from now). I have other things to do up there and its far enough to feel like a vacation.

                  I really liked the idea about GPS and I am trying to get one to loan from a buddy.

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    A week and a half from now in TC? Good luck. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a nice warm snap but it doesn't look promising.
                    Look for trillium. ;)

                    1. re: Fritter

                      I have been hitting the message boards and mushroom vendors and they have already been spotted up there.


                      Looking for Trillium, Birch and Poplar.

                      1. re: JanPrimus

                        Do you post on Michigan-sportsman?
                        Just a friendly FYI. Re-read the thread there. Shrooms that pop now will most likely die. There's still snow in Petoskey. What's very hard for a lot of folks to understand is just how bone dry the woods can be as the snow melts and that's what's happening right now. Check the DNR burn warnings for the area you want to go. That will tell you how dry that area is. If your determined to go that early there won't be any trillium or ramps in most places near TC in a week or so.
                        Have fun!
                        You can always hit the wineries.

                        1. re: Fritter

                          I may be delayed anyways...I hurt my foot pretty bad taking the daughter roller skating last night.

                          FWIW I have been watching the ground and air temps closely and that will be the determining factor of where I end up and when I end up going.

                          1. re: JanPrimus

                            I ran out yesterday. Not much sprouting in the woods just yet. However with the recent rain and a prediction of warm weather this weekend that may change by next week.

                            1. re: Fritter

                              I wish you all the luck in the world. BTW is there any foraging rules I should know for Ramps? I have not even started looking down that road yet....

                              1. re: JanPrimus

                                Ramps are easy to find up north and I rarely see any one harvest them. When they are in full bloom you can smell them.
                                Unfortunatly my best morel spots here were all turned under by "progress" this winter. :(

            2. Found about 6 ounces of morels in a neighbors front yard a couple days ago. Now, what appetizer to make for tonight's dinner?