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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:52 AM 04/15/12 (CST)
Hi everyone, I have a friend who is going to allow me to hunt for Morels on his land. I have no idea if there are any there and neither does he as he isn't a mushroom hunter. I was wondering if anyone can tell me when is a good time to start looking here in Minnesota. I am originally from Nebraska and I know the growing seasons are a bit different up here. My spot is around Princeton, MN. Anyone fining any Morels yet? Any advice would be appreciated. On that topic, has anyone attempted to grow Morels? I have been researching it online, but I have never heard of anyone growing their own.



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:51 PM 04/17/12 (CST)
Looks like a lot of people are: http://www.morels.com/minnesota/guestbook.html

We have a state mushroom?



Minnesota designated the morel mushroom (morchella esculenta) as the official state mushroom in 1984. These delicious mushrooms are cone-shaped with pitted, spongy heads and are considered a rare delicacy by mushroom hunters. Morel mushrooms are creamy tan or shades of brown and gray (they darken as they age) and are found more commonly in southeastern Minnesota than in other parts of the state.

Morel mushrooms grow from the soil through the leaf mat (usually in the spring in fields and forests) and grow two to six inches high.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 09:34 AM 04/19/12 (CST)
Thanks for the information fishcat. I am surprised I didn't get much of a reply from anyone else. I thought for sure lots of fishermen would also be mushroom hunters. I am still looking for anyone who has grown their own Morels. I need advice on growing them.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:19 AM 04/20/12 (CST)
Hey Dan,

As far as starting/growing your own morels-

My brother has several what I would call patches or plots of them on his place. I don't know what others have done to get started but here was how he got them going. He first identified some areas that were good in soil/ground/leaf composition on the land. He then went out and gathered morels from his usual morel hunting grounds like every other year. When he cleaned them he did so in a washpan of water rather than the sink. Evidently some of the spores wash off and stay in the water. He then would dump the pans of water over the areas that were most suited to morel production. Apparently some of the spores germinated as over time those areas have began to produce crops of morels. That's all he did and it has been effort well invested in his opinion.

I haven't actually done any research as to how other ways could be used to try and gain some extra morel production on someones land. There may be far more effective and efficient ways to get some "farmed" morels started. However, this is one that has produced results that I know of. It isn't like he has acres of them. However, there are enough patches to get a dozen or more good messes of them. Those added to the others he finds makes for a pretty good harvest each year. He of course keeps washing all of them in tubs and putting the water on places that are good locations for morels. Over time the number of patches keeps growing.

He lives in the Ozark mountains a little south of Branson, Missouri. I don't think it would actually affect the process but it is where this was done geographically.

Good and timely topic Dan!
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 05:52 PM 04/27/12 (CST)
Ok, so here is my update. I did find several ticks, but no Morel's. Anyone have any river/wooded land with old dead fallen and decomposing elm trees? Preferably near the Big Lake area. I don't know if a lot of people hunt these mushrooms or not, but if you have land and don't hunt them, I would love the opportunity to come try for myself. I totally understand that the answer is probably no, but I just really miss finding these mushrooms. I haven't got a chance to go try since I used to go back in Nebraska. Anyway my email is danjmiller99@gmail.com. I always leave peoples land like I find it.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:01 AM 05/01/12 (CST)
I've never gone but would love to start going. I was just talking about going with a friend yesterday, we may just give it a try.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:41 PM 05/01/12 (CST)
Good Luck to you Bobber Down. It is well worth it if you find a place that has them. They are very tasty. Just be sure that the Morel does not have gills. The cap of the mushroom must connect with the stem and the inside must be hollow. If this is not the case then you have found a false morel. Let me know how you do.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:51 AM 05/05/12 (CST)
MN has tons of public land. Our county alone has over 100,000 acres that is open to the public.

My new pup and I have spent at least 1 day each weekend exploring since Feb but I've yet to find a morel.

I did accidently grow some oyster and honey mushrooms on a maple stump by my front door. I took a chainsaw and cut grooves into it to catch water and then I filled the grooves with water several times. It also grows turkey tail mushrooms.

I've been told that you can transfer mushr ooms by taking the cap and transfering it to new locations. I'm trying that with some oysters and an old maple log.
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