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Wayne Sieber

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Wayne Sieber

Has anyone been out searching yet? I was out last weekend wishfully searching although knowing it was just a little too early. Hopefully we get a good rain soon and then the heat gets turned up!

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FlatBottom

Looking for some steak toppings, eh? I can't wait either, but I'd expect as long as the weather holds out, they'll be popping up in a few weeks. Need a good rain and some good heat to get 'em goin'. Do you preserve them at all? I'm looking for a good way to keep them around for awhile. The few weeks they are around just isn't enough for me.

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Ryan Becklund

I was wondering after I happen to find some....how long does it take for them to come back up?

Thanks

Ryan

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Wayne Sieber

FlatBottom - I preserve them by using a Food Dehydrator - It is very easy to do and they last forever - Just re-hydrate when you are ready to eat and they are almost as good as new. Good luck!

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FlatBottom

Slayer73 as far as I know it'll be next year before they pop up. I've been known to be wrong though. smile.gif

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puddleduck

For your area the best time is about when the lilacs start to bloom and/or Mother's Day, which is about when the lilacs bloom. Need some warm humid nights or a little rain and they take off. Before I had a deydrator I just put them on a window screen and set them on the rail of my deck in the sun and they dried out in a day. Just rinse them off and cut in half lengthwise and lay on the screen.

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jlm

Good advice all, it will be a couple of weeks yet. Dehydraters work very well. Just soak them in water (when re-hydrating) for an hour before cooking/eating and they taste almost as good as fresh. They sure shrink though!!!!! Good luck all!

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nate larson

It won't be long now! Looks like the temps should be perfect next week. I heard a high of 80 early next week and a low in the 50's. Hopefully we get a little bit more rain. I can't wait! smile.gif

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harvey lee

Wont be long is right. I would like to see a little rain and I would guess in approx 6-8 days those little beauties will be popping up. cool.gif

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delmuts

i wish we could send some of this rain farther north!!! i think we have gotten about 3" in the last 20 hours, with rain predicted for the next day or so.if we get the temps they are talking next week, i'll be hunting them hard! grin.gif

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Meaney

we need rain! we need rain! we need rain!

grin.gif :grin

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Wayne Sieber

Man I agree - A good soaking day long rain would be awesome!!

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nate larson

Yes we definately need rain. But it doesn't look like we will be getting it any time soon.

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New Yankee

Just heard from a relative in the Des Moines area. He picked a gallon of greys last night. He suspects this week end will be prime time smile.gif

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jlm

We should be prime by next weekend in central MN. Yellows might be a little later. Its almost go time all, yahooooo!

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Papa Grump

I just picked some asparagus today,so the the grays should be popping up by the end of this weekend. Yummy!

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harvey lee

I checked out my 3 best spots yeasterday and came up with an empty bag. frown.gif It shouldnt be long. With a little rain on Monday and these warmer temps, next week should bring some grays. smile.gif

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Meaney

I will be out fishing today, also will look for some shrooms. I will let you know what I find

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Tippman

Well I've had my eyes peeled while out turkey hunting and haven't found any yet, but it's probably a little early in central Mn.

How important are elms in finding morels? I've never targeted them before and was doing some searching on this site for pointers. If they liked prickly ash as much as elms I would probably find a plethera of them as it's all over on land I hunt. Also is there a decent chance of finding them in central Mn for a first timer? Guess I won't know until I put my time in.

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CASTnBLAST

Wifes' cousin found only a very few today around the Wadena area but it's a start!

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Papa Grump

Best place to look is dead elms with prickly ash around it. It seems that the more scratched up you get, the better the mushroom count. Start looking on the south side of hills/ravines, the first couple of weeks, by the middle of May they are popping on the north sides. I've driven myself half nuts looking for these things ,wondering if I'll ever find any when all of a sudden , you see one and there are several more around it. Then it gets easier after that. Sometimes I smell them before I see them if the conditions are right. But we need some serious moisture this year or it could get tough.

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Dock Boy

I live in Northern Minnesota. Where can I buy a bag full of these Morels. I have never tried them. I love shrooms just wondering where I can get my hads on some to have a good meal. Let me know guys I'm willing to pay cash. Thanks

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nate larson

I spent about 4 hours in the woods today with no luck. Found some fiddleheads and that was about it. I think the conditions should be right later this week...although a little rain would help things along.

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jlm

I agree, by this weekend, it should really start to pick up. If you are looking to try some shrooms, most farmers markets or ourdoor market should have them in stock. I have seen them at several outdoor markets. I will tell you though, when you put in the effort to find them, they taste soooooo much better grin.gif! Good luck, and keep the reports coming all!

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Wayne Sieber

Success!!!! Checked all my "spots" yesterday but only had luck in one small area - Found about 30 of the small gray's and when I say small, I mean small!! Had to literally get on my hands and knees and gently push the leaves aside to find these guys because when I used a stick, I found that they were breaking off. Fried them up with some butter last night and man they were awesome! I really hope we get more rain that what the weatherman is saying because it was VERY dry where I was. Good luck everyone!

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