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spivak

I asked this question in the wild edibles forum but received no answers. Not looking for any spots, but I'm wondering if anyone hunts and finds morels in Duluth/Northshore area. If you do, where do you find them--what type of habitat? Any information appreciated. We found 1 last year growing on the edge of my wife's flower garden. It was delicious and we'd love to find some more.

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Tom Linderholm

I tell you what, I have been looking for 12 years since I moved to the area from Floodwood to Brule and Solon to Grand Marais. All I have ever found is false morels. My hats off to you for your find!

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Poacher's pariah

Look around the roots of dead trees. Early MAy, especially after a rain usually will bring them up. If you're finding false morels, the real thing won't be too far away.

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Lorin

I think I was pretty spoiled living in Bemidji. Pretty much found them everywhere I looked over there. I have a 12 year goose egg in Duluth as well. It seems like pretty good conditions to sprout a few this year. I've only made a few walks, but nothing.

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KingOscar

Not enough oaks around here is the problem I believe. I to have searched in vain.

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bowhunter6125

I have been searching also for the past 3 years without any luck. Last year I did find a false morel on my hunting property up by Canyon. I have heard that morels are found by popples in this area.

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MarkB

I lived in the mountain west for most of my life. The commercial morel pickers always opted for forest fire burns the year after the fire. Yellowstone Park issues permits to commercial pickers. Several years ago pickers came from all over the country to pick the fire areas of southern BC, Canada. Perhaps some of the burn areas of MN might produce morels. As far as tree types producing morels, 40 years ago when Iowa still had elms, dead elms were the ticket. In Montana, cottonwood river bottoms and sandy soil were the main elements for producing morels. I would guess someone knows the combination for local success.

Good Hunting,

MarkB

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Big-Al

I have worked in the woods 30 miles northwest of Duluth for 36 years and have never seen a morel. Lots of false morels however. I wonder if all those reports that I have heard of morels around here were really false morels. A little farther north in St. Louis County and they seem fairly common.

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