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Old 03-18-2010, 09:10 PM
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Does any one have any tips for finding morels in GA. I have found them successfully here in alaska, but never in the south. Which trees do they associate with? which are they never found around? Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:51 PM
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never heard of anyone finding them in GA. My friend goes up to Illinois and Pennsylvania to hunt for 'em. I've never encountered any in the south.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:56 PM
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They are here!!

Gotta find them..... My buddy loves them and he goes out everyday to pick them! Then cook them up!
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:02 PM
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Look near Poplar & Ash. They should be out now for the next 4-6 weeks. Also check out the web site morel mushroom hunting. Lotsa info there, the site is run by a Georgia resident. I'm heading out today and will let you know what I find.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:28 PM
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How large are the average morels there in Ga? Here in Alaska they are 1-2 inches tall and very difficult to spot. I know some places get them as large as coke cans.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:56 PM
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I have a friend who is really into mushrooms -- extremely knowledgeable.

He finds morels around here. Unfortunately he's not a good enough friend to tell me where.

He says to look in the privet bottoms along creeks.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:57 PM
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Mushroom spots are tightly guarded. The only way to find them is to take a slow walk and keep looking till you find them. You notice I did not ask for a location. No one would tell me a location, but if you find out what habitat they like then you can find them your self.
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There are plenty of morels in the South if you can find them (and no, I ain't telling you exactly where to go. ) I find most of them around tulip poplar or ash trees. The main thing is they're only around for a week or two. If you miss'em, that's it until next year. Here in western NC, it's usually about the third week of April when they pop up.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:22 AM
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Anyone finding them yet this year?
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:39 PM
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4 days and nothing here in Coweta yet. Finds from mid central GA & Augusta area now coming in, so this area will be real soon. I did find a small clump of young oysters today. Hopefully they'll grow some more with the cool days and rain ahead.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:27 PM
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Found 2 small grey's about 2" tall & barely poking through the leaf's. They are off to a late start here in Coweta. Here are a couple of pic's. My first morel pic was out of focus, I had to move the leaf's to get a full shot. The second photo was how I saw it, they blend in well. I left both to grow and hopefully lead me back to more in a week.
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They, like the pollen, seem to be off a week or so this year -but fiddle head ferns are comning in!
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Went looking in one of my honey holes today and still have'nt found any yet. We're about 10 days behind this year so hopefully later this week theyll start popping up. I found over 100 4-8 inche yellows last April.
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I've been looking but haven't found any yet.
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I'm glad they are late, as I will be arriving in state tomorrow. Just in time for some hunting. Last night I had diner at a restaurant with Morel Strudel in cream sauce! It was awesome and really put me in the mood for hunting.
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Newer hunted them but want to. I live in the Dublin area. Ever any reports from this area. What are some tips for finding them. Creeks, Swamps, etc?
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Macon has turned out quite a few big morels. Try looking in privet hedge bottoms where ther is moisture from creeks and rivets. Concentrate under dead tress and around dead or rotting logs. Poplar trees tend to have them underneath also.
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Havent found any this year yet, Hopefully they will show.
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Macon has turned out quite a few big morels. Try looking in privet hedge bottoms where ther is moisture from creeks and rivets. Concentrate under dead tress and around dead or rotting logs. Poplar trees tend to have them underneath also.
My experience in finding them around here is creek bottoms and edges looking for host trees like Poplar & Ash. Fruit trees can be another good host. Unlike morels in other parts of the country dead trees don't seem to play any kind of role. Live Poplars have been where I have been finding them. A good mix of soil & sand (loamy) too

Just found 10 more on 4-3-10 in a new spot, but only 1"-2" tall, so I left them to grow. I have heard some say we are 10 days behind, but I think it's more like 15.

Here are some pics of the woods that I have been finding them to give y'all an idea of what I look for. All these were taken from the spots of finds. Hope this helps.

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Thanks for the pixs
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I have never seen these before, that I know of. I assume you eat them. Do they have to be cooked? How do they taste? They look kind of hard or nut-like
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Old 04-08-2010, 08:56 AM
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Thank you for the pictures of the terain to look in. Those help more than you know.

Kasey, Yes you eat them. They are best cooked. They taste exelent, if you have never had fresh wild mushrooms I do not know how to describe the taste. These are soft and hollow, not hard. One of my favorite ways of preparing these is to cook a steak on the grill and then melt a little butter in a pan to cook them in. A few minutes is enough, then serve the steak with the mushrooms on top. Pine nuts go well with them too. Just add a few to the steak when you put the mushrooms on.
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Y'all are welcome on the pics. Garnede good luck on the hunting.
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I found 6 yesterday in Hancock county under a tulip popler. They were small, apparently just coming up! I left em to grow for a week or so.
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Same here with the little ones, did find a few big ones.
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