Morel Mushrooms Are Popping – 2017 Crop Best In Years

Where to start searching for The Morel Mushrooms – Early Grays & Yellows

When I first start searching for the Morel Mushroom the ground is still be very moist (or too wet), the soil is not at the ideal temperature, and the ground vegetation is limited. However, based on the buds just starting on my apple trees the Morels are out there. So I start my search on the Southeast facing slopes, these are the areas that have gotten the most sunlight, allowing the soil to warm sooner than other areas in the woods. Next I look for patches of moss on the ground, as the moss will hold just the right amount of water and will be warmer than the soil.

Once on the slopes I target two levels, the level just below the top (flats) and the level just above the bottom (flats). These ridge-break areas seem to generate the first vegetation in the woods and will produce the small gray & yellow Morels (best eating) first.

Second Week Into the Season – Finding Mushrooms

After the first week you will start to see Morels popping up in other areas such as the top and bottom flats and the West facing slopes, but it’s still a little early for the large Grays & Yellows.

Third Week Into the Morel Mushroom Season

Once into the third week of the Morel Season you should be finding mushrooms in all areas of the woods, low and high. The Morels during this time of the season are the large ones and are not quite as tasty, but still good. It’s also not uncommon to find a few hundred Morels in one spot, filling up a nice bag of Mushrooms.

Hunting & Gathering Tips:

A. Early season, start your search on the Southeast facing slopes, look on the break of the hills.
B. Find the best areas of vegetation on the slopes and stay parallel to the top and bottom as you search.
C. Leave a few Morels for next years production, I like to leave one in every group of Morels I find. Typically the one with the highest elevation for the best spore exposure.
D. Use a netted bad for carrying your Morels in, as this will allow the spores to escape and drop to the forest floor.
E. Find areas of moss growing on the ground for both early and late Morels.
F. Move to the West facing slopes toward the end of the season.
G. Check fence lines, wood edges, road ditches, and along the sides of power lines cutting through the woods.


In these two videos I show how we find Morels in the roadside ditches and where to look in the woods.

Morel Mushroom Hunting – Are You Ready For The 2017 Season

It’s mid April, the days are warmer, the rain has come and so will the Morel Mushrooms. Now how do we know when these tasty fungi are popping, when the fruit trees start to bloom.

The Mid-West Morel’s

In the Midwest we typically see our first Small Gray Morels by the 3rd week of April, but the weather has been cooler this year, pushing them back a couple of weeks.

For myself, I will be out there again this weekend (April 22), but I’m guessing we are still a week away. The Rain is here and the days are warmer, but we are still seeing 30s for night time temperatures. The best temps for the Morel Mushroom is 60+ degrees for daytime and no lower than 40 degrees for night temperatures (soil temps 45 to 55 degrees).

My prediction for the Midwest states this year (2017) is; small grays and yellows will be popping around April 29th, the large Morels will be in their peak the week of May 15th.

Where To Find Morel Mushrooms

Check out a few of my articles on Morels, but here are a few tips;
A. Look in areas of dead Elms and Ash (decaying bark).
B. Look in old Apple Orchards.
C. Search the South East facing slopes/hills for the early Morels
D. Search the edges of the woods and fence lines.
E. Check out the roadside ditches and steep banks.
F. Look in dry creek bottoms that are moist.
G. Search for areas that have a mix of clay, sand, limestone, and decaying matter.
H. Make sure to search areas that have been burned off or had forest fires in the past year.
I. Look in areas where the woods have been recently logged.

Spreading The Morel Spores

One recommendation is that you use a netted type bag to place your Morels in. This will allow the spores to fall out and spread through the area as you’re hunting.

2016 Mid-West Morel Mushroom Season – Morel Growing Season In Full Swing

2016 Mid-West Morel Mushroom Season Is In Full Swing

It’s the last week of April and we are already finding the Small Gray Morels in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. So don’t hesitate, get out there and start hunting as the small grays and yellows are the best tasting. Also it’s been on the cool side so when we get a couple of nice days these tasty things are going to be in full swing.

Currently we are finding them on the North-West slopes and in areas where there is a lot of wood & bark pieces decaying and moss on the ground. Here are a few pictures from Minnesota. Now don’t wait as we only get 3-4 weeks and they will come fast, with the large gray and yellows next.

Finding The Morel Mushroom – Helpful Tactics

Here I have listed a few helpful tactics that will help you find, clean, and cook your Morels. First find a good walking stick to help with moving vegetation, thorns, and walking on those steep ridges. Next look for dead Elm where the bark is laying around the base of the tree. Make sure to also check those roadside ditches where there are deal Elms, as many just drive by them giving them no thought. You may be surprised as you pick Morels within 2 feet of the road.

Finding the Morels; remember always go back to the places you have found them in the past as they typically will grown in the same place for a few years. Now it’s great to share your Morels, but keep your places secret or you will find people you don’t even know picking in your places. Also try to promote growth by always leaving a few, using an orange bag allowing the spores to drop as you’re walking, and by dumping your cleaning water into the woods, not down the sink.

How to Identify a Morel Mushroom

How to Find Morel Mushrooms

How to clean your Morel Mushrooms

When it comes to cleaning Morel Mushrooms it’s easy and only take 3 simple steps.

One Way To Cook Morel Mushrooms

This is how I like to cook my Morels and eat them right off the plate or put them between two slices of bread with a little butter.

Hunting Morels – Early Grays to the Large Yellows.

Hunting The Incredible Tasting Morels

Taking a walk through the Morel season. When hunting for Morels the season will typically last 3 – 4 weeks, moving from the early Gray’s (Stage 1) to the late Large Yellows (Stage 4). Here I will show you some of our pictures and short videos on finding Morels throughout the season.

First of the Morels to grow,stage one of the Morel Season – Small Grays

Finding the early Grays

See this short video on finding the early Gray Morels.

Stage two of the Morel Season – Early Yellow Morels

Finding the early Yellow Morels

Here in this video we will find the early grays and the start of the early small yellows. This is the second stage of the Morel Season. After these we move into the large grays and large yellow Morels.

The third stage of the Morel Season – Large Grays. In these photos you will see a large gray and then a mixture of large grays and yellows.

Finding the large Gray Morels

We are now in the third stage of the Morel Season where we will find small yellows, large grays, and a few large yellows. Unfortunately I only found a few of the large grays this year, but helped myself to many of the large yellows.

We are now in the fourth and final stage of the Morel Season – Large Yellow Morels

Finding the large Yellow Morels

The large Yellow Morels are always fun to find, as they are easy to see from a distance, weigh in at 1/4 lbs, and fill up a bag in no time. However, the smaller Grays and Yellows are much better tasting.

How to identify a Morel Mushroom

Morel Mushroom Identification

A Morel is a lot different than other mushrooms and with a few tips on what to look for you will be able to identify a Morel Mushroom with ease, leaving no chance of getting a false or different mushroom when hunting for them. The first Morels too grow are typically the small grays, whites, and yellows, which I believe are the best tasting. A week later the larger grays start to show up, then a few days after that you will start to find the large yellows. The season for Morels is in the Spring and depending on where you live in States you can find Morels anywhere from the first of April to Mid June or later. In the Mid-West we find them from the second week of April to the fist week of June.

What A Morel Looks Like

Morels are unique as they are one continuous mushroom from the base of the stem to the tip of the cap and are hollow for the entire length. The Morel has a very distinct cap (fairly uniform, ridged and pitted inwards), which is typically longer than the stem section. The cap can be light gray (almost white), gray, dark gray (almost black), light yellow and dark yellow, while the stem is a white to ivory color.

The small Gray, Black, and Yellow Morels (Good Morels).

The Large Gray and Yellow Morels (Good Morels)

The cap does not hang over the stem like an umbrella because of what we mentioned above, the mushroom from stem to tip is continuous and will not fall off or come off without you intentionally tearing the mushroom apart. Here is a picture of a False Morel and the only picture of a False Morel I will use in this article. I have been hunting and picking the Morel Mushroom for over 40 years and I have never found a false Morel Mushroom in the Spring. I have found then in the Fall, which we know the Morel is a Spring Mushroom.

Here is a picture of a Good Morel

See a short video on understanding what a Edible Morel Mushroom looks like.