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Forum: Happy Birthday to you... Sep 26, 2018, 2:21 am
Replies: 6
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Posted By Jochs
Re: Happy birthday Debbie!

Happy Belated Birthday!:bdaycake:
Forum: Open Discussion Jun 9, 2018, 2:17 am
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By Jochs
Re: Ticks

When I was hunting up north the day after the dinner at BJ's. I returned that night (5/20) to Gaylord and stayed at the Quality Inn. After being there a few hours I found a tick crawling on my arm....
Forum: Open Discussion May 22, 2018, 9:38 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By Jochs
Re: Black Bears Near Cadillac.

I didn't have the time to go deep into the woods, and the weather turned bad later in the day.
If you know where to look, they should be out in Wexford County.

Based on what I read online, I may...
Forum: Open Discussion May 22, 2018, 8:46 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By Jochs
Black Bears Near Cadillac.

Yesterday, on a fruitless hunt in Manistee National Forest, I was on my way east back toward Cadillac, to get gas, snacks, etc. for my trip back south.
A couple of miles west of Cadillac, I saw some...
Forum: Open Discussion May 21, 2018, 10:36 am
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By Jochs
Re: Wintergreen

I didn't have any luck yesterday looking under BTA that had wintergreen under it.
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? May 20, 2018, 1:52 am
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Posted By Jochs
Post Your 2018 Spring Dinner Photos Here!

For those who took photos, post them in this thread!
Here's mine. Unfortunately, Ted and Cheryl had already left.
L-R: Debbie, Bikerdude,(Jim), JonDaHighlander,(Jon) and Birrdybrad (Brad), and...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? May 20, 2018, 12:39 am
Replies: 14
Views: 703
Posted By Jochs
Re: BJ'S in Gaylord

I had a great time visiting with everyone at BJ's.
It was nice seeing Debbie, TKCenterline (Ted), and Cheryl, and JonDahHighlander (Jon) again, and meeting bikerdude (Jim) and Birrdybrad (Brad) and...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? May 19, 2018, 5:40 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 703
Posted By Jochs
Re: BJ'S in Gaylord

I'm just arriving in Gaylord now!
Forum: Open Discussion May 18, 2018, 4:00 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By Jochs
Re: Wintergreen

What kind of trees were growing near the Wintergreen?
I have seen Wintergreen at Grand Mere State Park in Berrien Co., and it seems to be growing under Eastern White Pine.
I have only ever found...
Forum: Open Discussion May 18, 2018, 3:55 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By Jochs
Re: Morel Picking

I wish I could have sent some of our rain up north. Everyone is talking about how dry it is up north, while across S MI we're still drying out from a rainy week.
A couple of roads by me are still...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? May 16, 2018, 9:40 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 703
Posted By Jochs
Re: BJ'S in Gaylord

I put in for vacation time two weeks ago for Friday and Monday, so I could go up north this weekend. Had I not done so, I would have had to work this weekend.
I plan on attending BJ's this Saturday,...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? May 16, 2018, 9:35 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By Jochs
Re: Spring dinner date

I felt the same way when I first attended a dinner in 2012. I was alone, and only knew everyone from reading their posts online. I was nervous going there at first, but once I met everyone in...
Forum: Open Discussion May 14, 2018, 10:17 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 969
Posted By Jochs
Re: Black Ash decimated in Northern Mi

I have found most of my yellows around dead or distressed elms this year.
The tree I found some around today is just starting to lose its bark.
Forum: Open Discussion May 9, 2018, 9:19 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By Jochs
Re: I Found Some!

Jon, I was lucky to have grandparents that lived in Cadillac until 1977. :wink:

I guess this means I've been hunting for 40+ years. Back when I was little, I was usually told I was standing near...
Forum: Open Discussion May 8, 2018, 9:57 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 646
Posted By Jochs
Re: I Found Some!

When my father passed away 2 years ago, I was looking through old photos and came across one of him with our morels found in Manistee Nat'l Forest in May, 1984. (My arm is visible on the left.)...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? Apr 30, 2018, 4:05 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 478
Posted By Jochs
Re: Spring dinner date

Here is the traditional info about the dinner:

DIRECTIONS and MAP. ...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 28, 2018, 3:04 am
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Jochs
Re: 2018 Buzzard Report

A couple of weeks ago the Spring Peepers emerged in Berrien County. This past week the grass has really greened up, and forsythia bushes are now blooming, though many have spotty flowers due to...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? Apr 19, 2018, 11:35 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By Jochs
Re: Spring Dinner 2018...?

BJ's is fine by me. I always enjoy making at least one trip to Northern Michigan each year.
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 18, 2018, 10:53 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 861
Posted By Jochs
Re: Morels Are On My Mind!

I had to bump this thread, because I had another morel dream last night. This time, I found a bunch of older ones and was afraid I had missed the season.
I was relieved when I woke up because I...
Forum: Interest in having a Spring Dinner 2018? Apr 18, 2018, 8:59 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By Jochs
Re: Spring Dinner 2018...?

I am interested. May 19th works for me.
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 16, 2018, 10:01 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By Jochs
Re: How to tell it's Spring

The peepers have gone into hiding, probably down in the water. It is hard to tell it's spring right now in Berrien Co. It is snowing, and there is about an inch of snow on the ground.:thumbdown
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 12, 2018, 10:12 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By Jochs
Re: How to tell it's Spring

I now have Spring Peepers in my pond. Spring is officially here.:thumbup:
(Last year they started calling around February 21, but that was a very unusual year.)
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 12, 2018, 2:15 am
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By Jochs
Re: How to tell it's Spring

On April 12th, the rain brought out the Spring Peepers in Berrien Co. Music to my ears.
Forum: What a Joke! Apr 9, 2018, 10:16 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,528
Posted By Jochs
Re: Tresspassers and cows

Q: Why do cows wear bells?
A: Because their horns don't work!
Forum: What a Joke! Apr 6, 2018, 10:16 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 855
Posted By Jochs
Re: Education

I decided to sign up for this course as a correspondence course, but had to drop out because I got tired of getting letters in the mail.:rasberry::roflmao:
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 6, 2018, 10:03 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By Jochs
Re: How to tell it's Spring

One good thing...these above freezing days, barely getting out of the 30's many days, and the below freezing nights is really good for sap harvesting. And once the trees bud out, the sap will turn...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 5, 2018, 11:28 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By Jochs
Some Tips For Morel Hunting in MI.

Here is something I found online from "Pure Michigan's" facebook page.
This is a blog by SW MI photographer, Joshua Nowicki. ...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 3, 2018, 9:44 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Jochs
Re: 2018 Buzzard Report

I've been seeing them in Berrien Co. for about 4 weeks now.
No Spring Peepers yet...last year in Berrien Co. they came out in late Feb. Normally they are out by mid-March here. Chorus Frogs are out...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 17, 2018, 11:39 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Jochs
Re: Good Morel Season For 2018?

One thing for sure, this should be a good year in SW MI for sap farmers. It looks like a second straight week of above freezing days, and below freezing nights, which makes the maple sap flow up...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 17, 2018, 2:09 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Jochs
Re: Good Morel Season For 2018?

Still a lot of standing water in Berrien County, the water table is high.
Saturated ground takes longer than dry ground to warm up..so I bet it will be a cooler than normal spring, and probably a...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 17, 2018, 1:42 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 350
Posted By Jochs
Re: RIP Gary Lincoff

I had to look him up. Now I see he was the author of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms.
I also have the Simon and Schuster's Guide to Mushrooms, which was edited...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 11, 2018, 10:17 pm
Replies: 0
Views: 349
Posted By Jochs
Interesting Article on Foraging.

I found an interesting article online about foraging for morels and other wild mushrooms.
It gives tips on finding morels, and other mushrooms, and how to prepare them, the health benefits, what to...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 7, 2018, 11:47 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Jochs
Re: Good Morel Season For 2018?

We've got about an inch of snow on the ground currently in Berrien County.
The water table has been high since last fall, and after the flooding last month, there are still flooded farm fields in...
Forum: Open Discussion Feb 25, 2018, 5:22 am
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Jochs
Re: Good Morel Season For 2018?

So far it has been a typical La Nina winter.
In Southern Michigan, December started out cold and snowy, followed by a mid-month thaw, then brutal cold starting on 12/24/17 and lasting until around...
Forum: Happy Birthday to you... Feb 5, 2018, 6:07 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,472
Posted By Jochs
Re: Happy Birthday Frank!

Happy Belated Birthday!
Forum: What a Joke! Feb 3, 2018, 1:09 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By Jochs
A Teenage Weasel Walks Into A Bar

A teenage weasel walks into a bar and approaches the counter. The bartender immediately notices the underage weasel.
"Sir, you look extremely young," he says. "I can't even serve you a single...
Forum: Open Discussion Nov 10, 2017, 1:20 am
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By Jochs
Re: Another first

Looks like cold and snow tonight and into Friday across most of MI, with temps falling into the teens in areas not affected by lake effect snow.
Forum: Open Discussion Nov 4, 2017, 3:23 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 489
Posted By Jochs
Re: Rain

Actually had thunderstorms this morning in Berrien Co. Too bad it's not April...the morels would be popping. :wink:
A lot of standing water still in fields in Berrien Co.
Forum: Open Discussion Nov 4, 2017, 4:45 am
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By Jochs
Re: What a world Series!!!

I'm glad the Houston Astros won. I was rooting for them since L.A. beat the Cubs.:lol:
(Berrien County is Chicago Cubs Country.)
Forum: Open Discussion Oct 31, 2017, 9:25 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By Jochs
Re: First freeze 2017

I haven't checked the Jewelweed and Pokeweed on my property. (Those are two watery plants that are very sensitive to freezes) I don't think my part of Berrien Co. has had a hard freeze yet, though...
Forum: Open Discussion Oct 17, 2017, 6:38 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 489
Posted By Jochs
Re: Rain

There is still a lot of standing water in many farm fields in Benton Twp. where I live. We were on the verge of another drought, but I think that has ended.

Too bad we didn't get this at just the...
Forum: Happy Birthday to you... Sep 18, 2017, 2:33 am
Replies: 5
Views: 934
Posted By Jochs
Re: Debbie

Happy belated birthday, Debbie!
:bdaycake::balloons:
Forum: Open Discussion Sep 10, 2017, 10:50 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By Jochs
Re: help is this a honey edible

They sure do look like honey mushrooms, which are edible, at least from the photo.
Forum: Open Discussion Sep 10, 2017, 2:27 am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,297
Posted By Jochs
Re: Anyone finding anything edilble?

I've heard giant puffballs are good cut up in soups.
As for Chicken Fat Suillus...look for them around Eastern White Pine. I have found them growing in the lawn-mowed grass around Eastern White...
Forum: Open Discussion Aug 12, 2017, 3:00 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,297
Posted By Jochs
Re: Anyone finding anything edilble?

We had a wet July, but other than rain last Friday and some a couple of days ago, we haven't had much rain in August.
I hiked in Warren Woods last weekend and didn't see much of anything, except a...
Forum: Open Discussion Jun 20, 2017, 11:16 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 604
Posted By Jochs
Re: Nature's Calendar

They came out around my property in Berrien Co. on June 13th, when it got really warm. I was in Northern Indiana on the 17th and they were EVERYWHERE!

Once in awhile I'll see them before Memorial...
Forum: Open Discussion Jun 12, 2017, 12:00 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,168
Posted By Jochs
Re: Ash Tree

On the plus side, if you like Dryad's Saddle (Pheasant Backs,) it appears that many of the dead ash trees are hosting them.
Forum: Open Discussion May 28, 2017, 4:12 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,168
Posted By Jochs
Re: Ash Tree

I've found them growing around Eastern White Pine. Also look for them around Pin Oak.
Forum: Open Discussion May 22, 2017, 9:36 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 5,492
Posted By Jochs
Re: Spring 2017...Morel Predicitons.

I actually had a small tick engorged near my shoulder that I removed, 3 days after I was in the woods. I have been kind of paranoid since then. So far, it hasn't developed a bulls-eye rash.

The...
Forum: Open Discussion May 22, 2017, 9:27 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,510
Posted By Jochs
Re: Black bear on 131 just northof Cadillac

The bear in the cage was there 40 years ago when my grandparents lived in Cadillac. It hasn't been there for a long time.

I do recall some time in the mid-1980's a black bear cub wandered through...
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