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Forum: Open Discussion Jun 9, 2016, 11:31 am
Replies: 13
Views: 2,195
Posted By Guido
Re: hunt the soil, or hunt the trees??

Most of my best areas have several different soil types (and ground cover types too). Even though the trees may be the same, I've found that you do better in certain soil types, so I tend to skip by...
Forum: Open Discussion May 19, 2016, 10:38 am
Replies: 14
Views: 2,133
Posted By Guido
Re: Tick Reports! How are they this year?

Bad - my wife had 3 on her after our last hunt - she'd never had any before...
Forum: Open Discussion May 18, 2016, 4:59 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,039
Posted By Guido
Re: Livingston & Ogemaw Counties

Well I did a small portion of my hunting in both of those counties, and the rest of it in nearby counties, so here are my comments:

Ogemaw area - very poor hunting for blacks this year. I'll...
Forum: Open Discussion May 16, 2016, 2:12 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,686
Posted By Guido
Re: How long ya been hunting/how'd ya get sta

Since 1985, and I believe that this may be my lowest take ever - 7 blacks and 85 whites. The whites that I found locally yesterday were too old to eat, so I'm done!
I first went with an uncle - he...
Forum: Open Discussion May 13, 2016, 2:22 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,627
Posted By Guido
Cool Re: Information on new methods

I'm particularly amused by the folks that claim to have found hundreds in 5 minutes in unlikely habitat without stepping 10 feet into the woods...

WOW - what a great hunter you are!!!
Forum: Open Discussion May 13, 2016, 2:11 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,574
Posted By Guido
Re: Here we come...updates to follow...

Nice read GoBuckeyes45!

Point 1 regarding beer - please bring your empties back out with you. Last Friday I went in with 2 full bottles and came back out with 2 empty bottles and 4 empty cans -...
Forum: Open Discussion May 13, 2016, 1:55 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,104
Posted By Guido
Thumbs up Re: Coming north today

I believe that there is another football team in Michigan State, which took care of both your Buckeyes and those pesky Wolverines last season - in both of your stadiums...

Good luck hunting Up...
Forum: Open Discussion May 3, 2016, 12:49 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 604
Posted By Guido
Re: Caseville Ron

Curious about the host trees Ron, last year I found that most of the Ash was dead and no longer producing in that part of the State - is that where you were looking?
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 27, 2016, 4:40 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Posted By Guido
Re: Festivals

I usually plan to hunt at least 50 miles from the nearest festival, although I did pass through Mesick about 30 years ago while the festival was going on, as I was traveling between one spot and...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 27, 2016, 12:03 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,915
Posted By Guido
Re: Come on people

My solution to this problem is to go where no man has gone before, and none will follow. I used to hunt some of the more widely publicized and popular areas, and I do think that they may still...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 19, 2016, 2:30 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,550
Posted By Guido
Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I'm not sure how far North hens grow, but I'm also not sure that is why you haven't found them. I think it may be more a function of the tree species they grow near. I always find them near very...
Forum: Open Discussion May 20, 2015, 4:25 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,375
Posted By Guido
Re: Find Your Own Morels

I think it's rude for the young and able-bodied to gank a spot from the elderly!
Lord knows that will be me soon enough!

That said, I always travel a good ways into the woods before looking...
Forum: Open Discussion May 19, 2015, 5:22 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,739
Posted By Guido
Re: 10 People in MI Sickened from "Rocket Fue

I saw some of these idiots posting on facebook about how they've been eating beefstakes for years and have never been sick. I would hope that people don't believe everything they see on facebook,...
Forum: Open Discussion May 19, 2015, 12:13 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 3,461
Posted By Guido
Re: Live Elm?

Well, I have been hunting dead Elms for 30 years. And, of course, the best spots have a mix of live, dead, and almost dead trees. I can say, without exception, that I have never found a single...
Forum: Open Discussion May 19, 2015, 12:01 pm
Replies: 18
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Views: 3,205
Posted By Guido
Re: Ash

I went to a spot last week that produced a lot of blacks near Ash trees last year. and did not see a single mushroom this year, because the trees had all died. Since this was a better season overall...
Forum: Open Discussion May 11, 2015, 4:36 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,431
Posted By Guido
Re: Morel Size question? turning bad while sm

My theory is that they will start to rot quicker and get rust spots when there is a lot of rain after they have initially popped. Generally, this will stop their continued growth in size, as they...
Forum: Open Discussion May 11, 2015, 2:53 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,461
Posted By Guido
Re: cleaning/preserving morels: any tips?

This is always a problem when you have a successful year. You stay up late processing the day's finds, and don't have time for anything else. I also use a Nesco dryer, but was only able to process...
Forum: Open Discussion May 6, 2015, 9:46 am
Replies: 13
Views: 2,790
Posted By Guido
Thumbs up Re: Fingers crossed

Excellent Branden!
Until recently, most of the major rain had been South of MI, so I'm not surprised that Ohio is producing well. I expect the Southern half of lower MI to be good this weekend for...
Forum: Open Discussion May 4, 2015, 9:27 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,063
Posted By Guido
Unhappy Re: RAIN!!!

It was raining pretty hard at my office this morning, but when I went out to one of my spots this afternoon, it did not look like they got very much. Just a little dampness in low spots. It was...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 23, 2015, 11:19 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,913
Posted By Guido
Re: MSU finds method for indoor morel cultiva

Yes, I remember reading this when it was written 10 years ago. I even saw some of these in high-end groceries shortly thereafter. I have a friend, with whom I have shared my wild morels, that...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 15, 2015, 1:54 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,077
Posted By Guido
Re: Dissapointment

I would be disappointed too, but also grateful that I did have access as long as you did. But you must have learned how to identify the proper habitat during those years, and you can carry that...
Forum: Open Discussion Aug 22, 2014, 1:37 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 2,462
Posted By Guido
Re: When do chickens and hens start coming?

As others said, chickens are out now and have been for a while. I accidentally found a couple while looking for Chanterelles (which were not up) a month ago. I took a quick peek at a couple of my...
Forum: Open Discussion May 19, 2014, 11:57 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,933
Posted By Guido
Re: Hours spent hunting

I have been out hunting 6 times, for 16 hours and picked a little over 700 morels. I am probably done for the season, as I have other obligations for next week, which I think will be the peak in the...
Forum: Open Discussion May 14, 2014, 12:55 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,319
Posted By Guido
Re: Lost my tripod mounting plate in the wood

I found a nice yellow soft-sided mushroom bag underneath a dead elm tree a few years ago. I've been using it ever since...
Forum: Open Discussion May 14, 2014, 11:39 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,195
Posted By Guido
Re: New terrain

I once found quite a few yellows around the base of some very large old oak trees in Northwestern Ohio. I would not have even looked there, but I was with a friend and that was one of his spots. I...
Forum: Open Discussion May 12, 2014, 4:21 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,776
Posted By Guido
Re: Is anybody still finding blacks in SE Mic

I have only found 3 blacks in SE Mich in 30 years of morel hunting. By way of comparison, I've picked about 40,000 grey/yellow morels in the same time period.
Forum: Open Discussion May 12, 2014, 12:15 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 3,126
Posted By Guido
Re: Tics

I found a large tic crawling on my arm the other day out in the woods. This was the first time I've ever had one on me. At first I thought it was a tiny spider, but it was much harder to brush it...
Forum: Open Discussion May 8, 2014, 11:01 am
Replies: 4
Views: 896
Posted By Guido
Re: Youth

I've taken my daughter with me on one hunt for each of the past 3 years. She loves it! But, she's 32 years old...
My grandkids (11 & 9), on the other hand, have no interest in doing all that...
Forum: Open Discussion May 6, 2014, 12:50 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 673
Posted By Guido
Re: Dreams

I thought you were going to say that you have dreams about morels - I have those after long days of hunting (which means I haven't had one of those dreams yet this year).
But, now that you mention...
Forum: Open Discussion May 6, 2014, 12:10 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 4,868
Posted By Guido
Re: Morel hunting locations

I'm with you 100 percent Jon. The only info that I'm willing to post is more of a general regional location; and I'll just say whether they are up and how far along they are, if anything at all. ...
Forum: Open Discussion May 5, 2014, 11:47 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,032
Posted By Guido
Re: Mesh bags in Michigan?

I have always used a basket with a wide flat bottom when I'm hunting a well-known public spot, where everyone knows what you are doing in there. I will use a mesh sac when I'm in a secret spot so...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 30, 2014, 4:02 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,279
Posted By Guido
Re: Boyne area next week?

Unfortunately, I think you will be too early to be that far north. I just checked weather.com - temps have been running 10 degrees or more below normal all month, and the 10 day forecast calls for...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 28, 2014, 3:49 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 8,520
Posted By Guido
Re: 2014 season

My guess is that the late meltdown of the snow pack will mean that we are less dependent that usual on rains. I think we'll have a plentiful season that starts later than normal. I just hope that...
Forum: Open Discussion Nov 1, 2013, 11:27 am
Replies: 28
Views: 6,557
Posted By Guido
Re: Good season in 2014?

While I think that it is always better for morels to have a long wet winter with good snowcover, it is my opinion that the weather in March & April has the most influence over what we will find in...
Forum: Open Discussion Jun 13, 2013, 2:49 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 922
Posted By Guido
Re: Elms lagging behind

Kind of late for this discussion, but I will add that in some woods, I find the yellows only under Elms, and in other woods they are only under Ash. I've never found them under both in the same...
Forum: Open Discussion Jun 13, 2013, 2:33 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By Guido
Re: When do you start seeing chantrelles?

In S.E. MI, I generally start looking after the first good July rains. Could be early or late in the month, depending upon when the rains come.
Forum: Open Discussion May 23, 2013, 10:57 am
Replies: 2
Views: 650
Posted By Guido
Re: Does Rain make them harder to find?

I think the rain makes them easier to find because it flattens the dry leaf litter on the forest floor. I also think it's easier to see them when it is not sunny because there are no false shadows....
Forum: Open Discussion May 13, 2013, 12:43 am
Replies: 30
Views: 5,169
Posted By Guido
Re: Leaving small morels to grow

Do some of you actually believe that a 5 inch morel just pops out of the ground that big? Morels are just like everything else you see growing - they start out small and get bigger. End of...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 30, 2013, 3:33 pm
Replies: 69
Views: 6,247
Posted By Guido
Re: 2013 Morel predictions

OK - Here's my prediction:
I will go for my first morel hunt of the year on 5/12 and pick at least 300 mushrooms.
Over the following 2 weeks, I'll pick at least 1000 more.
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 30, 2013, 3:24 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,225
Posted By Guido
Re: Ruining the Morel areas.

I don't think a turkey is smart enough to scratch away all the leaves under every likely tree in the forest. Well, maybe I'll take that back, because the folks that do that are definitely turkeys,...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,171
Posted By Guido
Re: Mesh Bags

I actually prefer a large wide bottom wooden basket with high sides, especially when I'm hunting an area where everyone else hunts - they already know what you are doing, so there is no reason to...
Forum: Open Discussion Apr 8, 2013, 3:03 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,821
Posted By Guido
Re: Effect of Ash Borer on morels

I doubt that the demise of the Ash will lead to the demise of the morel. Old hunters will just need to learn new tricks!

I never had much luck with ash trees here in SE MI to begin with - they...
Forum: Open Discussion Mar 7, 2013, 3:33 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 10,453
Posted By Guido
Re: Pine trees and morels...

I have found white/grey/yellow morels in stands of white pines. Never in huge quantities, bus sometimes by the dozen. That said, my best success has been in areas where the white pines were mixed...
Forum: Open Discussion Jun 5, 2012, 4:53 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 939
Posted By Guido
Re: When do you see chantrelles in your area?

I usually don't start looking until we get a few good rains in late June or early July, with mid-late July as the peak season. However, last year I found some in late September / early October. ...
Forum: Open Discussion May 21, 2012, 10:10 am
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By Guido
Re: Are they done here near Kalamazoo?

Must be. They've been done where I hunt east of you for 3 weeks now...
Forum: Open Discussion May 14, 2012, 2:35 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,839
Posted By Guido
Re: Ash Borer, how far north

Many of the Ash trees in the N.E. L.P. were infested for the first time this year. They were not producing black morels in normal quantities. Not sure if that was because of the weather or the fact...
Forum: Open Discussion May 3, 2012, 11:47 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,635
Posted By Guido
Re: found zero in oakland county

Brian, I also found zero in an hour and a half, then 75 in the next half hour. Better yet, they weighed over 5 lbs. Maybe you should have kept looking a little longer...
Forum: Open Discussion May 1, 2012, 11:47 am
Replies: 14
Views: 2,126
Posted By Guido
Re: Finding Morels in Different Areas This Ye

I'm finding fewer where there were more in previous years, as my best spots are aging out of prime production. But, what is concerning is that other nearby potential hosts that look like they should...
Forum: Open Discussion May 1, 2012, 11:30 am
Replies: 5
Views: 520
Posted By Guido
Re: Oakland county

The first fruiting was smaller than usual in my spots.
Let's hope for a second; but it may be time to drive north by this weekend.
Forum: Open Discussion May 1, 2012, 10:30 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By Guido
Re: Times have Changed

Yes, the internet has changed things. That's why I caution people to not be specific about where they are hunting. If you've got a good spot, don't go posting where it is unless you want to see...
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