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Old Apr 24, 2009, 1:59 am   #1
Name: Frank
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Hunt with experienced 1st. How?

Almost all mushroom site give the advice to Hunt with someone experienced the first few times.

Well, a new member opened my eyes to the fact that we don't tell them how to find that experienced hunter in the 1st place. And then when they ask, it seems to them that we are jumping all over them, when we tell them they just can't expect someone to offer right away. We don't mean it that way, but it seems to come across that way.

So I'm in a dilemma.
I need some good advice from some of you.
Not on where, how, trees and the like, but HOW to find a veteran willing to take a 1st time novice to the woods and help them learn first hand.

It's a Catch 22 thing. If they already knew an experienced hunter, they wouldn't be asking in here for someone to show them where and how.

So assuming that a person has never, ever hunted any kind of mushrooms at all, and was going to start with Morels.

What advice can we give them to find someone to hunt with their 1st time?
Please. No Jokes or sarcasm in this thread.
Serious replies only.
I just want some good ideas so that I can put something together for them.

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Old Apr 24, 2009, 7:14 am   #2
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Re: Hunt with experienced 1st. How?

That's a tough one Frank. I've always been willing to take newbies out hunting with me to show them the ropes. Still will as long as they aare willing to be blindfolded and hog tied first. Once bitten twice shy!
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Old Apr 24, 2009, 10:20 pm   #3
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Re: Hunt with experienced 1st. How?

A great way to learn to hunt is to check out the michigan mushroom hunter club (MMHC). It is $15 per year per family. Tons of experienced hunters and lots of guided hunts. The club has a web site. I believe Frank has a link to it. We joined. Have learned lots. Also, we did our very first morel hunt with Rocky Clark - Frank has a link to his web site too. He was great.
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Old Apr 24, 2009, 10:26 pm   #4
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Re: Hunt with experienced 1st. How?

and.... there's a guided hunt Friday, 5:30 of the Boyne Mushroom Festival
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Old Apr 27, 2009, 10:56 am   #5
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Re: Hunt with experienced 1st. How?

I agree with kamp. (Karen ) I've been a member of the MMHC since the early 80's when Alexander H. Smith, Larry ( Tree ) Lonik and Nancy Smith Weber were involved. ( all mushroom book authors ) Alexander and Larry have since passed away, but Nancy pops in on occasion. There are many other mushroom experts that attend the hunts too. The last two Sat. they had morel hunts in Lapeer. There is an up-comming hunt in Lewiston , but I think it will be to early for whites. If you want to learn beyond the morel, that's the way to go. You'll meet some more great people and learn some fantastic recipes too.

Tip of the " Mushroom Cap " to ya's !!!
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Old Apr 28, 2009, 3:24 pm   #6
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Re: Hunt with experienced 1st. How?

As a hunter of maybe 3-4 years (but little experience-short seasons!) I invited someone to land I had access to so they could show me what to look for. I would never expect someone to take me to a spot of theirs but since I made otherwise private land accessable to them-even for the day, I was sucessful in getting some advice and mentoring.

State land or their own private land-is a good way to go.

BTW Thanks to all here that have answered my dumb questions over the last couple of seasons!!
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