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Old Aug 28, 2014, 3:36 pm   #1
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Question Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

You folks from Southern Michiagn, Ohio, and Indiana have good reason to envy us Northerners when it comes to morels and a few other species that can be found in greater amounts up here. However one mushroom that I have been seeking for years now with no luck is Hen of the Woods. I am determined to get a nice haul of them this year, even if it means driving several hours south. Of course I realize there is no magical border, north of which they do not grow, but I'm wondering if people have a general idea about the northern limits. I'm thinking maybe checking out the Oscoda and/or Tawas areas?
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Old Aug 29, 2014, 12:04 pm   #2
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I didn't realize they don't grow in Alpena.

I haven't found any in the Asheville NC area either but maybe I just don't get down there at the right time of year. I'm usually there in mid-August and October and December.... so you would think I would find one if they grow there.

I hope you find some because they are wonderful. If you find a clean hen there is almost no work besides peeling them apart and cooking. If you find a dirty hen you can spend hours cleaning them. They are so abundant that I don't bother with a dirty hen. You can usually tell when they are going to be dirty just by looking at the ground. You can also put your fingers underneath and feel the grit. Often cutting the tops is fine but sometimes that is dirty too.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old Aug 30, 2014, 12:29 am   #3
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

No idea Chris. I'm in Minnesota for a bit and gonna look tomorrow along the Mississippi. 1/2 hour southeast if St. Paul. They do grow here. Buddy gonna try to help a brutha out.
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Old Aug 30, 2014, 5:08 am   #4
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

Chris, We never could find any when we lived in Gaylord area either. We walked miles in oak and beech, but nary a one. A friend ours lived about an hour south of us and couldn't find any either, until one day se spotted one in her daughters yard at edge of woods. After that she did manage to find a few most years, but nothing like they find them in southern part of state.

I would say your chances increase with each mile south of M-55.


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Old Aug 31, 2014, 9:39 pm   #5
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I live in Roscommon county and I've never found one here, although there have been a few that showed up. One couple in Prudenville found a giant one in their yard a few years back. They were in the newspaper with it. I have seen them down in Montcalm co. and farther south.
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Old Sep 2, 2014, 1:04 pm   #6
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I have found them in the thumb area
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Old Sep 3, 2014, 10:06 pm   #7
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I found some a few years ago at Brighton State Game Area.

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Old Mar 8, 2016, 6:40 am   #8
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I have been growing Hen of the woods in small patches in my woods for years. I have only found them a few times when I was hunting for them.
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Old Mar 10, 2016, 7:09 pm   #9
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

Try traveling down to ohio a lot of the oak openings state woods have produced for me but only the woods that you are allowed to hunt not the actual park as they frown upon foraging
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Old Apr 15, 2016, 9:13 am   #10
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Re: Northern Border for Hen of the Woods?

I found 2 small softball size for the first time last year in Dublin area. The oak tree blight killed many red oaks, these had been cut down for about 2 years. First time in 15 yrs I have found a henny in northern Mi.
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