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Old Apr 14, 2011, 10:35 pm   #1
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Blacks in the thumb?

I am new to hunting morels in Michigans thumb. I found a few yellows last year. I was out early and often, but I never found any blacks. Does anyone find good numbers of blacks in the thumb, or is that only an up north thing? It seems like most ash trees in this area are dead or almost dead. What a shame. Good luck everyone, I can't wait for my first find!
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 6:03 am   #2
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

I don't know from personal experience but I have heard reports that there are blacks in the thumb. Conditions weren't prime last year for the blacks, so that may be why you didn't find any. Never give up the hunt though! lol

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Old Apr 15, 2011, 6:43 am   #3
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

last year was bad for blacks all over.we normally find them by the hundreds in the northern lower but we found just 1 !! we found only about 20 blacks in our home area compared to a few hundred of blondes and grey's. praying this year is better for the blacks. we are gonna go out this weekend rain or shine and have a look around :)
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 9:04 am   #4
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

We find blacks in the thumb. I usually start looking for them when the maple leaves open.
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 10:12 am   #5
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

Thanks for the info. What are your target trees in the thumb? It seems like all of the ash trees in my area are turning to mush from the ash borer. Unlike dying elm, I don't have much faith in these trees. It's not like up north.
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Old Apr 15, 2011, 6:25 pm   #6
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

I focus my attention on aspen with some pine trees mixed in
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 12:10 pm   #7
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

Thanks for the advice Paul. Would they be quaking aspen or bigtooth? And would they be what most people around here refer to as poplar? Do you find blacks in good numbers here? We just moved here in October and can't wait for the weather to break so we can get started! Any advice you could give us would certainly be appreciated! We are used to hunting in Gaylord where the main focus is ash trees. Sounds like we need to change tactics here. Thanks again and good luck this spring!
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 12:38 pm   #8
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Yes we do find blacks in good numbers. Check your private messages
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Old Apr 16, 2011, 1:23 pm   #9
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Poplar, pople, aspen.....just different names....look for BTA.

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Old Apr 16, 2011, 1:51 pm   #10
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Re: Blacks in the thumb?

Thanks guys. The aspen in my area seems to be quaking aspen. Good or bad? I will be out turkey scouting this afternoon, I will try to confirm what kind I have. I don't recall seeing any BTA leaves though.
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