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Old Oct 18, 2008, 4:33 am   #1
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Holy hen!!

It was one hen of a day.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5TKzubzJew...h/DSC_0030.JPG

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_5TKzubzJew...h/DSC_0026.JPG

Imagine the dance when I saw this and I didn't even pick it. I wrote up some more details on my blog: http://missourimorels.blogspot.com/

It was an incredible afternoon in the woods.

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Old Oct 18, 2008, 7:51 am   #2
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wow how cool is that....very nice site too congrats
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 8:44 am   #3
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wow you have been lucky this year-----must be the year of the hens for you---would love to find a few like that around here----grass mushrooms are starting to pop here along with big dark brown buttons
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 10:00 am   #4
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Now, that is what i call Eye Candy.

Nice going Stan.
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 11:06 am   #5
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That is a dandy!!! Too bad you didn't harvest it and put that bad boy on a scale. I think you could have given me a run for my money for the biggest of the year! Good job, Stan! Beautiful pics!!
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 1:02 pm   #6
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Thanks everyone it has been an incredible season for sure. Every known hen tree has produced and them some. I would say it is the year of the hen, but because of the constant rain all year, it has been the year of everything. I have found more of everything this year than I have in the past.
And Brandt I did think about hauling it out to weigh it but I figured it wasn't fair since it really wasn't edible and I would have felt bad just taking it out for braggin' rights. I guess I figured it might have shown the mushroom gods some disrespect so I just had to leave it.
But you should have seen the guys with me. They had never seen a hen before and were pretty blown away. The only way to convince them to leave was to assure them I had close to that much hen, much fresher in my car that they could have.
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 2:24 pm   #7
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Now that is a beautiful blond, nice going stan,mike
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 6:56 pm   #8
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Jon, it is not so much taste as texture. I find the older ones a little chewy. Also the big one was a little buggy at the bottom judging by the little sand flies or gnats or whatever those little buggers were.

It has been a great year down here. Steady rain all year long and record amounts at times. I also think that last year's drought which caused no hens to produce made them really flush this year. Does anyone agree?

Seems like the same thing is happening with the fruit and nut trees. That early freeze in 2007 made for very poor production. I think it somehow primed the trees for this year, which coupled with lots of moisture has produced bumper crops. At least it seems so. You cannot walk under walnut, hickory and persimmon trees in the woods without stepping on them. The fruit/nuts are everywhere. Black walnuts and pecan should be cheap this year.

Now if I can only find someone with nuts who needs some hen.
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............i have plenty of them............hens that is.
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 10:14 am   #10
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Wow that is a very nice one!!! Good Eats!!
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