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M
orel hunters descend upon Geary County from
across the nation, and you can join them. Finding
the delicious fungi is a treasure hunting
adventure. Start your search after a spring rain when the
nighttime temperatures are ranging in the high 50s. That's
usually in mid-March. Blooming redbud trees also signal the
season.
Early in the spring, search at the forest's edge. Forage
further into the forest as the year advances. Look for southfacing
slopes. Find the delectable delight in loose sandy soils
at the base of elm, ash, poplar, and apple trees. Trees with
bark falling off are a good sign.
Eyes on the prize
When you find your prize mushroom, carry it home in a
mesh bag. Why? Because the morels' spores will fall through
the holes, leaving more goodies to grow next year.
When you see one morel, you'll likely see more. Crouch
and slowly scan the ground in a circle. Whether you prefer
to pinch off the prize mushroom or cut its stem, leave the
roots in the ground. Track your finds in a notebook or via a
map app. Unless you're lucky and find a mushroom hunting
mentor, you're on your own. Most morel aficionados keep
their sources locked up like state secrets.
of Ticks and trespassing
Of course, every outdoor activity requires insect
protection. Protect yourself from ticks and mosquitos. Ticks
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move up your body
from the ground. Wear
slick boots to deter
them, and check your
clothing and footwear
for the pests.
Also, watch for
property boundaries.
Get permission in
advance from private
landowners.
Mushroom hunters are
welcome on public
lands. Since spring
turkey
season
coincides with morel
season, be prepared to
share public lands with
hunters.
check before you taste
Verify that you're eating a morel and not something
poisonous. Check this guide for help: GNPC.org/wp-content/
uploads/2020/07/GPNC-Mushrooms.FINAL_.pdf.
You may sell morels, but only if you've harvested them on
private land. Learn more: Agriculture.KS.gov/DivisionsPrograms/Food-Safety-Lodging/Wild-Mushrooms.
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