Where will you be more mushroom hunting this year? One state is predicting a great harvest.
It's a matter of weather, temperature, and a little luck, but many of us across the Untied States look forward to mushroom season, because morels are a favorite among outdoorsmen and women from all over.
One state, Missouri, is seeing the ideal conditions line up for a great, banner year for wild mushrooms.
Not just greater Missouri, but the populated St. Louis area specifically stands to see a heck of a year for morel mushroom hunting. Why?
Glad you asked, because the local FOX affiliate answered it.
Wild edibles are awesome, but when they're in abundance like it looks Missouri's mushrooms will be, anyone who's lucky enough to hunt the area is in for a treat. Missouri morel hunting has a long heritage, and mushroom hunters from the area can think back to years when it was great, and years when it wasn't so great.
It should be obvious, but you'll want to brush up on your morel identification, and learn how to avoid the poisonous mushrooms that can grow alongside or under the same conditions as morels.
If you want to hunt morels on the forest floor, you'll also be encountering some other springtime hazards. Watch for poison ivy, snakes, and biting insects during morel season, because they tend to coexist!
The Missouri Department of Conservation will help set you morel hunters straight. They're doing their part to help hunters and show a lot of folks how great mushroom hunting can be.
Best of luck in what's looking like an epic morel season!
Just know that once you find and eat your first morel, you'll likely be hooked!
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