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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-30-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Finding Morels

What is the best date in s.e.pa to look for morels and what would be the best habitat to find them? I just started looking for sheeps heads last fall and found a few beautie. They taste great!! The others i found were frozen but didnt last long at all. Great to just fry and eat as a snack. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 09:58 PM
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Re: Finding Morels

April of course...You get some warm weather and warm rain at night the Morel can pop up in Early April...Probably to visit your areas starting the first week of April in the SEPA. The window only runs for about three weeks.. Schuylkill County...Oh normal weather conditions starting about 23 April out until 14 May. the further North you go you can add more days on to the window of time...
Now find yourself stands of Tulip Poplar trees...Learn how to ID them..As you know they are a tall tree and they are a straight tree too going up...Look for the pods on the ground in the leaf matter now if you have no snow to cover them. The leaf if there will have a tulip shape to the leaf..
Also old old old apple orchards or places with a few apple trees around. have to be old since they spray for bugs on regular or commercial orchards and this stops the growth of Morel's. try to find those abandon farms that have apple trees just behind the old farm house!!!!!
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Uncle Buck I never see stands of Tulip Poplar trees; only scattered trees here and there. Perhaps in southern PA there are stands of them but up here in north central PA none to my knowledge.
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Call your state park office and ask them if there are stands of Tulip Poplars in their area...Surely the county or the state has a county forester tel too..They can also pinpoint where certain tree grow in the counties..


Check areas that controlled burning or a forest fire also burned the timber... That is also suppose to be good places to harvest Morel's. The Spring closes to the occurence is better then a longer period since a fire in the area...


Also....soil....that you find Mayapple growing in too...(Dark black soil not the clay looking stuff) Now even though you do have all of this..The tree, Mayapple, the dark soil etc that does not mean they will be there..However when I find all I have mentioned that is when I find the Morel's.
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Don't pass up clumps of dead elms either.

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post #6 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-03-2010, 03:46 PM
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I start looking after the tax date of April 15 and look through Spring Gobbler Season. Last year was a very good year. I have several repeat locations and most all center around the trees mentioned above.

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For some reason the Tulip Poplar doesn't seem to grow much in the northern teirs of the state. I had a camp in Potter for 15 years and only ever found 1 morel and no Poplars at all. And in those 15 years I really got around. I now have a camp in Warren near Tidioute, same thing. In the last 2 years I found maybe 3 trees, no morels yet. When I still had my parents farm in Lehigh County, there were many stands of Tulips and morels to be found everwhere. My buddy and I found a place on South Mtn. once that had really large stand of old gigantic Poplars. There were so many morels there you could hardly take a step without crushing a morel.
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Thanks for all the info, something else to look for in the spring.
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post #9 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 06:03 PM
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if this is the case in the Northern Tier? Lack of the Poplar trees. ...Look for apple tree stands near old abandon properties. Also in NEPA...there are so many apple trees that grow wild... Sweet and sour apple trees abound in fields... Might be good to think back when you were a kid and visit some of these areas... Many were on Golf courses or on public lands...Even in peoples backyards.

Also? look for the Mayapple bushes too.....There is something about the black dirt that Mayapple grow well in?????
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 09:24 PM
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My new neighbor caught my morel patch on fire last year about 2-3 weeks before the season. I found none where the fire was but they tell me this should be a GREAT year.I will let you know.
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