Re: Morel hunting.
Most of my experience with hunting morels is in Montana where they love to come up in areas that were hit by fires the previous year. We had 2 such areas last summer within a couple miles of us that burned around 40,000 acres. That's plenty of room to spread out, but the problem is that everyone knows to go to these major forest fire burn areas, so there will be lots of competition hunting them there this coming spring.
Last year was pretty dry, and practically a bust for morels, but the year before was a record snowfall and moisture year, and we had a banner year for morels all over.
We also find lots of morels along the river corridors, especially under old cottonwood trees. River islands are also an especially good area to look for them, and if I were up around Tidioute, for example (seeing Beardaw that posted earlier is from there), I'd love to look for them on some of the islands along the Allegheny River.
In fact, if I were on some of those islands along the Allegheny river, I'd marvel at seeing some of those majestic, stately old trees that grow on those islands, and dream of what it must have been like there a few hundred years ago, when indians pulled their canoes up onto the shoreline, hunted deer and other wildgame, gathered nuts and berries, and (perhaps) also found an abundant supply of mushrooms there.