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do i find sheepsheads

What type of area should I look for sheepsheads?
is there a specific wood species that it grows on?
 

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We used quite a bit of potting soil and found one growing in the flower bed. We ate it and never found another one. I heard they come back at or near the same spot.
 

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Maples maybe, pines definetely not, oaks and oak stumps yes. Sounds like you need to get a couple books. The two that i carry are (Simon and Schuster's Guide to Mushrooms by Gary Lincoff) and (David Fischer's Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America). Even if you go with someone i would still carry a couple of these book while in the field. I carry them, and i've been picking mushrooms for 30 years. In just the last couple years i've added probably a dozen more edibles. bears tooth, shaggy mane just a couple that come to mind. The books will go into detail and give you a pretty good start. just remem ber if your not, and i mean not %110 sure, don't eat it. I still to this day even after picking stumpies a long time, there are a lot of look alikes that will have me scratching my head.
 

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Mostly look for oaks, I even seen them on Sycamore. I was always taught to never eat anything under a pine!
 

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september -october

wet or at least not bone dry

oaks

seriously oaks are normally an upland species. This means that if you look on hillsides you will be more likely than not to find some oaks. I haven't found a grifola on an oak stump under 16 inches and I do seem to find more grifola as the trees get bigger. As most things go big things seem to be older and more prone to dying. This isn't a problem as some of my best grifola trees seem to be mile thick dead oak stumps.

So to sum it up you need to find a forest with lots of oak in it. And the time frame should be september to early october. I found my first one september 15 and I am still finding them. In fact once you figure out how to find them you will try to avoid finding them. It can be quite annoying cleaning 15 big grifola!
 

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Look on live oak and oak stumps. look at the four corners of the tree near the bottom or bottom of the 4 sides of a stump too. Of course they grow on top of the oak stump too..
 

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The red oak tree in this picture is about 4 foot across. Some of the bark is falling off, but the tree is still alive. Also you can see a large branch that broke off some time ago. Then there she is....a beautiful sheepshead all 23 pounds of her. Thats my garmin gps on top of her marking her spot for next year




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