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Never ate any Morels?   Take my advice and don't.  You'll fall in love and spend the rest of your life searching in vain.

But, as for when,  early ones are reportedly starting right now.  I haven't been out yet.

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A week of 55-65 degree weather throughout the night along with a recent rain brings them out it seems like. Look for dying groups of elm trees, they seem to produce good spots. I've also found that the growth of may-apples are a good sign the ground is warm enough to find them. I found over a hundred last year on public land in Jackson county so don't be afraid of walking lesser traveled trails either. Bring a mesh bag and pinch them off about an inch or so above ground. Beware of Big Red morels. They look similar but are usually much bigger. Some say you can eat them and others recommend you don't. Never tried them, so I would suggest some more reading if you find some. There's a Missouri Morel hunters page on facebook that's worth following if you want to track the growing trends. Good luck!

 

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All good info above...

If you prepare and then share those sponge like delicacies with anyone...they will immediately be your BFF!  

Fried crappie with morels on the side is hard to beat.

And/or mixed in with scrambled eggs can be the start a near perfect day.

Good luck, 

od

 

 

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 I spent 2 hours up on the lake hunting my usual spots but didn’t see any yet.  With next weeks weather forecast I’m thinking it’s going to be another full week before anything really gets going.  

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29 minutes ago, Lifes2Short said:

I’m thinking it’s going to be another full week before anything really gets going.  

My thoughts also!

It would be helpful if you would wear a hunter orange cap and vest while tending "your usual spots" since my eyes ain't what they used to be.

Pay no attention to the old guy and the boat out on the lake with binoculars... He's just bird watching!  😉

od

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Chantarelles are good in eggs.....

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=missouri+mushrooms&t=canonical&atb=v143-1&iax=images&ia=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fnature.mdc.mo.gov%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fmedia%2Fimages%2F2010%2F05%2Fchantarelle.jpg

Cutting up Morels into another food is illegal in some jurisdictions.  Capitol offense!

Well,  Should be 😀

Nothing better than a fresh Morel fried up in butter.  Lard in the good old days!  darn, but I'm hungry.

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21 minutes ago, JCreek said:

 

Nothing better than a fresh Morel fried up in butter.  Lard in the good old days!  darn, but I'm hungry.

That's my preferred way too. I like them battered and fried, but like to let the morel shine through with just a little butter along side a great steak. 

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