ALASKA GREETINGS FROM OREGON advice . just follow the bears. You know your in Alaska. YJ Good luck Phil
HELLO IM A PICKER IN ALASKA iAM JUST STARTING NEED ADVICE MY NAME IS PHIL
Yukon is a bust...unless you have a boat. The Carmacks and Dawson fires burned early - lots of vegetation coming up, parched ground, too much black spruce. East of Braeburn is better but it's a boat show and not huge volume anyway. Not trying to steer anyone away from my patch. I've been in all three of them and am on my way south.
Word is Montana not so good either. Too much rain, too many pickerz.
I heard through the grape vine that the Yukon isn't very good.
Whats the word on the Yukon? I heard AB was a no show for morels this year. Good luck out there and better luck with the Pines this year!
wild side; I hear ya, am also concerned with immediate needs all to often, especially in troubled times and as various challenges come. I believe that if I had set up a place to live with on site warehousing it could have been a more viable thing. I only had a few biology courses on mushrooms and related plants so cannot claim to be any type of mycologist, however I have driven hundreds of thousands of mushroom research miles which were mostly related to fire morels. My undergraduate and graduate university studies were mostly in the psychology fields, thus much of my research is influenced by the human element involved in foraging for wild fungi.
lobo: the coop may be great idea for a commited group. (may be working a little for wildcrafters) sadly quick bucks take precedent. so many are willing to line others pockets for various reasons and cannot commit to a longer term investment. there are various funded efforts that cannot make any real movement either. i've travelled to various stations, worked with university funded 'mycologist', asked good questions and answers come down to people serving their own immediate needs. it was an easy decision to make to stay solo for reasons you mentioned. i took business and forest science years ago so it was helpful to know a good deal, be it short term or long. hence ... solo: clean product with higher returns. fortunatley there's a million ways to make money and have fun doing so.
Well found some boletes, a couple King babies..yum! Didn't see any morels at all. I am all heart broken but we have had alot of rain.I will be out again this weekend so keeping fingers crossed for a good harvest. FULL BUCKETS everyone!
wilds side; sounds like you have a full plate. When I began researching in the mid 90's, part of my research was in marketing of wild gourmet fungi. I developed a regular sales circuit that covered 7 western states for morels, chanterelles, hedgehogs, trumpets, boletes, matsutake, pompom, cauliflower, coral and whatever I found. For a time I purchased various winter fungi along the Oregon Coast and from friends in other areas. I tried creating a CoOp in the Brookings/Goldbeach area but my contacts there wanted more money for their pickings than I could sell it for, apparently the thought was that they ought to get top dollar as if they had driven the fungi to markets which I had developed. So I abandoned the idea and did not buy any longer, I only sell what I personally pick so that I can control the cleanliness of hands & mushrooms.
Lobo: sounds awesome. congratulations on your getting married (another challenging deeply rewarding journey). i was lucky enough to find a few more 'buttons' yesterday. i can relate to not being able to harvest whenever nature allows. i've three young ones now and an old house - both need TLC attention. it really does make me appreciate we i can get out to harvest. i generally now only sell fresh locally with a few select chefs to ship too. the rest we keep for trade or our bellies. hope the art studio fulfills your desires. our house is full of color now with kids art. cool stuff. consider sharing your knowledge with others. the studio is a great place to do art and teach about the details of mushroom identification features.
jennifer97302, check it out and give us a current report that is better than over and done with, dried out wormies.
whats the morel mushroom forcast for sisters
hay guys long time no talk lol hows everyone doing
thanks for the info guys. tookalook and it is cauliflower. to warm bugsare faster than me but sure nice eating whats clean shroomkid im working duffy lake rd cant miss me good luck to all this season stay safe
wild side; I shall attempt drying some of my red caps this year if I get into areas where they grow. I have not dried them in the past because I would eat or give them away to other fungal lovers too fast. My whole schedule has changed since getting married and I have not been following the mushroom circuit or doing nearly as much research travels. It has been a good restructuring of my life but because of her brittle bone disease we live way down in the SW and far from easy trips to the fungal jungle whenever I desire to collect edibles. I do now have an art studio though and shall focus more on painting & sculpture here in my senior years.
steve: good to learn about selling your harverst. i recommend you have a clean product before it goes in the bucket. then sell directly to chefs. seek suitable restaurants and talk with chefs when their not busy. hi lobo: hope the trail is treating you well. i dried most of my red-caps and the meat actually dried white although most turned to the deep purple/ black. taste compares to the king. matsimama: what's a spring bolete (latin) ? i generally don't see the boletes family around here so soon. kinda exciting as its become an unexpected harvest. can anyone direct me to where i can buy bulk shaker containers in Canada. they're for powdered mushroom spices.
wild side; I really love the flavor of those red-cap scabers, the white flesh turns black when fried. ................... oliviapacific; I agree with matsimama, the window of opportunity in the lower areas was here one day and gone soon after. Hopefully upper area patches I prefer to research will be producing when I arrive.
I am new to this. I find many Chanterelles during my archery season and am looking for a local buyer in the Mcminville/Newberg area who might be interested. I usually start finding them in late August and through Sept into October. Any help would be appreciated.
olivia pacific: Spring boletes in Sisters went off with a bang and died pretty quickly. I saw a lot of this--bad bolete year. By the time you get to scabers--as one other message form the east kootenays mentioned, you might have missed the spring pop altogether. Sometimes mushrooms have a "window" and they just miss. The spring boletes are most likely high by now. I have seen "spring boletes" work their way up altitudes and into late summer and fall. Some areas have a fall pop only. A few have both. It can be very confusing--but the mushrooms can be confused as well. I found my "patches" migrating and winding up in different locations this year. Places I swore would have some were dead and other areas--though limited--were flourishing. Hunt around higher in Sisters.
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hey all, finding mucho red-capped scaber boletes along with fly agaricus (most in impressive rings). a few flags with most being big buttons. natural morels around and more rain. east kootenays Can.
We're hunting spring bolets in sisters Oregon.cant seem to find any.Advice on weather.local.altitudes. sembiant types
dano; I cooked up yellow cauliflower for lunch today and shared with three neighbors, also black natural morels and a white alpine waxiecap aka snows, picked them one week ago in Idaho about 1,100 miles north of here.
So 200 pickers up north hey...that's alot a people !! A mushroom rush almost !! Hope the price stays at 10$ a pound all summer for ya's !
hey dano, yes, it is definitely possible. It was warmish for a while there, and probably dry where he is, and then it got rainy and cooler, and voila, up comes some cauliflower shrooms. It's cultivated, or some species of it, and tricked into fruiting indoors, so it makes sense that he might be finding some. Did he email you pics? he should make sure they are the real thing before tucking into it. and, also, saving a sample to take to the local forestry centre for id'ing, and possibly entering into the herbarium. :) Are you, or anyone out there, finding spring boletes, or the white Boletus barrowsii? I've found one this year so far, in a new place to me - under some planted beeches and eastern oaks, in a worn out lawn. It would be interesting to find out how far north they go. also the Boletus rex-veris. hope all is well. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can email outside of here, and not waste folks' time. cheers!
has anyone heard of a spring cauliflower flush?i got phonecall from good friend and experieced picker saying that its happening now. i always trusted him but now mabey he loses his mind. any truth to this.
matsimamal; I am just back from one of my spring research areas and was pleasantly surprised by the volume of natural blacks this spring. Initial black flush started at that elevation first of this month and is producing normal amounts of morels. I had noticed that we were getting normal spring rain up there and figured that we had switched patterns again. (I had been wondering if the same thing as last spring had occurred when the pattern switched to El Niño but soon after it switched again back to La Niña and the burnsites mostly dried up for the rest of the summer.) I expect that area is currently in the middle of a very nice spring flush due to all the rain and it will be an awesome weekend for the locals. .......... If we have entered into a normal weather pattern then it ought to be a good summer for fire morels. I understand that there are numerous pirates picking a burn that is non-commercial and that in and of itself is indicative of a positive weather pattern change. I am currently back down south where it is mostly dry and hot all of the time and will be sure to look up the current weather pattern episode when I have the time. (40+ C and rising) I expect to be in the Blues by next month and then ‘golding’ in Idaho after that. I found enough morels, coral and snows to share with 7 friends along my way home and still have enough left to fix a couple of nice mushroom feasts for the wife and I. Full buckets to all.
The cold weather will hold things back for a bit, but after the next several days of a warmer stretch and then another cool down, the Morels will pop like crazy. Lots of time for everyone to get where your going, it's still early considering the weather. Dwight in New Brunswick.
Heading out today for scouting....weather has been great so I am hoping to find something popping up. Checking the cariboo! Did excellant here last year! Will keep everyone up to date!
must be tarp camping in the patch...hmmmm
Nothing being said on here....Tells me people must be BUSY........ Things must be Popin' ?? Damn cold just like last year.
If this rain and cool weather continues my early Chanterelle patch should start producing by the end of the month. Those early ones are soooo good!
are the morels ready?
lol sport....i hope so....cu in the patch
200 pickers!!! Gotta be kidding me! Someone is making money selling weed for sure! Well just gotta go deeper I guess, you headed up there Kamloops? I ll pack a few extra vegie kraft dinners for ya. Hey West Coast nice work man, milking it I see...I hope to see you at the buying station in Yukon, you know Im going to try and stirr the pot any way I can. Nice and warm here, only the mojitos are cold!
hey Sport still away!Things are slow everywhere I've heard.They will be picking up for me though! LOLA few more spots to pick before I head north...prices have been really good !
hey sport my friend just called from up there . 4 buyers up there. 10.00lb right now over 200 pickers there.. he said should flush goood next week. see you in the patch sport make sure you got the kraftdinner on when i get out lol later sport
Craft dinner and beans it is Kamloops Picker, man I was hoping to catch a ride with you up there haha. They should be popin by now...Enjoy the Hockey!
hey sport... tell you what u can pay the whole way ill send you my buckets fill them for me . ill stay home watch the stanley cup game..... kings 4 straight in a roll.. sport make sure you pack your craftdinner n beans lmao....good luck sport
Kamloops picker...well what can I say...yeah its a long drive! Welcome to mushroom picking. Would you like a map too? Fill up the tank in your beater and get up there! Nobody in their right mind will tell you if they are poppin! Not on this site, not yet anyways...why spill the beans? Mind you, a tank of gas might get you to PG only, damn expensive! Good luck
sounds like chris is about to take a big dump in his own nest... no wonder he stinks!
thanks a lot for that boletus joe we all owe you one
Yay Chris is planing to add a spot on his website on where when and why the hot spots across the country are.
bc picker here would love to find out if the morels are blooming again this year in Binta lake...
Golden Lobo: Actually we are supposed to be transitioning out of the La Nina pattern into a neutral pattern--but actually everything is messed up. You might find a pot of gold in the most unlkely of places or a really strange pop, but most likely you will be skunked. Now comes the skill and intelligence.... When the going gets tough (but only where it makes sense). Odds are we will have another dry summer in Oregon. Matsimama
Sometime between thanksgiving and the new year is when you should be doing your Morel research..... at least in B.C. The forestry usually has all the wild fire info on their sight.... You just have to do a little digging..... in most cases you can get the boundary maps fire history etc. Like any job that you do in life, the more you do it the easier it gets. I'm not saying it is EASY....but with an investment of time and a half decent printer...... I have all the fire info I need for the next season, in about 10 days. BTW....The Forestry usually archives all their past season fire info in Feb., Making it harder to find.... So "Early bird gets the best worm>>> Also if you take the time, you can print out the boundary maps as a number of separate sheets and then tape them together with "magic tape". I find this very useful, as it gives me room to make notes on the maps.... It is also possible to make copies with ToPoG lines etc... But I will let you guys figure that out.... Have fun and possible learn a bunch of stuff about your computer in the process..... :)
heard yukon was starting can any1 confirm this its ahell of along drive from here plus cost of petrol and food up there. slave lake didnt seem to be any good. so been thinkin headin to yukon . full buckets every1. if there are any to be found....lmao
I can can find a fire easy enough. but having a map showing all the areas that have been hit is what I'm looking for. I'll probably have to wait until I;m in the neighborhood of the fire and try what the mushroom bandit said. interesting enough anytime I plug the co-ordinates from the MOF site into the GPS in my truck or to google earth it takes me totaly out of the actual area.
sorry snake didnt really mean to hurt your feelings heres what i do know, if you walk into any forest service office and ask they will if you are lucky, point to a spot on their map hanging on a wall . as far as getting a accurate map from them you must know they dont like pickers running around the bush getting lost, making a mess of campsites,blocking roadways etc so even tho boundary maps exist somewhere they arent going to give them to anyone. other than that google earth and go have a look
Hey Snake. The only time I could find a fire bounday map BEFORE mushroom season was the kelowna fire acouple years ago. But I went to Clinton after that and they were selling em at the sity hall for five bucks. I'm going out for a couple weeks and I'm gonna try finding one in the neerby town. Thats all I got. Anyone else got a link or something.
See that mush jack he gave "advise". mush jack if you don't know what advise is then hopefully you know how to use a kiss my butt
Y'all should be looking for "load potential maps" from your forester along w fire boundary maps. They'll show you " wet high productive areas" vs low productive areas etc... Saves a lot of leg work...
I happen to be a forester there mush jack. I have ceated maps for many roads and cut block boundaries. I know that these same types of maps exist for fire boundaries. Now if you don't know where they are available, I don't know why you are responding to my post.
matsi good of you to offer map and compass i wish everyone going into the bush would take a basic course. every year it seems like we have to go looking for some poor soul who thought they knew what they were doing, it cuts into pickin time
Golly Wally, didn't anyone read the warnings posted a month or more back as well as last fall that we are currently in a La Niña weather episode and to expect the same or worse this season as happened last year? ...... Unless you have done research or know of micro-clime areas you might expect to get skunked. I do not expect much of a mushroom season for any variety unless you are forging in the more northern climes where La Niña pattern is has been dropping moisture. ...... The further south one is from the moisture belt fewer mushrooms may be found, I have been saving my petrol for areas I have done internet research on. Full Buckets to all but I wouldn't quit the day job if you have one.
OMG..... I'm lost, I have the co-ordinates.....but there not on my map. My GPS, keeps leading me back to my house....and my compass? That's the little glass thing that says NEWS, but it never tells me a thing.........I know that the moss grows on the north side of the trees... and all the water runs downhill. I am surely lost. Some one told me if you follow a porcupine he will always lead you back to camp because he likes the smell of salty human peeee... But shit I'm still lost.
snake if u dont know what map co-odinates are for hopefully you know how to use a compass maybe u should think twice about going into the bush
I tried bc gov site but i could only find co-ordinates
Any boletes being found in E. Oregon yet & what elevation? Thanks