A memorable morel season
Well, another morel season is coming to a close. Sadly. But many have of you have enjoyed several mushroom meals as did Photo Joe Egli of South Pekin, who submitted the above picture.
And while not everyone found enough morels to keep them satisfied, most agree this was at least a decent season. For several, this was an excellent season. That includes Dodee Ledbetter, a southern Illinois resident who found numerous large morels back on April 25, 2008. Ledbetter would say only that she found her morels “in the woods.” That and that “It was an unbelievable season! Can’t wait till next year!” Why was she so excited? Check out these pictures she submitted.
Another family that enjoyed a good time in the woods was the Amans, Carol, Jimmy and Terry (from left to right). They hunted morels on May 14 in Peoria County along with Todd Adam (son of Carol and Terry, father of Jimmy) and the three generations located a niec mess of morels. Grandma had the biggest though, found near a dying elm. Wrote Todd Aman: “Mushroom fever seems to hit a lot of people in Central Illinois this time of the year. Plus it is priceless to spend time in the woods with your grandparents.”
Kevin Phillips of Farmington wondered where he could find a contest for the smallest morel. Wrote Phillips: “I’ve never seen one this small. I walked for about four hours Sunday (May 4, 2008) afternoon and found 150 shrooms. The biggest was about two and a half inches tall the rest were that and smaller. I found 9 by one tree and the other 141 in an area about 20’ x 20’. Very sporadic.”
One day earlier, Beth Emhoff (pictured below) from Mapleton braved the cold temperatures on May 3, 2008 with her husband Brian in Peoria County, but they were rewarded with 128 mushrooms. They also left quite a few that had just came through the leaves for a later hunt!
Thanks for all the mushroom pictures and stories. We’ll have more next spring.