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David Jaimet, of Lenzburg, left, and Kent Mason, of New Athens found these morels last Thursday along the Kaskaskia River.

The mushroom motherlode

April 20, 2009 at 06:12 PM

David Jaimet struck out in his quest for a turkey last Thursday. But he hit the jackpot in terms of morel mushrooms.

Jaimet of Lenzburg picked 56 pounds of yellow morels in three hours according to a story today by Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat.

“I was turkey hunting and started seeing them all over the place,” Jaimet told Kloeckner. “I said ‘The heck with this,’ and I went and picked Kent up. I figured I could kill a turkey some other time. I better get the mushrooms while I can. We went back out and picked 56 pounds of mushrooms in three hours. It was a great way to spend a vacation day.”

Jaimet and Mason used a boat to scour the banks and bottom land of the Kaskaskia River within a 20-mile radius of New Athens. They found morels everywhere, mostly under giant maple trees.

“There were mushrooms as far as you could see,” Jaimet said. “We’d get all of those, hop in the boat and go to the next spot. All of the sudden, there would be another big patch of them.”

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good find….to bad everyone knows the basic area….say good-bye to your hot spot.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 07:35 PM

That…
is…
impressive…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/20 at 07:41 PM

lol i cant find one of em lol

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 07:05 AM

Found 3 pounds today in the rain in the peoria area.  Does not compare to there 56 pounds but its just nice to hame some for the skillet tonight.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 12:36 PM

Good Job guys, Im sure you had a blast! PICKIN AND A GRINNIN!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 02:02 PM

They didnt claim to be real shroomers.  Obviously they were turkey hunting if you read the article.  The mushrooms were just a bonus!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 02:48 PM

I just want to know, what are they going to do with all of those shrooms?  Can you freeze em?  I am not a shroomer as you can see.  But hey, good job guys!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/21 at 10:50 PM

Bubby, you can dehydrate them to store and rehydrate them later.  It’s a great way to save them.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/22 at 07:29 AM

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