Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois morel season under way

April 05, 2010 at 08:18 PM

On Saturday, Michael Brown found one lone gray morel mushroom in St. Clair County.

That’s worth noting, certainly. Much more impressive, though, is Brown’s find today. Hunting in St. Clair County with his kids Hannah and Michael, the Browns located a mess of 37 morels.

“I have been finding mushrooms in this spot for years. They were all under 10 inches of leaves, so if you didn’t know where they come up every year it would have been a real shot in the dark,” the elder Brown said. “This area is almost all elm and ash trees so it is prime ground. The rest of our area should pick up soon.”

Illinois hunting and fishing

That just goes to show how much things can change in the timber. Given a few more warm days, we expect mushroom reports will be coming from all over.

That includes Fulton County in central Illinois, where Julie Rilea of Canton found 87 small gray morels last Thursday while cleaning her yard. Rilea told the Canton Daily Ledger that many of the 2-inch morels were lined up along the side of an apartment building, where they were nestled in a mossy, muddy shaded area. Another 20 were growing in a circle.

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