It looks like the snow could be gone until next winter. (Fingers crossed). The muddy season is almost over, and we can finally enjoy some warmer weather. Turkey hunting started last weekend, and people are beginning to look for morel mushrooms!
Every spring, many Michiganders take a day in the woods to look for morel mushrooms. People like to look in the woods and on state property for these brain-like mushrooms. Many people enjoy eating them. Boyne City also holds an annual Morel Mushroom Festival for anyone who enjoys the mushrooms. This year, the festival will be scaled back because of the pandemic. It's not stopping the many restaurants around the city from cooking up tasty morel dishes!
Where are the best places to hunt for morel mushrooms?
The first rule of morel mushroom hunting is don't ask experienced hunters where their best spots are. You'll be wasting your time trying to get out of them their favorite places.
Instead, take some time and research the best places to find morels. The DNR says that some of the best spots are recently burned areas, forests, wetlands, grass areas, etc. You can also look at a map on the DNR website showing recent burn areas across the state.
Here are some tips if it's your first time going morel mushroom hunting
If you're going mushroom hunting for the first time, one of the first things to remember is to have fun. It's another way to experience Northern Michigan and everything it has to offer. Here are some extra tips for those going morel mushroom hunting for the first time.
- Bring mesh bags. Mushroom spores are tiny and can easily slip through the small holes in the mesh bags. The spores help make sure there are more mushrooms next year.
- Make sure you know what a morel looks like. There are many different types of mushrooms in Michigan. A morel mushroom looks a little bit like a brain and has a point. They're also golden brown. Their stems are hollow and white. Look out for fake ones!
- Dress comfortably and practically. Morel hunting involves a lot of hiking through the woods. Ticks may or may not be hanging around too. Make sure you're comfortable and check one another for ticks when you're done mushroom hunting.
Mushroom hunting was one of my favorite things to do with my dad while growing up. It's a lot of fun to find mushrooms in the leaves or the grass. Good spots are unpredictable, but looking for them feels like a day-long adventure.
I enjoyed looking for the mushrooms, but I never enjoyed eating them. However, many other Michiganders enjoy making delicacies with morels. If you can't make it to the National Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City, you can check out the Mesick Mushroom Festival. You can find out more information on both of these festivals on their websites.
Are you excited about mushroom hunting? I know I am! Happy hunting!