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Stick in Mud

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  • Birthday 04/18/1982

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  1. Nice reports, all. Glad some of you are finding them!
  2. I'm not too worried about it. If I can't find the walleyes this weekend, *then* I'll be frustrated!
  3. In many hours the last week or so, I've found *zero* morels. Worst year for me yet in a long time. I did put my first edibles in the bag tonight--some nice pheasants--but that is not what I'm looking for. Not sure what's up, either. Oh well, at least the best mushrooms of the year are still to come.
  4. Great finds, NoTime. I'm jealous! My spots have been a bust so far, but the pheasant backs are *just* starting, and they are (usually) before the morels, so we might have more time. That being said, I'm seeing reports of full-grown yellows in my area, so I think my spots might just be duds. Ah well, morels are overrated anyways.
  5. Definitely a pheasant back/dryad's saddle. They're *just* starting here in central MN (at least in my spots), but they'll be out and about down in SE Minnesota. I actually like eating the young ones.
  6. Lilacs are really leafing out here in central MN. On my few walks through the woods, the mushrooms have been few and far between: No more scarlet cups, no pheasant backs, no oysters. I haven't went to my morel spots because there's no hurry and I don't want to trample them, but I doubt they're up very far around here if the pheasant backs haven't even fruited. I'll be back out today before the rain checking on things, though.
  7. Bear Head Lake state park!!

    Yes, as leech said, check out the trout lakes. They can be fruitful or not, depending on the time of year (or how close you are to the last stocking). There are some good (but small) lakes up there that have canoe access only but that are also outside the BWCA. Worth a look at a map for sure.
  8. Kayak & Canoe Day Trips

    As eyeguy says, the Miss is always a good bet. The Sauk is a favorite of mine, but it can be rocky and in recent years has gotten pretty weedy as summer wears on.
  9. Yep, you got it, caddis. As far as I know, these are the first mushrooms to fruit in MN each year. The woods near me (St Cloud area) are loaded with them.
  10. Yours were a little too old, Royce. Next time, keep one with pure white under the fronds, and it'll taste least they do to me.
  11. You'll grow old whether I answer or not. Honestly, I'm guessing one reason you didn't like them was that they were too old. They get...I dunno how to describe it...a little gamey if they get too old. The trick is to look at the pores on the underside of the frond. The best hens are pure white, with pores so small you can't really see them. As soon as the underside gets at all off-white, they go downhill, at least to my taste buds. As that happens, the pores increase in size and become easily visible.
  12. No, not morels (at least not here), but I saw two different species of mushrooms on a little walk through a local woods: the "orange peel fungus" (aleuria aurantia) and one little brown mushroom that I couldn't identify. The season isn't that far away!!
  13. I have cooked and then frozen them....though I've had better luck vacuum sealing them than just putting them in a freezer bag. They do get freezer burn pretty quickly in my experience. Of course, I might be doing something wrong.
  14. Nice to see the hen pics, guys. It was a crazy year for them, that's for sure. The key for me when eating them is to make sure the underside is completely white. As soon as the underside gets even a little off-white, the taste goes downhill, at least for me. Sometimes that happens when they're the size of a softball; othertimes they'll be 30 pounds and still perfectly fine.