Moreldom is abuzz with talk of a super 2014 morel season. I’ve mentioned before that I usually don’t get involved pondering how good (or bad) an upcoming season may be. The reason is because I can’t do anything about it anyway. We are all at the mercy of Mother Nature and Father Time. Speaking of time, there’s also a lot of discussion about how soon the season will start. The first morel in the mid-continent was found in Georgia on March 9 of 2014. In 2013, it was found on March 1.
One might assume from this that the season will be a week later than last year. That might be true for Georgia. But, in Central Illinois, the 2013 season didn’t start until May 1. In my opinion, we can’t get much later than that. Our rule of thumb is that generally the season starts around April 15 (tax day to mid-May).
I also don’t usually get involved in pondering when the season will start. Mother Nature will get around to making conditions right when she is good and ready. I used to be out in the woods several weeks ahead of the season. I was actually the morel welcoming committee. And, as the season did approach, I probably trampled hundreds of baby morels that weren’t big enough to break through the leaves or moss yet. I guess that I’ve learned patience with age as I no longer feel the need to be there to greet them. And when I do find the first one, I generally leave it be to honor the memory of a departed mushroom hunting buddy. Read more