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    Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Morel season is approaching. This is my first year hunting. Any advice? Any good spots in the Des Moines area. I know people don't give out their spots, but any sort of direction you could point me in would be appreciated.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Hopefully this year is better than last year. It blew goats last year.



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    Damn your brave. Here comes the rain.


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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    just find any heavily wooded, dense, non populous area maybe on a hot muggy day after a rain storm and search..... Basically think of it like this....

    if you think somebody would dump a dead body there chances are that there are morels in the area.....




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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    In late April/early May you will find tons of cars parked on 63rd by Brown's Woods looking for morels. I'm assuming based upon the amount of cars that are parked there that it's a good place to go. Otherwise another suggestion is what my dad did back in the day. Go out in the country and find somebody's land that has a lot of wooded area, then go to the house and ask them if you can hunt for morels. A lot of times they will let you for a small fee or maybe a portion of what you find.


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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Don't be afraid to look in small pockets of timber within the city limits. Two of my best spots when i lived in Des Moines were both less than a quarter mile off of University. In the Chicago area I find them in stands of trees out in the burbs that are under 10 acres.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by weisr2002 View Post
    Morel season is approaching. This is my first year hunting. Any advice? Any good spots in the Des Moines area. I know people don't give out their spots, but any sort of direction you could point me in would be appreciated.

    ground temps are way too cold yet, need to be in the 50s only 35 today.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by weisr2002 View Post
    Morel season is approaching. This is my first year hunting. Any advice? Any good spots in the Des Moines area. I know people don't give out their spots, but any sort of direction you could point me in would be appreciated.

    430 Nth Hyland Ave
    Ames, IA 50010

    Back when I was in college we would find them in the back behind the gravel parking lot among the trees and also along the wooded ravine. Quite a gourmet meal for a few poor engineering students.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    ground temps are way too cold yet, need to be in the 50s only 35 today.
    Definitely not time yet. As far as advice goes, try to look for dead elm trees. Have the best luck finding good size hobies (Ho-bees, from a czech family and that's what we grew up calling morels) near these and are good spots to go back to when you find them.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Watch out for turkey hunters. Wear bright orange, no red white or blue shirts, unless you like to get shot at.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Like a previous poster said, dead elms. Dead trees in general but especially dead elms. If the bark is all gone then it's probably past it's prime. They're perfect when they have the bark still on the tree but with woodpecker holes in it.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Morel "Hunting" always makes me laugh. How about picking, or gathering?


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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    Watch out for turkey hunters. Wear bright orange, no red white or blue shirts, unless you like to get shot at.

    So true. Even then you aren't 100 percent safe. Too many bad hunters these days.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    Morel "Hunting" always makes me laugh. How about picking, or gathering?

    Because if you ever went you would soon find out, you spend a whole lot more time hunting than picking.



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    Re: Morel Hunting Coming Soon

    Quote Originally Posted by terryk View Post
    Because if you ever went you would soon find out, you spend a whole lot more time hunting than picking.
    I know, I was just kidding. I've been several times.


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