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MOREL MUSHROOMS IN ARIZONA

One of my favorite seasons of the year as a kid growing up in the mid west was-MUSHROOM HUNTING SEASON.

Morel mushrooms grow in the wild and that is the best place to find them – IN THE WILD!

On one of my “walking the pups” adventures here in northern Az. I took a quick glance to my left into a near by creek and could not believe my eyes. Four yellow morels? (sponge mushrooms).

Everything was on hold until I could climb down in the creek and grab a few pics of the beauties.

At first I left them exactly as I found them because I wanted to ask a few friends about morels in Arizona before I harvested them.  After speaking with a friend of mine I was free to get out the next morning and bring home my treasure.

Yes, we breaded them and had em for dinner that night.

These shrooms sell for $20-$40 a pound in the grocery stores…but now that I know they are out there in the woods you can bet I will get out there again next April with my brown bag and be on the hunt.

What a great find.

I will never forget the day I found those morels by a creek in Arizona.

Steve

Forever on the hunt.

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13 thoughts on “MOREL MUSHROOMS IN ARIZONA

  1. Great – thanks for sharing ! I have hunted mushrooms since a kid in Illinois- 1950. Since I have been from the Arctic to the Amazon as a military /civilian survival instructor – for 35 yrs. Now escaping Colo. to AZ. So, can anyone give me a sm. hint as to where to start hunting ? I’m age 70, slower and will not gather but a few – ha. I’m thinking up in Flagstaff area or near old fire areas? I’ll trade you out some survival skills knowledge – I make fire 30 ways without matches ! Trained DEA, SEALS and more. “Mountain Mel”- Deweese, Ret. USN SERE-POW Inst.

  2. GREAT INFO. – THANKS. I’M STILL HERE IN ARIZ. – WILL ATTEMPT TO HUNT THE EVASIVE MORELS COME 2012 – HMMM, GUSSING APRIL OR MAY – DEPENDING ON WEATHER, RAIN AND ALL. MY FIRST TIME HERE IN ARIZ. ALWAYS HUNTED MORELS BACK IN HOME ILLINOIS. “MOUNTAIN MEL” DEWEESE, – RET. USN SERE-POW
    (SURVIVAL) INST.

  3. Keli says:

    They are so addicting and so yummy!! I never knew they grew here in AZ! I used to pick 40 lb bags at a time in Washington state. Oh how I miss them!

  4. Nora says:

    PLEASE, where did u find the morels in Az? I’m a Kansas native, having a serious jones for some morels. Used to hunt morels with my entire family when I was a kid. Good memories and DELICIOUS mushrooms.

  5. Well, I’m still here in Ariz. Got stuck through the summer – crashed my para-glider and my Aussie pup got sick. Now waiting for April ( or May?) to hunt the evasive morels ! Only need a taste. Hope to find a fellow hunter – hope to get at least a hint – maybe in the last yr. burn areas or ? Not like home Illinois – under old, dead elm trees. Come on somebody – I’ll teach you some survival skills in return. I have taught from the Arctic to the Amazon = 35 yrs. experience ! Yes, those T.V. survival guys call on me. http://www.youwillsurvive.com Hoping to get a call — 970-216-4178. Thanks ! “Mountain Mel” – Deweese, Ret. USN SERE-POW Inst.

    • Natalie says:

      Mountain Mel~ If your still around I too am here in Arizona from Michigan. Your best bet would be to try Alpine area. Wooded, bad burn 2 years ago and tons of rain. I personally am moving back to Michigan unfortunately about 2 weeks to late for hunting this year but oh boy not to late for wild black rasberries! Good luck!

  6. runnar says:

    Dude I know you never give your spots away, but can you give a general location, I’m from Indiana and don’t want to just walk aimlessly through the woods for a few weeks. I would appreciate it so much!

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