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Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Fairfaxian ()
Date: March 28, 2008 01:31PM

Hey is anyone into mushroom hunting in the Fairfax area? I see from a differnet message board that a few have been found already this spring at Mason Neck.

I've been out in local parks...the season is RIGHT around the corner!

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Question ()
Date: March 28, 2008 01:36PM

what kind of mushrooms?

are there clubs in the area that do that?

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Foodie ()
Date: March 28, 2008 01:47PM

If you're into morels check out the web site for Barboursville winery. They are doing a wine dinner on May 3rd that features morel mushrooms. They have an expert on wild mushrooms who speaks for a bit, passes around samples of morels, tells you how to find them and how they need to be prepared. We went last year and had a really nice time. This is one of the best local wineries.

http://barboursvillewine.net/b/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=147

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: slimey ()
Date: March 28, 2008 03:12PM

I love to hunt morels and there are plenty of them in Fairfax if you
just know where to look. My "secret" hunting ground is passed by thousands
of cars every day. If you havent had them, too bad. They are especially
good with a t-bone (with lots of fat!) right off the grill. This website
has a Virginia message board:
http://www.morels.com/

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: fairfaxian ()
Date: April 08, 2008 09:06AM

yes, i've been watching the message boards...seems its just about time for them to pop, especially after the rain of the last few days.

I've located a few "high probability spots" that i'll spend time looking in--going out today for a walk/hunt!

Slimey--what kind of terrain, tree types, etc do you think bring the highest likelihood of success? Not that i'd ask you to give up your spot, of course--just comparing notes...lots of nooks and crannies in and around fairfax to look!

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: SHaZbOt ()
Date: April 08, 2008 11:29AM

eating mushrooms that you pick yourself is sketch... i really hope you reconsider or REALLY know what your doing

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: April 08, 2008 11:47AM

Ha, I was thinking the exact same thing... I guess you better keep a copy of Pink Floyd's "Obscured by Clouds" record on hand just in case you picked the wrong ones!



SHaZbOt Wrote:
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> eating mushrooms that you pick yourself is
> sketch... i really hope you reconsider or REALLY
> know what your doing

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: slimey ()
Date: April 08, 2008 12:46PM

fairfaxian Wrote:
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> yes, i've been watching the message boards...seems
> its just about time for them to pop, especially
> after the rain of the last few days.
>
> I've located a few "high probability spots" that
> i'll spend time looking in--going out today for a
> walk/hunt!
>
> Slimey--what kind of terrain, tree types, etc do
> you think bring the highest likelihood of success?
> Not that i'd ask you to give up your spot, of
> course--just comparing notes...lots of nooks and
> crannies in and around fairfax to look!


I look for a stream that runs directly into a woods. (hardwoods are best)
It seems that the best "pickings" are usually within the first few yards
into the trees. Right after a rain when the sun comes out seems to work
best for me. I also have "smelled" the spoor before and it has a very
musky "dust" smell to it. (not quite what I'd call pungent though)
Its perfectly okay to hunt them on public land, but private land requires
permission from the owner. I have a spot that sits right behind a townhouse
complex and have been finding them for years now. Silence is golden.
If you tell, others will go there too. Once you find some, or even one
for that matter, the area will continue to produce morels. Its best not
to disturb the ground you pick them from as the spoor is still active.
Good hunting!

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: April 08, 2008 12:48PM

Fairfaxian Wrote:
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> Hey is anyone into mushroom hunting in the Fairfax
> area? I see from a differnet message board that
> a few have been found already this spring at Mason
> Neck.
>
> I've been out in local parks...the season is RIGHT
> around the corner!


yeah, they are sooo much better if you cover them with rat-poison and then chase 'em with a glass of Drāno.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: 496 ()
Date: April 08, 2008 01:42PM

"I guess you better keep a copy of Pink Floyd's "Obscured by Clouds" record on hand just in case you picked the wrong ones! "
Thats good listening right there.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: slimey ()
Date: April 08, 2008 02:22PM

Found this one on YouTube. They have lots more, but this is basic stuff.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=RJRn5I7lF5g&feature=related

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Will ()
Date: April 25, 2011 06:06PM

I just found my first morels in a local ffx park. Hard to beat walking out your back door and hitting paydirt.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Criminal ()
Date: April 26, 2011 07:40AM

I have no Morels. ;)

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: April 26, 2011 09:23AM

Obscured by Clouds is a great album.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Comfort Food ()
Date: April 26, 2011 09:54AM

Morels are very distinctive in appearance - are there bad/deadly mushrooms that look like them?

morel.jpg

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Date: April 26, 2011 10:05AM



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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Seaweed ()
Date: April 26, 2011 11:33AM

I found 7 this weekend in Fairfax Station woods. Small though.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: when in doubt, throw it out ()
Date: April 26, 2011 11:44AM

Comfort Food Wrote:
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> Morels are very distinctive in appearance - are
> there bad/deadly mushrooms that look like them?
>
>


Yes, they're called false morels and they can be difficult to distinguish from real morels. The best way to tell if it's a false or real morel is to cut them open. A real morel is completely hollow inside, stem and all.

google morel mushroom hunting. There's a couple different sites that explain it pretty well. If you're not sure, don't eat it. Not worth the risk.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: ssmith ()
Date: April 27, 2011 11:21AM

Would like to hunt with someone, in Fairfax County, have an area that should be perfect but no luck yet, I think I just can't see them.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Morel Mania ()
Date: April 27, 2011 04:49PM

when in doubt, throw it out Wrote:
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> Comfort Food Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Morels are very distinctive in appearance - are
> > there bad/deadly mushrooms that look like them?
> >
> >
>
>
> Yes, they're called false morels and they can be
> difficult to distinguish from real morels. The
> best way to tell if it's a false or real morel is
> to cut them open. A real morel is completely
> hollow inside, stem and all.
>
> google morel mushroom hunting. There's a couple
> different sites that explain it pretty well. If
> you're not sure, don't eat it. Not worth the
> risk.

False Morels arent hard at all to distinguish--just follow the above advice. If you've seen pics of both, you're 98% there. Ive never even seen one in my years of morel hunting.

and NOW is the season. Happy Hunting!

PS disregard the comments of the trolls above. They have no fucking clue.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: go fish ()
Date: April 27, 2011 06:51PM

I hate you all, I can't find any...wah! Been looking after rain, around tulip poplars, etc.

I *think* I found some that all rotten, but not sure.

grrr.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Ryno78 ()
Date: April 27, 2011 11:13PM

Morels are great but where are the magic ones?

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Diana Gearhart ()
Date: April 28, 2011 04:57PM

slimey Wrote:
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> I love to hunt morels and there are plenty of them
> in Fairfax if you
> just know where to look. My "secret" hunting
> ground is passed by thousands
> of cars every day. If you havent had them, too
> bad. They are especially
> good with a t-bone (with lots of fat!) right off
> the grill. This website
> has a Virginia message board:
> http://www.morels.com/

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Diana Gearhart ()
Date: April 28, 2011 05:00PM

I might like to go hunting for morel mushrooms. I'm very allergic to poison ivy and sumac and would have to wear boots and gloves. Where do I go in Fairfax, Va?

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Accotink ()
Date: April 29, 2011 11:08AM

We found a few along the trail at Lake Accotink last week.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Will ()
Date: April 29, 2011 02:33PM

They are REALLY hard to see until your eye is developed. Those little heads just above the leaf litter just don't show up well in the filtered light of the woods (but I did see one today at eye level on a hill ;-)

Regarding poison ivy -- while I'm not sensitive to it, I have seen a TON while hunting and finding. If it is a problem for you, take precautions!

A lot of treed areas are producing -- a friend picked some up in rock creek park this week.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: tbroo ()
Date: May 03, 2011 08:38AM

I want Morels!! Found some dried this winter and put the leftover fried ones in my Thanksgiving stuffing, delicious! Is it too late to look in the area? I walk the Accotink trail everyday, but havent seen them. Assumed the deer got to them already. Anyone have tips on where they are abundant, or want a tagalong for hunting them? I hunted every year in Nebraska until moving here.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: alice ()
Date: May 03, 2011 01:09PM

you guys are all idiot...youre searching for the wrong type of shrooms ;)

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Ut videam ()
Date: May 03, 2011 01:10PM

alice Wrote:
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> you guys are all idiot...youre searching for the
> wrong type of shrooms ;)







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/03/2011 01:11PM by Ut videam.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Charles Martin ()
Date: October 15, 2013 01:47PM

slimey Wrote:
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> I love to hunt morels and there are plenty of them
> in Fairfax if you
> just know where to look. My "secret" hunting
> ground is passed by thousands
> of cars every day. If you havent had them, too
> bad. They are especially
> good with a t-bone (with lots of fat!) right off
> the grill. This website
> has a Virginia message board:
> http://www.morels.com/------

I would like to pick mushrooms in Fairfax. Any ideas or suggestions? Please email cemab4yy@hotmail.com

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: NiggaPlz ()
Date: October 15, 2013 03:46PM

Morels around here run mid-April to mid-June, mothafuckah.

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Nicdoot ()
Date: October 15, 2013 07:51PM

Morels are found near creeks and around tulip poplar trees in the spring. Short season for them. Oyster and lions mane mushrooms are white and are found on fallen trees near creeks. Oysters are yummy and have gills underneath. You can buy these sometimes at farmers markets or maybe whole foods. I think it's called lions mane are white and thicker layered. I don't find them very tasty though. Get a book with pictures. Do a search on Chris Matherly. He lives in Georgia and does forays around the US. Unfortunately he diesnt do forays in this area He will look at pics on his website and tell you if they are edible mushrooms or not. Good luck!

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: riccio ()
Date: May 01, 2014 11:48AM

False Morel has a ribbon flap in the stem, the correct on has a hollow stem. Soak in salt water to get the bugs out

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: Trrippping! ()
Date: May 01, 2014 07:15PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> Ha, I was thinking the exact same thing... I guess
> you better keep a copy of Pink Floyd's "Obscured
> by Clouds" record on hand just in case you picked
> the wrong ones!
>
>
>
> SHaZbOt Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > eating mushrooms that you pick yourself is
> > sketch... i really hope you reconsider or
> REALLY


> > know what your doing

That shit was funny. Nice pull dude!

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Re: Morel Mushroom hunting in Fairfax
Posted by: mushies ()
Date: May 01, 2014 07:31PM

tbroo Wrote:
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> I want Morels!! Found some dried this winter and
> put the leftover fried ones in my Thanksgiving
> stuffing, delicious! Is it too late to look in
> the area? I walk the Accotink trail everyday, but
> havent seen them. Assumed the deer got to them
> already. Anyone have tips on where they are
> abundant, or want a tagalong for hunting them? I
> hunted every year in Nebraska until moving here.

My lady has family near Lincoln Nebraska that used to get Huge morels from a creek bed/copse of trees by their house. Some were nearly a pound! They'd dry some and mail em to us here in VA, yum.

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