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Morels in DuPage County?
Posted: 18 April 2011 10:31 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Anyone know of a reliable spot(s) to find morels in DuPage County? All I want to find is 1 morel, photograph it (with me holding it), and email/text it to a buddy of mine. He’s a die-hard morel hunter that recently moved to Florida where his morel hunting opportunities are, um, limited at best. Just want to rile him a bit. That’s what friends do. lol. I know how secretive we all get with our spots but any info would be helpful. Any promising Forest Preserves? I went to some Forest Preserves last year but to no avail. Plus, the Forest Preserves have a “no take” policy. Not sure how strict they would be over 1 mushroom though . . . I’m not a big mushroom fan but I could use the exercise smile Thanks!

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Posted: 18 April 2011 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t think many people hunt the forest preserves simply because you can’t pick there.  The only DuPage area I can think of where you *might* be able to pick is Pate Phillips woods up near Bartlett.  That’s the only state controlled land I can think of (I’d still call first and make sure there’s not some local no-pick rule).  I don’t know if its any good for mushrooms, and if it is, I’d suspect it gets plenty of picture.  Just can’t come up with anything else—unless you want to drive as far as Chain of Lakes, Silver Springs, Morraine Hills, or Shabbona (I’m also not sure of the regs at each site).

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Posted: 18 April 2011 08:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks Murdy. I was wondering if you have had much morel experience in the DuPage area (I know you’re somewhere in NE Illinois). I’m from the Naperville-Aurora-Wheaton area. I have a couple of spots that look ideal down by the DuPage River - just haven’t found any yet (2 years and counting). I know some folks that hunt morels with some success in some Cook County Forest Preserves up by Morton Grove in the NW suburbs. But again, I think collecting is against FP policy.  I’m not after a big harvest. Just looking for a photo. Thanks smile

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Posted: 19 April 2011 05:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m from southern DeKalb county.  While I’m aware of the parks in the general area, I don’t really have much familiarity with DuPage.  I tend to range south or west for things like shrooms and hunting.  I’ve been to Silver Springs mushrooming a few times.  Never found morels, but have run across other species there at other times of the year.  It’s big enough where I haven’t felt crowded by others in the woods.  It’s not too far and might be worth the trip.  I mentioned the site near Bartlett, I think that’s actually Kane.
I do think it’s still pretty early around here.  I follow the discussions on the Morels.com Illinois board, and it sounds like Peoria is about as far north as they are finding them (though a lot of people on that site seem to be full of it too, so I don’t take anything I read there as gospel).
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Posted: 21 April 2011 08:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’ve been to Silver Springs before too. Just scouting it out. Have you bowhunted it before?

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Posted: 21 April 2011 04:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ve bow hunted it a couple times about 3 years ago.  It can fill up, but I was never not able to get on.  I didn’t see anything at all, but I have talked to people that take deer out of there.  We usually do the put-and-take pheasant thing once or twice per year there, and that program is well run.  I also squirrel hunt there in September, as they have a short open season.  The site was open for coyotes this year for (I think) the first time, but was shotgun only.  I see deer down there, just never when I’ve been hunting them.

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Posted: 19 August 2011 10:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I hope ure not looking 4 morels right now….......? u wont find one anywhere in the states right now….....they only show their elusive lil faces during the begining of spring…....and to answer ure ?.... im not from around there so i dont know any areas….but I do have an alternitive if u cant find anywhere to hunt next spring…. just go to morelmania.com and keep an eye on when they are gonna hold their yearly championship mushroom hunt, its one hell of a hootin’ time! all ya gotta do is register for the comp and they take u on a bus to some random farm and then set a pack of ol mushroom hounds loose for 90 minutes, they have trophys and the whole get-up, and u will 4 sure find at least “1” mushroom! either way u look at it, u will have an absolute blast and u will get your 1 mushroom and maybe more!

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Posted: 19 August 2011 11:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Your wasting your breath Coon Ass, the last post is a virus, look closely at the links, but don’t click on them! They have infected us once again, I wish they would hit the “Swineman site” give him a little taste of his own elixir.

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Posted: 07 April 2012 08:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Not to brag any, but…

I know of at least ten spots in DuPage County where morels can be found.  I have only ever shared one location.  It usually produces pretty well each season for the past three years.  It is in Downers Grove and easily accessible to the public.

In fact, I am heading out there today to hunt.  There have already been NUMEROUS morels found as near as Joliet!  The season is EARLY this year!

Let me know if you are still interested…

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Posted: 21 April 2012 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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  I just found a NEW SPOT with about twenty to twenty-five morels.  I am letting them grow a bit bigger since the weather has been so cold overnight…

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Posted: 22 April 2012 05:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Have you found many since the last round of rains?  I haven’t been out; figured it was too cold (and been chasing the turkeys around a bit).

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