It's morel hunting season in North Idaho!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene AB37665

I came across an interesting status update on Facebook from an old friend from high school.  Doug Peoples posted:

"Another successful morel hunt Saturday. Found alot more than Friday and Lins got tons of great pictures. Will post later. I have a feeling its gonna be a great year for morels because this is way early to be finding this many."

Morel Hunting Season in North IdahoNow if you have spent any time in North Idaho, you know that Idahoans love to hunt!  Our local paper regularly features stories about the achievements of local hunters and their prize trophies. 

Recently, a story and photo announced the killing by the son of a friend of mine - of a wolf!   The hunter held it in a kind of bear hug for the photographer, and the thing was huge!  Yes, there is even a wolf hunting season here in beautiful North Idaho. 

Last week an 11 year old girl was featured, she had killed her first turkey.  She proudly knelt with her shotgun, dressed in camo, for the photographer.  Her turkey was displayed in front of her, and again, it was HUGE! 

But I had never seen nor heard of anybody hunting for morels.  I wasn't even at all sure what a morel was.  So, I Googled it.  Whoa!  It's a MUSHROOM!  I found the internet FULL of websites and stories of morels and 'Shroomers who go 'Shrooming - hunting for morels!  Recipes, tips, mushroom humor, clubs, Morel Hunting Season in North Idahogifts and heartwarming mushroom stories.  Who knew!  Very fascinating, a whole world of mushrooms and 'Shroomers I never knew existed!

Apparently, it's morel hunting season in North Idaho.  Something the 'Shroomers have in common with their game hunting counterparts is that they are very protective and secretive about their hunting grounds.  But as I followed the thread on Doug's facebook page I learned a few things.  Morel season lasts about a month.  They grow in wooded areas, on the north side of a slope, in the underbrush. You should pinch them off at the ground rather than pull them up, so they will grow back the following year. And apparently, according to Doug's most recent post, 'Shroomers are harvesting a bumper crop this year:

"Came home with about 8 lbs of morels today. SCORE!!!"

Photos courtesy of Dougs niece, Lindsey Saffeels

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Tom Ramsey
Century 21 Northland - Traverse City, MI

Thanks for the post, morel hunting I can remember since I was a kid. It is about time here in Northern Michigan as well. Good to see its still enjoyed all around the country.

Thanks for your post


Apr 27, 2010 08:41 PM #1
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
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Janna  That is very well done - I now can talk to friends about morels and act surprised when the don't understand

Apr 27, 2010 11:50 PM #2
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Janna, my hubby is a big shroom hunter, something many Russians do back home. I have a friend who takes people on shroom hunts, he had joined some sort of shroomer hunter club, LOL.

You gotta love a good shroom!

Apr 27, 2010 11:54 PM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

While we don't do it...'can't tell the poisonous from the good stuff...sounds like a good outing..sure beats/eats anything with antlers !  Give me a buzzzz

Apr 28, 2010 12:52 AM #4
Jill Schmidt
Aurora, CO

What a great location and wonderful setting.  I can tell it's a beautiful place to live.  Best of luck!

Apr 28, 2010 06:07 AM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My husband has a very fond memory of his grandfather walking him through the woods hunting for mushrooms.  He would point with his cane to the ones that he wanted picked.  I wonder if they were morels?

Apr 28, 2010 10:17 AM #6
Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

Yea I learned something new today.  Anothor thing I  won't be hunting for.  I don't like fugus... oh whell more for Doug and Lindsey!

May 04, 2010 04:32 AM #7
Gloria A Wurm

Yes, we are very protective of our spots for hunting morels.  I belong to NIMA and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience hunting in North Idaho.  Last year found 469, this year so far 344.  I count them because there is a guy in our club that thinks he can beat me - ha!  I have been hunting with my Grandmother since I was a little girl.  Also found some corals yesterday. 

May 20, 2010 03:57 AM #8

Heading off to a Northern Idaho area on a short camp trip before the summer tourist season falls upon us.....Are the Morels still popping? :)

Jun 01, 2010 04:10 AM #9
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
Not sure if they're still popping but I'll bet they are. We have had a cool and wet past few weeks.... Good luck to you!
Jun 01, 2010 04:23 AM #10

Thanks for the response!  :)

Yes it's been a wet cool one in the PNW (Washington girl).....

Jun 01, 2010 01:41 PM #11
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

You're welcome!  And happy shrooming to you!

Jun 01, 2010 04:33 PM #12

I have never hunted mushrooms but thought I would go out for a while this weekend just to get out.  Have you heard of anyone finding any this late.  Also are they like Huckleberries, the later in the year the higher you can find them?

Jun 17, 2010 09:06 AM #13

There are TONS of areas in Sandpoint, Idaho that Morel's sprout. Trestle Creek in Hope, Idaho has a huge abundance of Morel's and Club footed coral as well as many edible fungi. all very delicious.

It is October 2010 here and there are still lots of shrooms growing. Plenty of Lobster Mushrooms too.

Hope this helps anyone looking.

Also, Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort has plenty of places to pick.

Oct 17, 2010 08:28 AM #14
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