Help me remember a morel hunting location?
May 11, 2011 2:25 PM Subscribe
I either need help remembering the exact location of a very productive morel hunting location in southern IL, or else some tips on other good locations in or near western KY.
posted by gilrain to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I used to go morel hunting every spring with a friend of mine in the area in and around western KY. The most productive place we visited was a tip from his father, who hunts in southern IL, not too long a drive from my location in western KY. We found bags and bags of morels, and the spot is fairly popular: it produces well each year, is easily accessible, and many hunters go there.
However, after applying the full force of my google fu, I can not locate this spot, and contacting that friend or his family is impossible. I had hoped mushroom hunters were less cagey in online communities than in person. Not so. Even a fairly well-known spot like the one I remember seems impossible to nail down. Here are the few things I remember.
The spot was definitely in the Shawnee National Forest.
The spot was easily accessible by a paved walking trail. I only need to find the trail. It was a short loop through the woods... no more than a couple miles long, I'd say, and probably shorter. It had a little, gravel parking lot. I think it may have been near a small lake.
That's all. I realize that's a long shot, so my broader question is: are there any morel hunters familiar with this area who would generously share the location of a good spot? Even just a general area? Feel free to memail me if you don't want every hunter with an internet connection flooding your favorite spot. I only hunt once a year and never take much.
My girlfriend and I want to mushroom hunt this weekend. The weather will be great, and the conditions are right for morels in this area. Incidentally, this area also has a lot of chanterelles. If morel advice is too secret, feel free to offer chanterelle locations! We love both.