Mushroom Hunting as a Hobby
Of all outdoor sports, morel mushroom hunting is among the least expensive. You don't need any specialized equipment, and you won't need a hunting permit. The only requirements are comfortable clothes and a
bag in which to put your finds. But, there are some products you can make which will ensure that your morel hunting experience is a safe and enjoyable happening. In this article, you earlier and walk the rest of the wear, and what things you want to bring with you to guarantee that you will remain comfortable and safe, and have the correct tools that are vital for a successful morel hunt.
It's best to wear old clothes in which you're comfortable, as they might get stained or ripped. wearing long sleeves and pants will prevent direct contact with dangerous plants like poison ivy, shrubs, etc.. Wear an old t-shirt underneath in case you get hot and want to remove the long sleeved shirt. In early spring the weather can be unpredictable. It might be sunny, it may be raining, or there may still be snow on the ground. Bring rain gear just in case. Why let rain ruin your searching experience? wear comfortable shoes. wear glasses rather than contact lenses.
Protective eyewear can keep branches from your eyes. wear garden gloves to protect your hands and a hat to protect your head from sunlight and tree branches and to keep off the ticks. Do not forget insect repellent
in addition to a small first aid kit. Remember the rule that if you don't bring it, you will undoubtedly need it. And if nature calls a small roll of toilet paper unexpectedly will be essential. Bring a small trowel to dig a pit and keep nature undisturbed.
An onion bag or mesh bag is excellent for storing models. Individual bags are designed for morels that allow the spores to fall back to the ground after harvesting. The bag should allow air flow and prevent moisture buildup which can damage the morels. Never put your find in a car trunk or glove box, where humidity and heat will lead to a rapid deterioration after picking. Bringing ice-filled coolers with some sheets of cardboard to place between the morels and ice will ensure your mushrooms stay fresh and crisp as you transfer them home.
A walking stick will help to clear paths and is excellent for poking around in the leaves and grasses that might be concealing these elusive mushrooms. Bring your camera to record your finds. A GBS unit is recommended to record the location of your find, as morels tend to reappear in precisely the same area in subsequent seasons.
Use common sense security procedures. Bringing maps and a compass, and a whistle is wise. Never go mushroom hunting alone. If you don't have a GBS unit, bring a notebook with pen to record the location of your finds. Bring, a small pack of water and food. Plan your trip, allowing ample time to return safely. Be sure that you have familiarized yourself with all legal regulations, that you have permission to enter the land where you will be looking for the mushrooms. Make sure to have enough gas in your gas tank. Spring paths can be dangerous. A rope or winch will help to remove your vehicle from muddy roads that may become impassable.
A sharp knife or scissors will let you harvest without destroying the delicate roots of the morels. Do not disturb the mycelium by yanking the mushroom from the ground. Pinch the mushroom at the base of the stem and
cut off carefully and cleanly. Brush off any dirt, and keep your harvest dry.