It’s that time of year where everything is finally starting to turn green again. For me that means it’s time for a delicacy that only comes around once a year and for a very limited time only. That would be the morel mushroom. I’ve been hunting them for as long as I could walk and have had some great years and some not so great years regarding harvests. It’s kind of like any type of hunting in that aspect!
I bring up the morels not only because they are delicious but for the other benefits they can offer to us. If you’re just coming out of winter hibernation then this could be your kick start to getting some fresh air and taking that first step to getting into better shape for the upcoming season. How is that you ask? I know they don’t grow on couches so you need to get out there and burn some boot leather! If you’re just starting your workouts then make the trips shorter but if you are already the pinnacle of fit then challenge yourself to cover more miles in one day or better yet find a wilderness area, load up your pack with camping gear, and make a weekend of it.
There are other gains to be made as well while out searching the forest floor for the spongy looking things. I’m seeing tons of picks of shed antlers starting to roll across social media. No reason why you couldn’t pull double duty and find some sheds while you roam. It’s also a great time to begin your preseason scouting. You’re already out there, right? Why not find some heavily used trails, hidden drainages, rub lines, wallows, or whatever other sign you come across. Take your GPS along (even if you know exactly where you are) and mark some of these things. I’m guessing you’ll see patterns starting to form that will come in handy this fall. Oh, I almost forgot, how about killing some time after you bag your gobbler or when the turkey hunting goes cold? Nothing like locating some birds before daylight, calling them in, filling your tag, and finishing the morning off finding a bread sack of morels. That would be considered the super bowl for some guys I know!
Lastly, it’s a great way to spend some quality time with your family and continue to introduce the outdoors to kids. No draws or licenses are required and the kids can make as much noise as they want and I promise they won’t scare any mushrooms away. So load up the cooler with some juice boxes and snack sticks from that nice buck you killed this past season and make your own honey hole.