Missouri in the springtime is a wonderful time of the year. Flowers begin sprouting, warmer breezes fill the air, and we enter prime mushroom hunting season. Yes, that is right. Spring introduces a fun time of the year when outdoor explorers can embark on great mushroom hunting adventures. Whether you are in search of savoy, edible morels or just want to have a fun outdoor adventure, there are some things every mushroom hunter should know.
The Scoop on Mushroom Hunting in Missouri:
- Early spring provides a wealth of our most-coveted morel.
**This prime season for morels ends as quickly as it begins. In just a few short weeks this variety will dissipate.
- From autumn to early winter you’ll find a variety of lion’s mane and oyster mushrooms.
- The key factor in mushroom growth? Regular moisture and ground temperatures above 50 degrees fahrenheit. Because of this, days after it has rained are good times to go mushroom hunting, as many sprout up during this time period.
Many mushrooms grow on dead or fallen trees, while others grow in the soil.
Knowing what you will need for mushroom hunting is key to your success. Below is a checklist of items to bring in tow on your next excursion.
- Small digging tool
- Flat-bottomed basket
- Navigation tool — think map, compass, and/or GPS
Get to Picking Now
March and April showers bring more than May flowers. This spring, be sure to grab a basket and go mushroom hunting. Need some outdoor gear before you get started? Uncle Sam’s of St. Louis can help you get prepared. We have a comprehensive selection of outdoor camping and hiking gear that is sure to satisfy your needs.
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