If it’s spring and about six weeks after the snow’s melted you’re going to want to be out hunting Morels. To help identify these much sought after delicacies view the available manual below. If you’re ready to get out and hunt; here are some how to hints:

Where: Look in sandy soil, near tall trees-typically elm, ash and poplar trees, sometimes fruit trees (old orchards are awesome), but never under pines. The Pigeon river State Forest is a favorite hunting spot for morel seekers.

When: Morels like things warm and moist (not soggy), so a day following a spring rain improves your odds. Hunt when daytime highs have hovered in the 60’s and nights have gone no lower than the 40’s.

How: Slowly, patiently, carefully. Pinch and twist stem at ground level, leaving the roots and a few whole mushrooms to reproduce again next season.

Tip: Collect morels in a mesh or net sack – an onion bag is perfect. Not only will the holes allow your mushrooms to breathe and keep them from turning to mush, the mushrooms can cast their spores as you hike, hopefully inspiring new growth in new spots.

Identification: Like many mushrooms, morels have lookalikes. Uncertain you’ve got the real McCoy? Have your morels checked at the Otsego County-Michigan State University Extension Office in Gaylord located on the fourth floor of the J.Richard Yuill Alpine Center at 800 Livingston Boulevard, Suite 4A-2, 989-731-0272.

To get a better idea of when and where morels are being found, the Michigan DNR has a handy morel tracker map on their:  Michigan DNR Morel Hunting Map