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    Default Morel mushroom hunting and prices?

    Just curious how many of you sell your mushrooms and what you get per pound? I had heard about local grocery stores buying them here in Grand Island, but I hadn't really sold any until last year. Just curious what creteria the buyers were looking for and what they were willing to pay. After I've eaten 3 or 4 meals, my innards have had enough and I sell what's left.
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    I've sold some in the past. I would charge between $12 and $20 bucks a pound, based on the year. I went the craigslist route, and it became a hassle at times with people not showing up to pick up the morels...but all in all, it's a nice little boost to the old slush fund. As far as creteria...I never had an issue. I think as long as you don't have a bunch of dirt clumped at the bottom of the morel's stump, you'll be fine.
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    We sell for $15/lb out our front door.
    We took phone numbers from all buyers our first couple years. Most are return customers. They start calling in orders in March.
    For years we had 4 stores we supplied.
    Liability issues came up with no Certified inspection process. They could no longer buy them.
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    I have a good place in mind that is moist and secluded quite a bit of moss grows there but when is the best time to go hunt? I've heard 50 degrees and a few days after a lot of rain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishloveme View Post
    I have a good place in mind that is moist and secluded quite a bit of moss grows there but when is the best time to go hunt? I've heard 50 degrees and a few days after a lot of rain
    Last year with as warm as it was; I started finding them the last week of March, but typically mid April is when we start finding them. Look for lilacs starting to bloom...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirenut View Post
    Last year with as warm as it was; I started finding them the last week of March, but typically mid April is when we start finding them. Look for lilacs starting to bloom...
    Spot on! Last year was the first time I had ever found good numbers in March. Pray for rain.
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    You really can go by the lilacs blooming. When they bloom the morels are in full.force.

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    I thought selling wild mushrooms was illegal.....guess I was wrong.

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    Has anyone found any yet. I went out the other day and didn't find any I think it's still early.

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    Still too early for them to be popping up in Nebraska.... Give them another 3 weeks or so.

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    15$ WOW! Guys over here sell em for 30-40$ we must just have lazier people over here I had no idea that you guys even got them over that "far" Just what I needed, to get more excited about coming over. Sleep is bad as it is.

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    [QUOTE=Indyhunter;481858]15$ WOW! Guys over here sell em for 30-40$ we must just have lazier people over here
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    Or deeper pockets.......

    Our first couple weeks are Karma Bags (elderly, disabled, homebound, ect). Then we sell, trade , barter.
    We see no sense in gouging the common man. We have had our buyers for years. On good years we ship all over the country to family & friends.
    Karma always comes around when treating folks fairly.
    We have been gifted pies, cookies, hand tied flies, hand made plastics & lures, cases of oranges from Florida, healthy monetary tips, steaks, ect.

    Most of the folks we sell to are just plain old hard working Americans. Glad to make it an affordable treat once a year


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    Anyone think they will start popping this week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WalterPayton34 View Post
    Anyone think they will start popping this week?
    No.

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    I was getting about $40 a lb on eBay about 6 years ago.

    They surely won't be popping yet. It just snowed. Lots depends on soil temps.

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    If this cold keeps up might be a late shroom season here. Usually I don't start finding any at all till shotgun turkey opens. Thats only 10 days away and with this weather not sure I will find any that early.

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    with this warm weather would sunday be a good day to get out looking? ill be out turkeyhunting tomorrow and ill make sure to report if i find anything
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    Any time is a Good time to look.
    Just got reports from friends in Arkansas and So. Missouri. Some found.
    Slow start, up and down temps are the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishloveme View Post
    with this warm weather would sunday be a good day to get out looking? ill be out turkeyhunting tomorrow and ill make sure to report if i find anything
    Like Carrie said, "any time is a good time to look", but I wouldn't get too excited 'till I saw a few dandelions blooming...
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    This weather is garbage! I move to Texas in a month and my chances of mushroom hunting are quickly dissolving and soon to be snowed on.

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