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Offlinetwistedweather
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Northwest Washington Lib hunt
    #1067231 - 11/19/02 08:28 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

Due to the rain I was able to get off work a bit early this morning.
Disappointed about my finds this season. I took advantage of the mid-morning/afternoon day off and set out hunting for libs.

Having done plenty of research I knew what I was looking for and the environment I could hopefully find them in (cow pastures w/ tall grass).
I scouted the area which I knew there were plenty of dairy farms around....found a decent place to park far away enuff from the place i was hunting.

Strolled around the pastures finding plenty of cow poo, grass, and gettting quite soaked in the process.... but no mushies at all, well a couple which I could tell were not active.

I also came across some buffallo and roadkill.

Mabye there hasnt been enuff rain, I wasnt searching in the right places...etc
Western Washington is jus now recieving its blessing of rain....this past week, and all of monday night continuing as I type!

This was my second time goin lib hunting (usually i am scouting for the cyans).

First time was on Whidbey Island...brought a couple different mushies home but due to my lack of knowledge to identify, I ended up tossing some actives..DOH!

I know there has to be some in the area!!
any tips from nwest washington lib hunters would be appreciated.

and if anyone is down for a hunt i will be goin again this weekend! jus pm me!


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Re: Northwest Washington Lib hunt [Re: twistedweather]
    #1067617 - 11/19/02 10:28 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

In reply to:

I also came across some buffallo and roadkill.




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PM the names with on there names, that means they have mushrooms for sale.



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Re: Northwest Washington Lib hunt [Re: twistedweather]
    #1067618 - 11/19/02 10:28 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

a few questions

i know that libs dont grow on the cow dung...but from the soil fertilized from it...

how fresh does the dung need to be?
....on what average rain fall makes the libs come out of hiding?

should there be signs of cow dung....
does the growing area have to be tall grass, short cut grass, jus lots of weeds?

thanx


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Re: Northwest Washington Lib hunt [Re: twistedweather]
    #1068391 - 11/20/02 02:31 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

What you need is just fertile pasture lands, the mycelium actually grows amidst the grass roots. Of course they need rain as any good mycelum needs alot mosture to produce fruitbodies!! YEEHAA!! And as far as tall or short grass goes, well you know how that goes!! It may seem like they like the short grass better but thats only cause you dont see them hidin in the tall grass!!!


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Re: Northwest Washington Lib hunt [Re: cardboard]
    #1071465 - 11/20/02 09:38 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

so cardboard...do you think the amount of rain we had these past week has been enuff to hunt this weekend?


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Re: Northwest Washington Lib hunt [Re: twistedweather]
    #17223745 - 11/15/12 01:02 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)

I just yesterday found first patch in SW Washington and they were fresh with lots of small libs around I personally think the season just started! I live in country and we had a few frost last week which I think helped get them moving on top of heavy rains!


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Re: Northwest Washington Lib hunt [Re: flyright]
    #17225023 - 11/15/12 06:00 PM (4 years, 8 months ago)

Cow dung is not required for liberty caps. Common myth. A field I find them in hasn't seen a cow in hundred years.  Liberty caps are spread by cows... Or people or...

Cow fields have the advantage of being mowed by the cows, but its the grass that is important. Someone a few years ago on here posted a great life history of liberty caps, think a PDF ... Let me see if I can find it, but here is a good guide:

http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/2644234#2644234


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