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Too dry for mushrooms?
    #15053796 - 09/09/11 05:41 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

So i live in Western Washington state and we have a long dry spell that has been going on for the past month or so with no signs of letting up.  Right about now is when mushrooms should start appearing.  I just went hunting in the woods by my house and the only thing i have found were some dried up yellow mushrooms that looked like a shriveled up version of this:
.They are obviously not psilocybe and might be poisonous.  I have looked in other places like fields and other wooded areas and not found anything.  Is the reason i can't find mushrooms the lack of rain and moisture? Am i not looking hard enough? Any advice for when to go hunting?


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Re: Too dry for mushrooms? [Re: tacticallobster]
    #15053824 - 09/09/11 05:46 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Where to go depends on what you're hunting for. Psilocybe mushrooms in Washington state? I think I'd be right in saying you want to check wood chip beds for the wood-loving Psilocybe species.


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Re: Too dry for mushrooms? [Re: elprawn]
    #15053910 - 09/09/11 06:02 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Well, this forum tries to avoid thread that are discussing weather - but for the sake of it seeming like a honest inquiry... Oregon is the same way right now. The dry spell/heat wave is very much hurting the start of the mushroom season. By now the average temp around here should be about 72-75 degrees, while it's currently been averaging close to 90 degrees. It actually seems to be getting hotter with zero rain for weeks..

Yup, that equals pretty much zilch for mushrooms unless you head higher in elevation (in which you are still not likely to find close to what would be considered "normal" fungal activity).

Yeah, it really sucks..


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Re: Too dry for mushrooms? [Re: Oreganic]
    #15054003 - 09/09/11 06:19 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Mushrooms need moisture... Depends on what you are looking for though, but if you're hunting cyans, still about a month to go...

Liberty caps could be found, if it rains sometime... No likely without rain. There are some pan cincts growing now.

Some eatable mushrooms can be found in forests now... Just not many, they are also waiting for rain

Best idea, learn what mushrooms grow in your area... Learn what they grow on and what season... Hunt.... Random mushroom hunting is fun though!!

Not a bad idea to join a mycological society, learn up on mushrooms!


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Re: Too dry for mushrooms? [Re: HarryL]
    #15054075 - 09/09/11 06:35 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

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Liberty caps could be found, if it rains sometime... No likely without rain. There are some pan cincts growing now.


Not a bad idea to join a mycological society, learn up on mushrooms!




Liberty caps (p. semilanceata) and similar psilocybe species (p. pelliculosa, p. strictipes) grow mainly in fields and pastures, correct?  If i stumble on any liberty cap look alikes, should i worry about any poisonous varieties? I'll always check to make sure the spore print is purple to dark brown anyway.


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Re: Too dry for mushrooms? [Re: tacticallobster]
    #15054655 - 09/09/11 08:04 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

Liberty caps are fields
Pells are clear cuts...
strictipes in grassy areas

I would ALWAYS worry about poisonous look a likes!
Identify all mushrooms, - habitat, look, spore print, season... Make a 100% positive ID on 100% of your mushrooms... Through out anything your not sure about.  If not a bit dated, this is fairly good:

http://www.shroomery.org/9462/Psychoactive-Species


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