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OfflineInfinity8
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Just starting out. need some advice
    #1747401 - 07/25/03 09:58 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

It seems daunting, judging by all that is listed through out this forum. I've never had mushrooms before and I don't trust buying it from somebody, I would much rather like to start picking some mushrooms, but am unsure how to go about it. I mean I don't want to get poisoned. lol
So in simpler terms that a newbie like me can understand, any advice would be helpfull. :smile:

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Re: Just starting out. need some advice [Re: Infinity8]
    #1747411 - 07/25/03 10:03 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

well lets start off with your location and go from there


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Re: Just starting out. need some advice [Re: Dobie]
    #1747440 - 07/25/03 10:15 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

hey dobie, yeah I live in Brisbane, Australia if that helps at all.
Theres a fair bit of bush/forest about my area too.

oh yeah, I remember once on my front lawn after it had been raining I saw this purply blotched mushroom I've never seen before and I was tempted to pick it. lol


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Re: Just starting out. need some advice [Re: Infinity8]
    #1747473 - 07/25/03 10:28 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

well shit i cant help ya there dont know much about aussie shrooms but i know they grow there just do a search in this forum for your location and whatnot


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Re: Just starting out. need some advice [Re: Dobie]
    #1747811 - 07/25/03 01:13 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

One of the best things you could do would be to get yourself a book on mushrooms. The recommendations here tend to be US-centric, so you should check your local bookstores for books on mushrooms of your country. If you can get a couple books, that's often a good idea.

Good mycology books for field mycology have keys. Keys are a list of choices where you choose between alternatives and are directed to different places in the book. For example, a typical early choice in the key will be based on what color the spore print is. Don't waste too much time on the big coffee table books with the pretty photographs, at least not at first. Those can be fun books to thumb through, but they're usually not that helpful for identifying mushrooms you find in the woods.

Then go out and find some mushrooms. At first, don't waste time picking everything in sight. You're not going to be able to identify all you find. Stick to a few fairly distinctive, common species. In other words, what are the mushrooms you see most often when you're out looking for them? Pick several and bring them home to identify.

Expect to take a couple hours trying to identify the first ones you find. And expect to be wrong in the end. That's OK. The time you spent reading and trying to ID them will help you next time. As you do it, you'll get better at knowing what you should be looking for.

If you know somebody locally who hunts mushrooms (not just actives or whatever), ask them for assistance. Mushroom people tend to be helpful.

For the first year or two, try to not spend all your time looking at LBMs (Little Brown Mushrooms). They're difficult for everybody, including professionals, to identify. In fact, expect that, no matter how good you get, you will never be able to identify every mushroom you find. I don't know a professional mycologist who can just tell you what every mushroom is.

If there is a mycological society nearby, they often have several experts among their members. Mycological societies tend to be organized mostly by and for people hunting mushrooms to eat, not get high on, so if your interest is in the latter you should be discreet. You especially need discretion if your country has laws prohibiting the possession or use of active species - prisons aren't good places to be anywhere in the world. Even so, you may meet others with your same interests in mushrooms there.

Above all, get out there and find mushrooms, and try to identify them yourself. There are places like this one to help you with the latter task. But help yourself by trying to identify them yourself first, even if only to genus. And let us know what your guess is, so we can confirm it or show you why you're wrong (most of us learn more from our mistakes than our successes).

Good luck and happy mushrooming!


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