The last day I walk off the ice every winter is a bad day. I hate that day. Oh sure, I am on the water or in the field somewhere in Nebraska twelve months of the year, but I really love ice-fishing. So I kind of ease into spring. You know what it is like in early spring. . . well, more like winter many days. Sure, we will get a day or two of beautiful, warm, sunny weather, but …Read More »
About Morel Mushrooms This Spring
There is no doubt that your morel mushroom hunting grounds along river bottoms and their tributaries in eastern and central Nebraska were greatly impacted by recent catastrophic flooding. This is the most widespread damage the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has experienced due to a natural disaster. In my 40 years with the agency and growing up near the Platte River, I have never witnessed any natural catastrophe to this magnitude. So, as an outdoor enthusiast, maybe you’ve been thinking: …Read More »
Too Little Time!
By the time you are reading this blog post, I may be in a panic. We had so much winter in spring this year, and now it is finally nice and the spring is going to go too quick and I have too much to do! I may not spend as much time on the blog here for a few days because I will be “out”. I have some family celebrations to attend, and in the mean time there will …Read More »
Mushroom Knives, Cutting Deep
I got to surfing the interwebby once and discovered mushroom knives. Mushroom knives? Why in the world would anyone need a special knife for collecting mushrooms???? But then I got to looking at them, and you know what? They are very useful and artful tools! Here are some examples, mushroom knives from World Knives. There are several knives there that I would love to have in my pocket on a mushroom “hunt”. That got me thinking, mushroom hunting is a …Read More »
Early Season Morels
It is the time of year when folklore and science start to collide. But, about what? I’ll tell you what. Morel mushrooms! The two aspects of nature begin to clash bout the emergence of the prized, delectable morel mushroom. So, let the coffee shop conversations and the biological banter move forward! Morel mushroom in Elkhorn River bottom woodlands in Sarpy County, NE. Photo by Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These are just some of nature’s triggers that prompt longtime gatherers of the succulent …Read More »
Earl Fletcher Talks Morels on Great Outdoor Radio Show
Don’t miss 84-year-old, Korean War Veteran and 50-plus year morel mushroom hunter, Earl Fletcher of Omaha, NE, when he visits my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show to talk “morels!” Earl is a veteran among veteran morel mushroom hunters and has much information to share with you. Below he is pictured with his daughter Sue Smith on a recent morel mushroom hunt in eastern Nebraska. The Great Outdoor Radio Show airs LIVE Saturday morning from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” …Read More »
Rain Falling, Think Morels!
With rain currently falling off and on here in southeastern Nebraska, how can one not think about harvesting morel mushrooms in several weeks, huh? Also, I want to point out the April issue of our NEBRASKAland Magazine which has a very informative article on mushrooms in it. To read the article, click here. Keep thinking morels!Read More »
Adventure Report, May 2014
Many of you know that the last month has been a difficult one for me. If you did not know, my Dad was battling cancer since last December. Although he never was in a lot of pain, he just lost all strength and vitality and passed away about sunrise on May 18. As you can imagine, his condition and trying to be there for him and Mom have occupied a lot of time in the past few weeks. But, as …Read More »
Go Morel Mushroom Hunting with WOWT 6 Outdoors!
Come with us as we go out morel mushroom hunting on my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News tonight! Morels have popped up in the moist areas of river bottom woodlands and parks here in eastern Nebraska! Soon morels will be emerging in hilly forested areas. They are one of nature’s tastiest delicacies! I’ll be covering some of the dos and don’ts for morel mushroom hunting on the report which airs LIVE on the WOWT 6 News Thursday at …Read More »
BREAKING NEWS: Morels!
BREAKING NEWS: I have received the first report of someone finding morel mushrooms along the Platte River. The pics below are from my friend Keith Anderson! Keith told me they grew 3/4 inch since he had seen them yesterday at 4:00 p.m. Thanks for the morel update, Keith! #NebraskamorelsRead More »