Early morel mushrooms popping, wild weather or not

Ryan Leonard sent the first photos of morel mushrooms last week to earn the first Morel of the Week.

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Ryan Leonard’s early bounty of morel mushrooms, complete with using the Sun-Times as the day marker. Provided photo

Ryan Leonard’s early bounty of morel mushrooms, complete with using the Sun-Times as the day marker.

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Ryan Leonard sent the first photos of morel mushrooms on Wednesday.

“Found this little morel in Park Ridge today,” he emailed. “Picked two more and left a few more to grow. They are just coming up. Hopefully this rain will get more popping and growing.”

On Friday, he emailed the photo above and noted, “Look what popped up after the rain this morning in Park Ridge.”

Yes, bonus points are given for using the Sun-Times as the day marker.

The morel mushroom that got the season for morel picking going for Ryan Leonard. Provided photo

The morel mushroom that got the season for morel picking going for Ryan Leonard.

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Reminder: Mushroom picking and foraging in general is prohibited at area forest preserves, park districts and dedicated nature preserves. It is allowed at many IDNR sites (state parks, etc.), but restricted until after 1 p.m. at sites with spring turkey hunting.

MOTW, the celebration of hunting for morel mushrooms around Chicago outdoors and their stories (the stories matter, as this one shows), runs Wednesdays in the paper Sun-Times as warranted.

To make submissions, email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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