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Two Iowa Men Find Nearly 200 Pounds of Morels
Wade Thiel

Two Iowa Men Find Nearly 200 Pounds of Morels
Jimmy Johnson and Rusty Gates went mushroom hunting on May 7 in southeast Iowa and had little success at first. After roughly an hour, they found more morels than ever expected.
“It was just nonstop as we were walking,” Johnson said to The Hake Eye, a local newspaper. “We’d just see four or five here and then take a few steps and see more. It was continuous.”


Two veteran morel hunters had a Saturday to remember in southeast Iowa. Here's how they found the mother lode, and their advice for others.
Posted by The Hawk Eye on Wednesday, May 11, 2022
A seasoned mushroom hunter, Johnson knew where to look for morels. He knew he’d find some near dead elm trees, but he was surprised to find these mushrooms growing all over the place. “A lot of maple trees and oak trees. For some reason, white oak, and that’s unusual.”
Eventually, Johnson and Gates couldn’t carry all of the mushrooms they found. Johnson called his son, Trenton, who ferried some of the loaded mesh bags home while the two men continued hunting.

After six full hours of mushroom hunting, the two men collected 130 pounds of morel mushrooms. They posted about their success in Morel Reports of Southeast Iowa’s Facebook Group.
Their good luck wasn’t over, though. The two men went out again on Monday and found an additional 44 pounds of morels. Johnson said this is the best season he’s ever had for mushroom hunting. His previous record was 75 pounds for an entire season.
“We had just the right amount of moisture, and the soil temperature was good,” Johnson said. “I just think it was an exceptionally good year.”
The men aren’t done yet. They told local news they would be moving to public land in Missouri and southeast Iowa to keep hunting more morels.
“Never give up. If you walk two hours (and don’t find any), walk two and a half. Just when you think you’re not going to find any, walk a little further, and you’re probably going to find them,” Johnson said.
Johnson and Gates will return to the same spot next season, but Johnson said they would need to bring some additional hands next year. “That’s too many mushrooms for two guys to pick.”
 

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Did they sell any? Does Iowa require a permit to sell like Missouri does?

DES MOINES – Morel mushrooms are classified by the Food Code as a potentially hazardous food item and may be sold only if they are first identified and found to be safe by an individual who is a certified morel mushroom identification expert. The identification expert must have successfully completed a morel mushroom identification expert course provided by an accredited college or university or a mycological society. A licensed food establishment, such as a grocery store or a restaurant, is required to maintain records on the purchase of the mushrooms, including the name, address, and telephone number of the individual who certified the morels, a copy of the individual’s certification, and the quantity and date the morels were purchased.
Likewise, the private sale of morel mushrooms to the end-consumer also should be conducted in accordance with the Food Code, which requires identification of the mushroom by a certified expert. Iowans should exercise caution when purchasing any wild mushroom as the consumption of a false morel mushroom could result in headaches, dizziness, nausea, or in severe case, liver failure. Additionally, emerging research suggests that the consumption of morel mushrooms by some individuals may result in allergic reactions.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides morel mushroom certification that will enable mushroom hunters to sell morels to restaurants and grocery stores or to the general public at farmers markets. Once completed, the certification is good for a three-year period. For more information about ISU’s morel certification course, contact the Extension and Outreach service at www.extension.iastate.edu or call 800.262.3804.
If you suspect that an individual is selling or using non-certified morel mushrooms, you may file a complaint by contacting the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals’ (DIA) Food & Consumer Safety Bureau at 515.281.6096. When filing a complaint, be sure to include the individual’s name, address, and telephone number
 

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