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Fact Checker: Is it Bad to Pull Morels Instead of Pinching Them?

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Fact Checker: Is it Bad to Pull Morels Instead of Pinching Them?

Myths, lies and old wives’ tales loom large in the outdoor pursuits. Here at MeatEater, we’re dedicated to separating facts from bullsh*t, so we created this series to examine suspect yarns. If there’s a belief, rumor or long-held assumption you’d like us to fact check, drop us a note at factchecker...
The 12 Best Edible Wild Mushrooms

Foraging

The 12 Best Edible Wild Mushrooms

Most mushroom hunters call it quits after morels stop popping in spring, but that shouldn’t be the case. Edible mushrooms can be foraged year-round (even winter), and the mild temperatures of fall inspire growth that’s second only to spring. Here are 12 edible, wild mushrooms to look for this autumn...
Video: Does Bleeding Out Walleye Work?

Butchering & Processing

Video: Does Bleeding Out Walleye Work?

How do you make a backstrap or morel taste better? Like most things that you shoot, catch, or harvest, there’s a direct link between how you care for your protein and how it tastes. Walleye, the backstrap or morel of the river, is no exception. One thing that walleye anglers disagree on is whether...
10 of the Biggest Morel Mushrooms Ever Found

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10 of the Biggest Morel Mushrooms Ever Found

When I go mushroom hunting, I’m satisfied if I find enough just to fill a sauté pan. Usually that means cleaning a dozen morels to make a meal, but these foragers could feed a family with just a single harvest. Here are some of the biggest morels ever picked. Jasi Butler. West Virginia. 2020.This...
How to Dry Morel Mushrooms Without a Dehydrator

Foraging

How to Dry Morel Mushrooms Without a Dehydrator

I hope your morel mushroom harvest is bountiful this year. So bountiful, in fact, that you consider giving away or selling the extras. Or, maybe you value the best tasting fungi so much that there’s no friend or dollar amount good enough to take away your morels. If that’s the case, you’ll need to...
3 Ways to Clean Morel Mushrooms

Foraging

3 Ways to Clean Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushroom hunters disagree on plenty, like pinching stems, ideal soil temps, and the “pop.” But the differences aren’t limited to foraging. Likely the biggest debate in foraging culture centers on how to clean morel mushrooms. Mushroom enthusiasts often fall into one of three camps: quick rinse...
5 Common Misconceptions About Morel Mushrooms

Foraging

5 Common Misconceptions About Morel Mushrooms

Morels are enigmatic. Despite their reputation as the best tasting mushroom among some 1.5 million other species of fungi, very little is known about them. With a lot of room for interpretation, foragers like me do their best to fill in the scientific gaps. For that reason, morel hunters get plenty...
What is a False Morel Mushroom?

Foraging

What is a False Morel Mushroom?

If you plan on striking out into the woods this spring in search of the best tasting mushies, then it’s worth brushing up on your mycology. There are plenty of other choice edibles you’ll come across along the way, as well as a morel imposter that shouldn’t be trifled with. A large, false morel...
3 Guaranteed Places to Find Morel Mushrooms

Foraging

3 Guaranteed Places to Find Morel Mushrooms

I’ve had strangers offer up onX pins for where to find roosted turkeys and spawning walleye, but rarely do foragers volunteer morel mushroom spots. Like a good family recipe or secret bait, a lot of morel honey holes go to the grave with whomever found them. Since no one is going to walk you into a...
I Ate Badger

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I Ate Badger

Here at MeatEater, we’re all about eating what we take from the woods and waters. This article is part of the “I Ate…” series where we’ll taste-test unusual flesh that most sportsmen have not considered bringing to the dinner table. As wild game enthusiasts, we hunters tend to dabble in novel animal...