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Old October 22nd, 2016, 08:04 PM #1
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Mushrooms!

With the rain yesterday, and it being too windy for me to deer hunt I decided to hit the woods anyway and hunt for some mushrooms. This was my second trip out this year and man what a haul. The first tree I walk up to I find this young Hen of the Woods and more all around it.



After I harvested all of those I found more, with two of them probably weighing in around 10 pounds each. All day we kept finding more and more hens. Eventually I found this nice young Chicken of the Woods, and a few more like it.



All in all we hunted for about 5 hours and was able to fill up about a quarter of my truck bed. We lowered the tailgate for a pic. The season is here! Lots of Hens out right now!



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will you dry them?
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Going to eat a few fresh, but yeah, the plan is to dry most of them.
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curious, what % of shrooms around here are edible vs deadly? congrats on your haul!
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You'd be surprised, a good amount are edible, just not great table fare. I try to stick to the ones that are easy to ID. Chicken of the woods, Hen of the woods, puffballs, morels, and oysters really can't be mistaken for anything else.

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I had cream of chicken-of-the-woods soup for the first time in my life a couple of weeks ago, it was amazing...
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I had cream of chicken-of-the-woods soup for the first time in my life a couple of weeks ago, it was amazing...
Next you've got to try some hen of the woods.
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That stuff looks nasty.

I wish I had the skills to ID the correct ones. My luck I'd kill myself.
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Not nasty at all. There is a reason they're named chicken of the woods (the orange/yellow mushrooms). They actually have a flavor and texture of Chicken. It's crazy, but they're delicious. The hen of the woods is named because it resembles a hen's tail feathers when they're fully bloomed. The ones I found are kinda young, but they'll be excellent table fare. I just sautee them with some butter and garlic, them eat them with some venison. Or I'll add them in some venison stew. It adds some more wildness to the dish, wild meat and wild mushrooms, life don't get much better than that!

Id is super easy for these two species. NO other mushroom looks like a hen or chicken of the woods. Both are in the polypore family, so they won't have any gills underneath. Both will usually be growing on really old oak trees, or old stumps. If they're growing on pine or any other conifer, don't pick them, they'll be edible, they'll just taste bad.

Hen of the Woods is also called the Miatake mushroom in Japan, chefs will pay a good amount for them if they're prime and in good condition. I'm not sure what kind of licensing and permits you'd need to sell them. I just know the ones I find are MINE!!!
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I remember seeing a TV show about a guy who picked mushrooms like these and sold them to restaurants for big $$$. Like $20- $50 per pound
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