The peak of the fall mushroom hunting season is right now, according to Nebraska Game and Parks.
Greg Wagner, information officer, says after recent rains in much of the state, the Giant Puffball, Oyster, and Chicken of the Woods mushroom crops are outstanding.
“The time is now,” Wagner tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We are right on it now to get out there and harvest fall mushrooms in Nebraska.”
His advice for first timers is to go with an experienced mushroom hunter and use a mushroom identification app or book.
“The Missouri Department of Conservation has a lot of great information on its website on fall mushrooms,” he says, “and when in doubt, throw it out – that’s what we say with mushrooms.”
Wagner says anyone going out looking in the woods should wear orange, because deer and turkey hunting season is underway as well.
He says if you come across the right spot, you will be set for a great harvest.
“You find some Oyster mushrooms, for example, on a boxelder tree – you’ve got a big treasure trove, you’ve got a big haul, you’re going to fill up one of those plastic grocery sacks – and you don’t have to spend as much time walking in the woods, unless you want to,” Wagner says.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:39]