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I'm located around the Fort Wayne area and new to the mushroom game. Are there any areas where you all have had luck finding edible mushrooms that aren't state parks? Here is a picture of what I think is Dryad's Saddle that I found in my area

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If that's a Dryad's Saddle, it's a really old one. Unfortunately, Dryad's Saddle and morels are about all you'll find this time of year. Morels are great, but I just don't have the knack of seeing them hidden in leaf litter like others seem to.

To get started, read a book. I recommend "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States" by McFarland and Muller. https://www.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-Illinois-Surrounding-Kitchen/dp/0252076435/  This will get you familiar with most of the wild species commonly collected for the table in this region.

BTW, it is perfectly legal to collect mushrooms on DNR properties. https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/files/sp-MushroomsBrochure.pdf

Regards,
Bruce

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