This site is intended for those of you who are interested in taking up the hobby of wild mushroom hunting and have little or no experience. I have been hunting wild mushrooms for over 30 years and will share my knowledge and that of other experienced hunters. I intend to make this site as simple and basic as possible. I will try to focus more on places to look for them than the mushroom itself. There is a lot of useful information on the internet and I encourage you to study mushrooms thoroughly before you attempt to eat any. I will also refrain from using the Latin names, just common names only.The mushrooms I posted on this site are the kind I suggest you start looking for first. They are hard to confuse with other mushrooms and after you have gained some experience you will feel more comfortable looking for some of the more difficult mushrooms to identify.
If you have any questions I will be glad to help if I can.
The hardest part getting started in mushroom hunting is, of course, where do I look? Keep this in mind when you are hunting. Look for dead, dying, rotting, downed or injured trees and even wood piles. Mushrooms are a fungus and thrive on decaying wood or roots.
This may sound unusual to you at first but while I am hunting I spend just about as much time looking up as I do looking at the ground. You need to look for dead trees or certain types like Oaks and the best way to do this is looking for their leaves or dead branches.
I will give you some ideas where to start and most important what trees to look for. Most mushrooms are associated with certain trees. I have posted photos of these trees and how to identify them.
Although mushrooms can be found spring to late fall in Wisconsin, late summer to early fall is by far the best time of year to find them. You will find the most varieties growing then.
I will give you the best times to look for each mushroom I post.
And, as always, only eat what you are sure of. If you find some on your own please have an experienced hunter check them before you eat them.
I get a lot of emails from this site. If you have a real interest in hunting mushrooms I will be glad to help you if I can. But please don't send me photos of mushrooms growing on your lawn. I NEVER pick or eat any mushrooms that grow on lawns or wood chip/bark mulch except for Shaggy Mane. I get way too many of them and sometimes I have a hard time answering all the emails I do get in a timely manner.
It can be nearly impossible to positively identify mushrooms from photos. There are thousands of different varieties that grow in Wisconsin.
But if you do send photos you MUST send from ALL angles. Need to see cap/stem/gills etc. Need to know where you found them or what trees are growing around them.
Thanks and Happy Hunting