Conley found a bunch of morels in that spot last year, and said they probably would have been thick for our visit, if the weather hadn't been so dry.
As the evening light faded, we reluctantly gave up the hunt without finding any morels. They're probably thick now, after the weekend's soaking rains. Molly moochers pop up almost overnight after a good warm spring rain, I'm told. They grow so fast that some folks say their growth is noticeable from one day to the next, not that many people leave them rooted once they spot them.
After all, you can't take a chance on another hunter mooching in your patch.
"If it's hollow, swallow"
It's probably not a good idea to go molly mooching for the first time on your own. A seasoned moocher knows lots of tricks and tips for searching, harvesting and prepping morels. Although the morels' conical, honeycombed top is distinctive, a false morel that possesses similar qualities does exist. It's also toxic.
The big difference between false morels and the real thing is in the stems. The stems of false morels are solid, not hollow like morels. If the stem is solid when sliced open, do not consume. The adage "If it's hollow, swallow," is solid advice.
Check the website www.thegreatmorel.com for good advice, photos, recipes and stories about all things morel.