2019 Photo Contest Winners

2019 Photo Contest Winners


1st Place Grand Prize: 81 Votes

2nd Place: 74 Votes

3rd Place: 66 Votes

Note: If your photo is a 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place winning photo above, to claim your prizes:

Email Chris at chrismatherly@morelmushroomhunting.com ASAP


Name, Address, Phone number

Members-Only Newsletters:

May 2019 Newsletter

“Ticks and Prevention, (includes a personal email story from a member)”

April 2019 Newsletter

“Top Morel Hunting Tips and Interesting Facts”

March 2019 Newsletter

“The 2019 Morel Mushroom Season, Chris’ Insights”

February 2019 Newsletter

“Cordyceps on humans? Should we be worried?”

January 2019 Newsletter

“Have you ever had a MOREL DREAM?”

December 2018 Newsletter

“Is Santa Clause a Shaman? Do reindeer really fly?”

November 2018 Newsletter

“Top 6 Poisonous Mushrooms, (3-Deadly, 3-Vomiting and Diarrhea)”

October 2018 Newsletter

“Top 15 Fall Mushrooms”

September 2018 Newsletter

“How to Properly Identify a Mushroom”

– The monthly newsletters are a small part of the membership benefits. June of 2019 is a free newsletter to show an example of what one looks like. I hope you have enjoyed it! You can join for a full year for just $20! Here are a few of the member-only benefits:

Member Benefits:

    So you have been coming to this website for a while now, or maybe for the first time, and used the “Current Mushrooms Finds” page, or the “Recipe of The Month”, took a guess at the “Mushroom Photo Of the Month”, viewed the “Morel Progression Maps”, or took a look at the extensive 650+ “Species List” with photos and descriptions, or maybe you submitted a photo to Chris to get his help with the “Mushroom Identification” of your find. Maybe you left a message on the “Morel Message Board”. All of these things are free to the public, and what a job it is just to keep up with all of this. So what on Earth could there be beyond this in the “Member Areas” that would be a benefit to me?

The member areas contain so much data and info, that it would take you days to go through it all. There are hundreds of specific web pages on specific subjects, and many thousands of photos. Here is a list of many of the pages:

  • Reports– The popular “Video Morel Report”, like the Weather Channel but for Morels!
  • Newsletters– View all of the past newsletters with very interesting and informative subjects from the past, beginning in 1999! Subjects like Morel Growing Kits, Fall Morels, GPS and Mushrooming, Growing Mushrooms, Freezing, Drying and Canning Mushrooms, Festivals, Forays, DNA Studies, Growth Studies, and much more.
  • Photos– Chris has been an avid photographer since childhood, and has 1000’s of photos posted (over 20,000 so far), High Quality Morel Photos for each year since 2000, breathtaking, eye dazzling shots of other beautiful mushrooms. There are many members also like Chris, with their photography, and they too have submitted Unbelievable photos of Morels. There are hundreds of member submitted Morel Photos, each year categorized separately from each year.
  • Member Submitted Photos– Hundreds of great photos of the members and their mushroom finds!
  • Recipes– Other extensive recipes for Morels, Chanterelles, and other common edibles.
  • Mushroom Questions and Answers– Compiled questions and answers from years of submissions, and most of the common questions asked.
  • Hunting Tips– Detailed hunting tips for Morels, including detailed tree identification info, when to hunt- timing, where to hunt- common places to begin looking.
  • Places To Hunt– Yes, we even have specific locations of where Morels have been reported to be found, and where Chris has personally found them. There is a separate listing for all 50 states with detailed info.
  • Morel Species– View all of the photos and details of each Morel species.
  • Video– There are full-length videos of all forays! Each up to 80 minutes long! The full length Travel Channel episode on Morels, The full length History Channel episode- Modern Marvels of Mold and Fungus. Many other videos as well. Hours of video content!
  • Foreign Morels– We have photos and info on separate web pages for these Countries: Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, and many more.
  • Fire Burn Morel Info– Yukon, BC, and Alaska, as well as Washington and Oregon and other out- West locations. Even a link to forest fire data info, so you can find last year’s fire areas.
  • Members can link to other Members– Names and email addresses to members, listed by each State. Make new mushroom hunting friends and contacts.
  • Facebook Group– so all members can communicate with each other and plan your own new get-togethers.
  • Chat Room– During Morel season, Chris is in the Chat room nightly, and there has been as many as 75 members from across the country chatting about mushrooms at the same time!
  • Text Chris for Identification Help!
  • There are also other web pages such as: Tiny Morel Bug Info, Morels from Hungary, Mushroom Video Links on the net, Myth Busters, Mushroom Festival Info, Growth Studies- See A young Gray Morel turn into a large Yellow Morel in 2-3 weeks!, Wildflowers, Go Mushroom Hunting Online, Mushroom Stories, Mushroom Humor, Kids and Mushrooms, and the most extensive Mushroom Links page available.

All of this for as little as $20.00? You have got to be kidding! No- it’s the truth! Help Support this site today!

Join The Club Now(for as little as $20)!


Forays (Guided Hunts/Seminar/Feast)

Call anytime to register or if you have any questions!

(478) 217-5200

Pre-Register for 2020 Morel Forays:

Register Now for 2019 Fall Forays:

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2019/2020 Winter Forays, (info coming soon):

  • Georgia Fall/Winter Hens-Chicken-Lion’s Mane Foray November 15th-17th, 2019

  • California Fall/Winter Trumpets-Chanterelles-Porcini-Candy Caps Foray December 13th-15th, 2019

  • Oregon Truffle Foray January 17th-19th, 2020

  • California Winter Foray January 24th-26th, 2020