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Forays (Guided Hunts/Seminar/Feast)

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Since I started doing forays, (guided hunts) in 2001, my joy for teaching people that don’t know, and learning more from those that do know about mushrooms, who attend these forays, has continued to grow and grow. I have now guided over 2000 people and completed more than 370 forays in over 35 states! Many spring Morel forays quickly book up and as many as 20 on a waiting list. I have decided to start an earlier registration for the upcoming forays, giving everyone ample time to make plans and arrangements to attend the foray of their choice. I now am offering Fall, Winter and Spring Forays for the upcoming mushroom seasons. These forays are the best possible way to build your own knowledge and have hands-on experience in the woods! And even if you are quite knowledgeable yourself, meet new friends and enjoy some of the best tasting mushroom dishes created by Chris that one can imagine! Remember, it is not just about going out to Chris’ best spots that he shares across the country and slamming them, but a huge learning experience, enjoying diverse hunters’ company, and enjoying some amazing mushroom cuisine with as many as 20+ wild plant and mushroom dishes on the feast! Our goal is always to find plenty to cook with, and enough left over so everyone can bring some home, (party-favors)!

Kids under 10 are FREE HUNTING! (if they need lunch and feast included, cost is just $50)

Please Note: Each person who attends receives a nice picnic Lunch, Feast, and link to the online foray video. Mesh bags will be available for purchase if you need one. If you need to cancel for any reason, you may transfer to any other upcoming foray for just a $25 re-registration fee, no refunds will be given. Most forays are two days of hunting, others are “extended forays” with three days of hunting.

ONLY One membership required per party, and good for entire family, (no need to have individual memberships!) MEMBERSHIP INFO

Chris’ informative seminars includes:

  • *How to find and identify morel mushrooms and other edible mushrooms
  • *Morel growth and life-cycle
  • *Trees each species of mushrooms associate with
  • *How to cook and preserve your finds
  • *Many other mushroom species found during morel season and even more in the fall
  • *Wild Plant foraging and identification
  • *Questions and answers
  • *Medicinal Information

Please note: Every Foray includes mushroom identification classes during the powerpoint presentations, and you will learn a lot of new things, even if you have hunted all of your life! Newbies to experts, infants to 90+ years of age have attended my forays!


Please understand, the pandemic destroyed me and I am slowly trying to get things rolling again and back to normal. If you feel led to support my efforts and help cover costs that I am incurring, that would be awesome and greatly appreciated. 

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Zelle: chrismatherly@aol.com  Cash App: $chrismatherly123   Paypal: chrismatherly1@yahoo.com  Venmo: @chrismatherly1

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Register for 2023 Spring Morel Forays:

(Please Note- If you registered and paid for a 2020 foray postponed due to the pandemic, you are automatically included in on any 2023 foray and will be emailed the itineraries) 

-Call Chris now to reserve your spots for the below 2023 morel forays! (478)217-5200

2023 Georgia Morel Motherload Foray- March 31st-April 2nd, 2023 

2023 Nashville, TN Morel Foray and Music Fest- April 7th-9th, 2023 

2023 Oklahoma Morel Foray and Music Fest– April 14th-16th, 2023

2023 Missouri Morel Foray– April 21st-23rd, 2023 

2023 Central Illinois Morel Motherload Foray– April 24th-26th, 2023 

2023 Indiana Morel Foray– April 28th-30th, 2023 

2023 Ohio Morel Foray– May 5th-7th, 2023 

2023 Minnesota Morel Foray– May 12th-14th, 2023 

2023 Michigan Morel Foray– May 19th-21st, 2023 

2023 Oregon Morel Foray– May 26th-28th, 2023 

2023 Washington State Burnsite and Naturals Morel and Porcini Foray early June, 2023

Planned 2023 Summer and Fall Forays: (email me if interested- chrismathe@aol.com)

2023 Gatlinburg Tennessee Summer Foray July, 2023

2023 Telluride Colorado Porcini Foray August, 2023

2023 Upper Peninsula Michigan Chaga and Porcini Foray August, 2023

2023 Fall Vermont Foray September, 2023

2023 Fall Minnesota Foray September, 2023

2023 NW Illinois Fall Foray October, 2023

2023 Ohio Fall Foray October, 2023

2023 Fall Brown County Indiana Foray October, 2023

(NEW) 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fall Mushroom Foray October, 2023

2023 Fall Knoxville Tennessee Foray November, 2023

2023 Georgia Fall Foray November, 2023 

  • California Fall/Winter Trumpets-Chanterelles-Porcini-Candy Caps Foray December, 2023

  • Oregon Truffle Foray January, 2024

  • California Winter Foray January, 2024

  • Plan Now for some Exciting 2024 Forays:

    • Morels in Greece March 2024
    • Morels in Africa August 2024
    • Porcini/Truffles in Italy September 2024
    • Morels in Chile December 2024

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Previous Forays:

2022 Washington State Burnsite and Naturals Morel and Porcini Foray June 5-7th, 2022 $350 per person<—Click for details

(Includes 2-breakfasts and 2-dinners and LIVE entertainment by CJ Garton) (Lodging is available)

2020 Fall Minnesota Foray September 25-27th, 2020 Per Person – $250.00  $145.00  (Sorry Now FULL)

2020 NW Illinois Fall Foray October 2-4th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $125.00 (Sorry Now FULL)

2020 Ohio Fall Foray October 9-11th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $125.00(Sorry Now FULL)

2020 Fall Brown County Indiana Foray October 16-18th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $125.00 (6 Remaining Spots)

(NEW) 2020 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fall Mushroom Foray October 24-25th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $125.00 (6 Remaining Spots)

2020 Fall Knoxville Tennessee Foray November 7-9th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $125.00 

2020 Georgia Fall Foray November 14-16th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $150.00 

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2019 Foray Videos<—click

Past Foray Photo Galleries<—click

Call Chris directly at 478-217-5200 and SAVE  ***Chris also does “Private Forays”

(Please Note: you may need to call Chris directly to receive the below discounts that have expired at 478-217-5200)

Completed 2020 Mushroom Forays: 

2020 Washington 2-days Morel/ Porcini Foray-  <—click

2020 Gatlinburg Tennessee Summer Foray July 10-12th, 2020 Per Person – $200.00  $125.00  (Sorry Now FULL)

2020 Telluride Colorado Porcini Foray August 14-16th, 2020 Per Person – $250.00  $195.00 (8 Remaining Spots)

2020 Upper Peninsula Michigan Chaga and Porcini Foray August 28-30th, 2020 Per Person – $225.00  $165.00 (6 Remaining Spots)

2020 Fall Vermont Foray September 4-6th, 2020 Per Person – $250.00  $185.00 (Sorry Now FULL)

 

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