There is this voice that rings in my head from when I was little, to when I had a child, and then had a dog. What is the voice saying? "Get that out of your mouth".

Photo by Ayla Verschueren on Unsplash
Photo by Ayla Verschueren on Unsplash

From dirt to candy, to socks, to whatever our little fingers, and paws, could touch, we constantly are putting things in our mouths and it won't ever really change. So as we edge closer to summertime, hiking season, and outdoor fun, it's important to know what type of things ARE ok to put in our mouths.

Lots of people love mushroom foraging. What's mushroom foraging? It's basically hunting for mushrooms in different locations throughout Montana and other states.

Photo by Rinat T on Unsplash
Photo by Rinat T on Unsplash

Now you can often find mushrooms in areas with downed logs or areas of forests and fields that have been burned. Mushrooms love decaying materials like the logs, and they overtake burnt areas. So with all of the wildfires we had last year, this year may be pretty good for this hobby.

There are lots of things to keep in mind. You can't just go out and start gathering mushrooms and eating them. Remember that voice in your head, "GET THAT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH".

There are a few things that you should DEFINITELY bring with you when you go out foraging for mushrooms.

1. Pocket knife- you want to get a good clean cut for any treasure you find if you can't get the base. Although you want to always try and get the base.

2. A sac/backpack/fanny pack- basically any sort of carrying device that will keep your golden treasures safe.

3. Wax Paper- you will want to be able to wrap up your goodies before putting them in your backpack.

I would like to be able to give you some information about "where are the best spots for foraging". BUT, it's like a mushroom hunter's creed, you do not give out your mushroom "hot spots". You need to put in the work and find them yourselves.

Happy foraging my friends and GOOD LUCK! 

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