Once again it's Morel mushroom season. But 2020 brings a new set of concerns.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, this year's hunting may be hindered by a few closings of wildlife areas or state parks. But with no Iowa shelter in place orders, it is still legal to go out onto private lands and other parts of nature to seek out some morels.

Morel mushroom hunting is traditionally a solitary expedition, and this year that is an important distinction. You should still be careful and practice social distancing as recommended.

The cool weather usually slows the start of gathering season, and that may be a good thing. What is certain is that now through mid-May, you can hope to catch your fair share by using theses tips and websites.

Happy hunting, and share your photos with us!

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    Morels in Iowa

    The Iowa forum page at Morels.com may reveal a few secret locations, but it is a good place to start, with a generous amount of information and free hunting tips and techniques given out by the pros.

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    Anthony Wright/Results Radio

    DNR Morel Tips

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    2020 Sightings

    According to The Great Morel, this year's first morel mushroom sighting was in Georgia in February.

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    foxfirevalleyvineyard, via You Tube

    Shroom Boom

    This Morel hunter known as foxfirevalleyvineyard has a couple great You Tube videos to show you how to spot and gather morels.

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    Getty Stock / ThinkStock

    Iowa Morel Report

    This local Morel Facebook page tells us that we're right at the start of hunting season in Iowa. Be safe, and happy hunting!

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