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Angel Wings, Boletes, cauliflower mushroom, Chanterelles, Chicken of the Woods, Club mushroom, Coral mushroom, fall mushrooms, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, golden chanterelles, Lobster mushroom, mushroom hunt, national forests, Oyster, Oyster Mushrooms, Puffball Mushrooms, Sparassis crispa -

Our first official Fall forays of 2023 occurred in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest last weekend. And one of them started off with a rare find -- Sparassis crispa, the highly sought-after Cauliflower Mushroom! These grow at the base of dying fir trees. When cleaned and chunked the flesh is reminiscent (in appearance) of egg noodles. They are typically between 1-10 pounds in size (though finds as big as 100 pounds have been recorded). This was was just over 2 pounds, which snugly fills a one-gallon baggy. I'll be trying recipes this week and let you know my favorite. Deep...

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One of my favorite fall hunting grounds is in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, about an hour or so south of my home in the great State of Washington. Here we usually hunt in rainforest at the foothills of the magnificent Mt. Rainier, typically at the 2,000-3,000 foot elevation.In many national forests here in the Northwest, while limits are stated and enforced for hobby hunters (typically 3 gallons per day maximum), permits aren't required. The Gifford-Pinchot (filling the space between the triad of volcanoes, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood) is an exception. A "free forest products use"...

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