Hunting Texas Morels

So hunting morels in Texas is a bit of an art. We are just in the trans-evaporation line that divides the country from rains-more-than-it-evaporates to evaporates-more-than-it-rains. We are smack dab the the right spot to have some morels.

And morels, of course, like alkaline soil not acid soil. True die hard morel hunters take pH kits with them to test likely hunting grounds.

The trick is to find the zone where morels are found. The easiest way to picture it, is a line from Dallas to Austin and 80 miles wide.

As for the terrain they are found in, look for limestone and Juniper trees. A video explains it better…

Also, let it be known morels have been spotted under sycamore trees in Texas. Most folks know about Morels being found within the drip line of Elm, Apple, and others but the sightings in Texas are few and far between for those. If you have seen this in Texas, comment below. Do mention the closest city, as well.

But the vast majority of morels I’ve ever encountered is under Juniper. They grow in pairs and triplets, troops of fruiting in an area the size of a bus. When you find them, you need to take a GPS waypoint and find them again next year!

For those in the North, Here is morel hunting tips from Funktified Foods…


and a chef taking you morel hunting and cooking




16 Responses to “Hunting Texas Morels”

  • Janice says:

    I would LOVE to go mushroom hunting. I’m originally from Iowa and we would brave cow patties, ticks, and lots of brush to find the precious morel. If you know where to find them on publicly accessible property (or even private property where the owners are friendly.)I live in North Austin. Do you ever take anyone hunting with you?

    • Ken Locke says:

      Nvr gone myself,but live in Texas,my area I’ve got Sam Houston National forrest u might chech ur state & national forrest & regs,but is grossly free except deer/game hunting which even that merely requires a permit for national,dont know bout state,for morels I can’t imagine any regs but check! Natioal forrest is literaly the back fence of my neighborhood,I run metal detector back there hence might as well look for mushrooms too

  • Paula Petersen says:


    I live in Fort Worth. I used to go morel mushroom hunting with my grandparents when I was a child. They lived in Kansas. My question is… Is the season over in Texas? Will I need to go to the hill country? Is there any where near me in Fort Worth to go? Would love to hear from you!

    Thank you Paula

  • EmotionalSunshine says:

    Hey, this is one of the best tip videos that i have found here about Texas. I live in texas and have been an avid hunter of mushrooms and identifying them for about a year and a half now. I’ve been looking and looking for Morels and have never found them at all yet! It does give a bit of discouragment but I did not know how abundant they are in our hill country! I had always thought of maybe taking a trip to the Piney Country part of Texas and giving it a whirl, but after this I WILL be going to the Hill country part of Texas coming Spring of 2012! Thank you so much for your tips and input…ES!

  • Teresa Charleston says:

    I grew up in Indiana &^ we hunted morels every spring. I am alittle intimidated by Texas’ Flora and Fona. Is there such a thing as amushroom huntig group?? Or does anyone sell morels in San Antonio? fresh ones that is ,?

  • Samantha says:

    I live in Tyler and we are going to start looking today. We know of a couple places to search for them but they are few and far between.

  • Sam Johnson says:

    Hey, don’t hid the stash. I am a first time mushrooms hunter. I live in Denton Texas, and after watching some Youtube morel mushrooms hunting, I became interested in it. I find it amazingly awesome to be able to eat the things that are already in the earth. I know of many other plants that one can eat, however, these mushrooms hunting I find it totally amazing to be a part of one of the hunter. I love to eat different things, but after describing the taste of morel, I like to know how great it taste. Thanks.

  • MeeMee says:

    There is a wholesale mushroom company next to the Dallas Farmers Market that will sell you all different kinds of mushrooms, including morels! Just google them and give them a call to see if they have any.

  • christina says:

    I moved here in 1984 from Illinois where I was raised mushroom hunting every year I live here in the Stephenville area does any one know if morals have ever been found in this area ? Thank you

    • Tanya says:

      I live in north Bosque county which is about one hour south east of Stephenville and we have been gathering morels for about a week now. It’s a good year for them.

  • Stephanie says:

    Just found quite a few morels growing in our yard this week. Located in Johnson County between Lillian, Rendon, Mansfield & Burleson. Cooked a few up with dinner tonight. Not too bad.

    • King says:

      Hey Stephanie
      My wife Candy and I are gonna be driving up that way this Saturday morning. Is there any parks or open space to actually do some morel hunting. Thank you !!!

  • hillcountrygal says:

    where can i legally hunt for them in the tx hill country/

  • Diane says:

    I’m from Ohio but live in Canton now does anyone know if there are morals to hunt in the area. Thank you.

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