Autumn hunts have evolved far beyond the excitement found by man in placing his strategy in the field against Wisconsin game. That thrill remains. But simplistically stated, I want the freezer full. Table fare provided by turkey, venison, other upland birds and waterfowl and more recently, wild fall Wisconsin mushrooms is in itself worth the time, effort…and fun of the harvest.
Like the highly sought after wild morels of spring, Wisconsin offers Fall wild mushroom species that in this reporter’s opinion are more desirable on the palette than store bought varieties. Following recent autumn rains that stimulate extraordinary mushroom growth, Wisconsin naturalist Bob Swann led me on a search for edible and common fall species that include puffballs, leafy polyporous, sulphus polyporous, shaggy mane, ink cap, and honey mushroom.
“First and foremost, do not eat any wild mushrooms without positively identifying it from a book,” Swann said. “Even with a book an amateur should never pick and eat any stemmed (possibly poisonous) variety without consulting an expert.”
For all you Wisconsin mushroom hunters out there. There has been 604 species of mushroom found. Here is a link with the locations and dates of all of them. Not all mushrooms are edible to eat and you have to be very careful. Here is a link for 30 different mushrooms in Wisconsin that are edible.