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The 'morel' of the story: It's mushroom hunting time in W. Mich.

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's that time of year when hunters creep through the woods of West Michigan searching for a delicacy--morel mushrooms--and as Newschannel 3 found, it's shaping up to be a very good year.

It seems like everyone here in West Michigan are posting pictures of the morel mushroom.

So we did some digging of our own on why this mushroom is so popular.

Many of our Facebook followers have shared their findings and some are jaw dropping.  It doesn't matter if they are black or yellow, the morel mushroom hunting season is in full swing.

For these mushrooms to flourish, they must have the perfect climate.

And we here in West Michigan have one they really like.

Ground moisture is critical. Plenty of winter snow and spring rains is important and we have had our share of both.

But when it comes to finding them, there really isn't any set of rules or guidelines that you have to follow.

They grow where they want to grow.

"We usually look around these fallen trees.  They usually release spores and we find mushrooms around here," explained mushroom hunter Ron Schnieders. "There are no mushrooms around this tree.  There are fresh toad stools.  That means that it's a good area for spores for mushrooms.  At this particular stump, there's no reward."

But when you do get that reward, it's important to make sure they're really morels.

One key way to know if the mushroom you found is not poisonous is that real morels are hollow.

False morels are filled with a cotton-like fiber.

If you are a seasoned morel hunter.. Head to our Facebook page and share your favorite morel mushroom recipe.