They are not far off here in central Ohio. A few are claiming to be finding some blacks here and there close by. I went to my two hot spots this evening right after work and nothing yet. It looks close thou. I will be out this weekend for sure.
Good luck TN there is no doubt they are up at this point. Good luck on finding that new spot.
I have walked many many MANY miles only to come home empty handed over the years. However, the more miles you walk the better chance you have of finding that new spot. If you think about it most of us that have hunted for years have our proven old spots that we have accumulated over the years. So we basically build a mushroom route consisting of spots found over the years. It takes a lot of work to build this route.
We spend most of our time checking these spots and surrounding areas. Now and then we attempt to find new spots to add to our list of proven spots. It is always fun to hunt a new spot or woods but I must admit I typically find myself being drawn to one of my spots that has produced morels in the past. I have put in the miles to find these spots over the years.
Black spots are the same way. Many are able to find the early black morels while others are not. This is because these early black spots tend to produce year after year. So going to an old spot already proven is how many find blacks early. I am not saying that people do not find black morels while searching a new woods but it is much more difficult.
If you are fortunate enough to find a new black spot and you find a couple and are ready to move on, take my advice. Take a knee and look around in a circle 20 feet around from the center of the mushroom you just found. If there are not at least a dozen more that were not seen I would be surprised.
This holds true more often or not. It is somewhat humerus at times.
So mushroom hunting can take miles and miles of unsuccessful mushroom hunting year after year. But eventually you will find new spots each year and eventually have a mushroom route built in your head. I have over 30 different woods I hunt on my mushroom route and each one of these woods has multiple hot spots for finding morels.So each of the woods may contain a mini morel mushroom route. I do not write it down, I just keep the map in my head but there is nothing wrong of writing it down or using a GPS for marking the spots.
The weather in Eastern PA wasn't good for morel growth no rain, low RH and high winds. Did find a good amount of black morels and pick some yellows in the last week but way below my average. Had a nice shot of rain local so I'll be out and about look for the last of them. Good Luck All!!