However, pothunters, hobbyists who collect enough of the wild mushrooms for dinner and perhaps some extras for drying, will likely be in luck. The reason is that the soil got a lot of moisture last year before the freeze in the fall, giving the morels a good chance to grow. Morels are highly prized by gourmet cooks and fine restaurants, and can fetch $30 a pound or more for pickers.
The high prices have led to a competitive commercial picking industry, largely made up of traveling outfits that go from burn site to burn site. For pothunters, nothing is more frustrating than arriving at a favorite mushroom site only to find it's already been picked clean by a commercial outfit.