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User_Name: chankeen
Date: Sunday December 21, 2014
Time: 08:53 AM

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So thinking of a short winter getaway to Latin America where I know King Bolettes grow. Anyone know regulations and how I would be able to bring dried ones home with me to Canada? Or ship them?


User_Name: bitasft
Date: Sunday December 21, 2014
Time: 03:47 AM

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I need buyer of Mushroom, mahogany seeds, sesame seeds mail: bitasft@yahoo.com Dhaka, Bangladesh 8801717555180


User_Name: Fry
Date: Friday December 19, 2014
Time: 10:17 PM

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Merry Christmas to everyone.. have a safe an happy holiday season..


User_Name: wildw.pick
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2014
Time: 11:07 PM

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just picked 6 nice pines in p.r. ,fried one up delicious with soya sauce.edge pick.


User_Name: Boletus Joe
Date: Monday December 15, 2014
Time: 10:46 PM

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It is the middle of December.....right? Well I found a really nice tight Cauliflower yesterday. What can I say. Also found yellow foots, and I see a big mass of Oysters starting ti 'pin'. And what are you going to ask Santa for?? :0 :)


User_Name: PR Picker
Date: Sunday December 14, 2014
Time: 02:03 PM

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Can anyone give me info on Yellow-foot chanterelle buyers in Powell River?


User_Name: NACR
Date: Sunday December 14, 2014
Time: 11:59 AM

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OLD FRENCHY RETIRED FROM BUYING THIS YEAR SOLD HIS PLACE IN TERRACE AND MOVED ON


User_Name: Westcoastdrifter
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2014
Time: 06:50 PM

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I know where that string is.You usually helli in to it ! North of where Peter used to live !He had a T-shirt made with a really nice string on it !Just to get to the airport you had to drive a LONG way,one way....and down the "Hill"


User_Name: KNB
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2014
Time: 05:53 PM

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I meet Dennis and Carl up in the Yukon in 2000 briefly and just before Carl passed meet him at a depot he was running here in the nass, Just got their names mixed up........Its that craft disease......you get it when you get older, stands for - can't - remember - a - fricking - thing ...But I remember 1988 in there.......I walkin from the river (no Garbage what so ever) and wow .....white out! wish I would of had a camera then 1 hour hiking in - 3 hrs picking then I was full - 4 hrs to get back to boat.....after I saw that I brought in a couple local guys from the village.....we worked on it for the rest of the season. The next year we put a quad trail in from the river. A few years after it did become a garbage trail all right. Never did make it up to the lakes until we logged our way in there. I fell timber for main logging then, those are the roads and settings that I had cut on.......a lot of people where trying to get in there that way. Yes it is sad alright with all the garbage.


User_Name: nacr
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2014
Time: 01:18 PM

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and that pick isn't from the sqamuel at all but could be hwy 37 above 95km board maybe brown bear


User_Name: nacr
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2014
Time: 01:17 PM

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carl was the field buyer for chung dennis was a old vet picker seen him 6 seasons ago go out at 2am be back in the zoo at 8 to 9 am ya he would sometimes night pick on borden mtn when the pop was on he passed in fort nelson in his bus when it cought on fire he went back into the bus for his cash never came out good old dude he was lots of storeys of the day and airboats almost every river system in Yukon b.c alberta sask n.w.t


User_Name: cranberrydawg
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2014
Time: 08:02 PM

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Yeah I suppose you could take the garbage trail, but that was never enough of a thrill for me. I preferred dropping off the cliffs of insanity and boot-skiing down the scree slope. Took the garbage traverse on the way out though, so yes, you are right, there is another way in besides by boat...as for Air boat Dennis, I never saw him by a single mushroom for anyone, surprises me to hear he did. And the man in the pic with his Laos girlfriend, that is most certainly Karl, unless I have lost my mind or have slipped into another dimension. And the location of the string then, well a lot of the area around the GD and NC looks like that too, so...I won't be arguing that one with you any time soon...just speculating is all...


User_Name: KNB
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2014
Time: 03:03 PM

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Peters string did not come from across the Nass river and you do not have to drop down off of a mountain to get into the flats........LOL..I know I have picked that area and found it in 1983 picked it until it became out of bounds for none natives and that big button that you show come from the cranberry area some where and the guys name is Dennis (last name?)(aka air boat Dennis) he was a field buyer for Joe Chung in his last years......He passed away a while back.


User_Name: cranberrydawg
Date: Sunday December 07, 2014
Time: 06:21 PM

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Haha, thanks MM, that narrows it down...I know which Peter we are talking about now. I will stick to my guess in that case. Peter? I know you are out there...humor us...


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Saturday December 06, 2014
Time: 12:22 PM

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MAN! Makes me wish I would have taken pictures back in the day when strings,clusters and rings were a common thing. Nice pictures.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Saturday December 06, 2014
Time: 04:48 AM

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cranberrydawg, maybe this other pic of Peter will help with location of Peter's String. Note what's on Peter's hat. http://matsiman.com/gallery/petersbutton.htm
Matsiman


User_Name: garf
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 11:35 PM

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Hey sounds like its over here as its been freezing for probably too long now but it is warming up so if the snow melts i will go for a little wander as when I went out on the 22 it was all buttons except for 3 open mushrooms ... 10 lbs probably and I did leave a few for sure ... I have found some awfully nice areas of mushrooms before and I know my niece picked a circle of about 50 feet once and picked for two hrs... taking her time... I have never seen a line like peters string and my biggest button is just over a lb. The days and miles I have spent chasing the elusive matsutake I can describe as priceless ... will do it for as long as I can walk ... still managing to do firewood but if the snow goes a bit more and the thaw continues ..... I can see white peaking out now ... ba bump ...


User_Name: gargantuan
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 10:26 PM

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whoa! that price would be sweet compared to what i heard they were paying in c.j. but alass (or a loss) i /we r south of that by afew plus hours drive. thanks for replyin. appreciate the info. any of ya from the island ever pick in northern ca.? oops did i just type that? id love to get out of this hustle and bustle in a hurry to go nowhere state and see the land up that way. im beat g'nite all. full baskets to ya.


User_Name: cranberrydawg
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 09:40 PM

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Very impressive indeed Matsiman. Seen a few of those myself, especially in what we call the black zone in the Nass. That spot looks very familiar actually, and if I had to guess I would say, not to give too much away, it was across a certain river from a certain native settlement where enterprising folks would shuttle pickers across in the morning and pick them up at night...for a price. Otherwise you had to go the long way around via logging roads and drop down a mountain side to get into those flats. I could be wrong, but, like I say it does look awfully familiar. Peter? You out there? Oh and thank you Zed for the update. I am so tempted to make another trip down there, especially with this warming trend.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 03:28 PM

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cranberrydawg, one of my favorite pix from Canada is Peter's String. Longest string I have seen and he couldn't get it all in the pic. 

Matsiman


User_Name: sweetcream
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 12:27 PM

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Mike I saw down below you were also buying in Powell River area? Are you gone already? Thanks


User_Name: Mike
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 10:02 AM

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Buying yellowfeet and hedgehogs on Vancouver Island text (250) 710-4427


User_Name: The moose
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 09:44 AM

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Hello all, IF you want to move pines and are in the mid island area (Vancouver island) I am always looking for good quality product. I pay 10$ per lb for a mix of grades, but must be mostly 1's with 40% or so 2-3#. I can arrange for pickup anywhere on the island if the quantity is worth my time, I like more than 10 lbs for a pickup. alexander.mcnaughton at gmail.com for more info. Full buckets to all.


User_Name: gargantuan
Date: Friday December 05, 2014
Time: 07:16 AM

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seven fifty for all grades thats awesome. cant even find a willing buyer here. good softball size tight solid buttons erupting from places they havent popped for close to ten years. flagging out fast with the mild weather and rain. but fresh dinks in clusters and whiteout veins promises weeks of pickin to come. if only there was some buyers. absolutely ridiculous gargantuan matsutake and the four heaping laundry baskets i picked yesterday are doomed to rot in the compost heap. there usually atleast two buyers in town. there is a sign out but never any buyer. where is jon? how bout sevens? it sucks to not b able to sell when the flush is on. are the shroom companys hibernating? why not be buying crazy weight of high grade and and continue to bend the pickers over and do nothing but collect the bouko bucks? atleast give me an option to deliver myself. what rock yall hidin under? let me know where i can bring em. better yet come n get em...


User_Name: Zed
Date: Thursday December 04, 2014
Time: 10:19 PM

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Hey cranberry, It was 2 weekends ago. Last weekend I only went out a couple hours with my kids and found 3 frozen pines. And frozen winters. But 2 weeks ago I was running 40% # 1 40% 2 & 3 & 20 % 4's. I only did 3 part days of pines this year....I sold to dan in port for $7.50 grades 1 to 4. He got some guff here a few weeks back but my few dealings with him have been good. He left about a week ago. He mostly buys yellow foot, chantrelle and other.... He is a specialty buyer and not so much pine. I think I am going to do more specialty stuff next year ( saw lots of lobster, few cauliflower, lots of winters, some hedgehog, and of course I expanded my chantrelle range).....the last few years of pines have been frustrating her mid island.... Price, no one buying near by, and I am not sure if it is just me but the deer have just honed in on then..... I probably saw a 50% spoil rate this year. All in all I went out more days this year and did 25% of last year..... The only thing that gave me a bit of fun was yellow feet this November. Anyway I am going south for a week, hopefully, winters will survive until I get back they are delicious. Zed


User_Name: cranberrydawg
Date: Thursday December 04, 2014
Time: 06:37 PM

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Haha, thanks Matsiman. Was wondering if that photo would ever crop up again. By the way, that is Karl in the picture. There was the odd no nonsense buyer back in the hay days of the Zoo, but for my money, Karl was as straight a shooter as you were going to find. Maud was way better looking though... sorry Karl, just saying. R.I.P.K. I think I may have said this when I initially posted that pic years ago, but that mushroom grew BIG every year. The spot only popped one mushroom a season, but it was always a doozy! Because it's origins were so deep in the soil I suppose, and the fact that the duff was extremely tight with no roots in sight. When I picked that one it was just cresting the surface if you can believe it...I picked several smaller versions of that mushroom in other seasons (in the 1.5 to 2 lb range) and they were always just bumps. Big bumps for sure, but bumps nonetheless. One year I couldn't be bothered to check the zone it grew in because it was a little tricky to get to and by the time I arrived late in the season it was a number three if my memory serves me correctly (possibly a four), and it weighed over 5 lbs. That button in the picture was a $65 mushroom...it was $20/lb that day! Ah, yes, those were the days. I miss the Cranberry very much. Thanks a ton for creating this site Matsiman and allowing us to share these kinds of memories...I truly appreciate it. Oh, and Zed, while you're on here, where did you sell to the other day and what was the price? I am curious about the low grades...or were they buttons you sold? If so, where the hell are you getting them from? I have been in Campbell River for the last little while and the ground is frozen solid, but I might make one last trip to the hump this weekend. I'll bet it is flag city. Oh, and the back forty will be all flagged out too, I haven't been there in weeks. Courtenay buttons like I said are baseballs and quite rare...egad, here I go again...enough...at any rate good luck zed, if you go out this weekend.


User_Name: Zed
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2014
Time: 08:20 PM

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I remember when Jackie in terrace was giving a bonus for button of the day (20.00$?)..... Early 90's.... I never won. My biggest #1 was .78 lbs. and #2 was 1.5lbs.....there was a lady in Nakusp (Fay ?) that did most weight for the day....that was fun times.


User_Name: Phantom picker
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2014
Time: 08:39 AM

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WOW!!! That's the biggest button I've ever seen man.you should have gotten a reward for that button lol.


User_Name: Matsiman
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2014
Time: 06:06 AM

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cranberrydawg, Couldn't have stated it any better. Old, worn out and can't stop. You do have one distinction on matsiman.com. The largest button shown on Matsiman website. http://matsiman.com/gallery/cranberry_dawgs_3_pound_plus.htm
Matsiman


User_Name: garf
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2014
Time: 09:11 AM

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just duckin in thanks for sharing your pictures ...just got a new all in one computer so maybe i will sit down and figure out how to do the links so i can share some photos also... for us matsi wanderers itslike watching a good movie ... i love to look at the pictures and it gives me motivation ..sometimes i need it sometimes not (right Cranberry?) i tend to get a little achey myself sometimes... last time i went out picking it was almost all fresh buttons and like matsiman said they probably were penning before the last freeze in late early november and then when it thawed around the 20 th they grew ...i got about 10 lbs of buttons that day and there were definitely more little ones.... think they are done now but i have one more little spot to check and maybe i will go back where the little ones were but i suspect they would be frozen solid ... this other spot they will grow three or four inches under in the deep soft duff so theres a chance for them.. anyhow doing firewood still and lots of cedar to make fence rails with now.... wish some outfits would quit burning up good waste that can be worth lots if you know what to do with it ... makes sense as the money goes back into the economy instead of more CO2 onto the air... (small rant) if they get permission to burn they do it quick especially if it hasnt been waste accessed .. anyhow i am in a birch area and am in the need of chaga as i do have some issues ,,,, any tips on harvesting and what to look for ? Like is it certain size trees ?? Not a lot of huge birch around so that would narrow my search area and best harvest time and method ... i will google that also but there are a lot of wise old pickers and harvesters on here that know the tricks ... ts all and have a great holiday season....


User_Name: chankeen
Date: Monday December 01, 2014
Time: 04:01 PM

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Anyone have any info or experience regarding shipping dried boletus edulis from Central America to Canada?


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