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Whether you or someone you love enjoys mushroom foraging, having the proper tools for the job is essential. These supplies are exactly what you need for a successful hunt or they will make the perfect gift for your favorite mushroom picker.
Here in Colorado, the coming of spring means many of us start looking forward to the fun, outdoor treasure hunt of an activity known as: mushroom hunting. It’s exciting to search and discover these little gems, as well as examine their unique characteristics and learn their secrets, umm… they also taste delicious.
These supplies will help ensure a successful day of mushroom picking, have fun!
#1 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Mushroom Foraging Bag
When picking mushrooms, you will need a bag to collect them in. A large capacity mesh bag will hold a lot of mushrooms and keep them fresh. Mesh is preferred because it allows the spores to be releases so they plant else where, thus starting a new mycelium growth and produce mushrooms in the area you are hunting.
15 x 17 inch mushroom hunting bag holds a large quantity
Made of tough tear resistant mesh.
Thick, comfortable, adjustable strap can be shortened into a handle or lengthened to wear over the shoulder.
Solid bottom protects fungi from getting crushed, even when the bag is full
The mesh is thicker with smaller holes to protect against grating, while still spreads the spores as you walk through the woods.
Made in the USA
A generous 8″ pocket that reads “My Lucky Shrooming Bag”.
Bag and strap ca easily be folded into the pocket when storing.
#2 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Opinel Mushroom Knife with Brush
A good knife is essential for mushroom foraging. Mushrooms have delicate stems and if you just pluck them out of the ground you will destroy the fragile root-like fibers (mycelium) from which new mushrooms grow. With a knife you can collect your prize while ensuring sustainability. A brush makes for easy cleaning of dust and dirt from the mushroom.
No.08 Oak wood mushroom foraging knife is a combination knife/brush/sheath
8 cm Stainless steel blade has an excellent cutting edge
Varnished Oak handle made from responsibly harvested European wood.
Boar bristle brush.
Virobloc safety ring can lock the blade open and lock the blade closed. It has two sections, one fixed and one sliding
Metal snap closure sheathe made of synthetic leather
Engraved Opinel crowned hand logo
Made in France
Ideal tool for morels, ceps, chanterelles and trumpets picking.
Comes in a lovely wooden gift box
Makes the perfect gift for any mushroom lover
Available sizes: No 6 through No12
12C27 Sandvik stainless steel is anti corrosive
Open length: 18.4 (7.25 in)
Closed / handle length: 10.4 cm (4.1 in)
Weight: 1.7 oz.
Yatagan shaped blade with an exclusive convex profile for strength and efficient regrinding.
#3 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Vintage Mushrooms T-Shirt
The perfect gift for any mushroom hunter, featuring vintage French naturalist artwork of various mushroom species! Perfect visual reminder of an array of mushrooms when you are foraging in the woods.
Made in USA and Imported
A smooth, soft, tight-knit T-shirt with a high thread-count
Shirt is tagless, meaning the tag is printed on fabric inside collar, so you can’t feel it.
Slightly tapered and less boxy than classic t-shirts.
Mid-weight shirt has a nice balance between comfort and durability
made with high quality inks – vibrant and durable, and highly crack resistant.
Phthalate-free, CFC free and rated carcinogen-free by the state of California
Available in long sleeve and short sleeve style
Color: Heather Grey
#4 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Coghlan’s Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer
Don’t forget that you are not the only one foraging in the woods, generally bears are also out looking for mushrooms, and other food sources. Make sure they know you are coming so they can make a quiet retreat. Perfect for hanging on your backpack or dog collar.
Loud bell alerts bears and other animals when moving around, hiking, or walking near their location
Magnet in bag eliminates noise when not in use
Hook and loop closure makes it easy to attach to most anything including clothing, pack or even your pet’s collar.
Movement of the person or pet it is attached to, causes a steady ringing to warn animals of your presence.
Ideal for camping, hiking, biking and mushroom picking
Founded in 1932 in Portland, Oregon, Danner is the boot preferred by mushroom hunters all over the world, and its easy to see why. This lightweight boot provides stability on challenging grounds. They are made with purpose and integrity – footwear to equip those who choose the unlikely path, those who cut fresh trails, those who forage
Reinforced, external heel counter for maximum support
Cushioning open-cell OrthoLite footbed
TRAILGUARD platform with exposed TPU shank offers lightweight, athletic performance no matter the terrain
Lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA foam midsole offers lots of cushioning
Vibram 460 out soles with MegaGrip rubber compound offers superior grip on wet and dry surfaces
Deep, multi-directional lugs offers lots of traction
Available colors: Dusty Olive / Brown Gold / Military Green
#6 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms
When you are on the hunt you need a reliable, dependable field guide to help quickly and accurately recognize edible AND dangerous mushrooms. This is one of the best ones out there, throw it in your bag to keep it with you on every forage.
This is one of the easiest field guides for mushroom identification
Includes more that 1,000 species described in detail.
More that 700 paintings and drawings with subtle field marks to illustrate important distinctive features.
Portable-sized field guide
Covers most of the common edible and poisonous species.
Identification does not require a microscope or technical vocabulary.
Thee book groups similar mushrooms on the same page so you can easily identify a certain mushroom.
An ideal tool for beginner and intermediate mycologists alike
Written by Kent H. McKnight and Vera B. McKnight
#7 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Columbia Watertight II Jacket
Mushrooms love damp, wet conditions, therefore by default chances are you will be hunting in damp, wet conditions. Keep yourself dry and comfortable on your hike throughout the whole day with a rain jacket that is up to the task.
The outer shell is made of a waterproof, durable nylon with a 100% polyester lining.
Full length zipper closure
Abrasion resistant chin guard won’t scratch your face
Two zippered side pockets holds lots of essentials
Elastic cuffs and hem ensures rain and wind stays out and away from your skin.
Lightweight, waterproof, breathable and protective.
Easily packs into your hand pocket.
Adjustable, Velcro cuffs and an adjustable draw cord hem help give this jacket a customizable fit.
Made with Omni-Shield to keep you clean and dry by resisting the absorption of liquids and avoiding stains.
Machine wash makes it easy to care for.
#8 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – African Market Basket
When you stumble upon one of those spots, one of those treasure spots with just a ton of mushrooms you will be happy you have your African basket. You may not want to hike with it every day because it can be bulky but it does hold a large volume of mushrooms.
Hand crafted in Ghana
Approximately 14-16′ across and 9-11″ tall (plus handles)
You receive a ‘flattened’ basket; reshape basket by quickly submerging in water, reshape by hand and hang to dry
These baskets feature striking coloring and because they are hand woven, no two are identical.
Weavers use Veta Vera grass to weave these incredibly hardy, useful baskets.
#9 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Garmin inReach Explorer
Explore Anywhere! With this Garmin you may venture off the grid, but you’re never out of reach. This is a handheld satellite communicator complete with topo maps and GPS navigation. Never lose your way and always be in contact with the people you love the most.
100 percent global Iridium satellite coverage enables two-way text messaging from anywhere (satellite subscription required)
Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center
Track and share your location with family and friends.
IPX7 Rating means it can be submerged up to 1 meter in water for 30 minutes
Rechargeable internal lithium ion battery
Pair with mobile devices using the free earthmate app for access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more.
Preloaded with Delorme topo maps with onscreen GPS routing plus built in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer.
Sync your inReach device with your phone’s contact list to reach anyone, anywhere – with fewer keystrokes.
From backcountry to international adventures, inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS s for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies.
#10 Best Mushroom Hunting Supplies – Morel Mushroom Kit
If you’re a mushroom hunter who loves to hunt but the conditions just haven’t been right and there are no mushrooms to be found, you may want to take matters into your own hands. Mushroom growing kits help you create your own magical mushroom spots right in your own backyard.
Morel mushroom spores in a sawdust carrier
Approx. 200 grams
Start growing mushrooms anytime of year
Instructions included on every pack or search You Tube for more information
Sawdust spawn is pre-inoculated with fresh morel mushroom spores.
Just pour 1 bag of sawdust spores into 5 gallons of filtered/rain water and set for 24 hours, then pour water into a predetermined spot.
You will receive 5 bags
Grow these gourmet prizes in your yard
Keep in mind it can take up to 2-3 years for Morels to establish
We hope you found this article about the best mushroom hunting supplies helpful. What tool do you find most useful for mushroom foraging? Do you have any tips about any of these items? Is there a tool or item that you feel is important and has been left off this list? We would love to hear your thoughts, comments, stories and your personal experiences hunting mushrooms!