I love eating morel mushrooms in the spring, but I have a heckuva tough time finding them.  I was lamenting my morel mushroom hunting shortcomings to fellow PF blogger Anthony Hauck last week when he asked the question; “can you teach your bird dog to find morels?” 


The premise seems logical, right?  Folks are teaching their bird dogs to hunt deer antler sheds nowadays and they are also being used to find truffles, like the Lab in this story from Oregon.  A quick Google search will provide a few leads like this guy with three mushroom hunting dogs and pictures of an obscene volume of morels he claims the pups helped him find. 


YouTube also provides a couple compelling examples of shroom dogging evidence:


By the way, this pup’s name ranks as one of my all-time favorites: Axel Foley, a tribute to Eddie Murphy’s hilarious character in the Beverly Hills Cop series.


So what about the bird dogs across pheasant and quail country; do any of your pups double as a morel mushroom hunter in the spring?  How did you train your shrooming dog? 



The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever's Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.


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