First, is it true that morels do not grow around pines? Also, in recently logged areas, and fire areas. I've heard that they grow in abundance in hardwoods, but not so much in pines.
Yes, morels do grow around pines, and it seems from the pine thread here on NCM, there are many a host. White, Red, Jack, and Spruce seem to be the dominate favorites. I've found them on white pines, and spruce pines myself here in SE MI. some people only find them on a pine in the mixed hardwoods with occasional pine hosts. Logged areas from what i hear are usually a miss, but can be a good hit the following season after a log, same thing for a burn. It just depends what gets logged or burnt i would say. and if that forest even hosted morels to begin with. they grow where they grow!
We found an abandoned apple orchard around here, but it's really sunny there, and dry, doesn't seem moist or damp at all. Is it best not to hunt there because of that?
I would say probably not a good place if there is no moisture, but doesnt hurt to take a quick look each season.
I'll be driving down a main highway and have noticed some hardwoods patches up and down the road btwn Crawford County and Kalkaska County. Would stopping in the morning be better than searching in the afternoon, or does it make a difference?
I often hunt in the evening, but i know up in the popular woods if you dont get there early in the morning, you'll find the occasional overlooked morel, and a lot of stumps