He Said, She Said: Mushroom hunter hopes to keep spots secret Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 February 2017
By Shaun and Pamela Collins
Special to GUIDON
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I am a hunter, and in the spring I hunt morel mushrooms. Now, like most hunters, I have a few “hot spots.” Lately, I have been bugged by my brother-in-law wanting to go with me to my secret locations.

Last year, I took him hunting with me and we collected a few morels at one of my locations, but he later returned to that same spot with three of his buddies and they cleaned it out. Now he wants to go with me this spring.  I said no and told him why. He pouted, and my wife insists it’s not a big deal and I should take him. He swears he won’t do it again, but it has taken me two tours here to find these patches of morels (sorry, they are not on the installation), and there is no way I can trust him to not blab about these spots as well. I am thinking of taking him to alternate places and just shrug it off as someone must have beaten us to the mushrooms. What do you think?

HE SAID: At the risk of offending you, I’ll go ahead and tell you I think you are being selfish.

Your relationship with your brother-in-law will likely last much longer than your time at Fort Leonard Wood. If you are the kind of person that thinks everything you know about is yours and yours alone, you will likely have an empty and lonely life.

As someone who enjoys collecting morels as well, I’ve always enjoyed the camaraderie far more than the harvest. As I was learning to hunt and harvest, I had people show me things that I used to build from. Through the years, I have had many opportunities to share this knowledge and have passed it along in the same spirit it was offered to me.

You can explain that taking a bunch of people out to your “honey holes” will leave you both with none, Teach him how to find his own spots to take people to.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. It may seem selfish but I have to agree with you. There is one spot he knows about. I would take him back to that spot.  

If it has been “cleaned out,” or you find nothing there, I would try and take him to spots neither one of you have been to before that are good environments for morels. If you find some, great. Tell him that this is now “his spot” and he can do with it what he wants. If you don’t find anything, you tried.  

 (Editor’s note: Shaun and Pamela Collins were both career Soldiers with a combined history of military service spanning over a half of a century. They have been where you are, so if you are facing a difficult situation, ask them. Send your question to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This column and other original content from Mr. and Mrs. Collins can be found at http://militarysuccessnetwork.com. The opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office or the GUIDON.)
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