Bitterroot Forest Issues Free Mushroom Permits
May through September in the Bitterroot National Forest can be harvest time for edible mushrooms. The different elevations in the mountains allow for a long season for the fungi. The mushrooms seem to like to grow in the recently burned areas. And, many people are looking for the tasty morel mushrooms.
Each year, the Bitterroot National Forest issues personal mushroom permits. This year, no commercial permits will be available, but the personal permits are free and allow a person to pick up to 5 gallons per day, which is about two regular grocery bags. There are some rules:
By the way, for very small amounts of mushrooms gathered, no permit is needed. You are limited to five gallons a day. There are free 2018 Mushroom Guide publications at Forest Service offices. Commercial mushroom permits are planned in other national forests, but not the Bitterroot.