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Kevin Wright will be offering stories, pictures and memories of a life filled with outdoors adventures in and around Central Illinois.
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My name is Kevin Wright, and I am a freelance outdoor writer and wildlife photographer. At one time or another, you might have read one of my long running outdoor columns (over 16 years) in the Canton Daily Ledger. I also write for numerous ...

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My name is Kevin Wright, and I am a freelance outdoor writer and wildlife photographer. At one time or another, you might have read one of my long running outdoor columns (over 16 years) in the Canton Daily Ledger. I also write for numerous magazines and websites. I have also returned to a column in the Ledger running the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. I am also a member of the Outdoor Writers Association Of America.

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By Kevin Wright
Sept. 30, 2013 3:20 p.m.



It was last fall while on a woodland adventure that I came across some mushrooms, Boletes, I believe. They were so fresh and beautiful that I had to search to see what else might be out there and thus began my fascination with fall mushrooms.

Now, on that first encounter, I really wasn’t sure what I was looking at, species that is. I came across a few other varieties and knew that I had to make a trip to the library that night. The next day I purchased a mushroom field guide.

The next several days after that first encounter, I was in the woods. As a photographer I had the added advantage of photographing all the marvelous mushrooms. I could compare my images to those in the field guide helping me in my identification and I found several to learn.

It had been much the same for years. My fall outings for mushrooms consisted mostly of puffballs. That’s all I knew and that was all I looked for. But now things have changed in a big way.

Despite my best efforts to correctly identify whatever species it is that I find, I do not eat them. I am never sure enough to do so and as a self-taught mushroom hunter, I am by no means an expert. I hunt them in order to photograph them.

I began to wonder if the woods were going to come alive at all this fall season. A few trips here and there produced just a few mushrooms. A lack of moisture is the culprit, I believe. A little rain does wonders, and the woods are finally coming to life. The coming days should be grand.

But keep in mind that the fall archery deer and turkey hunting seasons begin Oct. 1, so be safe in the woods or maybe just stay out if you know  hunters might be in the woods.

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