South Dakota has one of the LARGEST mycology clubs in the world! If you like to hunt mushrooms then come on down to the state that took a perfectly beautiful mountain and blew it up with TNT so we could all stare at a bunch of dead people’s faces. That’s right folks! Who needs the Pacific Northwest when you can battle mosquitoes the size of small birds just to find half-dried up mushrooms on those rainy weeks that happen about twice a year!?
Ya, I lied. South Dakota doesn’t have a mycology club unless you consider me and my two boys a “club”. BUT! If you love mushrooms and are interested in starting a mycology club I’d love to meet you (send me an email HERE). I promise I’m not that weird. See:
My goal is to help organize a contact list of friends who would be interested in meeting up on those rainy weeks where there are too many mushrooms for one person to identify (or eat!).
Personally, I have been hunting wild mushrooms since 2021 and I’m excited for the mountain of mycological education that I have yet to learn. I’ve noticed that here in Sioux Falls, SD the best times of year are early spring and fall. During the summer we find a lot of polypores, inky caps, and woody mushrooms but unless the sky is dark/rainy most of our mushroom hunting turns into foraging for berries and yummy greens. If you would like to see my personal catalog (i.e. guide) for mushrooms near the southern border of South Dakota and Minnesota then check out this page:
If you are looking for the very best mushroom field guide for South Dakota I highly recommend Mushrooms of the Upper Midwest by Teresa Marrone and the enormous book titled Mushrooms Demystified by David Aurora. David’s book is HUGE and an absolute must for any mushroom hunter that plans to eat their harvest of mushrooms. Speaking of which, you can visit my foraging blog for a full list of my favorite edible mushrooms in the area:
If you travel to MN I’d consider becoming a member of the MN Mycological Society as they are very well organized and have a LOT of knowledge to share. Again, visit my contact page to send me an email if you love hunting mushrooms and don’t be afraid to say “Hello” if you see us on the hiking trail!