HOWARD — Decades ago as a child, Mike Erow of Howard learned the art of mushroom hunting from his stepfather and immediately fell in love with the activity. Since that time, wild mushroom hunting has become such a beloved hobby that he looks forward to every spring.
Erow currently resides at that same farm where he picked his first mushroom and the woodland on his property serves as his prime mushroom hunting-grounds to this day.
Gray morels and yellow sponges are the main types of mushrooms he collects, however, he will pluck any edible mushroom he happens upon. Erow finds most of the yellow sponge mushrooms by dead elm trees and many other morels around old gas lines or wild cherry trees.