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It’s not spring until the morel hunter says so

Bill Hambrick is a veteran morel hunter, so much so he can tell stories about hunts he took years ago. He recently gathered 184 tiny morels in the Crooked River Conservation Area. The river was rising and about to flood the morels, Bill said, so he picked them. Employees at Richmond’s Sinclair station got first dibs. ‘I done give half of ‘em away,’ he said. The Richmond News is again sponsoring the Biggest Morel Contest at this year’s Mushroom Festival. (Photoby David Knopf/Richmond News)

Bill Hambrick is a veteran morel hunter, so much so he can tell stories about hunts he took years ago. He recently gathered 184 tiny morels in the Crooked River Conservation Area. The river was rising and about to flood the morels, Bill said, so he picked them. Employees at Richmond’s Sinclair station got first dibs. ‘I done give half of ‘em away,’ he said. The Richmond News is again sponsoring the Biggest Morel Contest at this year’s Mushroom Festival. (Photoby David Knopf/Richmond News)

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