South Dakota Mushroom Hunting

You will be excited to hear that South Dakota’s mushroom hunting season lasts four whole days. BUT, if we cross our fingers and submit ourselves to the mushroom gods we might get an entire week!

This page lists only EDIBLE mushrooms found in the Midwest. If you want a full mycology guide for South Dakota please visit:

Eating wild mushrooms is dangerous without proper knowledge. When in doubt, don’t eat it! Seriously, unless you first make a spore print and use a mushroom key to properly identify your fungi you are risking your life by putting it in your mouth.

Edible Mushrooms of South Dakota

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus Sulphureus

It absolutely tastes like chicken and the texture is unreal!

Wood Ear Mushroom
Auricularia auricula
Basically impossible to mis-identify, this is one weird mushroom that legit looks like an ear.

Morchella Esculenta
The taste is NOT hype. Morels are the yummiest mushroom I have eaten.

Dryads Saddle
Polyporus Squamosus
Edible and plenty to go around!

Mica Cap
Coprinellus micaceus
Very light taste but makes a great toasted mushroom sandwhich.

Stinkhorn Mushroom
Phallus impudicus
Swallow the eggs whole after frying them. I do not recommend chewing. Seriously, don’t do it.

Scarlet Cup
Sarcoscypha coccinea
Kick-ass little mushroom that was found while the ground was still frozen from winter!

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus

Spring Agaricus
Agaricus Bitorquis
Short stubby stem, thin ring, smooth rounded whitish cap, brown spores, grows in hardpacked soil with often just the cap poking though


beautiful unidentified mushrooms of 2022

beautiful unidentified mushrooms of 2021