Mushroom hunters beware of trespassing

Now that the warm weather seems to be here to stay, itâ??s officially mushroom season.

For many in the Heartland, mushroom season is serious business and finding the perfect spot is part of the hunt.

If youâ??re out hunting, one of the most important things to keep in mind is your location, and if youâ??re hunting on private or public property.

If you want to hunt on private property, just as with deer hunting, you will need to ask the landowner for permission.

If you donâ??t, you could be charged with trespassing.

â??You'll be handcuffed, transported to the jail, processed through the jail and if you want to get out of the jail that day or afternoon then you'll have to post bond to get out. And then you'll have to appear in court, if you plead guilty then they'll fine you, if you plead not guilty then they'll set up a trial date at a later time and the landowner will have to come in and the arresting officers,â?? said Chief Deputy Don Phillips, Wapello County Sheriffâ??s Office.

Deputy Phillips said more than likely if you simply ask the landowner for permission theyâ??ll say yes, unless they are a mushroom hunter themselves.