Oregon Truffle Hunters Persist Despite New Regulations

Man with Black Lab

Eric Lyon says he wouldn’t be able to hunt for mushrooms without the help of his trusty companion LeRoy. Each time LeRoy finds a truffle, he gets rewarded by a treat. Photo Alan Sylvestre/

February is a good month for truffle hunting in Oregon’s forests. Black truffles are just coming into season, and ripe white truffles are still plentiful.  The fungus can sell for $300 a pound or more, but this year truffle hunters say they’ve been shut out of some of their favorite spots.

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