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They are pretty common in places that 1) have forests, 2) where there aren't tons of people looking for them. Unfortunately I don't live near any forests, and even if I did, many places you now compete with gaggles of other people picking them plus commercial pickers.

I've picked lots of chantarelles over the years, as well as a number of variants, but the problem especially with chantarelles is that they're so easy to recognise that they're one of the first types people learn to pick with confidence, and since they're also sought after, if you're somewhere with a culture for mushroom picking and high population density they disappear very, very quickly.

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