The best times to hunt mushrooms vary by season. Mushrooms require moisture and above freezing temperatures. Late spring/early summer is when you will usually find the most. They are generally easiest to find in burned or logged areas. Please be careful when hunting mushrooms to eat. I would suggest taking a class or going out with someone who has a lot of experience in the area. Morels and Inky Caps are generally pretty easy to find in our area in the spring. There are some mushrooms out there that are very deadly too. When in doubt, check it out with an expert. Some people have adverse reactions to mushrooms others enjoy. Immature mushrooms may be difficult to identify.
Morels can generally be found in the area in the spring. They disappear once it dries up. It's easy to walk right by them.
I like them sauted in butter with a little sherry. You can freeze or dry these mushrooms if you get lucky and find a lot and your friends don't talk you out of them.
There are several different varieties of morel in the area.
Inky Caps are also a common mushroom. Older mushrooms will have black "ink" running down their stems. These are the spores they reproduce from. The younger ones are generally better eating.