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Posted: 27 August 2011 03:03 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey all ya’ll! The squaw and I are amassing a wealth of knowledge about harvesting and selling wild ginseng, its fairly new to us and we have already located a small patch of immature plants(3 prongs) but of course these are not harvestable because Illinois law requires all wild ginseng that is harvested must be at least 10 years of age(4 prong). So yes we have had some kinda luck but not quite the luck we were looking for, our knowledge base is limited and we would like to expand our repertoire, so that we may be able to harvest mature plants when the season opens in September. If anyone out there could give us some insight on habitat and etc., it would be greatly appreciated and would be put to practice immediately! and one more thing…....all the plants we located except one had the crimson berrys and all the leaves were burned off, and the “pistol” that held the berrys was pretty much the only thing that remained, the only one with the leaves remaining was easily identifiable and had only 3 prongs so therefore is immature and not elgible for harvest yet. We are gonna hit the woods again this weekend and see what we can find, hopefully something good! sooo….thanx my fellow timbercrafters and any info would be awesome!! hopefully we can still locate and identifie the “seng” when the season opens up! We kinda got worried cause all the “seng we find so far is unidentifieable age wise cause we have no leaves to indicate age! till next post heartlanders!!

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Posted: 28 August 2011 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yet again one more outdoor activity that I have not been “schooled-up” on. CoonAss, you never cease to amaze me with your enthusiasm of the outside world. Anyway, my 2 cents on ginseng…All I know is you better make sure you know all the rules and regs on ginseng harvesting. It sounds like you have a strong base knowledge, but the DNR CPO’s really go at the ginseng guys hard. I did an 8 week internship with these guys and they make a great deal of ginseng related busts when the season kicks off. Mostly trespassing related, but some for improper and over-harvesting practices. I’m not trying to scare you, just want to inform that’s all. Not sure why they watch it so hard but as long as you know the regs and stay on property you have permission to be on, you should be golden. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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Posted: 28 August 2011 03:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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thanx 4 the info colt! we shouldnt have any problems with that kinda stuff though, we hunt private property and most likely ill be the one kicking tresspassers out!LOL, and I can understand why the DNR is so protective, panax quinquefolias is considered a rare plant and due to overharvesting and etc. it has become somewhat “endangered”, I in fact love the stricter rule set for these kinds of things, simply because it makes sure the “seng” isnt overharvested, and preserves and insures the survival of future potential “medicines”! For a plant so revered and rare it is essential to enforce proper harvesting laws in order to maintain and retain this incredible resource! Maybe in years to come we might be able to see a resurgance in the “panax populations” due to the DNR remaining dilligent and watchful over such operations! This my friends is a small part of how conservation benifits us all!Nature and Man coexisting in an symbiotic relationship like they should be!!!!!!!till next post heartlanders!

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Posted: 29 August 2011 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Dont know much about it.  Have come across quite a few plants on the property - never pick it, but we do pick the berries off and replant them just in the dirt by the plant we find them by.  Not sure if the berries germinate or not.  Good luck

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Posted: 29 August 2011 04:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Gretchen Steele,has an article about foraging for ginseng in the new Sept Heartland Outdoors mag.

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Posted: 06 September 2011 05:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks tw for publicity smile  I’ve given up sengin’ for profit - there’s just so little left in southern IL and takes sooooo much to truly make anything - not to mention it’s hard work for an old crippled up woman -
You absolutely have to be sure of what you are doing - and make sure when you do harvest, you harvest so you prolong the life of your patch. I’m still able to harvest ( enough me to use) in patches that were my grandpas. Ya’ll think I guard a shroom patch - I’m absolutely wicked about the seng patches.  I could be moved to violence LOL (naw I’d never really hurt anyone).
Replanting the berries is a good idea, but you have to do it just right - make sure pinch ‘em a little so the outer husk is broke - if not they probably won’t germinate. I really am glad to see the CPO’s out there - I’m old enough to remember when this was a viable way to make extra money for the winter - then overharvesting and lost habitat have made it next to impossible unless you have a private patch you tend carefully and guard with your life.

hope Jeff doesn’t throttle me for this link ...LOL

Coon Ass - here’s a piece I did a couple seasons ago.

http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/index.php?/gretchens/article/sengin_in_the_rain

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Posted: 18 September 2011 01:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I loved the piece u wrote there!!!!! G u should post here more often! The info that u retain is absolutely the stuff we all should know!!!!..........I am sad to report that I have not made it back to the woods to do any gin huntin…harvest has had me working like a dog!!! I think I got corn coming out of my eyeballs!!LOL…. its ok though! I will keep learning more about this all but forgotten art! next year ill hopefully get a weekend or 2 to get out there, and the great thing is that ill be even more prepared with more exstensive knowledge ready to be put to use!!! how bout ya’ll???any luck???

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Posted: 19 September 2011 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Sheesh - you’ve got corn up to your eyeballs and we haven’t even started cutting yet! LOL Life in the river borroms..one day chicken..next day feathers -
I try to put as much stuff like that as I can on my blog here and on my “other” blog - It dawned on me one day- if I don’t start writing stuff down and teaching people - folks aren’t going to know, and if they don’t know.. they don’t care..and if they don’t care.. oh I digress…
I’ve been down for the count with some health issues - but I’ve started getting back out there this week - not much to report on the seng - but man did I fall into a patch of huge OLD goldenseal plants.. they were just sooooo pretty smile
Coon Ass I’ll help you and teach you all I can on one condition - you have to teach somebody too! wink
We can’t let stuff like this die out…

here’s a link to my other blog just in case you’re interested…and I’m always up for a road trip to a new patch of woods LOL

http://walkinwiththewildwoman.blogspot.com/

BTW Pawpaws are gettin’ ripe ..better go find you some smile

 

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