Ginseng

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by mudhole crossing, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

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    any word on dried seng prices in anybody's area? Starting out $500 here in mine; up $100 from last yrs start. Been too hot and muggy for diggers imo. It has for me anyway.
     
  2. Strutter

    Strutter Cyber-Hunter

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    Guy I work with said a buyer in Jackson county was paying 750.00 a dry lb.
     
  3. T-wil69

    T-wil69 8 pointer

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    How I the world do people find enough of it to make good money, I’ve looked a couple years and have only found a handful of plants mature enough to dig, talked to some old timers that said they find between 5-10 lbs dried a year and I just don’t see how
     
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  4. BigPete

    BigPete 10 pointer

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    Your either just not seeing them or your not looking in a place that has Ginseng.

    For years and years me and my FIL has planted the berries and pinched off the plant of probably 275-300 plants in one holler, we say every year that times may get bad and we may need to "cash in" our crop soon.
     
  5. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 10 pointer

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    I’ve not dug a pound or two in my life,I don’t go out and look much anymore either.Lot of early digging goes on ,around here I think.
     
  6. FOWLER2671

    FOWLER2671 12 pointer

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    When I was 16 we had a fur buyers wife who lived about a mile down the road. Her husband had passed and she quit buying furs but not ginseng ....

    I thought I had found the motherload and probably had 10 pounds of fresh dug root..... I couldn't wait to let it dry so I hauled it up to her place.. She took one look and said I don't know what that is but it's not ginseng!!!

    I was so dang mad I tossed it out the window on the way home!

    I have a pretty sharp eye for certain things like stray decoys or deer in the woods while driving but ginseng and Morel mushrooms are two things that have eluded me!
     
  7. bigbonner

    bigbonner 8 pointer

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    I would like to get some wild seeds or roots to plant on my farm to get ginseng started.
     
  8. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 10 pointer

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    That would be disappointing
     
  9. Big_Steve

    Big_Steve Spike

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    My dad researched it for a while, and he said that according to everything he learned it is nearly impossible. Apparently, the conditions for it to either grow or die off is extremely small differences. Apparently, they have been trying for years to cultivate it, and can't make it work. That is why the wild root still sells so high.
     
  10. Big_Steve

    Big_Steve Spike

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    I have been hunting it for 27 years now. My dad was a logger, and he could spot it from the other side of a field, it was crazy.

    I don't do a lot of dedicated senging, just dig it when I hunt and hike during the season. I'd say in my life I have dug less than 5 dry pounds of stuff. A lot of people dig it early and did it young as well. Last year I would a 4 prong with it berries still attached, and several small 2 prongs lying next to a 4-wheeler trail. Just wasteful. Especially considering those little 2 prongs would barely have a root at all.

    Once the meth heads learned that they can dig a root and trade it for meth, it really hurt the entire industry, and especially the ginseng crop. I just sell my 6-8 oz a year and use it to buy ammo or something.
     
  11. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 10 pointer

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    Reality tv shows ruined ginseng hunting,a lot of people dig early,and any size they find,thinking they’re going to get a big payday.It takes a lot to make a pound.
     
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  12. T-wil69

    T-wil69 8 pointer

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    I thought I read somewhere that you can tell how old a plant is by the root and buyers wouldn’t buy unless it was old enough?
     
  13. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 10 pointer

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    That’s the way it’s suppose to be,it could be now,I haven’t dug or sold any in three or four years,I’ve seen some small roots sold before though
     
  14. jblack1

    jblack1 10 pointer

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    Contact Billy Taylor in Ky. He's licensed to help you out.
    http://taylorsginseng.com/?page_id=657
     
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  15. mountain hunter

    mountain hunter Spike

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    I agree the reality TV series is far from reality. Digging early also eliminates any chance for that plant to produce seed and reseed it self. I have been around the business a long time and never seen anything close to what they were saying on TV. Good luck to those out searching for "Sang" this year.
     
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