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    Digging Ginseng Out of Season Penalty????

    My father-n-law and i wherer talking about this the other day. He loves to hunt it and we know season does not open until September 1 and all the laws about how and what to dig. I know the laws are set by the plant board, but my question is who enforces the laws. I assume it would be game wardens, and what is the penalty for digging out of season.

    Anyone had any experience with this or know someone who has?

    Saturday morning and i guess im bored


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    I did not know that Arkansas had season on it. I know most states up north do and the laws/seasons on ginseng are decided and enforced by the states wildlife agency. In fact the seasons and regulations are in the hunting season handbooks and on their website.


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    Is Ginseng a game animal now?

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    [QUOTE=WBH;1518975]My father-n-law and i wherer talking about this the other day. He loves to hunt it and we know season does not open until September 1 and all the laws about how and what to dig. I know the laws are set by the plant board, but my question is who enforces the laws. I assume it would be game wardens, and what is the penalty for digging out of season.

    Anyone had any experience with this or know someone who has?


    Game wardens are the ones that write the tickets. I don't know the exact fines but it is not extreme for digging out of season, but it is hefty if you are caught on national Forrest land digging. I know about a dozen guys that dig on national forrest, the old timers that have done it for years won't stop period. I myself dig some but just enough for personal use and to tell you the truth I don't know when season starts or ends. There is no shortage of ginseng in the national forrest and don't let anyone tell you there is.

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    ok im lost,lol what is ginseng? whats it for? whats it look like? and why would it have a season?

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    Ginseng is a plant that grows wild. It is use in making of medicine. It takes a bread sack of the root ( which has to be dried) to make a pound. ( at least this is what I remember from 30 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurkeyHussy View Post
    Ginseng is a plant that grows wild. It is use in making of medicine. It takes a bread sack of the root ( which has to be dried) to make a pound. ( at least this is what I remember from 30 years ago.
    and last year, in TN... it was bringing 112 dollars a pound green and around $400 a pound dried
    Not too bad for a walk in the woods...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonnie View Post
    Is Ginseng a game animal now?
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    I would think the forest service would be the one who enforces the laws if it's on national forest.

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    two or three years ago it hit $1200 a pound.

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    I use to dig alot of it back when I was a kid up Indiana. You have to get a eye for it, except for when it turns golden before dying every year. But green and no red berries it blends in with everything.

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    too many people dig the young plants - my Dad use to dig it, and he would only dig the older plants and he would always bury the seeds too .......

    like any resource, stupid people will kill it to extinction unless its regulated :(

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    4 pronger

    This one is cooking along ok & has a seed head starting
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    Guys, I learn something every day..... I had no idea this was in ARK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG JIM View Post
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    I would think the forest service would be the one who enforces the laws if it's on national forest.
    Nope it is the green pants that enforce the laws. I have a good friend that made 17k last year on sing but he hunted sun up to sun down for months.

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    Ok, who buys this? Do you have to have a license to sell it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruger View Post
    Ok, who buys this? Do you have to have a license to sell it?
    There are brokers that come to little rock every year to buy, I don't know the exact dates. I will call my friend tomorrow and get you all the info you need. Please guys before you go out and start picking study up and ALWAYS plant the berries back, it is good for the Forrest and it will be another picking for you down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDay View Post
    I use to dig alot of it back when I was a kid up Indiana. You have to get a eye for it, except for when it turns golden before dying every year. But green and no red berries it blends in with everything.

    What part of IN ? I use to find them out pass the Airport in Bloomington.

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    I know at one time you could buy a permit to dig it on the national forest and and there was a season if you are on your own land you can dig it when you want to but it is best to wait until the seeds get ripe and turn blood red to replant them alot of people buy seed and plant it on there land but seeds are over 100 bucks for a pound

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    http://www.wildgrown.com/index.php/G...gulations.html

    says nothing about private or public. You cannot legally dig on state land anymore. Wild and raised are under the same laws.

    Better read the above rules, they are pretty blunt!

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    I used to dig it around Richmond and Brookville

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    Good info WBH! thanks..
    Arkansas Ginseng Law and Regulations | Print | E-mail


    • No license is required to harvest or sell ginseng in Arkansas.

    • A Ginseng Dealer License is required to buy wild or cultivated ginseng in Arkansas for sale across state lines.

    • The harvest season for wild and artificially propagated ginseng in Arkansas is from September 1 to December 1. The state does not allow green ginseng roots to be possessed between April 1 and September 1, and all harvested ginseng must be sold between September 15 and March 31 of the next year.

    • Arkansas state law requires that wild ginseng only be harvested when the fruit is red, and only from “well developed plants” with at least 3 prongs.

    • Arkansas requires that wild ginseng collectors plant the seeds of harvested plants at the digging site.

    • Ginseng may not be harvested on state land in Arkansas, nor in the Ouachita or Ozark National Forests.

    • The Arkansas State Plant Board, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator. This office can be reached at (501) 225-1598 or by addressing correspondence to:

    Arkansas State Plant Board
    PO Box 1089
    Little Rock, AR 72203

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    I am pretty sure it is no different than cutting timber that is on your land

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    Again, I see no exclusions to private land owners in the above laws. I do see where it states their is no difference in wild and artificially grown ginseng as far as digging season, possession, and selling.

    Remember, the law states you may not dig on state land.....so the above laws are for private land harvesting.

    The Arkansas Plant Board number is above if your not sure.


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