Digging Ginseng Out of Season Penalty????

Discussion in 'General Hunting Topics' started by WBH, May 5, 2012.

  1. WBH

    WBH Well-Known Member

    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:head:
  2. CDay

    CDay Well-Known Member

    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.

  3. Lonnie

    Lonnie Well-Known Member

    Is Ginseng a game animal now?
  4. n2deer

    n2deer Well-Known Member

  5. niterage272

    niterage272 Well-Known Member

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

    TurkeyHussy Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Saltydog

    Saltydog Well-Known Member

    and last year, in TN... it was bringing 112 dollars a pound green and around $400 a pound dried :biggrin:
    Not too bad for a walk in the woods...
  8. BIG JIM

    BIG JIM Select Member<br>Ol Eagle Eye

    I would think the forest service would be the one who enforces the laws if it's on national forest.
  9. hunter_3780

    hunter_3780 Select Member<br>2014 Team Turkey Contest Winner

    two or three years ago it hit $1200 a pound. :eek:
  10. CDay

    CDay Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. stealthycat

    stealthycat Elite Member<br>2015-16 Bow Hunting Contest Winner

    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 :(
  12. redoak

    redoak Well-Known Member

    4 pronger

    This one is cooking along ok & has a seed head starting

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  13. thompson

    thompson Well-Known Member

    Guys, I learn something every day.....:shrug: I had no idea this was in ARK.
  14. n2deer

    n2deer Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Ruger

    Ruger Well-Known Member

    Ok, who buys this? Do you have to have a license to sell it?
  16. n2deer

    n2deer Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. TurkeyHussy

    TurkeyHussy Well-Known Member

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

    RL Well-Known Member

    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
  19. WBH

    WBH Well-Known Member