29 thoughts on “Ginseng Hunting Tips by YTTNhunter 071810

  1. Number Eight says:

    Given you need 400 plants to make a pound, if we stay $400 a pound then its only $1 a plant. It's not a high earner unless there's lots of them to dig at a fair rate.

  2. Isaac Reed says:

    How would you suggest using trees.ginseng should I use it fresh or wait till it dries? I would like to make tea with it. Any thing over a pound im gonna keep for consumption 

  3. Bookie says:

    I just started on my land behind the house, love taking my son and looking. I actually noticed that those ferns are a great indicator. Going to go in the morning. Thnx for the additional info.

  4. RichardsPrettyMuchInactiveChannel says:

    I think Ginseng hunting is like riding a bike, after years of not riding, you can't just jump on a bike and wreck even if you try, you can't un-learn to ride, nor can a Ginseng hunter walk past a Genseng plant and not have it pop out at him/her, even if you're not even looking for it, you can never un-learn.

    Once, between jobs, I hunted for a living, although, even at $20 something a pound, Yellow Root put more meat and potatoes on the table. Ginseng was special though.

    It doesn't grow where I live now(Florida), but your video makes me want to go home( South Central Ohio) for a spell. Thanks.

  5. charding says:

    I do most of my digging in Indiana but hillsides are real good. Ginseng doesn't like anywhere that water stands. Also if you find some on a hill go up above it on that hillside. You will probably find more because the seeds have washed down the hill over the years.

  6. TNhunter Youtube says:

    The Laws/Regulations for harvesting Gineng vary by State – see below for Tennessee.

    • The harvest season for wild ginseng in Tennessee is September 1 – December 31. The buying season is from September 1 – March 31.

    • Tennessee state law prohibits the harvest of any wild ginseng plant for sale or export that has green berries or less than 3 prongs.

    • Tennessee requires that seeds of collected wild ginseng be planted immediately in the approximate location in which plants are harvested.

  7. TNhunter Youtube says:

    moviemaker – I am not all that familliar with NC but I do know that a lot of good ginseng is harvested in that state yearly. NC has mountains in the west and I am sure ginseng is found there. Where I live we do not have mountains, but just hills and hollows and ginseng grows wild here and does well.

  8. TNhunter Youtube says:

    BlueSlushie – I started keeping some of my wild ginseng in the Fall of 2010 and having a little, 2-3-4 times a week (usually in green tea or my coffee). Since then I have not had a single cold or flu, no strep throat, no seasonal allergy type problems and prior to that I had those type things on a fairly regular basis. I keep smaller roots that have 20+ years age on them for my own personal consumption. You should try it sometime – TNHunter

  9. TheHarleyhillbilly says:

    @cuntryone The longer you hunt it the easier it gets to spot the first couple years you hunt don't look to far ahead of where you are walking scan about 8 feet out after a few years of hunting you will spot it 20 and 30 feet away.

  10. Patrick Brown says:

    i watched and watched all your videos. pick a spot i thought looked like where you might go! went a few times looking. then all of a sudden found what i was looking for. its pretty hard to find but when you do find one and you have paid attention to the plant, where and what kind of terrain. the potition they grew— then if it happens like it did to me– you will find it all over. thanks for the education!!

  11. TNhunter Youtube says:

    amishables and others – the best way to learn to hunt ginseng is to go hunting with a experienced seng hunter. I often hunt ginseng on property where others are interested in learning how to hunt and grow ginseng (proper stewardship) and I will gladly teach them how. Even though in situations like that I find almost all of the ginseng we find that day, I always split the harvest 50/50 with the land owner.

    You may be able to find a seng hunter in your area that will do the same.

  12. TNhunter Youtube says:

    I would also suggest that anyone who harvest Ginseng consider purchasing some stratified ginseng seed each year and plant some seeds back in the areas where you find wild ginseng growing naturally. You can get a pound of stratified ginseng seed (6000-8000 seeds) for less than 100.00. For more information on planting wild simulated ginseng do a web search on planting wild simulated ginseng to get all of the details you need.

  13. TNhunter Youtube says:

    More about Ginseng Hunting…
    In Tennessee the Ginseng Harvesting season starts August 15. The ginseng berries get ripe about that time and when you harvest plants you only harvest the mature plants 3 prong or larger that have ripe berries. As you harvest the mature plants you pick the red berries and plant them back in the same location that you harvested the plants from. That way you help to ensure the survival of the Ginseng Plant for future generations to enjoy harvesting.

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