That last one reminds me of some toys that my Boy plays with - Transformers.
He's big and stout and has some big old arms for sure.
On the walking... I agree with going deep and long... but it is not uncommon around here in my area to find some real good seng right on the side of black top roads (in some areas). I found a really nice patch of 4 and 3 prongers within 6' of a black top road a couple years ago.
On opening day this year I did a rather extreme hunt. I started walking at 6 am... had a distance to travel to get to the good stuff, and then when I finished hunting I had a rather long walk back home. I got back to my home at 4:00 that evening. That's 10 hours, but now some of that I had to stop and rest, so probably 9 hours of walking.
I have no idea how many miles I walked, but I had a blood filled blister on the bottom of my right foot big toe and some mighty sore feet. It took me a couple of days to really recover from that.
After doing that a few times, my body seems to get used to it fairly quick, and I can just go on real easy in the woods. While hunting yesterday with my 10 year old, he was begging his (51 year old) dad to stop and rest (several times).
Seng hunting is rather extreme exercise and no doubt very good for getting you in shape.
Thanks guys I appreciate the comments by/the/way the 1st emperors root sold and I was well pleased with the price that time
5 I have been going before work lol i couldnt take it any more not going had to stop and that was the only way,but it is short trips before to long i want a real trip to my honey hole for this season it is one that I havent hunted in some time and man it is a all day deal,but may turn out to be sweet :o)
I have seen some weird things happens to seng roots and tops after it has been dormant for very long periods of time and then comes back up. This was especially so in Northern West Virginia where a lot of logging goes on every year or a fire burns out some nice seng forests. I once dug a small 4 prong on the lower side of a logging road which was covered over probably 15 or more years prior by the bulldozer pushing out the road. The stem above the ground was only about 7 inches tall but below the ground the stem squirrelled down and around some 2 1/2 feet or more before I finally got to the root. The root was close almost 2 1/2 inches in diameter at it's thickest point and at least a foot long but had very little weight to it. I have also dug seng where the tops had 7 leafed prongs and the roots had well over a hundred growth rings. I believe that these may have large 4 prongs or possibly 5, 6, 7 or 8 pronged plants at one time that got knocked back by being dormant way too long.
That is way neat it looks as if Billy you have found some great roots as well as some great plants.I was just wondering how is your mountains down in Bell Co.Is there much stiping that goes on down there?I was also going to tell you my cousin found a monster 4 prong it had seven leaves on each prong,and about half way down the stem it looked like there was two more prongs trying to grow they had little leaves 3 on each side.