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TOPIC: Starting Young

Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30531

My 5 year old grandson took me ginseng hunting yesterday... then proceeded to show me what a real nice root looked like ;)

this will be his 3rd year hunting. you cant start them too young!
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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30533

with his antler tine digger
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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30542

RSkid,

Congrats to your grandson on a nice root and top! It looks like you have a fine Ginseng hunting and digging partner!


Frank

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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30544

That's such great experience getting the youngsters out in the woods and allowing them to develop the passion so early in life. Love the digging tool as well. Good luck for the rest of the season!

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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30560

Rskid... that is sure a fine looking grandson.

Congrats on spending the time with him in the outdoors.

Great looking hillside with all those ferns, and some good looking dirt too.

TNhunter

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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30565

Thanks guys for the replies... it means a lot to him for others to comment. :)
The little guy just has a feel for the woods, he knows a lot of plants, can tell me what animal tracks we see and definitely knows bear poop when he sees it! LOL
I've been teaching him to only dig mature ginseng and plant the berries, leave the little stuff to grow and NEVER take it all... take what we need and leave some for seed.
The antler digging tool is something he and I made and is totally his, I use a lightweight maddock that was my great granddads 'seng hoe. (I guess its a family tradition!)
That hill side does look good but you should see the hollow below it... steep as a cows face but a woodsmans paradise.

thanks for looking
Randy

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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #30584

Great Pictures, Thanks for sharing them ! :)

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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #31524

The Grandson got me out early again this morning. Walked a long way on some steep hillsides and found a few \"bunches\". only one had a cpl berries left... the turkeys have torn up the hillsides around here!

Here he is with a nice 3 prong he located.

Randy
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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #31533

Looks like you have a fine digging partner there! Nice 3 prong, hope you guys find a lot this season.

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Re:Starting Young 3 years 2 months ago #31555

Good job Gramps !! He will have memory of your diggings forever.

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