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TOPIC: The reason we dig!!!!

The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30881

I've been hunting 'seng about 30 years now, and found three big 4 prongs today that reminded me why I climb up and down these steep mountains all the time. I was crossing a holler and going to the next ridge on a steep mountain and had to go through a laurel thicket I would have never imagined there being in ginseng in. It got so thick I had to crawl and just happened to look up and see a big pod of red berries staring at me about 10 yards away. I really had to do a double take to make sure I wasn't seeing things, but after crawling over to them, I ended up finding these three big 4 prongers. After counting the stem scars, all are about 25-28 years old. I've found a few roots in the past as big as these, but never within 3 feet of each other. It was one of those moments I just had to sit there and admire them for 30 minutes before I ever broke soil. I've dug that mountain all my life(since I was 6 years old with my dad) and we've never thought to look in those laurels. I didn't bring home a lot of 'seng today, but the one's that I did I will remember forever. These are trophies for sure! Hope you enjoy the pics and good luck the rest of the season!! My season was made today!!





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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30882

Jason,

That is some absolutely gorgeous looking sang. Good luck to you for the rest of your season!

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30885

Very nice Jason.if possible can u post the weight of the big one. Thxs for sharing

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30888

Laurel bed seng! Nice

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30889

That's some nice big ginseng, love finding them big ones

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30890

very nice roots man. also love those big tops!

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30895

Oh man...

That would sure make my season too.

Congrats on some real trophy tops and roots !

TNhunter

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30896

I don't have any scales handy Hobler, but I could probably stick them on my reloading scales and convert the grains to ounces...I'm curious myself.

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30898

Apparantly there's 437.5 grains in an ounce...Gotta love Google! LOL

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Re:The reason we dig!!!! 3 years 1 month ago #30926

Very nice roots. Those stems are really long compared to plants in my area. I wonder if they grew long trying to find the sun.

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