I hear ya I hiked for 5 hours without even finding a baby 3 leaf! But never doubt the \"seng gods\" cause all the sudden BAM! big old 4 prongs! Really I look at it as Mother natures way of telling me \"hey your forgetting to appreciate everything else in the woods/nature\"! I had forgottin that even when I dont find any seng its still a day in the woods! and nothin beats a day spent with mother nature!
I agree, there's nothing like being in the hills. Even if there wasn't much money in ginseng i'd still go. Iv'e been hunting it for about 12 years, my uncle taught me when I was about 15, love everything about it. I dig it and plant it.