The one the big root came from. Big 4 with 2 prongs gone. Never know what kind of root you're gonna find sengin. I've found bigger tops with smaller roots and vice versa. The more telling sign of a good root is the size of the stalk I have noticed.
4.8 oz, Nice!. You see those big stalks and you know you're into something good.. That's what we go for! I think we're all lucky and fortunate to be out enjoying the woods and doing what we love. That's where it's at!
Nice root there! Some of the fun of ginsenging is that you never really know what you are going to get. I've dug big 4 prongs with a pencil sized stalk that I was sure was going to be a big root only to have it be average. I've been digging a 3 prong that had a 2 prong right next to it that I dug up and the 2 prong had a 20 + year old kernel while the 3 prong was only 10+. That's why I don't pay attention to the chatter from the "experts." Ginseng does lay dormant. No diggers will not dig it all. You miss ginseng all the time. Even the best of ginsengers can't find every stalk. Timbering and strip mining do more damage to the ginseng species than diggers can. Back in the day, there wasn't a "season". My grandfather grew up in a time when they dug it whenever they ran across it because they were dirt poor. You can go back there to those spots to this day and still dig ginseng. Ginseng will be in a good place soon enough. There are way less diggers now than there were 50-100 years ago. Kids nowadays aren't interested in it. Too many video games and cell phones. I'm 46 and there are barely any people my age in my old neck of the woods that dig it. Heck I know I probably won't dig anymore after my uncle isn't able to go. The major reason I do go is the fun we have. Main thing is to be smart, safe, and have fun. Can't wait to hit the woods for the first time this year in 4 days. Keep up the photos everyone!
thanks mountaineer, and well said there. There is no figuring out mother nature we just take what she is willing to give us, the good and the bad, but no denying she is magnificent. You're right about kids and video games etc.. When me and my brother were kids we played outside everyday in the woods and creeks, and came home at dark. It sure is different nowadays, and not in a good way. I take my nephew and niece out as often as possible. My nephew is 8 and already asking me to go deer hunting, so there is hope.. Hope you guys get into it!
Several years ago I met someone my own age in the woods. Since then I have seen no one. Not a soul. This is troubling. Am I the last person interested in the wilderness ? Dog walkers do not count. Joggers do not count. Nothing but weekend warriors. If they had to walk a hundred yards a heart attack would be a foregone conclusion.
Hey Archon, It probably depends more on where you live. Hiking is very big where I live because of all the trails etc. There are a lot of wilderness lovers out there. There are many different ways to enjoy the wilderness like hunting, fishing, hiking, camping the list goes on and on. That being said there are probably fewer of us crazy ginseng hunters out there... It takes all kinds of people I know, but couldn't imagine life without the outdoors. Do what you love and love what you do. That's the key! Good hunting to you.