You sound just like my brother. We had our seng certified this morning and headed to Canton NC. I had 5lbs 9oz and my brother had 4lbs and 4oz. I sold mine for $663 and my brother decided to hold out and take his chances on higher prices around Thanksgiving and if they don't come he will hold it till next year. I think you all just like sitting around looking at your seng seeing certain roots and remembering where you dug them. Good luck.
TNHunter. It's the same price here in Eastern TN as well. It's a sorry deal that I can drive 20 minutes across the state line and sell virutally the same exact sang for $100 + more than what I can here. It would be illegal and a lie so therefore I will not do it tho. It's a crying shame.
its kind of like a double-edge sword there, i agree with you about the price rising later, the only problem with that is that the dealer may be exhausting his purchasing dollars now and may not be in a posisition to buy your ginseng when it reaches those golden amounts, i know for certain of a dealer that will just stop buying when the price gets over 600. I have known him a long time and we even had that conversation. just think about this, tenn and kentucky lead the nation in ginseng harvest, and the tenn and ken dealers have no problem filling their quotas at anything over $300lb,there are so many \"POS\" poachers out there that will sell at any price, and so many \"POS\" dealers that know this and don't have enough intregity to turn them away. I would probably sell at some point this year, it isn't likely that next years prices will even come close to this years prices even if we have another drought because next spring people will be out in the woods in full force looking for the green gold, this is sad but very true.
I agree poachers are the main problem. However the poachers around here will take the small plants and transplant them at their own place and wait for them to grow. the only real solution in my opinion is to ban harvest for several years(long enough to not make it worthwhile to try and store it) Then it would gain value and the people that just try and steal and make a quick buck will turn their attention to some other type of thieving. They should only be certain years that would be legal to harvest and sell true wild ginseng.In this area they are so many hunting it that it will become extent before the lawmakers can change things. I would hate to miss a digging season as much as anyone ,But I can always go into the woods and hunt for other plants. For me sane season is mainly a good excuse to get out in the woods and enjoy Gods creations. It is the most peace filled time of the year. Yes I only hunt legally. I will dig on my own property and break the tops off non seed bearing plants. If I did not do this to my hunting areas then they would not be any around. I've been stewarding for 15 years and still cant get over 3.lbs dry to sell in a single season.
Poachers will not stop digging due to a ban as the demand will not go away and the market will go underground.
A ban will only stop the honest diggers from being able to collect and to sale legally and ethically dug roots.
We have already seen an example of this on some of our National Forest Lands.
Herbuyer....I agree 100%, the only people the laws and bans will effect are the people that obey the law, the problem is not the law abiding digger/dealer. Publicly accessed lands are hard to police due to the fact people are allowed to be there. Private land is hard to police as well but there are things that can deter a wood be poacher.
About 20 years ago I seen a sign in the woods that read \"Ginseng digging at own risk land mines randomly spaced inside this fence...are you feeling lucky today?\"