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Enjoying Used Military Surplus Tents and Equipment for Profit: How to hunt the wild ginseng

Whether you can believe it right now or not, spring is right around the corner and immediately behind that will be summer.  With it comes opportunities for fun and adventure that involve the use of military surplus tents and equipment. I speak of course of wild ginseng, and if you are willing to spend some time using your military surplus tent and equipment for an endeavor, you too can profit from this amazing root.

First you must know where ginseng grows, it is found most often in the eastern deciduous forest of the United States and in southern Québec and Ontario in Canada.  It is illegal to harvest in Canada because it is considered to be endangered. 19 states in the United States regulate its harvest and have a season in which it may be harvested. The states which offer restrictions are:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Ginseng is restricted or prohibited in all other states where it occurs. All of the 19 states have a designated harvest season, which is from September 1 to November 30, and require diggers to harvest plants with red berries and to plant the seeds in the vicinity of the harvested plants.

Learn to identify the ginseng plant.
 Ginseng is a perennial herb, (one that lives for more than two years if undisturbed), it grows early in the spring, a single stem that ends with a whorl of 1-4 palmately, (that is, has the basic shape of a hand), compound leaves. Each leaf is comprised of 3 to 5 leaflets. The leaves die in the fall. After germination, a tiny plant emerges from the seed and produces a single thin stem 2–5 inches (5.1–12.7 cm) high with one leaf comprised of three leaflets. Any field guide worth having will give detail description of the herb; however, since it is controlled in most states, the local Department of Natural Resources will most likely have a detailed pamphlet available when you buy your license, explaining in detail the proper method for harvesting.


Lastly, dig carefully, and dry the roots properly. The average price that ginseng brings right now is $500 – $600 per pound, so treat it like you would fragile gold.

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