I quit digging the year after the DNR started requiring a "harvestors" licence and then made it illegal to pick on most, if not all, public lands. I still have my bag and digging stick though (sharpened leaf spring bolted to a 1" thick peeled / dried oak branch).
I know that show is absolutely ridiculous but my family still has a 40 acre piece of land with what the producers would call a "honey hole" on it because we always used to save a few berries each day to plant there.
Last time I checked, there was still around 250 plants in a relatively small area.....most of them are huge 4-prongers now. If my uncle caught someone digging them...well...I actually don't know what he would do but it wouldn't be pretty.
The show has GOT to be one of the most retarded shows I have seen. Watched about 10 minutes once. No wait, there's too many to mention that are right with it!!
Aaaand people from West Virginia wonder how the stereotypes start!!!!
link to rules and regs for ginseng in WI.
other than that, have no practical information on harvesting or growing... have seen the farms, I believe, with the covered beds