Here is another fun huckleberry picking story, with some important tips for huckleberry pickers, that I recent found on the internet.
Check out the tips here:
From the Clark Fork Valley Press
Huckleberry season is once again upon us, and with the weather coming just right they are ready to pick, if you can find them….
If you haven’t made it out for the annual berry hunt, here are some tips to strive for to ensure your first time is fun and successful:
Scouting out the ‘best of the best’ bushes
Although you can find them [huckleberry bushes] all over in a range of places, you want to get out early and start scouting to find a picking spot.
Many seasonal pickers will have selected their own spots, and if you’re new to the hunt you want to follow suit and find more than one place to pick….
Most tip sites on the Internet will encourage pickers to avoid picking on the weekends.
They say the crowds will all converge to the many sites, and the best time to ensure you get a good amount of berries is to head up to your spots mid-week….
Investing in a hiking pack can really help. You can load it with a number of items that you can use over and over again while out hiking or enjoying the great outdoors.
HERE ARE some important items to make sure you are set and prepared for your pick:
— A bucket to load your huckleberries in
— Storage containers and/or cooler
— Plenty of water
— A packed lunch
— Bear spray
— A basic first aid kit
— Insect repellent
— A hat
— Some sunscreen
— A belt, in case you need to secure your bear spray in a handy spot
— A forest map; you don’t want to get lost
— Have good hiking shoes and long pants on when you get ready to begin…