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Huckleberries, huckleberriesAugust 27, 2012 By Upper Rogue Independent
If you’re heading to the mountains in the next few weeks, be sure to take a bucket or two, for the end of summer brings the start of huckleberry season! Let Spain have their Running of the Bulls; Oregon has the Running of the Berries – and they make a much better pie! They also make good ice cream, chutney and jam! Reports from Berry Run ’12 indicate we aren’t quite having the season we had last year, but there is still more than enough juicy goodness to go around. A few friends can (and have) cleanly picked 2.5 gallons in an afternoon (Note: “clean picking” is the “slow” method; by hand – no rakes, brooms or other tools which means no crushed berries & few leaves and stems).
If you want to go picking yourself, you’d better have a very good friend who will give up the information on one of their secret spots. Prime fishing hole locations are given up more readily than picking patch coordinates. However, five cars were seen parked and picking on a recent Tuesday afternoon, so chances are you do know someone who might give you a tip or two.
If you’re more inclined to eat the fruit of someone else’s labors keep your eye out for “Huckleberry Pie” signs popping up in area restaurants or maybe even a handmade “Jam” sign along the road. Mass produced huckleberry products are good – but nothing can beat a locally made, handmade, freshly made seasonal dessert! Now, stop salivating and get out there and pick! The season will be over before you know it!
Love these ol’ Huckleberry Memories …
BY BOB ANN BRELAND Between Friends
As children, one of our favorite things to do this time of year was to roam the woods around our house searching for huckleberries. We started before they started to get ripe, because to us, green huckleberries were the best. It was only by circumstance that any survived to get ripe. …
With huckleberry season in full swing in many areas, the forest service is cautioning picker NOT to damage the huckleberry plants by cutting off the berry loaded branches!
NATIVE PLANTS — The huckleberry bush, the most revered shrub in the Inland Northwest, is getting less respect as berry pickers succumb to greed.
Practices are getting so bad, the Forest Service has issued a media release warning that recently observed practices — such as CUTTING OFF A BUSH SO BERRIES COULD BE MORE EASILY PICKED — are against the law and punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.
It’s safe to say most huckleberry plant abusers aren’t among the families returning to their favorite huckleberry hot spots generation after generation. None of these people wants to damage plants and reduce the harvest of future years.
However, many people may not realize the senseless and improper use of rake-like huckleberry pickers also damages the berry bushes.
Meanwhile, read on for more information on the latest damaging practices reported by the Forest Service.
Currently, on the Nez Perce-Clearwater NFs, there are no regulations in effect for huckleberry picking. However, damaging and/or removing huckleberry bushes/brush on National Forest lands is a violation and can carry a penalty of up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $5,000 fine.
In more than one instance, pickers have recently been observed cutting a pickup load of huckleberry brush and picking berries from the brush they cut.
Huckleberries grow on the current year’s growth of plant. If the plant is cut off at the ground, the plant is destroyed. Something else will grow in its place before the huckleberry can regrow, thus destroying the patch for future crops.
Find out the proper way to use a Huckleberry Picking Rake by reading the instructions posted on the Huckleberry Rake website. Videos are included.
By Michael Allen
In the Whistler area, Vaccinium berries – huckleberries and blueberries – are roughly five weeks behind, which means as we near mid-September there is no high elevation berry crop.
The highest elevation at which bears are now berry feeding (Sept. 9) is 4,200 ft, that’s usually where bears are berry feeding in late July and early August. …
The Spokesman Review
HUNTING — A poor huckleberry year generally translates into good hunting for black bears that expose themselves more as they search lower and farther for food to fatten for winter.
Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game regional wildlife manager in Coeur d’Alene, recently did an informal survey of hunters asking them to evealuate the huckleberry crop. The verdict was that this year’s crop generally gets a C- grade — not great, but not terrible…
Coeur d’Alene Press
“That is a great smell,” I slowly and deliberately whisper to my wife while deeply engulfing my first whiff of huckleberry as we hike to our secret huckleberry garden. I’m not sure why I whisper. As most huckleberry pickers know, the safe and sane method of huckleberry picking is to make as much noise possible to alert the potential bear searching for the same delicious berry I crave. I suppose and consciously understand that my granddaughter’s, amazed and loudly expressive of every bug, flower and scat on the trail leading to my secret huckleberry sanctuary will scare any creature from within a mile of our hike. …
But last week they broke from the trail work to mind the huckleberries on 70 … removing huckleberry plants, which tribes consider a sacred “first food. …