Huckleberry season is here, and the Caribou-Targhee National Forest reminds the public that while personal berry picking is welcomed on the forest, the commercial picking of huckleberries with the intent to sell, is strictly prohibited. Caribou-Targhee Forest Supervisor Mel Bolling explains that by limiting huckleberry picking to recreational use only, more people can have those opportunities. There is no fee or permit needed for personal use, which is defined as picking four gallons per family or individual a year. Commercial or paid permits are not authorized or available. Methods for huckleberry gathering vary, but pickers are strongly encouraged to hand pick their berries. This prevents bushes from being damaged and ensures only ripe berries are harvested. Also, using mechanical methods, such as raking and cutting, can damage or destroy the huckleberry bushes. The Idaho Legislature designated the huckleberry as the official state fruit in 2000.
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