I was checking that out myself since a pound of dried will fetch up to $1000.00 Well it seems as though the State of Ohio doesn't allow digging it in any State Park. But you can hunt it on private land with written permission. You may also obtain a permit to legally dig it in the National Forests. You should wait until there are seeds on top of it so you can replant it as you dig it. The new T.V. shows have glamorized it and may have caused more harm than good. I do know one thing about it though, if you want really big roots go to Missouri and obtain a permit for their National Forests or check into their regulations about state lands, because you will get much larger roots there than you will in the Appalachians. Also in Ohio you need another permit to sell it out of State. God put these things for us to enjoy but it seems as though bureaucrats keep on messing things up to put money in their pockets over things that ought to be free. Isn't this a free country? But that's a whole other can of worms.