Picking huckleberries with the intent to sell them is considered commercial gathering, which is illegal on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests, officials say.
"In order to provide plentiful opportunities for recreational huckleberry, the forest does not issue commercial permits," says Shoshana Cooper, Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokeswoman in Coeur d'Alene.
"Minimum fines for commercial picking start at $250, and can increase based on the severity of the offense.
Recreational huckleberry pickers are encouraged to pick only what they can consume so that others may enjoy the fun of picking and the delicious taste of our state fruit, she said.
And the berries also provide an important food source for the region's bears/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors. More here.