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I have gotten my own oysters a handful of times. It depends on where you get them but for the most part it can be a dirty job. The marshes I get them from can be a little soft so a pair of waders is essential. Also a good pair of thick rubber gloves. A small hammer is also important to have. The smallest size oyster you are allowed to keep is 3"s so use that hammer to lightly hit off the smaller ones from clusters. The area I like to go is closer to an inlet for they are a bit cleaner and I wait for low tide. I like to look at tidal ponds that the tide has gone out on and dried up (thus the soft bottom I mentioned earlier) and look for oysters who are just barely sticking out of the mud/sand. If the oyster is already open, dont pick that one. It really is rather rewarding picking your own and when you invite people over for an oyster roast you'd be surprised how impressed they are when they hear you got them. Best of luck and enjoy!
 
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