So I haven’t been posting lately regarding metal detecting. As I posted previously I am trying to get dovetailsanddadoes.com launched and stocked with neat stuff. I also wanted to let everyone know that as of last week I am not a ridercoach for the MSF. I decided that I didn’t want to be a partial ridercoach. If I can’t devote the time to it that I believe it deserve then what’s the point. I imagine that one of these years I will pick up the coaching again. It is a truly rewarding experience and I have to thank Motorcycle Training Specialists for doing what they do. As far as metal detecting goes, I have a plan. A buddy and I have a plan to hit some of the oldest properties in our township as well as neighboring townships. That means we have to figure out ownership, seek permission, and wait for the time to be right. I am excited about a couple of opportunities we already have lined up. I am hoping that somewhere in this mess I may be able to get permission for a pretty cool group hunt location where the Wheat State Treasure Hunters can have a family get together and hunt. The weather is right for hunting finally and I’m hoping that we can pull some very nice coins and relics out of the ground soon. I think we are starting our big adventure tomorrow so stay tuned. Most importantly. Get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful Kansas weather as long as it lasts.

Thanks for reading

Steveouke *\_

What I need a title? I can’t think of one so the answer is no…

I haven’t been out hunting much but I have been keeping plenty busy. Last week I detected for a little while and found a token from somewhere between 1905-1920. It is from a store called Harris-Goar. It is an interesting token and an interesting story about the way they did business. I have to give credit to Pulltab Miner for helping me research this find and I am now familiar with google books. You can check it out by clicking on this link.

Backside of Harris-Goar token
Backside of Harris-Goar token

The "face(s)"
The “face(s)”

I joined up mid week with an area Treasure Hunter that shares his finds with me regularly and he seems to be a natural at sniffing out silver. He and his Dad are members of the Wheat State Treasure Hunters and he is working on a merit badge in communications for Boy Scouts. Please check out his blog here. I am confident that with a little encouragement he will continue his blog and it will become a favorite of yours. His blog is www.anthonysawesometreasures.wordpress.com

This morning I got out detecting with the two youngest boys and we decided to go to silver city. Silver city has produced many old coins and has a huge playground, soccer fields, and basketball courts which keep the boys occupied. I chose to hunt with the Ace 250 with the 5 x 8 coil on it. I have to tell you this is one of those sites that I thought was drying up but with that little coil the ground seemed to be more alive. I started out finding mostly clad but then I got a deeper coin signal. Sure enough it was a wheat penny. I then managed a deep nickel that ended up being a dateless Buffalo. In the end I didn’t find silver but I did end up with two wheats and the buffalo. The weather is warming and today was nice except for the massive amounts of wind that we experienced.

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading

*\_ Steveouke

Struggling on Sunday

Well after 3 evenings of battling with the hot water heater, taking down christmas lights, and taking care of all my other family duties I was ready for some detecting this afternoon. I decided to hit a site I detected a month or so again. Last time I was there Pulltab Miner and I both found Indian head pennies. Well today started off with the first target being a headstamp. This site is a iron infested mess. It became evident while digging some of the targets. It was easy to pull a square nail or two before finding the somewhat decent sounding signal. Anyways I was joined by another hunter and we had just got done digging a target when we saw a gentleman crossing the fence headed our way. As he approached he asked what we were doing and I told him. The next question was do you have permission and I said yes. He then informed us that he owned it and asked us to leave. Now here is a little back story. While researching this site I learned that it was owned by a family trust. I called the number on the GIS website and was told I needed to talk to another person to get permission. I talked to him and was granted permission. I explained this to the owner and he understood. He was nice about asking us to leave but I still don’t fully understand the reasoning. This is just another instance when I have gotten all permission I thought was needed only to get shut down. Now I’m not totally disappointed because the site hasn’t produced much but I do know the potential is there. Anyways todays hunt didn’t produce one coin but I did manage to find a bunch of metal.. The most interesting finds were the headstamps. 

The headstamps are as follows

A REM-UMC Economy 12 gauge (I believe this is the oldest of the 3 and probably dates from the 1910’s

A REM-UMC Shur Shot 12 gauge 

A Federal Hi Power 20 gauge

Now I believe that all of these shells were from 1910-1930. This tells me that the coins should still be in the same area. The school was on the 1885 plat map and the 1905 plat map. The town falls off the map shortly after that and a neighboring town blossoms. I’m guessing that this field got purchased with the school house and then turned into a recreation field. 

Anyways I stopped at another site on the way home that yielded 3 golf balls. 2 pulltabs, and a bunch of foil…


Hopefully detecting get’s better! 

Thanks for reading and Happy Hunting!

Steveouke *\_


Meanwhile back at the old hotel

Tonight I got out for a couple hours at the old hotel. This is the kind of site that I wish I had an experienced treasure hunter with me. Someone who has a sense of where to look. The area is about 4 acres and there is an original barn and well house. I find my self bumbling around swinging not sure of where the nectar sector is. Yes I through the Diggers term out there. Whether you call it a honey hole, sweet spot, or nectar sector it means the same thing. We are all looking for that spot that produces the goods we want. The silver still eludes me but at least I know it’s there based on tonight’s hunt. I dug some cool old relics, a 1965 quarter, 65 dime, 70 memorial, 74 memorial, and then the coin that gives me hope showed up. One of the last targets I dug was a wheat cent. I assumed it was another 40’s or 50’s wheat cent. Until I got home and cleaned it up that is. It ended up being a 1911 without a mint mark. It seems like this site has had two lives. The first being 1880’s-early 1900’s and the second being in the 50’s and forward. What is somewhat unusual is everything dug to this point has been in the top 4″ of soil.. The silver will come sooner or later!

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!

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Monday Eve Mojo

Well tonight I couldn’t resist the temptation to hunt my newest site. I am planning a trip back there this weekend and after tonight I am even more excited. Things started out kind of slowly and the detecting was a little tough due to high grass. I had dug a couple neat relics that will be returned to the property owner once cleaned, dated, and preserved (I kind of wish I had an arkie to help with this). I finally got a nice dime signal at 4″, I dug my plug and saw the shiny reeded edge. Finally my silver curse was broken and #14 was in the pouch. It is a beautiful 1942 liberty dime.


I meandered around and dug a few square nails, an old doorbell, and then my second coin of the evening a 1928D wheat penny. I quickly got another coin signal and found a 1908 Indian Head penny. Once I got home I looked up the values of the coins and was pleasantly surprised at the value of the wheat. Then I moved to the Indian section of coinstudy.com. I saw the value of a 1908S and was hopeful. In the end the Indian wasn’t an S. I’m not complaining because this is the best hunt I have had in a month and a half. I am thankful that Queen Ukena tolerates me and this crazy hobby. While on the way home I called her to share my excitement and told her that I was sensing the need to go detecting tonight. Sometimes the inner voice whispers and I listen. Over the last month I have been doubting my skills, machine, and research but nights like tonight prove that you just have to get all three variables meshing and you will be rewarded. I would like to publicly thank the property owners as I am optimistic that this site still holds many cool things underfoot!


Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!
*\_ Steveouke

Mundane Monday

Well today at lunch I returned to the empty lot that I recently pulled 5 wheats from. As is becoming the norm I didn’t find any keepers. Tonight I decided to get out in the beautiful weather and hunt. I quickly decided to try and find some new sites. I stopped by one property and the property owner needed to run the idea of me detecting by her husband. After dropping a card off at a couple other properties I decided to hunt a farm field that I’m certain holds my first seated coin. It is a farmfield that held a school house between the early 1880’s and the 1920’s. I have hunted this field a couple times without finding anything. Tonight I hunted a different little section for an hour or so and didn’t find anything. As I was walking back towards the truck I got a decent signal 6″ down. The thing that caught my attention about this signal was the fact that it was consistent after turning 90 degrees to it. As I dug my first plug I noticed a coin impression in the thick clay. I quickly found a coin in the sidewall of the hole. I was hoping for a barber or seated but this coin wasn’t shiny. I could quickly tell it was copper. The wreath on the reverse of the coin told me it was an Indian. It was just dusk enough that I couldn’t see a date on it. I swung a few more minutes and headed home. When I got it home I cleaned it with water just enough to get a date off of it. It turned out to be a 1900. I cannot figure out for the life of me why I’m missing the silver. Lately I have been second guessing the capabilities of the little “beginners detector” my Ace 250. I have been thinking more and more about upgrading. However everytime I think it’s time the Ace finds me something that makes me think to myself. Why upgrade? This indian rang up as a penny with a sweet belltone. I have dug many silvers that would sound the exact same. I will continue to hunt this property because I am convinced there are more goodies there. Hopefully, they have the scientific symbol AG.


Just a reminder that we will be meeting Wednesday night the 15th in North Linwood Park at 6:00 PM for our “Step Up Clean Up” initiative. I will have everyone’s T-shirts and I hope to see everyone out there.

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!

Steve *\_


Spring break day 2 or 3.. I have lost track

Well this morning started out early. I had quite a bit of painting that still needed done. I didn’t have any volunteers to climb the scaffolding and ladders necessary to reach the areas that needed painting. It took me about an hour to tape everything while constantly moving my jungle gym around to reach things. I don’t usually complain about being 5’4 but it would be handy to be a little taller during this painting session. Anyways I spent right at 6 hours painting. We then had to make a trip to The hardware store to get some supplies. When we finished both Ukena boys wanted to get out and do something. I returned to a site that I have hunted a couple times that has produced silver coins, jewelry, and many wheats. This site also has many acres of empty land to play. The boys quickly found an area of sand that formerly had a playground. They also found some building materials that was left behind. Needless to say this kept them entertained while I detected for a couple hours. We decided to stop and get some dinner. They then wanted to play some more. We quickly found an older elementary school that offered both detecting and playgrounds that were quite impressive. We ended up detecting for another hour and a half. The only interesting find of the day was a coin from Kuwait that is a little smaller than a quarter. I don’t know much about foreign currency and this one isn’t much help as Kuwait is all I can read. During our time outdoors today I noticed something about my boys. If you remove video games, movies, and other distractions from their reach they actually play and have fun without argument. Many times I would stop detecting and just watch these two having a ball. It’s the simple things in life that make me happy! Tomorrow we may have to see if the bass are biting.. If we get our work done that is..

Happy hunting and thanks for reading!




Today was a day of metal detecting that was different than most. It is common on the weekends for several Wichita detectorists to meet up and hunt for a few hours. My day didn’t resemble that at all! Here is a breakdown of my hunts.

1:00- 2:15 pm, I hunted the front yard of a home from the 1870’s. Bryson and I dug about 15 coins including 3 wheats, 1966 quarter, and a 1965 dime.

5:15-6:15 pm, I returned back to the 1870’s home but only dug a few memorial cents. The homeowner asked that I only detect during daylight so I had to shut it down early there.

8-11:30 pm, I decided to hunt some curb strips and church yards in the oldest part of Rose Hill. By this time I am itching to dig silver. I ended up digging 40+ coins and the other stuff pictured below. Not one silver coin? I have to wonder why… Are they not there because someone else cherry picked them? Are they too deep for the Ace? (I doubt it), are they there and just masked by iron? I would guess that they are there and hiding underneath some iron or other trash.

The good thing is that I can hunt these properties pretty much anytime. I think I wiil wait until we get some rain!

Happy hunting and keep swinging!


Firsts, friends, and district 31

Today, I met up with a friend for a hunt. It was a first for both of us. While doing some research I learned about a schoolhouse from 1874. After looking into it I learned that the location was currently an empty field. I decided to start our hunt there. 2 hours later we had dug a couple pieces of iron.. Not what I was hoping! I was hoping for seated coins and Barbers. We decided to switch locations and went to a park that has produced silver in the past. My friend found his first dug coins and something tells me he is hooked! I managed to find a couple keepers. I found a 1939 wheat and a 1963 D Roosevelt dime.

When I got home I did some more research on that old school, the school was built in 1874 at the original location (1/2 section of land). I couldn’t find any definitive location within the half section of land. They moved the school house in 1880 to a smaller parcel of land and it remained there until 1923 when the school moved yet again. The plot maps clearly show the school house in 1880 and 1905. I hope to attain permission for this location as it is now private property. Maybe I can talk the Queen into stopping by there on our way home from church tomorrow! I have to believe that the schoolyard of 33 years holds some goodies. To Be Continued…

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!




The mental game

I got out detecting for a couple hours this afternoon. I hunted a schoolyard in a small neighboring town. In 2 hours I had dug 39 coins. Out of the 39 I had two wheat pennies. A 1920 and a 1936.
I will definitely hit this spot again. I dug many coins that dated in the 1960’s. this tells me that there should be older coins as well. It is a large area that would take forever to grid and hunt properly. I think I will hit it again once we get some rain.

Later this evening my wife wanted me to run an errand in a town 7 miles away. I decided to take the Ace with me. I ended up stopping at another old school yard that I have found silver and wheats at. Tonight I only found two memorial pennies. Why? My mind wasn’t in the game. Just like anything in life if you want to do it right you have to be in the right mind. I find myself in this position more often than I should. I have also seen others hunt when their mind wasn’t in it. The metal detecting doesn’t require a ton of physical energy, but it does require a huge amount of mental concentration. The first sign of my mind not being in the hunt is when I notice that I’m not fully hearing my machine. It almost feels like I ignore what it is telling me. Anyways I just wanted to remind everyone how easily it is to detect without really being involved!

Happy hunting and stay focused while you are out swinging!