The slump and permissions

Well the last couple of days have been interesting. I finally got permission to detect a property that I have been wanting to detect for over a year. Kind of.. To make a long story short I met an elderly gentleman who was good friends with another elderly guy who had a house in town that was built in 1890. Anyways one of the elderly gentleman is taking care of the property while the owner is a state away due to his health declining. He said I could hunt it and he even joined me while there for a short time. Needless to say his permission wasn’t good enough for the law and they asked me to get signed permission from the landowner. I have mixed feelings on this and according to the way the law is written I wasn’t doing anything criminally wrong. However I can understand the officers stand point because they were asked to “keep an eye” on the place. I will seek permission from the landowner before returning. This isn’t the first time I have had this happen. I once door knocked a house and got permission. I proceeded to find a Barber quarter. Shortly after I learned the person who gave me permission was a renter and the landowner wouldn’t allow me to finish. Trespassing laws have quite a grey area in them that could be twisted many ways. Play it safe and get permission from the landowner

I spent about two hours on this property and dug 9 wheat pennies of various ages. I am sad to report that I didn’t find any silver. In fact I haven’t found silver in a month. It’s my longest slump since beginning in the hobby. Hopefully it will end soon!

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!

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Reading and Researching

Yesterday I spent the day at home with two sick kiddos. This gave me plenty of time to do some research. I listened to a few Relic Roundups and found a new map source.

I listened to one Relic Roundup that really caught my attention. This broadcast they were talking about which machine a person should purchase. They had several guest callers that are well known around the metal detecting hobby. They all kind of agreed that knowing your machine was a huge part of it. I have thought this for awhile. The more I use my Ace 250 the more I learn it. I have known people who upgrade machines after just a couple of months. Do they ever learn their machine? I don’t think so because even after 2-4 upgrades they are not getting the results they want. I would highly encourage you to listen to the program here.

The second portion of my post is about maps. Up until now I have looked at plat maps from the 1880’s and early 1900’s. Yesterday I found a site that can extend my map research back to the 1860’s and 1870’s. The website is www.davidrumsey.com and they have a massive collection of digitized maps. I was kind of taken back when I looked at a map that didn’t show Wichita but had some surrounding cities on it. Some of the oldest parts of Kansas I didn’t think were that old. I am excited to add these to my toolbox of research.

All in all I think that research plays a massive part of treasure hunting. You could almost look at research as the 5 W’s of picking a hunting spot. Who, What, Where, When, and Why. If you find a church on a plat map from 1890 You can answer all 5 W’s which should equate to a good hunt.