The P’s of metal detecting

In this short little after hunt video I discuss the P’s of metal detecting. It was an interesting hunt that netted some decent finds. Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy it.

*\_ Steveouke

Kicking in-Vlog #1

I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know that I am going to integrate a Vlog into my Blog. I am going to take a different approach than most in regards to finds. I may show my finds every once in awhile but I want to focus more on the hobby as a whole. I have always been surprised about how many views my simple blog gets and I’m hoping that between reading and watching my site will be complete for anyone in or getting into the hobby. That being said I have launched the first Vlog entry and you can see it here. If you want to not miss a Vlog entry hit the subscribe button. I guess my end hope is that I can do some product reviews, news, and general information about the hobby.

Thanks for reading and I’m looking forward to where this is going.

Steve *\_


Well, I posted this morning about my first hunt of the year. I wanted to dive deeper into one of the biggest reasons I feel hunting sites like the one discussed don’t yield great results for me. 


1. Time- It takes hours and hours to hunt a site properly. If we hunt a site properly it requires us to make many passes from many angles to get all the non ferrous targets out of the ground. In addition there are surprises to be had when digging deep iron. So how do we combat this. I like to get standing permissions, however that isn’t always possible. If I know I have a private site secured it is much easier to make multiple trips. If I don’t have that standing permission and I think I will only get to hunt a place once I have to work quickly. Everyone knows that this doesn’t produce the best results. Old sites need items removed in layers (100’s of years of layers).

2. Response time of our machines- I am going to go out on a limb here and talk bad about the Garrett Ace 250. I love this machine but there is one thing about it that drives me crazy. Response time or recovery speed as some call it. This is the speed at which our machines see one target, processes it, and sees the next target. The Ace is slow about this. I switched to the DD coil to get better target separation and it helped tremendously however it doesn’t speed the machine up. There are two options to change this. The first is you can buy a faster machine. Secondly is to slow down extremely. Now I am a patient MDer and I can work slow but I don’t like to do it. I am hoping to get a machine with a faster recovery speed sometime in the near future. The options are buy a high end machine that has variable recovery speed or buy an intermediate machine that has a faster response time. Honestly I have been wanting to try out the Teknetics Eurotek Pro with the 11″DD coil. This machine costs $300 and from the videos and reviews I’ve read it is fast and deep. You don’t get all the bells and whistles that upper end machines have but for the money I’m guessing it would do an excellent job. I think this is especially true given the sites I hunt.

3. Coil size- If you want the ultimate in target separation you can get a sniper coil. Ideally one would have multiple coils for their machine. If I’m hunting an open field I want to cover more ground than if I’m in a small postage stamp sized yard in town. The 5 x 8 DD coil that Garrett offers for the Ace series seems to be an excellent compromise. So what’s the problem? I’m cheap and that coil costs the same amount I gave for my second hand bone stock Ace 250. I have trouble putting more money into the Ace and still having to deal with the slow recovery speed.

So this is my conundrum. I’m cheap and I love the detecting hobby because you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun. I just get the feeling that I leave good targets behind. I have proved this to myself time and time again on sites that I have standing permission on. I will hunt it 3,4, or 10 times and still pull goodies out of the ground. I am a firm believer that “masking” is the problem. I would love to get the Eurotek and place it heads up against the Ace 250. I have been using the Ace for a couple of years and I have been amazed by it’s depth, accurate target ID, and it’s simplicity. I have written several times about all it’s good sides. I remember talking to Pulltab Miner a long time ago about this and he put it simply by saying “you have reached it’s max ability”. I truly believe he is correct. The response time I believe is the only thing holding this machine back from being better than machines that cost twice to three times as much. I have always thought that the ATPro would be my next logical step but I am not convinced that the recovery speed would be that much better and I think that is the key to getting me the finds I want.  

Now on to some fun stuff.

Pulltab Miner shared with me a blog today that I thought I would pass along. There is a lady in Tennessee that has been detecting since 2011. I am confident in saying that her finds blow mine out of the water just like her writing skills. Anyways I will happily add her to my blogroll so that others can read her great blog. Her name is Whit Hill and she goes by Dirt Girl. Take a second and read through a few of her posts. You won’t be disappointed! Here is a link to her blog

Detect America has decided to start a radio show. These guys will be on 1,000 mikes with the Detecting Lifestyle show and American Digger: Relic Roundup. Their first show is tomorrow night and I can almost bet it will be fun. They are giving away many prizes including an XP Deus (If I win it I will have to come up with a feminine name for it). They are also giving away a Eurotek Pro like I mentioned above (This one already has a name in my mind). If the stars align and they draw my name I will have a huge introduction post announcing the arrival. I would also encourage you to follow Detect America on Facebook. I think this is the kind of organization that could be a huge asset to the hobby in the future. They may not have lodes of money to pay for lawyers and the like but they have nearly 2,000 followers in only a couple of months. If that pace continues it could be a huge group of like minded detectorists. You can click on the link here to listen tomorrow night at 8:30 eastern tomorrow evening!

At any rate it is great that we have these kinds of social media driven groups. Let’s face it, you can’t stereotype those that enjoy our hobby. I have met people from all walks of life and ages in the hobby. This means that we have to be extremely diversified in how we congregate everyone. In the back of my mind I’ve wondered what would happen if all the older folks called each other and the younger folks texted, tweeted, facebooked, and snapchatted each other to congregate in places like Cook County. If a couple thousand people showed up at the courthouse would it make a statement? I guess that would be known as a flash mob type of thingy!

I guess that’s it. 

Thanks for reading and Happy Hunting!

*\_ Steveouke

Please be seated.. Class is now in session

Well this morning three of us headed out in the cold to the field that produced my 1883 Indian Head in Brutality of Butler County. Today the only thing brutal was the weather. It was 9 degrees when we hit the ground swinging. This site was a church from the late 1880’s until 1923. We had probably been swinging for an hour and had only found trash. All of a sudden I hear the rookie of the bunch hollar at me that he had something and gave me a thumbs up. Once I got closer he said it was an old coin but he wasn’t sure what it was. I looked at it and could tell it was an indian head. I couldn’t see the date but it ended up being a beautiful 1888.


After awhile we were all three kind of spread out over a 10 acre section. The rookie again hollered that he had something good. PullTab Miner and I hustled over and I saw the silver reeded edge in a frozen clod. I think we were almost as excited as he was to get a good look at the coin. All morning we were hoping for a seated. The backside of the coin showed a wreath and I was certain it was a seated because the wreath looked different to me than a Barber. After some investigation we realized it was a Barber. It was definitely unlike the Barbers I have found though, it was near perfect. This is the nicest Barber I have ever seen come out of the ground. “The Rookie” has only been swinging his ATPro for a week! Welcome to the Garrett Family.. He took us to school today and I couldn’t be happier for him. Later in the day I received a message that he had found yet another silver and a possible gold ring from another location. I will definitely be out tomorrow at a site that dates back to the 1870’s in hopes of finding a couple more silvers before years end!




Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!
Steveouke *\_

Brutality of Butler County

Well the last two days have been brutal on me. I have metal detected for a total of 6 hours and my body is feeling it. Saturday morning we started our hunt at a home from the 40’s that is next to a farm field that is where the land was originally homesteaded in 1860. We had 4 guys and 2 kids hunting. One of the hunters was swinging his brand new ATPro and came up with a couple of tootsie toys. We also had a few other interesting digs including a few wheats and miscellaneous building parts from the field.


Our next stop was a farm field that was a church somewhere between 1885 and 1915. The field was about 25 or 30 acres and we had to narrow down where the church was. For those readers that do research via old maps you know how tricky it can be to pinpoint an area. The old maps are marked by a dot or a simple line drawing of what was there. We had 4 detectorists who spread out and were reporting finds to each other. I am still a little amazed at what my first find was. I got a good signal out of the Ace that pinpointed at 4″ deep. I dug my plug and was blessed by a bent up and trashed Indian Head penny. This ended up being my only good find of the day. After the hunt had ended and we were talking about the days events I cleaned it up enough to determine the year. 1883 which is my oldest coin to date!


There are two things I learned during this hunt. Farm field hunting is tough. It isn’t easy to swing your detector. There is also the fact that for the last 70+ years machinery has dragged the residual church everywhere in the field.

Sunday afternoon I met up with a couple of guys to detect an 1870’s farmstead that is still standing and in use. The setting quickly took me back in time with a limestone home, barn, and stone walls. It was 27 degrees and breezy. On paper this looked like it would produce all kinds of coins. But, it didn’t. As a matter of fact 3 of us swung for about 2 1/2 hors and found 2 pennies. All 3 of us were getting mentally exhausted and slightly frustrated. One of the group members spotted an abandoned farm home across the street and we decided to hunt it. Things improved slightly with 2 wheat pennies, some costume jewelry, and a tootsie toy. Once the sun started sinking we closed up shop and headed home. All in all the last two days have been cold, mentally brutal, and fairly un productive. Over the next two days the focus shifts to the important things in life, family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday equals cool digs

Where to start… I guess at about 8:30 this morning! Kolton and I went to the site I started at late last night. I detected in the opposite direction that I did last night. I focused on a small (30 x 30) area of the large lot. We hunted for about an hour and a half and the hunt yielded three wheats and a blue Tootsie Toy roadster. I was only digging the best sounding high tones. When I got home I was inspecting the wheat cents and couldn’t quite make out the date on one of them. It was either a 1914 or 1916.. Queen Ukena and I agreed that I should clean it to a point that I could see it. I got the mintmark identified before the year and it was a D. We were both hoping for a 1914D.. I continued cleaning and it ended up being a 1916D… Deflate! You can check wheat penny values here.

Later in the day the youngest Ukena boy went down for his nap. The oldest Ukena boys were just lounging around our hacienda. I decided to hit this site again because I knew it held silver.i even mentioned this to Patton from the forum. I again focused my attention on the same section of ground. I was digging tones that were not perfect and clear. I dug alot more trash but I also dug deeper coins. Then I got a clean, pure, belltone out of the Ace 250. The signal was reading penny/dime at 8+ inches and then it settled at 6″. I want to make a side note here. I had dug probably 20 coins out of this area already and the deepest one was 5″. Anyways I cut my plug and pull out a 1919 liberty dime! I love these coins! No matter how many of them I dig I love seeing lady liberty on the face of them. The third pass over this section yielded 1 silver, 3 more wheats, 2 old nickels, and a half of a tootsie toy. The picture with the finds on a paper towel are from the third trip only.

For those of you that read PulltabMiners blog you know that he has been writing quite a bit about the chances of a site being hunted out. I have to say that I am starting to agree with him. All in all I have dug 50-60 coins out of this small 30 x 30 area. On the second and third trips I was digging coins 5-6 inches from other targets I dug in previous trips. Do I dare say that the more you hunt a place, the more it reveals?

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!

Steve *\_