First day out in the cold

Well today, I took the day off work because I had to take the youngest boy to his new “school” for some evaluations. I had a little bit of time this morning before the day got busy so I went detecting. I ended up spending about an hour out in the 23 degree morning with a brisk wind. I visited a site that I have hunted before but didn’t have success the first go round. During the beginning of the hunt the finds were minimal. The site is tough because it is an old train depot and I believe they bulldozed it in place and left all the remnants there. About 30 minutes in I got a pretty good zinc penny signal and dug the first interesting find of the day. It was an Oklahoma sales tax token. I have dug a couple of aluminum tax tokens from our neighbors to the south but this is the first zinc one. I’m thinking the difference is due to the value of the token. My previous tokens were 1 mil and this one is a 5 mil token.

Tomorrow we will be detecting the ghost town school house.. I can’t wait!




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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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 *\_


Soggy Saturday

This morning I decided to hunt “Silver City”. My main hunting grounds were congested with people celebrating the city. I decided to hunt another area that had houses on it at one time. My finds were a little on the slim side but I did manage a couple relics.

Happy Hunting!


Boys and there toys. What a way to spend Easter!

Today was a great day in Kansas. The weather was phenomenal for an early spring day. We headed to spend time with the Queens family. My Father-in-law had mentioned he needed help with finding some property pins. I hunted for them for about an hour and couldn’t find them. We followed that with a great meal and an easter egg hunt. After dinner we went flying… Kinda! My flight ended with the Firebird Stratos going into a tree. Not a big deal when you are a climber. I heard a few spectators speaking out about me not climbing the tree. I was right at home though! The plane was recovered without damage.


After returning home I went detecting at an old homesite that I had been wanting to hunt. I ended up digging some cool stuff but no wheats, indians, or silvers. Not sure where they were, but I didn’t find them!


All in all it was a great day to be outdoors with family and friends.

Happy hunting and thanks for reading!

Steveouke *\_

Swinging in a group!

Well today was a very fun day. I organized a group hunt of the construction site I have hit a couple of times. I personally didn’t find much but still had a blast. Most of the attendees belong to the friendly forum and that trait carried right over to our group hunt. The site offered plenty of room for all 7 or 8 of us without rubbing elbows. The noteable finds of the day went like this.

PulltabMiner– had the first good find with an 1898 Indian Head in good shape.

The General- this guy pulled a big chunky gold ring. It is the biggest I’ve seen come out of the ground.

JP- he found a very chunky silver cross and I believe a 1981 penny that someone had turned into an earring!

JS- found a 1942 mercury dime

I think those were the best finds of the day. More importantly I think everyone had a good time!

Happy hunting and thanks for reading!


And on the 8th day…

Well on the 8th day of 2013 I am finally on the board with silver. In those 8 days I had detected probably 11-13 hours and only found one decent coin. Lasts nights hunt was two hours long and yielded $.17, the silver ring, and many pieces of pulltab and hot dog foil. I was jewelry hunting!

I also want to mention my buddy PullTabMiners blog post from yesterday. He did a great job of talking trash and how bloggers and forum members omit our trash. I thought I would start including the trash I dig as well as the good stuff. You will quickly see that it is not always treasure in the hole. Over the last year I have filled two 5 gallon buckets full of metal scraps. The good stuff fits easily into two little rubbermaid dishes. Guys who metal detect clean a lot of trash out of the local parks. We don’t do it to get rich. We just enjoy being outside enjoying our hobby. Just like the other hobbies people perform at the parks.







A nice silver surprise

Well this afternoon I received a message from local metal detectorist and forum member JKP. He asked if I could swing by on my way home from work and I agreed. We decided to hunt for a short bit. With Pulltab Miner having a good day I was pumped to find some goodies! JKP had already found silver at this location so I couldn’t resist a quick swing. Well 3-4 wheaties later I was salivating for silver. JKP and I were discussing detectors as he is wanting to upgrade from the Ace 250 to the ATPro. I professed my love for the Ace 250 and the conversation ended. The very next target showed all signs of silver and I told JKP that if it wasn’t silver I would put the 250 on the market! Guess what.. I get to keep the Ace in my possession because a nice looking 58 rosie was staring at me through the soil! About 10 minutes later Queen Ukena called inquiring about my ETA at home. I told her a few more minutes. I told JKP that I had to hit one more good target. I found my signal quickly and dug a 1907 Barber dime. This coin looks rough. The face is scratched (not by me) and there are no reeds on the edge of the coin. The finals for the evening 7 wheats, 2 silvers, 3 memorials, and 1 clad quarter. Earlier in the day PullTabMiner was saying that he thought 2013 would be good for us. I hope he is right because I like the way we are putting 2012 to bed!

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!
Steveouke *\_






The MD’ing gods must have a sense of humor

So tonight I went back to a local sports field where I have been finding older coins and I know there was a homestead in the early 1900’s. Most the coins I have been digging are from the late 60’s.  I dug two wheat pennies one from the 40’s and one from the 50’s. These coins were approximately 5″ deep. I am thinking sweet I’m in the right spot. the I get a strong penny signal at 6″ I’m convinced that this could be an older wheat or maybe even an Indian head. I dig a full shovels worth of soil. I’m guessing that I’m at 6″ or so at this point. I get a faint chirp out of the propointer at the very bottom of the hole. I remove another inch or so of soil and out pops a coin.. I immediately notice that it is very corroded. It was dark and I couldn’t really see it. I put it in my pocket and continue my hunt. I get anxious to see if it is my first Indian head. I get home and the coin was in bad shape so I take a soft wire brush to it. And then I see it… The Lincoln Memorial…. Huge deflation and a gasp. I throw that nasty ol corroded up penny in the trash. As a side note I will say that it was so corroded that I couldn’t make anything out except a portion of Lincolns head and a partial memorial. My question is how does a coin like this get that deep? No other coins I have dug in this particular field are that corroded. Everything else makes sense. Coins newer than the 80’s are 2-3″ deep, 60’s- early 80’s are 3-4″ deep, and the older wheats are 4-5″ deep…. I don’t understand how in an area less than 300 sq ft. this could happen.

Please note that I am not digging this deep in soil that is dry with dead grass in it. These fields are watered and it is very easy and clean to dig a 6-7″ target and have a great looking clay plug.

After my frustration ended I got excited for a trip that I am planning to take here in the next couple of months. I still need to work out some details but I am hoping to find 3-4 buddies that want to spend a weekend hunting several homes and schools from the late 1800’s to the 1920’s… I am extremely excited for this hunt and hopeful that it will bring many firsts for me. Maybe some seateds, walkers, and indians!

Do I feel warm to you?

As everyone knows I have been on the hunt for gold.. Pulltab Miner has named this phenomena gold fever. This gold fever has hit me hard! The last couple of days I have been hunting public parks where I suspect someone could have lost jewelry. I have been digging everything from foil to quarter. Hunting this way is starting to get discouraging because mid tones are everywhere! Most places you can’t take more than a step or two without getting some kind of low-mid tone. I continue to dig more nickels than I used to hunting this way. Most the coins I’m finding are mid 60’s to the mid 80’s. The burning question is simple. Where’s the gold??