Rocking Out!

Yesterday afternoon I got out for about an hour and a half. I decided to go gold hunting in the local sports fields. I have hunted these sports fields for many, many hours. I only dug two high tones during the hunt which both ended up being tent stakes. Now I dug 30-40 mid and low tones. I managed a nickel, 15-20 pulltabs, and 15-20 pieces of foil. There are very few good repeatable signals left in this modern sports field. As I was finishing up and headed back to the truck I had an idea. I have no idea why I hadn’t thought of this before but what can I say. The parking area at these sports fields are approximately 3 soccer fields worth. I decided to try digging in it. I was surprised that it is about an inch worth of loose sand/gravel and then an extremely dense layer of crushed asphalt. I turned the sensitivity down on the detector and got to swinging. Over the next 10 minutes I dug 4-5 coins out of the loose stuff. My advice is to go ahead and detect these gravel lots. You never know when someone lost a ring while fiddling with keys or pulling off their gloves. I guess gold fever is setting in.

Speaking of gravel, rocks, and gold be sure to check out High Plains Prospectors for all your treasure hunting needs.

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 *\_


Good things happening!

Well tonight I want to write about some happenings that make me happy.

O’Fallen Missouri passed an ordinance a couple weeks ago that required all items dug by those metal detecting to be turned into the city. Luckily many people who enjoy the hobby rallied together and they are going to go back and rewrite the ordinance to be sensible. This is the kind of stuff that we need to band together about. I’m glad that the political folks in O’Fallen took our words to heart and seem to be listening. I call that a success!

Wheat State Treasure Hunters
Wheat State Treasure Hunters is now on Facebook. The group is hoping that this will enable our members to communicate outside of our meetings. Be sure to Like the group on Facebook for up to date information. We will announce meetings, finds, and hunt information there.

Arkies and MD’ers working together..
Minelab metal detectors and the folks at Montpelier are working together to uncover some of our countries history. On more of a local level I was talking to Pulltab Miner and he mentioned that an archaeological intern at the local university had commented on his blog. The intern is doing a report about one of his favorite parks to hunt. Is this a sign that things could progress? Time will tell…

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!

Truth and honesty

In this post I want to talk about the truths and honesty of metal detecting. I have been at this hobby for almost a year and a half. I have found what I feel to be a fair amount of good things. Lately though I am doubting some things. Last year I was amazed at one Wichita hunter who pulls silver coins quite consistently. I thought it was because of a high end machine. I now believe I was wrong. It is the fact that he knew his machine. For those of you that read Pulltab Miners blog he has recently been doing a fantastic job with his machine which he has named “Maurice”. He has had the machine for somewhere between 6 months and a year. A few months ago he learned something about it and now he is on a roll. Kudos to him for learning something different.

I have seen videos on the net about people digging a target and being surprised it was a coin. Their detectors didn’t say it was a coin but it was. What I am starting to realize is that I need to have a more intimate relationship with my machine. I need to start digging deeper iffier signals. I have said it many times that I think the Ace 250 sees coins very deep even if it doesn’t register them as so on the display. We all should learn to hear what our detectors are telling us. That is the key that can close the gap between good signals and deep old coins. For Ace 250 users I know our machines are pretty honest in the top 6-7 inches. Deeper than that and I’m guessing the dialect changes..

Wheat State Treasure Hunters

I recently updated our blog. The leaders of the group have some really cool stuff cooking. Follow the group at to be automatically notified when the blog gets updated!

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!
Steve *\_

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!

Trust in the night

Well I first want to apologize to any ladies who clicked on this thinking it was a romance novel. Well I guess it kind of is… Tonight I got out for about an hour to hunt around town. I decided to hit a park that was built in the mid 80’s. I knew the chances of finding silver coins would be low. I ended up finding $.99 during the hunt. I was going slow and really focusing on the noises the Garrett was putting out. The quarters I dug were all over 4″ deep the deepest being at 5″. On everyone of these coins the Garrett gave out a nice high pitched belltone. This really makes me wish it would have a similar tone for nickels. I dug a few deep nickel tones and ended up with pulltabs that were just as deep as the other coins. I love my Ace and I hate it at the same time. Pulltabs, nickels, and small can slaw all sound pretty much the same. From what I have read gold rings will sound about the same as well. Even though it was dark I am really starting to trust what the detector is telling me! I may even hide my display and hunt for awhile just so I don’t have to process the info visually and mentally. We all know that the sounds are much more accurate than the target ID. Happy Hunting!