Getting partnered

Good evening everyone. I wanted to write this blog post to let everyone know about a recent partnership I’ve made with Teknetics Metal Detectors. I have never owned a Teknetics machine but I have heard nothing except good things about them and I’ve thought about purchasing one in the past. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a loaner detector to review from Teknetics Direct. I am also looking forward to the future opportunities of field testing their new equipment before it goes to market. I was talking to Mr. Dick Stout about this relationship and he mentioned that Teknetics had a great reputation for their quality.

Now you may be asking what a partnership means. I want to be transparent about the relationship so nobody thinks that I exclusively promote Teknetics equipment. As mentioned above the partnership is mostly about reviewing/testing their equipment. The only caveat is that buy using my PROMO CODE on their website when ordering equipment you can get specials ranging from $50 off + free shipping to just free shipping. This partnership benefits me by the company giving me a commission on referrals. That being said I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to shop their website and see if you need anything. The site features a metal detector for any budget. So do some browsing on Teknetics site and if you decide to make a purchase enter the code A1493 in the promo code section to get your special pricing and help me out.

It has always amazed me how great the people in the metal detecting community are and I hope that you enjoy Teknetics new site.

Thanks for reading and Happy Hunting!

Steveouke *\_

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Wacky Wednesday Finds

Wednesday 4-9-14

This upcoming Friday marks 4 weeks until we close on our home that we sold. The bad news is that we still don’t have a home to move into. This creates some anxiety in the house as well as a certain level of uncertainness. This evening I got home from work and called a friend who wires houses to fix a couple of minor issues that came up in the home inspection that the buyers of our home wanted. We finished up at about 6:00 this evening and then the family had a bite to eat. You may call me crazy but the weather was perfect so I got out and went detecting. I haven’t detected in a few days and my mind was telling me that I needed some swing time. I asked if the Queen minded me going out and she said I should go before I drove her crazy… I went to a homesite that has produced silver and wheats in the past. It is a pretty gnarly site that has a ton of iron. I knocked on the door and asked the Homeowner if he minded me detecting for the evening. Permission was granted. I also saw Maggie. She is maturing nicely. She is getting bigger and seems to be doing well! The hunt started off pretty good digging a few pieces of clad. Then I found a target that I couldn’t identify. At first I thought it was a cap gun but looking closer I believe I found an old toy steam tractor.

Is it an old steamy?
Is it an old steamy?

Pic of a Case 25-75
Pic of a Case 25-75

Backwards C and E with AS in the middle.. Could it be a Case 25..
Backwards C and E with AS in the middle.. Could it be a Case 25..

Anyways Maybe you guys will see/know something more than I do about this find. The next target I dug is also kind of neat. It’s a dog tag from a neighboring city.

Photo of tonights non trash finds
Photo of tonights non trash finds

While hunting I realized that we are planning on moving to a neighboring city. I have mixed emotions on this because I have put a ton of time researching our area and I hate to leave these sites behind. I guess I will have to do new research wherever we end up. I now know why Mr. Stout misses his hunting grounds that he left 1,000s of miles away. I guess I shouldn’t complain because I could probably drive 20 minutes and be back on my sites. Of course I will miss sitting down and chewing the fat with the mature retired guys at the coffee shop in the morning as well. Rumor has it that the town we want to move to doesn’t have a coffee shop where you can get to know and learn from the old timers that remember details about the area back then…

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading.

*\_ 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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Revamped style hunt #1

Tonight I want to let you know how my revamped hunting style is going so far. I took a couple of hours yesterday and scouted out some new sites. I was fortunate to get permission at a place that I have been trying for a long time. It is a hotel from the 1880’s. It was specifically built for railroad employees who were laying line in our area. I have researched this property quite a bit but it is still quite mysterious. It does not show up on any plat maps that I have access to. I think it was used between 1886 and 1907 as a hotel. Once the hotel couldn’t keep money coming in it was turned into a home. There are mixed memories of what happened to the hotel. Some say it caught on fire while others say it was torn down.



Ramblings on the Relic Roundup and Road Biking


I wanted to throw my two cents out about the relic roundup the other night. I didn’t get to listen to Dick Stout and Lisa MacIntyre duke it out on Monday night because the youngest Ukena boy and I were out detecting. I did listen to the show last night though. I would like to say good job to both of them. The two guests and callers brought up many good points. I hope that this is the beginning of changes between arkies and tekkies. I love the idea of a national database that MD’ers can upload finds to. I think this would be a good action. I know that as MD’ers we have discussed such a thing in the past. From an outside perspective this seems like it would be pretty simple to launch. I think if given the opportunity MD’ers would be more than happy to share information about their finds as long as the site wasn’t then overtaken by archaeologists. I agree with what was said that we typically are looking for different things than the archaeologists but I do think we overlap. It seems to me that both parties could work together and make things happen. Chicago Ron hit the nail on the head when he said that everyone should check their egos at the door. I think if everyone opens their minds and act like adults it could work. I also found it interesting what Lisa said about younger Arkies having more open minds. I know in the local area there is a young archaeologist who showed interest in what Pulltab was finding at one of the local parks. Is this a sign of things to come?

Yesterday I got brave and decided to ride my new bicycle to work. I had planned a route that was suppose to be 18.5 miles one way. I left the house at 5:30 and got on my way. I downloaded a GPS tracking device that would measure distance, speed, elevation, calories burnt, and other stuff. I arrived at work at 7:15. I was pleased with this time which meant I was averaging 11 miles per hour. Not bad for a fat guy on a mountain bike. Throughout the day my legs felt good and I was mentally ready for my ride home. I left work right at 5:00 I quickly realized that I had the wind in my face. This didn’t seem like a big deal. Then I got a little over half way and it started raining on me… The rain felt good and gave me a little encouragement that temps would fall. I can honestly say that the last 4 miles were the toughest of them all. Uphill with very slight downhill. Towards the end it took everything I had to make the last two miles of hills. I finally made it home at 7:12 averaging 8.5 mph. Not that impressive. As soon as I walked in the door Queen Ukena could see the exhaustion on my face. She mentioned that maybe this is the kind of exercise I needed to control my adult ADD. She may be right because I was dragging big time. The satisfaction of pulling the bicycle into the garage was great though. I have always said that motorcycling exposes you to your surroundings. That feeling is doubled on a bicycle. I managed to find a couple old homesteads that I hadn’t seen previously. I will definitely be seeking permission to hunt them. Overall it felt great and I slept like a baby on Nyquil last night!

Day 2 of the 4 day weekend

This morning I woke up and headed out to the old homestead I’ve been hunting. I started the hunt digging deep iffy signals. I was quickly detoured by the hard dry ground. I continued to hunt for a couple hours. In the end I had found some old relics and more square nails but no old coins. I am convinced that there are more old coins there but they are masked by iron. I have dug square nails of all sizes that look like they have never been in wood. The broken piece is a harmonica casing that I believe reads “The Turbine Patrol”. My first google search doesn’t give me an age but I will keep researching.


After the youngest boy woke up from his nap we headed to a neighborhood park and managed to find $1.78. The rubber mulch is much easier to dig in than the local clay!

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!
*\_ Steveouke

Sultry summer

Sunday I returned to the homestead that I’ve been hunting. I was only there for about an hour. I found some neat relics and one copper coin that was unidentifiable. The copper coin ended up being a 1953 wheat penny which I believe had been through a fire. I will wait a couple of weeks to reveal the other relics because they are getting cleaned. I have been searching for a way to remove rust from iron that wouldn’t damage the relic. I do believe I found it but I won’t know for sure for a couple weeks. The concoction I’m trying is 1 part molasses to 8 parts of water. I have seen quite a few promising results that made me decide to try it. The bad news is it takes two weeks to work it’s magic.

As I right this it is thundering and lightning out. I hope this leads to some rain. We need it as the ground is getting quite hard due to mid 90 temps and steady winds.

Happy hunting and thanks for reading!
*\_ Steveouke

Frolicking on Fathers day

I wanted to write today about my Fathers day. Being a Father of 3 sons makes everyday a great day. There are days that they drive me crazy. There are days they make me proud. There are days that the make me laugh. In the end I’m just thankful that Queen Ukena and I have been blessed with them. This Fathers day was different than other Fathers days. I started the day doing some home maintenance. I finished up with that at around 11:00. We then headed to a family/friends get together where we enjoyed a ton of fresh seafood and some adult beverages. My Father-in-law showed up with a concoction of beer, vodka, and limeade that was quite refreshing in the warm weather. Needless to say it was a good time. I had made plans a couple weeks ago to meet up with Pulltab Miner and another area hunter at 3:00 so our stay at the party got cut a little short. We all met at the site I wrote about in Yes You May and Monday Eve Mojo. This site is a very cool old homestead that belonged to the local banker in the 1870’s. We were super excited to get our hunt started. I walked about 30 feet into the front yard and turned my machine on. Before I put my headphones on Miner was excited about a signal he was digging… The first swing of his machine he pulled a buffalo nickel! This just got our blood pumping that much more. It didn’t take us long to learn that this site was extremely infested with iron. Within an hour or so Miner had found an Indian to go with his buffalo. I managed to pull a couple of old wheat pennies (1919S & 1920). We ended up hunting for about 4 hours and I can tell you that was quite the feat in the heat. The three of us did manage some pretty cool relics for the homeowner. They are involved heavily in the historical society and asked for the relics. We found square nails, harmonica and accordion parts, buttons, pieces of horse tack, and other things. By far the best find of the day came from the other area hunter. He found a Sterling Silver spoon that we think to be a teaspoon. We could see that it said Sterling but the makers mark was quite worn. Once the homeowner gets the piece cleaned it may become clearer. I can tell you that these property owners are the most involved that I have ever seen. They blessed us with a big jug of cool water, mowed the grass nice and short for us, and took our relics in to give them the initial cleaning. I love the way some property owners enjoy seeing the little pieces of history we find. We will definitely be hunting this property more but maybe we should do it when the thermometer isn’t pushing triple digits!

Thank you to everyone that made my Fathers day a great day.

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading!
*\_ Steveouke

Yes you may…

This weekend I taught a MSF class all weekend. Saturday I managed to get out and do some site hunting. I stumbled upon an area that caught my attention. As I made a turn on a country road I noticed sidewalks to nowhere. I quickly noticed that there was some mature landscaping in place. I pulled in the drive and found the homeowners tending to their horses. I asked about the area and was blown away by what I learned. The house that previously stood on this plot was built by the town banker in the 1870’s. They granted me permission to metal detect around and we spent quite some time discussing local history. I was contemplating going ahead and detecting as it started raining on me. In my desire to get started detecting this property I had to head over there tonight. The youngest Ukena boy and I headed over there for a short hunt. I had planned on spending about 45 minutes hunting the site. That got shortened by a dirty diaper. In the first 15 minutes I had dug a few old relics quite shallow. I am totally stoked to get back out there. Next weekend can’t get here quickly enough.

Possibly the most fun part of metal detecting

Tonight I want to write about what may be the most fun part of metal detecting. A couple weeks ago I stopped by a very well maintained farm home that appeared to be from the turn of the century. I made my way to the front door. I knocked a couple of times but nobody answered. As I turned to leave I noticed that there was a herding dog that had snuck up behind me. I have had several herding dogs and they come with one personality trait that everyone should know about. They rarely attack from the front. They will wait until you turn your back to them and then immediately try to get on your heels. Knowing this I lowered down to the dogs level and showed it that I wasn’t scared and that I wasn’t there to hurt anything. The dog didn’t want to be warm and friendly but the growling did cease. I progressed to the truck without incident. Once I got home I started doing some research on the homestead and the home was built in 1908. Tonight while driving by I noticed a car in the drive and a couple of lights on. I had to stop and see about detecting around the property. I had a very pleasent conversation with the lady that lives in the home and two young kiddos. Come to find out the home has been in the family since it was built. We discussed the possibilities of a shadow box showing the relics I find. I think this is such a cool aspect of detecting around old farmsteads. In the end she needed to discuss it with her father-in-law about having me metal detecting the property. I hope that the opportunity comes to fruition because these are my favorite types of places to hunt. It is always fun to see the smile on the face of someone who hasn’t seen a forgotten relic that was lost years before. I also like the way the finds from these places take us back to the simpler life of years ago.

Hope to be happy hunting soon!