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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One little, two little

Well today I spent most of the day with the family doing stuff around the house. At about 4:30 my oldest son and I headed out. I decided to hit one of my “honey holes” that is tough to hunt due to the iron. I have mentioned this site in my blog several times and I feel blessed to have ongoing permission to hunt it. I have invited several area hunters to hunt this site and it just keeps on giving. Today’s finds were the deepest coin finds I’ve had here. I’m not sure if it is due to the rain we’ve had or my removal of trash that led to my finds today. I know for a fact that this area has been swung over multiple times.

About 10 minutes in I dug my first coin. a 1905 Indian Head Penny. This coin was at a good 7″.


I continued on and got another good signal. Out pops a 1917 wheat penny, I scan the hole with my propointer and found the next coin a 1912 wheatie, i repeated the process and out came my second Indian of the day.


The silver eluded me but I still had a blast with my Ace!

Noreaster day 1

Well today started the weekend of metal detecting Northeast Kansas. The day started at 4:18 am. I met up with Patton from the friendly metal detecting forum. We headed 190 miles northeast. As we were reaching our destination which was a public park we noticed the temperature drop to 34 degrees. I was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a hoodie. It was chilly for the first 30 minutes. We started hunting and within 30 minutes I had my first silver ring. About 30 minutes later I had my next good find, a first for me. A 1902 indian head. I couldn’t believe how green it was. The hunting then got pretty slow. I hunted for about an hour without any notable finds. Then I hit the silver ring with the green stone. This ring is extremely small more like a babies ring. I then dug a wheat penny. We continued to hunt for another hour or so without anything. We then decided to hit an old school/playground . I dug one wheat and another indian head. This one was a 1901. It was in better shape than the 1902 and you can read the full liberty on the headdress. The third property was a special place. We hunted the farm that my wife’s family has owned for over a century. I wasn’t looking for coins specifically at this location. I was digging everything in hopes of finding some neat stuff for the family. We achieved our goal and found many neat things. Our last hunting spot for the day was an old school where I pulled my third sterling ring for the day. We were both exhausted, whooped, and a little disappointed that the silver coins eluded us. Nothing that food, a hot shower, and a soft bed can’t cure. We will be back at it tomorrow before heading back towards Wichita. Hopefully the precious coins will show themselves tomorrow!

Happy Hunting!







Squeeeze and Eaaazeee

Well this evening I managed a short 30 minute metal detecting trip. I hunted a private residence in my hometown. I was kind of giving up on finding silver at this property until I got a good copper signal at 4-5 inches deep. The Ace pegged it and a 1922 wheat penny was begging for rescue.

After all the Ukena boys had retired to bed I tackled my motorcycle maintenance. The story starts on Sunday October 7th. I was practicing with a few other MSF ridercoaches when all of a sudden my friction zone was gone. I had frayed some of my cable off. After some quick adjustment I was limping along. My clutch was working more like an off/on switch than the nice smooth control it typically is. I made it home alright. Knowing my scooter needed an oil change as well I decided to hit the bike shop on Tuesday to buy my oil, filter, and clutch cable. I placed the order and the wait was on. The next 7 days were grueling. I have never let the Yamaha sit that long. I was stuck driving the big frumpy Yukon or stylish technologically advanced Sienna. I missed two wheels badly. Well they finally called today saying the cable was in. It only took me about an hour to get both items taken care of. I then went for a nice leisurely cruise around Rose Hill. Ahhhh, how I missed quick acceleration, great braking, great cornering, and the rumbling exhaust. I have said it many times but truly feel that two wheels is the way God intended man to travel. A bike speaks to your soul. I have heard that some finer vehicles that perform amazingly do the same. I don’t own one of those and I can say without a doubt that the Yukon or Sienna will not whisper sweet nothings to you the way a Yamaha will.

Til next time:
Keep the rubber to the ground, the coil to the ground and remember lerts live longer so be alert!




The barbers harvest

Well today over my lunch break I got out to hunt. I decided to hit some curb strips in an older (1906) portion of town. I had dug quite a few zincolns and then I dug a nice silver. The Garrett Ace 250 sounded off a nice belltone. I dug about 3″ and out popped a beautiful barber quarter. I was ecstatic and surprised! I continued to hunt and found a 1919 wheat penny and a 1945 wheat penny as well!



Hello from the wheat state!

Well I have been on a few hunts lately. The silver coins haven’t been making their way into my finds pouch. I have had a mixed strategy for my recent hunts. The results have been several wheat pennies. I love wheat pennies and believe silver coins and wheat pennies go hand in hand!


This is the term I use for going random places. Specifically older parts of town hunting curb strips. These are generally very trashy so I am being selective about my digs. So far I have found two silvers this way. Lately just wheats though.

Research and permission hunting-

This is my new favorite kind of hunting. Asking home/business owners for permission. I have learned that these areas aren’t as trashy and still hold some goods. My newest venture is a turn of the century church that Has produced 4 coins. 3 wheat pennies and 1 memorial. Two of the wheat pennies were from 1920 and the other was a 1949. There should be silver there. Iron deposited evenly throughout makes target separation tricky! I’m wondering if higher end detectors with adjustable iron masking helps?

Happy hunting and thanks for reading!