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 *\_

My favorite type of hunt?

Yesterday afternoon I had a long conversation with my cousin who is in limbo about entering the hobby of metal detecting. Our conversation got me to thinking. What is my favorite type of hunt?

The answers would soon show themselves. Over my lunch break I hunted at Hyde park. I was using my favorite discrimination program on the Ace 250. I have been notching out Iron and anything over a quarter. I dug 30-40 trash mid tones and one high tone which was a memorial penny. With this park being one of the oldest parks in Wichita it is full of iron and trash. I struggle with finding good targets and get frustrated.

Tonight I hunted the sports fields close to home. These fields were built in the mid 80’s- early 90’s. I quickly realized that these are my favorite areas to hunt. The ratio of trash targets to good targets is much better than a 120 year old park. In this sports field I have found silver rings, tons of clad, and my oldest US coin. Their isn’t trash everywhere and I suspect that it holds a gold ring or two. I also think that these types of hunts are great for beginners. It’s tougher than the totlots without being totally stressful! It becomes obvious by my finds that I am on a gold kick. I can hardly pass up a solid mid tone!

Don’t get me wrong, I dream of finding many old silver coins in one hunt. However, these hunts are a challenge to come by. Alot of research and being granted permission isn’t as easy as it sounds.

In summary I want to say that you can make metal detecting as stressful or as relaxing as you want. Two things have happened lately that have made my hunts more relaxed. They are the Garrett propointer which seems to be much better than the Whites, the Sampson clone shovel, and my Lesche digger from WW Mfg. I am thrilled to have these tools in my toolbox… Next I may add a headlamp so I can hunt later into the night!

Happy Hunting!

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Diggers part two

Well, today I received a Lesche digger. My wife called me and told me it had shown up. I am super excited to try this tool. I am optimistic that it will be an enjoyable tool. It is considered the best digger for recovering targets. I am thinking that I will probably get up early and try to use this tool tomorrow morning before I coach my MSF class for the weekend. Now to find a good hunting spot near MTSI… More opinion to come!

Diggers.. Not the TV show

I stopped by Lowes today and replaced my Ames 7 in 1 plant buddy. As I was looking for the replacement I noticed a different version from Ames called the planters pal. It is the same price as the original but the build quality isn’t remotely close to the original. I finally found one of the original ones. I’m guessing that they are going to do away with the pretty decent original. If they do I will have to buy something better! Whether it be a Lesche digger, Sampson shovel, or Predator Raptor. On that note I was looking through my blog analytics and noticed that someone from WW manufacturing was looking at my blog. Maybe they could send me a couple of samples to test and review on my blog? Of course I could give them a banner ad on the blog in trade… I’m sure my wife would be much happier with this scenario. On the side of detecting I managed to find some clad today. $.23 to be exact….

Happy hunting!