I’m going to get this out of the way first—technically the title should be Confessions of an expert ox shoe finder. Ox is singular, oxen is plural. I know that, but I like the way oxen shoe sounds over ox shoe, so if you’ve got a problem with that already, don’t continue, but if you can deal, then read on… Read More »
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Bears Bears Bears!!!
After a decade of trapsing around in the woods of New England, I finally saw my first Bear(s). I was hunting a spot up in Kent, CT with my friend Kevin D. Kevin went to go hunt down in the meadow, and I decided not to because it was too sunny. When he came back to the top of the meadow, we were talking, and he suddenly says “Hey, whats that? Is that a bear?” I looked down into the meadow, and sure enough it was a bear, not only that, but about 5 seconds later, another bear climbed down from a small tree right next to it. Kevin had just been detecting the area minutes before that. I don’t know that they would have bothered him, but still a little scary to see a bear (or two) at any time. They weren’t cubs, but they were young.
We decided it was best to move on, but Kevin was so nice to point out that he did not have to run faster than the bears, just faster than me–thanks Kev. Read More »
So I’m thinking what to write about for my next post, and annoyed because I had a list of topics in my head, but forgot them. I do this a lot, and a friend told me a few days ago that I should write it all down. “Yeah, I will” was my response… and I didn’t. So… this post will be about my cool Miniature Schnauzer, “Abby”.
Abby is sleeping right now, she does that a lot, in between being lovable and adorable. She gets very excited when she sees me get my detector out, because sometimes I take her with me. I like to pretend she likes detecting, but deep down I know she just really likes to be outside.
Okay, kidding aside, on to the real stuff, and it’s not that Abby isn’t worth a post, she’s the best, but she just doesn’t share my passion for the hobby. Sorry Abby. Read More »
A good friend and detecting buddy of mine, JoJo, was kind enough to share the story of his most epic detecting day ever. Thank you for sharing JoJo.
THE PUMPKIN PATCH
By JoJo Lantiegne
I received an invite to go hunt some pumpkin fields from Matt, a fellow member of my metal detecting club, The Yankee Territory Coinshooters out of Wethersfield, CT. I had hunted with him the week prior with much success, but that was nothing compared to what we were to find this time out. Read More »
I’ve been approached by many people complimenting me on my blog, and what I hear most often is “more hunt stories please, more hunt stories“. I’m always surprised and flattered by this, because if you log onto social media these days, you’d likely be convinced that all people care about is seeing photos of finds or links to YouTube videos.
But I have my niche. Despite all the hoopla on social media, the constant barrage of videos, and “lookie what I found” posts, there are still some folks out there who remember what the hobby was before Facebook & YouTube… in the days before reading became passé. Read More »
Is your significant other also your detecting partner? Do you know what he or she is thinking?
Here are some examples; some drawn from experience, some from humor, of gender differences in the hobby and what your partner could or might be thinking or doing … Read More »
Those of you who know me, or are regular readers of my blog, are aware of my fondness for Oxen Shoes.
This fondness was not derived out of a genetic predisposition toward the objects, it was born out of necessity, due to my uncanny ability to locate every oxen shoe within a 300 foot radius at every site I hunt (and yes, my parents are very proud). Read More »
I’ve had a lot of offers on my Oxen shoe collection since posting a photo of it on my Facebook page; and since there is so much interest in acquiring these rare and valuable items, I have decided to actually go through with my plans for opening the first Oxen Shoe Museum (pending funding). Read More »
Awkward Moments in Metal Detecting:
*That awkward moment when you’re trying to explain to a non-detectorist why you detect.
*That awkward moment when you’re showing the awesome stuff you just found to your buddy, and you realize they got skunked.
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Being in the female minority of the hobby, I am always happy to hear or read about other women detectorists.
I came upon an article on detecting365.com by Whit Hill, aka “Dirt Girl”, a woman detectorist out of Tennessee who writes with humor, and thankfully for this fan of adjective’s, includes a lot of detail.
As I read her detecting adventure, I felt as if I were there and couldn’t help but chuckle as she described her metal detecting prayer, with it being eerily familiar to one I often recite myself. Read More »
Received this email from a friend and couldn’t contain my laughter– I just had to share. I don’t know what is more amusing, the product, or the manufacturer’s description. Read More »
The ABC’s of Metal Detecting:
A-is for Annoying, as in those folks who come up to you on the beach and say “If you find a gold ring, I lost it”, followed by smug laughter. Oh gosh–we’ve never heard that one before–Comedy Central is on our speed dial, just for you. Read More »
Are you a Detecting Widow?
Does your man disappear for hours only to return with a sack full of pull tabs, bottle caps, dirty coins, rusty thingies, or perhaps lead bullets, silver or gold?
After barely saying hello, does he race to clean his treasures, tag & bag his finds, or photograph them for sharing on internet forums or posting on Facebook?
Does the constant whirring of the rock tumbler, or the stench from his electrolysis device drive you insane?
If any of the above applies, then honey, You are a detecting widow. But look at the bright side, it’s better than being a straw widow (some of the older generation may get that).
So ladies, here’s some advice for maintaining harmony in the home when you live with a detectorist:
♥Add the following items to your grocery list:
Extra toothbrushes (various bristle strengths)
Glad bags (in all sizes)
Plastic storage containers (assorted sizes)
Olive or Mineral Oil
Q-tips (make up swabs from the drug store work best)
Rubber bands for securing the large glad bag around the control panel (in case of rain or forgotten panel cover).
If you’re near a hardware store;
Fine steel wool
Rubber coated gloves
You can get them all at once, or space them out a few at a time, and say sweetly “Oh honey, I was thinking of you today, and I picked this up for you”. Note-this could cause random donations to your clothing budget, or gift certificates for manicures.
•Scan the local store ads for battery sales. Nothing says “I love you” to a detectorist like an 8 pack of Double A, or a 2 pack of 9 Volts.
•A couple of cans of “Deep Woods Off” to deter ticks makes for an awesome Father’s Day gift.
•Tell him you don’t mind him tracking in the site mud, but you believe it’s clogging the vacuum, and you need a stronger machine. Then go out and get that Miele or Sebo you’ve been wanting. Demonstrate it with lots of enthusiasm the next time he returns from a hunt.
•Learn the meaning of the word “clad”, he’ll think you’re interested, and may even share some with you.
•When his American Digger magazines arrives in the mail, don’t roll your eyes– run inside with it & say “Honeeeee your magazine is here. Can I look at it when you’re done? I want to see all the cool stuff people found”. Note-this only works if you follow through. Pick some random items from the magazine and say “Oh, this looks like that thing you found”. It doesn’t matter what it is, he probably has something similar in his collection. He’ll be tickled you paid attention.
•If you’ve got a freezer in the basement or garage, go to the craft store and get some magnets. Glue or attach some of his finds to them and stick them proudly on the freezer door. Be creative.
•Always encourage him. Men are hunters, this is what they love to do. It’s in their genes. Think of his finds as a prize, like a freshly killed mouse brought home by the cat. It may not seem like it, but they are gifts…really.
•Think smart. Encouragement leads to a desire for them to improve their skills. Improved skills leads to an increase in great finds. An increase in found gold will lead to an increase in the amount of jewelry you will own!
•Plan your vacations near historic sites that are also near outlet malls. As you pass the mall, act surprised & ask if he minds if you check it out while he’s detecting.
•Most important, never, ever, and I mean ever, let him see you throw away any of those rusty whatchamacalits. Did I say never?!! If he can’t find something, don’t ever, not even in a weak or angry moment let on that you tossed it. He may never find one of those again!! It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t know WTF it is or was, someday he will be in a museum or on a some forum, see this item, and realize what he had (probably some rare part of a Civil War rifle), and you threw it away.
So ladies, take some, or all of my advice for living in harmony with a detectorist in your home. Being a detectorist myself, I’m familiar with both sides of the coin (literally).