I had a great time yesterday at the Great Catskill Mountain Coin Shoot & Relic hunt in Big Indian, NY, hosted by the Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club. As a matter of fact, people are still up there enjoying the hunt right now, as it was a two day event. Ah… well, my ride had to be in Staten Island this morning at 10am, so I could only hunt the one day, but I’m happy to have just gotten one day in because it was worth it.
The setting for the hunt was beautiful, and driving around was like a detectorists dream, with us drooling as we eyed site after site of potential places to dig.
The sites for the hunt were pretty good too, and if you didn’t like one spot, or it wasn’t producing enough for you, there were 4 or 5 other sites to investigate, and all within a few miles driving distance.
Myself, Gary Storm and Carter Pennington hunted three of the sites, and between us we got about 10 silver coins, at least a dozen Indian heads, if not more, and wheat pennies galore. There were also a few miscellaneous items found, but for us, at least, we were mainly interested in hunting for silver.
I heard talk of others finding a lot of silver as well, however, I didn’t get a chance to view most of their finds as we had to cut out early.
Jessie, the President of the Nor’easters, with the help of one of its members, John Bauer, who has a home in the area really set up a nice hunt. Thank you!
The Cold Spring Lodge, where most attendees stayed, in Big Indian is a cute but comfortable, no nonsense, reasonably priced place to stay, with a friendly owner, who was very accommodating, and I wouldn’t hesitate to spend the night the next time I venture up that way.
It was a nice, laid back attitude kind of hunt, on a beautiful day, in a beautiful area in the company of good people. Just the way I like it.