Hope this adds a smile to your Sunday—Happy Hunting!
Hope this adds a smile to your Sunday—Happy Hunting!
Nine years ago, I bought a pair of DetectorPros Rattler headphones and was so thrilled with their performance that I just had to write a review about them. Fast forward to today, and my feelings about them have only gotten better with time.
My original reason for purchasing them was for my safety in the field. In between the group hunts, and outings with friends on the weekends, there are many times when I’m seeking immediate detecting gratification, and choose to hunt solo. Read More »
Here’s another detecting tip from from the mouth and mind of a five year old, my granddaughter Jordan, a.k.a. “Marshmello-J”.
Her detector (a Minelab, of course), is still a bit big for her to handle—she’s tiny for her age, but her personality is big. When she gets put on the spot she often says “I don’t remember”, but a slight coaxing by Oma (me), and she’ll usually come right out with it. Read More »
Blackthorne Resorts Lost Treasure Weekend 2019
Once again, Blackthorne Resort in the Catskills hosted its annual Lost Treasure Weekend June 15th-17th, 2019, and once again, it was a great time.
And… there are only so many articles that I can write about the same hunt year after year. After a while, its just redundant, but I will give it a short recap, because there are a lot of people who will read this when deciding if they’re going to attend or not.
So if you’re debating whether or not to go, just go. Whether you know people or not, its a lot of fun, and if you don’t know anyone, you will by the time you leave. Folks are happy and friendly there—even the staff. Read More »
26th Annual Best O’ Northeast (BONE) Hunt
The Best O’ Northeast (BONE) hunt was held the last week of April in New Hampshire. This hunt is a highly anticipated event, with people coming from all over the US to attend. This year, KG & Ringy, and Aquachigger joined in on the fun.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, as American Digger will be publishing my article about it soon, but lets just say the hunt and the finds were epic. Read More »
I was going to post a product review, but then I changed my mind and decided to post a video of my granddaughter Jordan, a.k.a. “Marshmallow-J” (the detecting name she picked for herself), because she likes Marshmallow’s and a song by someone named Marshmello.
Anyway, Jordan, sorry, Marshmello-J, likes to talk about metal detecting, and for a newbie and a five year old, she’s pretty darn smart. She’s done a series of metal detecting videos dispensing her 5 year old wisdom to the metal detecting community. They are short and sweet, and to the point—and if her cuteness doesn’t get to you, maybe her wisdom will. Enjoy! Read More »
Disclosure: I have to start out with this, because whenever I write something negative or controversial, I get the “My feelings are hurt” emails and texts. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and this article should not reflect on the hunt itself. The organizers did a fantastic job. Getting sites to hunt these days is not an easy task, and I do appreciate the efforts. This is my personal feeling about a hunt site, it doesn’t mean it was a bad site. There were many who enjoyed it and found good stuff. Would I go to one of their hunts again…absolutely. It just was what it was that day. In other words, “It’s not you, it’s me”.
So get off my back. I write what I feel and experience, and not every Hunt is “the best hunt ever”. And if I wrote that every hunt I attended was “the best hunt ever”, well, you wouldn’t want to read that crap. Read More »
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 »
The first group hunt I attended which came with an expensive price tag was DIV, and that was quite a few years ago now. At the time I had thought the fee of $250 was over the top, but it was DIV. I wasn’t sure when I’d get the chance to go again, so I made the sacrifice, and dished out the cash. The $250, however, was just the hunt fee. There was also the cost of gas, hotel room, meals, and extra money for whatever else might come up. In the end, it came out to about $1200.
Since then, I’ve noticed a trend, and that trend is that the cost for some of these hunts has reached the price tag of ridiculous! Some of the club hunts that used to be free, or a max of $10, have easily gone up to $20 or $30, and sometimes even more than that. A one or two day organized non-club hunt can cost from $50 to $150 nowadays. It’s gotten so expensive, so quickly, that if someone offered me the opportunity to hunt a farm field all day for $50, I would probably consider it a bargain. Read More »
So the mystery of the creepy thing in the woods has been solved—well, maybe not solved, but investigated at least.
I went to the police department yesterday, and told them what I saw. Thankfully there were two women officers at the front desk, so I didn’t feel awkward. Sometimes men have a way of making light of things women fear. I think its because in some chivalrous way they don’t want us to be scared, but it usually makes us feel silly for having the fear in the first place. Read More »
To all of you who have been kind enough to to inquire as to my whereabouts, and general well being in the past few months, Thank you. I’m okay. I did not retire from detecting. I’ve been having issues with my website that I did not have the time or expertise to address. Everything seems to be in order now though, so hopefully I can continue to entertain you with tales of the hunt, and/or anything else metal detecting related that I can think to write about.
I do have a story, and it is kind of a creepy story, and I’m sure many of you will have an opinion of what I should have done in the situation, what I should do now, or what you would have done—so please feel free to share your thoughts. Read More »
It’s still early in the year, so look for new event information to be added as it is received. This section includes Metal Detecting hunts, Coin Shows, Relic Shows, Treasure Shows & more… Read More »
I’d like to write an entertaining story about a recent hunt, because folks always ask me for those. And granted I’ve had some strange, and humorous days out digging, which are always fun to write about afterwards. The problem with that though, is that I can’t just make up random stuff. It actually has to unfold in my experience to have any entertainment value afterwards. Read More »
News, Events & tidbits that may be of interest to the detecting community, but are too short for an entire blog post…
Catskill Game Farm Hunt:
The Nor’Easters Metal Detecting Club out of Stamford, CT is having its Catskill Game Farm Hunt in New York this weekend (tomorrow, November 3rd, 2018). Rain or not, its a great opportunity to hunt this former tourist attraction/zoo. I think there may still be a few spots left, so if you’re interested go to www.noreasters.net.
Digger Dawn, Detecting Diva, CT Todd & Ryan Houston on Sirius Radio with Julie Rose:
Even though I didn’t have a chance to get out hunting as often as usual during the past month or so, the Hobby still kept me busy. I participated in an interview with Digger Dawn, CT Todd, and Ryan Houston on Sirius radios BYU Top of Mindshow with Julie Rose. It was a lot of fun, and Julie is an excellent interviewer. To listen to the podcast click here. Read More »
I recently spent a few weeks in Germany, and yes, I did bring a metal detector with me. I opted to bring the XP Deus, because it’s a very lightweight machine, and collapses down to about 24”. Traveling in the US with a detector isn’t a problem—you just throw your gear in the car and go, but traveling overseas can present a challenge.
Years back, I went to Europe frequently, and learned early on to pack less than I thought I would need. I knew that upon arrival I would have to make use of public transportation, taking a cab to the train, a train to my destination, and might even have to walk from there. I didn’t want to be encumbered by a bunch of luggage in addition to detecting gear. Read More »
The Annual “Lost Treasure Weekend” hunt, at The Blackthorne Resort in the Catskills was held June 15th through 17th, 2018. Last year my review of this event wasn’t too positive, however, this year’s review is much more favorable because this year I had a better idea of what to expect, and I also felt the event had actually improved.
I procrastinated a bit over whether or not I was going to attend due to my previous experience. In the end though, I decided to go because 1.) They allow dogs, and 2.) I knew so many people who were attending that, regardless how I feel about seeded hunts, I knew I would have a good time. Read More »
All I can say about the Silver City Treasure Seekers NEW ENGLAND TREASURE SHOW this past Saturday, is that it was fantastic! And I’m not going to write an article about it because I think these pics tell all… Read More »
Here’s some interesting information & tidbits, that individually may not be long enough for an entire blog post, but might be something you might want to know about:
SOMEWHERE IN NEW ENGLAND–LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
FEBRUARY 23RD, 2019
AWESOME RELICS NEW ENGLAND
4TH ANNUAL PENGUIN DIG
For those of you who hunt in New York City, here is the link to get your yearly detecting permit: https://www.nycgovparks.org/permits/metal-detector
Even if you don’t regularly hunt in these areas, if you live within driving distance it’s a good idea to get one (they’re free), because you never know when an opportunity might present itself.
Note: Don’t throw your old permit away, because they ask for the old one each year when you reapply.
I took my friend JoJo to Roxbury, CT to hunt what I’ve dubbed the button site. So named because I had dug 14 buttons there, along with a CT Copper, pewter spoon and other colonial miscellany the week before.
It’s a really cool site, and I had only hit a small part of it. There are acres of old farmland, now wooded, with rock walls everywhere, and after hitting this spot, I was anxious to explore more of the area, either then or at a later date. Read More »
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 »