A Detectorist’s Dilemma

If you don’t subscribe to American Digger Magazine, then you missed the article I wrote titled “A Detectorist’s Dilemma” which was published in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue. So now that my ethical obligations to the magazine have been met, and the issue has run its course–well mostly, because we all know that American Digger NEVER …
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My New Machine: A Hard Decision with a Happy Ending

I was going to post this last Thursday before I went to Blackthorne Resorts Lost Treasure Weekend, but I had internet issues, so it didn’t get posted.  I was disappointed, but it turned out to be a good thing in the end, because something happened that I never could have predicted, which makes the ending to …
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Treasure Hunting with Oma plus Hunts and Events Updates

It’s been a cold winter, and I don’t think I need to rehash my feelings about cold weather, but for a while, I was pretty miserable waiting for the thaw. I know a lot of you feel the same way, and then there are those of you that have that the weather ain’t gonna keep …
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Awesome Relics New England’s 3rd Annual Penguin Dig

In only its third year, Awesome Relics New England’s Annual Penguin Dig is turning out to be the new favorite winter metal detecting event in New England. It’s timing is perfect, the end of February, when most in the hobby are going stir crazy waiting for the ground to thaw.  And its held on the …
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1798 Large Cent Found in the Connecticut Alps

I haven’t posted much lately because I had an article published in the NOV/DEC issue of American Digger Magazine, and I figured that pretty much covered me in the writing department for most of the winter. Another reason, is because its winter.  I hate winter. I hate being cold, and I don’t like to detect …
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Girls Topless Metal Detecting

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 …
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Smashing Pumpkins: A Coin Bonanza in the Pumpkin Patch!

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 …
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Two Sites, One Great Day…

Wow—I’ve heard said before that “you can’t top your best times”, but that really doesn’t make a lot of sense, because there are always more “best times” that come along, so I guess in essence that statement is really kind of silly. Yesterday was one of those new “best times”—I attended the hunt at The …
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Love that Sterling…

My free time has been pretty limited this past month, so I don’t have any great hunt stories to tell at the moment, but I did manage to get out a few times to unearth a few keepers. On my first outing, I found a sterling silver spoon.  I haven’t had time to investigate its …
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Social Media, Tank Tops & Unicorns:

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 …
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Thimble Nirvana

My buddy Jo Jo and I took a drive out to an old cellar hole site last weekend.  I had hunted the site a few years back, and even though I knew it had probably been hit by all the cellar hole junkies a few times since, I still wanted to check it out again. We spent …
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Blackthorne Resort’s Lost Treasure Weekend 2017

Detectorists from all over the east coast descended on the Catskills, June 16th to 18th  to attend Blackthorne Resorts Lost Treasure Weekend, in East Durham, NY.  This hunt has been an annual event in the metal detecting community for years—how many years, I’m not sure, but I’ve been hearing about it and wanting to attend …
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A Warm Welcome in Halcottsville

This past weekend was the Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club “Halcottsville Relic Quest” hunt, sponsored by the Historical Society of the town of Middletown, NY, and the Halcottsville Fire Dept., and held in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of Halcottsville, NY. The event was held to raise money for the Middletown Historical Society, and to help restore …
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A Recap of the 24th Annual Best of the Northeast Hunt (B.O.N.E.)

This years 24th Annual Best of the Northeast (BONE) Hunt, held the last week of April in New Hampshire reminded me of one of those TV reality shows where they throw a bunch of strangers in a house together, start filming, and see what happens… Ah, well, there was no drama, sorry to disappoint you, …
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Detecting Diary: Weekend 2

Detecting Diary–Weekend 2, April 2017: I started preparing the night before for our clubs “Fun Hunt” which was secured by one of our club members. One of the club’s goals this year is to have at least 5 fun hunts.  After forming a hunt committee, there are already a few hunts scheduled, and we are only a …
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Detecting Diary: Weekend 1, April 2017

Detecting Diary–Weekend 1, April 2017: After being cooped up all winter, in a miserable state of lackofdetectinitis, I woke up one morning about a month ago and something seemed odd. I looked out the window and thought–there is definitely something different about today. My Mini Schnauzer “Abby” noticed it too. Instead of her normal stance of staring …
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Awesome Relics New England’s 2nd Annual Penguin Dig

What a great day out Saturday at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett, RI for Awesome Relics New England’s 2nd Annual Penguin Dig. All the worrying we did about the weather was thankfully a huge waste of energy, because it was the most beautiful day of 2017 so far. After the dense morning fog cleared, the sun …
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Nic-A-Date & The Mega Red 2017 Deluxe Edition Red Book

Nic-A-Date–A quick Review: I have tubes of old worn Buffalo nickels who’s only value is the value of what they are worth to me personally, because I found them.  It frustrates me when I can’t see the year, because, like everyone else, I always want to date the coin. About 5 years back I heard …
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Who said there’s no Humor in Metal Detecting?

Okay, so Joe at Treasure Classifieds got this whole thing started with How to tell if a Detectorist Lives Out in the Sticks.  He then mentioned he’s from “The City”, which around these parts means NY City, and he would like someone to come up with a version of “How to tell if a Detectorist Hunts in …
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My Review of the Gold Digger Land or Sea Pinpointer

The Land or Sea Pinpointer by Gold Digger Innovative Products Another pinpointer review?  Yup. And with all the probes I’ve reviewed, as you can imagine, I’ve got quite a few in my collection.  Even so, there are only two that I mainly use. The every day one which I use most of the time, and …
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A Hunt to Remember…

When you go on an organized hunt, whether it’s a day hunt hosted by your local metal detecting club, or an expensive, hyped up, out of state weekend detecting bonanza, you never know what you’re going to get.  It’s the chance you take in this hobby.  Sometimes a site you think will produce amazing relics and …
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Finding the Time…

Life has been so hectic the past few months that trying to find time for myself and metal detecting has been taking some serious strategic planning.  There’s been multiple weddings, wedding showers, birthday parties, family parties, just have to go even though I don’t want to parties, etc, etc… It’s been hard enough trying to …
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Detecting the Catskills

We attended the 3rd Annual Catskill Mountains Coin Shoot & Relic Hunt in Big Indian, NY, this past weekend, and I have to give the Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club a good dose of recognition here for putting on such a great event. There were 19 different sites to hunt, and it was very well organized. Descriptions …
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A Detectorist’s Pet Peeve

Pet Peeve:  How annoying is it when people refer to us as “He (or she) is a metal detector?”  Or, “Oh, You’re a metal detector?” Dear rest of the world who do not metal detect: We are Detectorist’s.  We are not the machine, we are the user’s of the machine.  Therefore, Detectorist’s. Listening to someone …
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Nighthawking -vs- Nighthawking

There are two different versions of Nighthawking that I’ve come the be familiar with; the American version, and the UK version: The American version of Nighthawking is loosely defined as metal detecting in the evening or at night. The UK version of Nighthawking is metal detecting at night, for the purpose of plundering sites of …
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The New Detecting Gear Transport Vehicle

Since I ranted on about my troublesome VW problems, I feel it’s only fair that I divulge the outcome of the VW saga. The problem turned out to be the transmission, but thankfully, VW had extended the warranty to 100k on that particular transmission. Fortunately I had not gone over the 100k, but I did come …
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Where did Dick Stout go?

I wrote a bunch of stuff about metal detecting, but Word Press was acting up and screwed up my website, so I haven’t been able to post–Sigh… I lost my subscriber list, and went into panic mode, but with determination and some serious forum/google searching (because you can’t talk to a real person at Word Press), I figured out how to …
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Don’t Buy a VW if you Metal Detect or Not (Part 2) & Skunked at the BONE

Oh, hey–it’s me. Yup, I’m still here. Thanks for all the emails and messages inquiring as to my whereabouts. I could say something smart like “Well, I’ve been out detecting”, but seriously, sometimes life intervenes, and I just can’t find the time to post as often as I would like. You’re probably wondering (or not) …
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