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My first couple of hunts.

Snowstorms drive me nuts.

It's mid-April, Mother Nature! Why do you torture us New Brunswickers so?

I managed to get out and do some detecting a couple of times this week before the snow hit. It's been a decent, but messy start.

I saved three large cents (1800's Victoria New Brunswick -- year unknown, a 1911 King George penny and another toasted copper...)  I'll post them after I clean them up a bit. I am sticking one in a potato for a couple of days.

Even though the value of those coins plunges once they've hit the soil, I still love finding them.

I hit an abandoned house along the coast and I also detected at a friend's place. He lives on 200 year old farm land.

What a sick view.

I found this interesting key in his yard. It looks like something out of the late 18th century.

He was so excited by it that I let him keep it.

Plenty of junk and clad was found. I also found a musketball and plenty of bullets, two of which were lead (4 ringers).

I also found this interesting buckle. It had a silver front and a brass clasp. It doesn't feel heavy enough to be pure silver. It's probably plated over bronze.

Here's a couple of the buttons, a crotal bell and another buckle.

The season begins.


Spring time detecting -- after the final thaw

Ask any farmer and they'll tell you that the freezing/thawing process (the same one that gives us those lovely potholes) brings rocks up to the surface.

If it will bring up rocks, it will bring up coins.

Always go back to fields you have hunted after the thaw and metal detect them, even if you have hunted the place to death. I guarantee you'll find something extra.

I can't prove it right now... I will in the spring.

UPDATE: I went back to a well hunted field and I found squat. We found 60 silver coins there last fall, tokens, large cents and more.

We found NOTHING over the course of two hours! Nothing but nails, chasing deep signals.

I take back what I said up top... for the time being.


The importance of using a grid when metal detecting

Let's face it. We're not always perfect when swinging our coils.

Metal detecting isn't always fruitful or easy, so when we start finding some really old coins or fantastic relics, it is time to buckle down and grid the area.

You don't have to turn into an archaeologist and go nuts with your grid, but you do have to establish four corners. When you're out hunting, I suggest carrying a few golf tees with you. Golf tees work great when making a grid in a park like setting with short grass.

If you're out in the woods, something a little longer like small home made flags do the trick.

Try and keep the metal detecting grid relatively small. You really want to go over it with a fine toothed comb. (You don't want one the size of a football field)

Keep that coil low and swing it slow. Don't be afraid to go after those iffy, deep targets when grid hunting. If it is a junky area and you're finding good targets, try and get rid of that top layer of junk. The good targets aren't going to go anywhere, but if you lose focus and patience, you may just miss out by walking away.



What does deep silver sound like on the E-Trac?

This video helped me out quite a bit when I first started using the E-Trac.

I went out to the backyard and did my own test site after watching Chicago Ron give us a comparison. After a few hours of hearing what they sound like at that depth, you gain quite a bit more confidence when you're out in the field.

The E-Trac remains one of the top tone detectors on deep coins. Your VDI may be going all over the place after 8 inches, but if that sweet high tone is in there, you have to give it a dig.

Keep an eye on that auto sensitivity meter. Don't run it too hot if you're on manual unless the ground is neutral and fairly clean. I tend to stay +1 or +2  above what the Auto +3 would be, and that works great in most areas. If the ground isn't mineralized and auto-sensitivity is high, I'll leave it in auto +3.

On the deep ones, sometimes the ferrous number comes up as one, with a high conduct number. I always dig these, and I have found some deep coins (and plenty of nails...) in doing so.

Good luck out there. When in doubt, dig it!


The Sunray X-5 is on it's way

I finally bit the bullet and ordered myself a small coil for the E-Trac.

Sunray X-5


There are a few iron ridden sites where I have found some shallow oldies. One in particular has been driving me mad. The chatter is just too much with my 11" coil. Two tone ferrous helped me haul out a few extra coins, but I know that more are left there. My hunting buddy also picked up a 6" coil for his CTX 3030. We'll be ready to rock once the ground thaws.

This baby should increase my success rate in those junky areas. I bought an extra lower rod to make switching around the coils piece of cake.

I have heard stories of people finding coins at 8" with this little guy. I'll believe it when I see it with my own eyes. I'll be happy with 6".


It's time for a transition.

Over the past few years, my love for coin shooting and relic hunting has conquered what little bit of prospector I had in me.

I had very little success last summer with my claims. I had a graphite claim that ended up yielding low grade material. Another had some interesting results, but nothing good enough to option. Half of the claim was a damn swamp. It was just another kick in the nuts, for lack of better words. I also missed out on my prospecting grant... which kept me from doing plenty of that general prospecting that I love. (Testing isn't cheap!)

We have another claim that was surrounded by a company. They sit there and advertise their new claim in their press releases while ours is included in their maps without any mention. Some of their best test results come perilously close to our claim blocks.

It's a load of bullshit. Anyway...

Starting this spring, I'll be posting a lot more about metal detecting. My hunting buddy and I should have many interesting finds for you to see and discuss.

For those of you who are into detecting -- we plan on posting some live hunt videos for the Minelab E-trac and the CTX-3030.

I do still plan on keeping my eyes open when I'm out in the woods. If I do come across any interesting rocks or outcrops, I will post them.

 Happy hunting, folks.


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