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Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: MT DFX
Date: April 17, 2010 06:18PM
The ground up here in NW Montana thawed early this year and I have been able to start detecting earlier than normal. I have put together this long post to first talk about my finds from the last month, but also to describe metal detecting in this somewhat remote part of the US. Many of the more interesting post I have read in this and other forums have not only showed me interesting finds, but also described the unique aspects of our hobby in different areas. For example, I have been captivated by stories about hunting along the beaches of Florida and California, and the thrill it is to hunt areas in New England where Revolutionary War relics and 300 year old home sites exist, or about finding and exploring Civil War site across the South, or about searching ghost towns and gold sites in the desert southwest. Learning about out these different aspects of this hobby is one of the great things about reading forums.
Any way, NW Montana has its own unique metal detecting character. One of the first things people think about when they think of Montana is cold and snow, but that is far from unique across the northern tier states. What is more unique is the vast empty spaces up here. The state is the fourth largest in terms of territory, but has less than a million people scattered across it. The whole state only has one telephone area code and only sends one member of congress to Washington.
Briefly, Lewis and Clark were almost the first white folks to explore the state in 1804. Gold was discovered in the 1860



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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: jmaryt
Date: April 17, 2010 06:27PM
looks lonely!

(h.h!)
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Re: Thats an encredible spot you have amazing godies so farN/T
Posted by: GunnarMN
Date: April 17, 2010 07:40PM

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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: Davy Jones Locker
Date: April 17, 2010 11:09PM
Your Post was one of the more interesting Iv'e seen in while here nice!

Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: montana.matt
Date: April 18, 2010 05:22AM
Nice story and pics. My wife bought me my first metal detector last Christmas and I look forward to getting out and using it. I already have some old mine sites, where I want to do a little metal detecting, up here in the Lakeside area in mind.

Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: MT DFX
Date: April 18, 2010 03:44PM
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montana.matt
Nice story and pics. My wife bought me my first metal detector last Christmas and I look forward to getting out and using it. I already have some old mine sites, where I want to do a little metal detecting, up here in the Lakeside area in mind.

Matt,
Send me an email through this forum if you ever want a partner on your back country trips. I just live up the road a ways in Kalispell.



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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: montana.matt
Date: April 18, 2010 04:01PM
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montana.matt
Nice story and pics. My wife bought me my first metal detector last Christmas and I look forward to getting out and using it. I already have some old mine sites, where I want to do a little metal detecting, up here in the Lakeside area in mind.

Matt,
Send me an email through this forum if you ever want a partner on your back country trips. I just live up the road a ways in Kalispell.

I checked out your profile, but it says your email is hidden. Mine isn't, so if you want to email me, feel free to. It would be nice to have somebody show me the ropes since I'm brand new to the hobby:lol:

Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: Crocket
Date: April 21, 2010 03:05PM
Real nice post. Wow sounds like Gods country... I loved the pictures also your finds!



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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: rockchairman
Date: August 03, 2010 04:47AM
I really enjoyed your article. In Sept I will have three days to detect. I will just cold knock till someone lets me detect. I hope there a friendly bunch in Great Falls!

Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: XT18000
Date: August 03, 2010 06:15AM
Great Photos and post

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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: Tom_in_CA
Date: August 03, 2010 10:29AM
Good pix. Good blow-by-blow. You're right: your states were amongst the last settled (barring rogue explorer stuff). So to find coins there that pre-date 1860s losses, would be next to impossible. But then again, you might get the good CC mints there :)

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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: montanagold
Date: August 05, 2010 09:58PM
Detecting in Montana is a blast. Great bunch of finds.



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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: Inshadespade
Date: March 03, 2011 02:35PM
Hey I live in big arm and getting into MD'ing around here. Wondering if there is a club up here or is everyone on there own? If ever looking to hunt or share tips email me. Http://abpaintingmontana@gmail.com. Andrew

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Re: Montana Metal Detecting
Posted by: Idaho PRB
Date: March 03, 2011 09:54PM
A very interesting post. I enjoyed reading it very much. The pictures inspire lots of thoughts about lost treasure and the old west. Great material for the imagination and inspiring to get out and detect. Thanks!



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