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9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: ronfin
Date: April 10, 2012 11:06PM
Took my 9 y/o daughter out this afternoon for her first official hunt. The first time she came with me it was to watch, and since it was cold out she didn't last more than 30 minutes. My over/under on her today and using her MD was about 30 minutes until she gave up, and I was almost right.

So I take her to a lot that's been producing pretty well for me lately. It used to have a carnival on it at the turn of the century, so I was optimistic about finding older coins. Last night on my way out I found a Mercury dime, so hopefully today we could find some more.

Thirty minutes into her hunt she got frustrated and gave-up. She had dug about 4 twist caps, and then had my pin-pointer on for about an hour chasing phantom signals. I could tell she didn't like this hobby at all. Not as fun as she thought it was gonna be. I told her that it's not swing and find every time, that it takes a lot of hours to find good stuff, and digging a lot of trash is what usually happens with good finds here and there. Try telling that to a 9 y/o. All they care about is "I have a MD, and now I will find buried treasure in a few minutes." So, she quit hunting and went to climb a tree while I picked a lot of trash, a little clad, and found a few Wheats. As the sun was setting I told her it was time to start heading to the Jeep. I made a B-Line right for the spot I found the Merc last night, and since she was way ahead of me and wanting nothing more than to leave, I told her to stop and turn the 3300 back on and search the spot she was standing. It was right where I found the Merc last night. As I'm getting closer I hear these words "Dad, I found 'one'..." One? One what? I walk up and she's digging a little hole with grandma's garden tool, and out pops a shiny dime. Now it's dark, the hole is about the length of my index finger, and I'm thinking "Nice, her first coin is a clad dime." I squint in the dark and turn my iPhone light on, and think it looks like a 2000, but then I see '60 on the end and can't believe it. I think I literally said "No freaking way this is a 1960 Rosie" out-loud. Upon further squinting, it's a 1960 Rosie. Are you Efing kidding me?! My 9 y/o finds her first coin ever, and it's a silver dime?! I went about a month of finding pennies before I even found my first clad dime! ugh. As I'm standing there in bewilderment, I didn't notice that she had walked away and started swinging afew feet from me, until I heard her say "Dad, found another 'ONE'..." No freaking way. Another silver Rosie? Oh no, that would be fine, but she pops out a 1943 Merc! Her second coin ever, and her second silver! ugh. I hadn't even filled in the first hole yet for her since I let her walk away from it, and she finds another "ONE". So here I am with my $1200 ETRAC and a little pocket of clad and trash, and my smiling daughter has two silver dimes in her hand with her $200 Bounty Hunter 3300 like that's how it's done. Emasculated by my little girl. lol Un***believable. This is why metal detecting is for anyone, with any machine. You never know. I just had my top-of-line ETRAC crushed by a BH3300 and a 9 y/o. I need a beer, and a few days away from hunting now. haha

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:laughing: "Dad, I found ONE!" ugh


Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: E-TREC-Virginia
Date: April 10, 2012 11:24PM
Congrats to the little one. Maybe she'll be hooked now like the rest of us.



HH

Steve - Northern Virginia

Detectors: Minelab Excalibur II w/ Plugger Two Piece Travel Shaft and Knob Guard
Minelab E-Trac w/ Sun Ray Probe, Pro-Tector Rain Jacket, Pro-Tector Padded E-Trac Cover, Swingy Thingy Harness
Garrett Infinium LS w/ Plugger Two Piece Travel Shaft

Accessories: Predator Tools Model 75 Digging Tool, Predator Tools Model 85 Digging Tool, Predator Tools Raven Model 25 Shovel, Sunspot Stealth 6.5 Classic Beach Scoop, RTG Beachmaster Water Scoop, Pro Beach & Water Hunting Pouch, Sun Ray Deluxe Treasure Pouch, Sun Ray Pro Gold Headphones, Garrett Waterproof Headphones, Garrett Pro-Pointer, Sun Ray Coin Popper, Minelab Detector Carry Bag

Excal II Coils: Stock 10"

E-Trac Coils: 6" DD EXcelerator EQ 2 Pro, Sun Ray Stealth X-8, 12x10" SEF (Butterfly), 15x12" SEF (Butterfly)

Infinium Coils: Garrett 10 x 14 DD, Garrett 8" Mono

Oldest Coins Found - 1816 Coronet Large One Cent (Matron Head), 1834 Bust Dime, 1847 Seated Half Dime

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Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: banditicey
Date: April 10, 2012 11:35PM
Like Father Like Daughter

Major Congrats to Both of You:clapping:

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Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: pghmole
Date: April 11, 2012 12:20AM
Haha my kid did it to me the other day with our Deus and I missed it with the E trac,by a couple feet,I'm just happy he got his first silver!



Ctx 3030, 2 E tracs,Deus
2014:Silver coins 56 :Large coppers 8, : oldest coin 2014, 1773 Virginia copper

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Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: ronfin
Date: April 11, 2012 12:45AM
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pghmole
Haha my kid did it to me the other day with our Deus and I missed it with the E trac,by a couple feet,I'm just happy he got his first silver!

Glad I'm not the only one! :thumbup:

Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: ironman200081
Date: April 11, 2012 08:03AM
LOL! I hope to share the hobby with my girls when they get older. Thanks for sharing the story.

By the way, I am letting my friend borrow my BH3300 to get him into the hobby. His folks have an old schoolhouse on their land. We hit it last week, and he pulled a Barber half to go along with the Merc and 1884 Indian he found the day before. I found only a 1907 Indian and a 1911 Wheat. Just goes to show, sometimes those $200 detectors can dredge up good finds.



Bryan in Missouri
"ironman200081" on Youtube
www.midmolawyer.com

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Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: earthmansurfer
Date: April 12, 2012 12:55PM
ehhehe, great story. My daughter is almost 5 and she wants to go with me but I think she is not ready at all, glad I read your story. I just have the E-Trac and hope to get something lighter to let her use a little teeny bit. LOL

Great job and nice finds (pass that on to her! ehehe)

EMS



Signum 7272M
Detector - E-Trac
Pro-Pointer w/ Sidekick (supertuner)
Lesche Knife

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering."
Yoda

Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: ds6191
Date: April 13, 2012 10:31AM
Great story, My son has got the best of me the last 2 times out.:surrender: His machine is a cheaper Bounty Hunter. :clapping:. It's fun to detect with the family. Dan

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Re: 9 y/o with a BH3300 vs 41 y/o and an ETRAC. Who won?
Posted by: nge
Date: April 15, 2012 06:09AM
I smell another Etrac in the mail. Kudo's to the young whippsnapper, sometimes they'll do that to you:clapping:. I have no kids, but have introduced many others to the fine art of dirt fishing, and they also know how to retrieve their targets properly.....NGE



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