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A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: August 29, 2017 08:13PM
Got an early start today at the local zoo that I've been hunting on and off for the last 18 years. There's an area that was dirt and gravel that I've avoided for the last 3 years because it's near the entrance and hard as concrete. Well, last Sunday I decided to hit it and I'm glad I did, Sunday I found 8 wheats, 4 on or near the surface and a rosie just barely under the dirt. Today paid off even better I decided to hunt in the opposite direction from Sundays hunt, within 30 minutes I had 2 more wheats, but, these guys were deep 7-8" range. On my 3rd pass I get a solid hit 12-47 perfect tone and the target trace was lighting up in the coin range, repeatable signal both ways, open the screen, no low iron tones, rock steady numbers. I was running the CTX, fast on, deep on, manual sens at 22, target trace and ground coin with half the screen open. After digging down to about 7" in rock hard dirt, I ran the coil about 3" about the ground, still hitting good, pinpoint trace still hitting in the coin range. I stick my Periscope in the hole and make contact at 10", loosen the dirt and pop another plug and that's when I saw it.... Big Silver baby!!! Black as usual, but beautiful, I could have stopped right there and been happy as a camper. Within the next few passes, a couple more wheats and then another 12-47 hit, shallow less than an inch out comes a 1962 silver quarter oh yeah, life is good!! Another pass and bam a screamer of a hit, I'm thinking can, I start chiseling the rocks away and 4" down I hit a Samson Eight Lever brass lock, man, I'm stoked now, gotta keep going. I'm on my next to the last pass and I get a 12-34 hit, I'm expecting a pulltab or an aluminum screw top, I about fell over when a token comes to the light. Good for 5 cent in trade from Wm Goldbaum Oceanside Cal. I finished up the area and moved to the grass spots to finish up the day, I hit a junk ring and a religious token with several scriptures on it and 3 more deep wheats. I hunted for about 5 hours and was beat but very satisfied with the outcome. I'll be going back to the dirt with the 6" coil and open the screen up looking for some jewelry and nickle signals.




Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: August 29, 2017 08:52PM
Hey Dan! Go do that again! And again! And again! What a hunt eh? I LOVE(for some weird reason I don't really know) old locks! The more ornate and strange looking the better...
What zoo was this? Defunct now I assume...was it in operation in the early 1900s or earlier? What a continuing GREAT place for unlimited possibilities!
THATS how you make the CTX do what it do,congrats on a fantastic day!!

Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: August 29, 2017 09:09PM
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IDXMonster
Hey Dan! Go do that again! And again! And again! What a hunt eh? I LOVE(for some weird reason I don't really know) old locks! The more ornate and strange looking the better...
What zoo was this? Defunct now I assume...was it in operation in the early 1900s or earlier? What a continuing GREAT place for unlimited possibilities!
THATS how you make the CTX do what it do,congrats on a fantastic day!!



Thanks IDX, the zoo is still in operation, it's the oldest zoo in the southwest. The train depot was right across the street next to the old motel, this was the thing to see if you were coming from El Paso on your way to Cloudcroft NM in the day. It was founded in 1898 when the town was founded, not much went on otherwise here until the Air Force opened Holloman AFB in the 40's The sad thing is I've dug wheats and silver from 9-10" here but could only managed to hit the late 30's to 50's :thumbdown: from looking at old photos, looks like fill was brought in at some point.

Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: sube
Date: August 29, 2017 09:50PM
It's like a new old spot pays to cover ground that looks like crap because it looks like crap to the next guy great hunt Dan . sube

Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: August 29, 2017 09:59PM
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It's like a new old spot pays to cover ground that looks like crap because it looks like crap to the next guy great hunt Dan . sube

For now....I have the whole place to myself, well, maybe not anymore :blink:

Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: August 29, 2017 10:30PM
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It's like a new old spot pays to cover ground that looks like crap because it looks like crap to the next guy great hunt Dan . sube

For now....I have the whole place to myself, well, maybe not anymore :blink:

:lol: Sube and I live way too far away to be hawking your zoo Dan,but there's always other eyes watching...maybe best to keep it on the DL..:wink:

Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: laplander
Date: September 01, 2017 07:47AM
Killer hunt Dan!! It takes a lot of persistence to keep going back but it's paying off big time :thumbup:

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Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: GKMan
Date: September 01, 2017 02:18PM
Battling that hard ground sure paid off! Good for you!



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Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: CT Todd
Date: September 06, 2017 02:15PM
The Tokens are very cool. Go back get some more.



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Started in 97, Fav Coin 1774 2 Reales, Oldest Coin 1st Century Roman Silver

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Good grief man! You hit the jackpot! Saweet!N/T
Posted by: Tony N (Michigan)
Date: September 07, 2017 05:04PM

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Re: A few finds form the old zoo.
Posted by: mcb613
Date: September 17, 2017 06:52AM
OMG Dan, sorry to see your soil is so hard on silver. Maybe its all that Elephant urine that has the ground so caustic???

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