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First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: January 16, 2018 10:04PM
Warmed up a little last Sunday to get in a hunt. I went back to an old school spot that’s now the yard of a newer home. Took a little time catching up with the owner of the place and was told to have fun and good luck. I’ve only hunted here once before and found two Barber dimes and two Rosies along with a bunch of wheaties. I was told two guys used to hunt the place years ago with permission from the previous owner. So I headed to the back of the property where it would be perfect to play ball. I started to find wheaties right away and the signals are spread way out but the area is very clean. When you do get a signal it’s normally deep and it gets your hopes of something old. After about an hour of digging a few wheats and having the anticipation and thoughts of silver, I got a great quarter signal down deep on the Etrac. I dug a nice wide deep plug and the signal was still down in the hole. I took out a few more scoops of dirt and saw a flash of silver. I was very happy to see my first silver of the new year is a nice SLQ! Such a beautiful coin to dig. I took a few pics and got back to it as it was getting dark and colder very quickly. I found a Rosie, a few more wheats, a neat old pocket knife, along with a couple of old bullet casings that are military issue 30-06. I got another high tone and dug down to see a large eagle in the hole. Pretty excited to see a beautiful US Army Officer’s hat pin. There were maneuvers and training in our area before WWII. It’s said that the terrain is very similar to what’s in Germany. Another great part of history we have right here in our backyard. Not 100% sure that’s how these pieces were lost because I know kids got a hold of these type of items and took them to play army and war.

This past week we had a couple of days in the 60’s and I stopped after work to hunt around where I found the CW buckles and spur. I worked one small area super slow and lucked up on ten more bullets and an eagle button that crumbled apart on me. I also found a huge shell that turns out to be a 4 gauge shotgun shell headstamp. These were used on a boat and shot out of a large punt gun. Commercial hunters would float around a bend in the river and just blast huge flocks of birds sitting on the water. A bad way to treat these birds and this type of hunting was outlawed by 1900. That’s a 12ga headstamp next to it in the photo to give you an idea of it’s size. It’s back to snow and cold here but suppose to be back in the 60’s for the weekend. Sure hope spring gets here soon for us all. HH-David









Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/16/2018 10:11PM by Sooper Dave.


Nice finds..
Posted by: Chris(SoCenWI)
Date: January 17, 2018 09:26AM
Sooper Dave,

Where are you located where you can dig this time of year? I'm wondering if I've tossed a big shotgun casing or two not knowing what it was. Neat write up.

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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: Elton
Date: January 17, 2018 10:34AM
Nice finds Dave .........



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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: cz70pro
Date: January 17, 2018 10:56AM
Awesome finds Dave! That is a lot of lead for one hunt. That little spot you have has been epic! Very cool head stamp, I've not found one of those before. The SLQ and hat pin are great as well. I am under 4 inches of snow right now on the East side of the state but it is supposed to melt tomorrow.. Be back out there Saturday digging away! GL HH

Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: diggervance
Date: January 17, 2018 04:26PM
Hey Dave
What a great start to the year. I hope this is the beginning of a great year.
DV
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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: E-Trac-Ohio
Date: January 18, 2018 06:13AM
A great way to start the new year Dave - congrats !



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Re: Nice finds..
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: January 18, 2018 10:36AM
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Chris(SoCenWI)
Sooper Dave,

Where are you located where you can dig this time of year? I'm wondering if I've tossed a big shotgun casing or two not knowing what it was. Neat write up.

Hey Chris I'm in TN. We have been covered in snow and ice for the last few days but it's suppose to be back in the 60's this weekend.

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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: January 18, 2018 10:36AM
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Elton
Nice finds Dave .........

Thanks Elton

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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: January 18, 2018 10:37AM
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cz70pro
Awesome finds Dave! That is a lot of lead for one hunt. That little spot you have has been epic! Very cool head stamp, I've not found one of those before. The SLQ and hat pin are great as well. I am under 4 inches of snow right now on the East side of the state but it is supposed to melt tomorrow.. Be back out there Saturday digging away! GL HH

Yeah I'm ready for this snow to be gone too. I'm glad to see the warmer weather coming back through to get rid of this mess. Good luck to ya!

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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: January 18, 2018 10:38AM
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diggervance
Hey Dave
What a great start to the year. I hope this is the beginning of a great year.
DV
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Thanks DV!

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Re: First Hunts Of The New Year: Civil War, Silver And WWII
Posted by: Sooper Dave
Date: January 18, 2018 10:38AM
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E-TRAC-OHIO
A great way to start the new year Dave - congrats !

Thanks Mark!

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