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« on: July 29, 2009, 09:06:25 pm »
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To begin with, I have not ever searched my property.  It is filled with 270 acres of pure wilderness and brush, trees, and you name it.  Problem is, I have been trying to get history on my area specifically.  Unfortunately, I don't know if it is because that the people that made homesteads out here were never documented or what.  But, I cannot find a Platt map or anything. 

What I was wondering is, if it would be worth it to metal detect in the woods.  I have read that you can find old coins that way.  I would consider myself lucky to find a coin, since there isn't that much people out here, and never had been.

Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 09:32:10 pm »
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I would say, just go out there and give her a try.

You just never know. If there is a high place along
that stream, you will probably find arrow heads.

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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009, 10:57:27 pm »
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To begin with, I have not ever searched my property.  It is filled with 270 acres of pure wilderness and brush, trees, and you name it.  Problem is, I have been trying to get history on my area specifically.  Unfortunately, I don't know if it is because that the people that made homesteads out here were never documented or what.  But, I cannot find a Platt map or anything. 

What I was wondering is, if it would be worth it to metal detect in the woods.  I have read that you can find old coins that way.  I would consider myself lucky to find a coin, since there isn't that much people out here, and never had been.

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Hello Metal Inspector . Maps are nice but what is important is how far back does the land's history go , like when was it first settled 1750 or 1850 or 1950 . If it is 1750 or 1850 then search the land , try to see if there are any old buildings or foundations . Or look for old Oak trees that might have been used for family picnics where the coins fell out of their pockets . The older the property the better the Metal Detecting and watch out for Bears !!  Best of Luck.........Regards........Eugene

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009, 11:14:37 pm »
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Yes, even though there is no history on it, apart from probably looking at our land history like you said Eugene52.  A elderly fellow said that his parents lived in a house in our front yard, and then he did and now we have it.

I have always thought about searching our places.  I know that I would find some rifle shells, because of deer hunting.  There is a thing called 'Devil's lane' that goes through our property.  If anyone knows what that is, it is an old and unused road that was used by the public.  Even though we own the land, our neighbors own it on the other side, but there is land in between our boundary and our neighbors that is still owned by the county.  No one owns it but the county, and no one can buy that land. 

Those roads were often made back in the 1800s.  Nowadays, people actually have feuds over these roads, and some lead to death.  It is too long of a story to talk about, so I hope you know what these things are.  That, or look them up.

I will look out for them black bears!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009, 03:42:03 am »
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metal_inspector;

It sounds like a challenge!

Does it snow much, there?

Here, we get up to 20 inches, over the winter, that actually stays on, so when spring comes, every weed is dead and flat. This time, just after the snow goes, and the surface is thawed, is good for spotting depressions and for swinging a locator without it tangling in the weeds.

By May, everything is rank green growth and hard to get through, with a locator... unless you use a very small coil. Still, it tangles.

I would say, do some eyeballing, make some sketches or photos.... that road sounds great and the county chunk, too... sounds like an adventure!

Black bears; get a little dog to go with you, like a fox terrier type, they can put the run on a black bear, other than that, try bear spray, which I dont trust, it can backfire with some bears.

Black bear will pretty well leave you alone, unless food is scarce, they are just about as wary of you as you are of them. i have only heard of about 3 instances of black bear attacks, and they were in Ontario, where there is a moratorium on killing black bear:- too many bears, not enough territory for a territorial animal.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009, 02:02:53 pm »
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Thanks for the suggestions guys.

The land around my area was settled in 1832, so I suppose that something could be out there. 

goldigger;

We do not get as much snow as you do where you live.  But, sometimes we do get a lot of snow. Maybe up to 9-10 inches. 

Black bears are not too common around here.  But, there has been some sightings of black bears and cougars or pumas.  I am buying a pistol for personal protection, so that should be good enough.



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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2009, 02:21:35 pm »
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Hello Metal_inspector . If it goes back to 1832 the odds are very good in your favor that you will find some valuable Targets !!! The chances are also good due to remoteness , property size and population that you might also be the first one ever to Metal Detect on the properties out there . So Double the odds !! Keep us posted.
HH and Best of Luck ..............Eugene

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2009, 02:22:06 pm »
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Here is where research skills can really pay off. Missouri is an old state having been a territory for a long time. Settlement started in the land grant days so the Federal Government land grant records at the Library of Congress will be of enormous help to you. Try this link for starters. Unfortunately I had to use a TinyURL to post the link because the original had special characters in it that broke up in this editor. It is a safe URL at the Library of Congress for those who worry about such things.

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And THIS is one of my favorites. The free, downloadable books are HUGE so be sure you have a good place to store them.

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Now just remember this old GoldDigger1950 when you find that iron pot of gold coins. Okay? I just love the St Gaudens $20.00 coin. So pretty. My little precious . . .

Ahem. Sorry. Got lost in the moment. Good luck, mate!

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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2009, 10:26:59 am »
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Metal inspector,

Hello,  I hunt the woods here in N.M. about 90% of the time and have found some neat stuff form the 1800s.  This is my favorite place to hunt.  I have run into Elk, Deer, Rattle snakes and recently quite a few huge Collard lizards.  The scenery can't be beat!  I hunt in the snow too, even though its a bit more challenging.  One snowy hunt my grandson found a metal arrowhead.  You just never know.  Don't let the snow stop ya.  It is worth it to detect in the woods!

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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2009, 06:05:21 pm »
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Ironman;

Looks like nice locating conditions, wish I could say the same here... and snow... our first snow always disappears but it can be 4 to 8 inches deep, one year it was 20 inches and never went til spring... brrrr, I would rather wait til it melts! Im chicken.

I am NEVER picky about the spelling of others, but you got one that kind of made me giggle.....
/collard lizzards/ Well, collards are greens, a veggy, and I had this picture of munching on a collared lizzard..... no thank you. H e might not taste so good. He might even bite back! Welcome

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