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« on: October 11, 2009, 03:36:04 pm »
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My buddies and I had to drive around a bit today to get permission to hunt. We finally got permssion at a field that my friends have hunted alot in past years. The farmer had just planted wheat seed and said it was ok to hunt it today because once it's sprouts we're done for hunting there. Within the first five minutes I got the draped bust cent. Needless to say we were pretty excited, but in the back of my mind I was thinking kiss of death. Only other real keeper for me was a flat button with a full shank. Only one other coin was found a 1933 wheatie. Stayed almost 3 hours. As we detected our way back to the car a policeman pulled up. Turns out he's a relic hunter himself. We had a nice chat and exchanged emails and may be getting together to hunt soon. It was a welcomed change to getting berated about being on private property when we always have permission anyway.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009, 04:56:40 pm »
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Wow, that is a beaut in my eyes.  I have only found one, 1856.  That, too, was found in a farmers field, and to be exact, our field. 

The boondocks offer a lot of unsearched places, along with stashed treasures by the old farmers.  Way to go!! Cheesy Wink

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009, 05:14:46 pm »
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great find way to go!!


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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009, 08:27:19 pm »
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Nice finds,I'll have to go and ask some farmers
if I can MD on their land. Detecting I've just done local parks,
hope to see more of your finds
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2009, 08:50:33 pm »
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Nice find, never found one yet have to check out some more farm fields no that the corn is cut....DW

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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 03:40:49 pm »
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Nice find, never found one yet have to check out some more farm fields no that the corn is cut....DW


Dan, just a note for you here on farmer's fields. The reason some fields produce and others don't is because some fields have always been nothing more than fields worked by the farmers or their field hands. Of course, they may have dropped something but finding lost items is a numbers game. If a park, for example, sees 1000 or more visitors a day and only 1% of them suffer a loss of even one item, that means 10 items per day were lost making the annual loss close to 3,000 items. One farmer and three field hands means far less. The more who use an area, the more the losses.

Now, imagine a farmer's field that was a long ago place for settlers cabins, a small feed store or a local race track. Perhaps 200 people a year would visit those places and did so for 50 years or more before they were knocked down for crop fields. That could mean up to 100 items lost over that field area versus only a couple on a field that was always just a field. Double that amount for longer use or more activity. Some fields are plowed over battlegrounds. Some over places where fairs or celebrations were held. Some are old church grounds. Only research will tell.

I recommend that you begin by studying local history a bit before you leap out and knock on a farmer's door. In some places, a field is flooded every year and silt is deposited which enriches the soil. Over the centuries, that silt puts any relics out of reach. Start your research from the opposite direction that you are thinking from right now. Begin by searching the local historical society records for land use from 200 years ago and move forward in time to what is there now. I once located the seat of government for a small village from 1640. The township had been moved to its current site in 1890 where it developed. My find was accidental and helped the local historical society to rewrite the history of the township by filling in the blanks from records prior to 1890 that described things that didn't quite fit.

I found hundreds of articles, a few of which I kept and most of which went to the local historical society. The land itself is now know for what it was and is being preserved as it is cleared. I believe the local historical society was granted the land to use the old foundations to erect buildings for archiving of records and a small museum.

So before you simply stride out into a farmer's field - even with permission - find out if you are simply looking for things lost by the workers there or things lost centuries ago by previous occupants. It will make a huge difference in what you find.

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 07:17:30 pm »
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Great tips,and advice for all ,Thanks.
Time to dig out the towns history books Great.


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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2009, 01:07:54 am »
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now tahts an awesome find even if it was the kiss of death i would be happy

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