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I made a new friend a couple of weeks ago.  While detecting in a nearby town a young man walked over to me and started talking.  About ten seconds into the conversation he asked me, “Aren’t you Kentucky Shooter?”

Blew my mind … someone actually watches my videos and reads my stuff.

Anyhow, we made a quick connection and talked about getting together to hunt.  So we finally made some time yesterday morning, right before a big shield of rain moved in.  Leroy247 took me to a spot that he got permission for on a large farm.  It’s an old homeplace settled in the late 1800’s and lived on through the 20th century.  He also has permission to hunt all the farm fields, which is way awesome.

He struck silver first, with a nice Mercury Dime.  And we each dug a sack full of wheaties (he had 9, I had 10) and a little clad.  Two of my Wheats were pretty old, a 1917 and a 1920 … nice and green.  I just happened to get my coil over a merc and two silver Washingtons.  My E-Trac howled over the silver, with a perfect 11-47 on both.  I called them before I dug them, which Leroy247 seemed to enjoy.

Here is a picture of my digs, including a junque ring and dragon pendant (that had me fooled for a second … thought I had found a HUGE chunk of silver), and the top to a “Safety First” condom can from back in the day.  Fun, fun.

12.06.12 Finds

Thanks for reading.  I hope to have the video ready tonight.

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Doesn’t it figure that on Election Day 2012, I find a $ 1,000 in funny money?  How appropriate and prophetic …

Thank goodness that my $1,000 in “Fun Bucks” wasn’t all that I found.

I decided to take Election Day off and do some detecting with my new hunting buddy, Whiskey Delta.  We hit a couple of old school sites.  The first one was a location where a new school was built on the site of an old college.  Not a lot of targets there, but I did make some good finds.

I dug two low-range (VDI in mid-40’s) Indian Heads (1901 & 1906) and a completely toasted Buffalo Nickel.  Which says to me that the area was already cherry-picked for silver years ago and my finds were the result of digging deep, “iffy” targets.”

We covered the ground thoroughly then went around back and cleaned out the playground wood chips before leaving (why not make a little quick gas money, right?).

After a killer lunch at a local barbecue shack we headed out to the country to another old school.  The original part was built in the 20’s or 30’s, but new portions have been added on.  We located a piece of the yard that we hoped to be undisturbed and got at it.

It was a great spot.  When all was said and done we each had a sack full of pennies and nickels from the 40’s and 50’s.  (I dug 6 wheats myself.)  And we each got on silver!

Whiskey Delta struck silver first with a 1944-S War Nickel.  I followed with four silvers … a merc, a Rosie, and another two War Nickels!  We were a bit stumped by the concentration of War Nickels in such a small area.  But no complaints here!

So I ended the day my silvers and old pennies, a $1000 bill, and about $3 in clad.  And I had a blast!  It was great just to take a day off and dig with a friend.  Here’s a picture.

Finds from Election Day 2012

Thanks for reading.  HH.