I've not gotten to hunt much lately.. But a buddy called and took me to an old spot he had. We didn't find much do to the trash and ground. It seemed every swing was loaded with trash. Luckily I had the XP Deus..
I headed to a area of open area that what I thought was pre 1900. Now the area had been pounded by other hunters in the past. After hunting for about 2 hours a marker was found dating it to the 1930's so I left.
Well it's a new year. 2013 was a slow year for me. I didn't get to cover the ground like I did in the past. I am hoping to change that this year. The last day of 2013 I hunted in Ardmore, Oklahoma with the XP Deus and found several wheats, a few relics, and one last silver, a 1934 Washington quarter.
Have you ever had one of those spots that no matter what machine you take you still seem to find something that makes you want to come back? Well this is one of those spots.
With the few days of winter weather, I've had time to put together an XP Deus. This video is from a couple of hunts within the last couple of days.. Hope you enjoy...
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This is from a recent hunt where I found a semi-key date buffalo nickel and a scarce Jeweler's Token.. Hope you enjoy.. will be announcing a giveaway in the next few days on YouTube, plus a review on a new tool to help carry those heavy detectors, and finally another hunting video where Bart(with Bigboyshobbies) got out and hunted...
I have updated information on this story. New info is in red.. Evan
Recently I have hunted heavily with the CTX, and have really been wanting to take out the Xp Deus. I went back to a spot that I had hunted part of for the last couple of month. Here is what I know abou the property and the home that sat there.
I had to run to town to pickup a few things and the bug was biting me. I had the Deus in the back seat so I looked for a spot to hit. I went over to a house that was built in 1897, unfortunately it burned down around 8 years ago. I had skipped over this spot because of all the old pipes and junk metal left there on the ground.
Most of the targets were either near the surface or under 5 inches.
Here is a list of the finds as they came.. lol sorry nothing exciting.. just a quick hunt.
Today I returned. I have several key spots from the last year that has really produced quite a few buttons for Oklahoma. My first couple of targets were 2 of the 10-four hole shirt buttons found today.
One hole in particular that I dug, had the 4 hole undergarment button, a small rusty buckle, and the first Eagle cuff button of the day.
I stayed on a creek bank and worked my way north and kept finding the 4 holed shirt buttons. One spot in particular, the grapevine branches were running along the ground and I actually got a mid to high 60′s signal just below them. When I first started digging it, I had no idea of what was about to show. This is a first for me. A US rosette. It is the size of a US Half Dollar. Probably off of some horse tack or leather works.
Not finding anymore smaller military relics, I headed to an adjacent spot. The first target I dug, was this partially gilted Star button. I asked a button expert and he advised this was a Golden Age button common to the 1830′s. Which happens to be the time frame for this particular site.
The backmark is almost unreadable, the only thing I can make out is “E?TR” EXTRA? Unknown maker.
Immediately next to this button was another cuff button. The shank was missing. It has a backmark, but I am unable to tell what it says.
I continued on down a animal trail finding small pieces of lead, including several large caliber round balls and a few pistol rounds. The final target of the day was one more Eagle button. This is also a cuff button. “I” Infantry Eagle.
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After finding the I Eagle the day before, I was ready to get back to see what else the Deus would find my site. I spent a good 2 hours trying to find the exact spot that had produced the Eagle and the “7″. After finally finding the spot I only had about and hour and a half left of good light. I started finding the familiar smashed lead and pieces of low conductive metal that I was looking for.. First target was this very old UMC “Star” shotgun casing.
Immediately after that I received a 75-78, but was faint.. I had dropped off into a creek and was hoping it wasn’t trash..I was shocked to see this tiny cuff button…
This what most of the buttons look like that I find here. I can’t explain the color or patina of them. That is why I was so excited from the previous hunt in finding a button with a some of the original gilt still remaining.
After scanning the sides of the creek I moved back up on the site and got a very thready 58-64 signal. After kicking off the top layer of leaves and dirt, the signal cleaned up to a sold 62.
I started back towards one of my original spots that had produced before I got a high 94-95 and I was thinking Eagle. I couldn’t get the hole dug fast enough. I am almost certain that I found a button just like this last year. I went through my photos and post’s, but couldn’t find it.
The button is flat and the diameter of a US Quarter. There is no apparent backmark and the shank is missing. If anybody recognizes it please comment or email me.
A few feet further I got a 54-58 signal and it was loud so I wasn’t sure it would be worth digging.. glad I did.
I found a whole one of these about 20 yards from this one last fall. Here is what a complete set looks like. (photo from a general google search)
On my return trips I will be concentrating on trying to find more of these.
It started getting dark and I was digging several pieces of lead. Some were smashed flat and I was about to give up, when I got a solid 58. My second Eagle of the day.. I brushed a little of the dirt off of it and saw what I thought might have been a gilt…
This is another variation that I haven’t found.
It is a general service button. After cleaning it I realized it too had some of the remaining gilt.
On this button the photo doesn’t show it, the light tan color is actually gilt and is shiny in the light. I couldn’t get my camera to pick it up.
The backmark is one I hadn’t found before. HORSTMAN NYC.
I am amazed at the finds that are still coming from this site. I am already ready for a return trip.
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