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  1. #1
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    How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Hello,
    I got my Garrett Ace 350 last week and had an idea of where I could hunt before hand but nothing to interesting.
    I curious as to how you all find your locations that end up being honey holes. Old maps? Old homesteads? Just luck?
    Thanks
    Nate

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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    All of the above. I've found that one place usually leads to another. You'll be surprised once you get your foot in the door. After a couple of years, everyone in the neighborhood knows who the Geiger counter person is and it makes permission easier to gain...provided you've been a good steward on others property.

    Nana

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    Mar 2011
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Old photos and google maps. Big trees that were clearly planted by humans ie: like when theres 10 giant trees perfectly spaced out by 30 feet and all in a row with no other trees around.
    your areas oldest churches, schools, banks, taverns, fairgrounds, railroad stations, factories converted into something else like condos or apts, military bases (if you can talk your way into one). Can go on for days with this topic.
    Sometimes you have to go off the beaten path though.
    hope this helps.

  4. #4
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    The big trees thing is a dead givaway in my area. The place is so void of trees that any trees in the area attracted people.

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    Nov 2009
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    what i recommend before hunting schools,parks,and so on is to check with the city and county laws...alot of parks forbid hunting with metal detctors..but, people think they are too cute and go anyway..i know here in miami,florida a dude got his minelab confiscated by the police and arrested for a misd. of the 2nd degree for hunting a park...so, do it the right way..get permission first..

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    Dec 2006
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    We have old Atlases from the 1860s and 1870s for our area that show all roads and all buildings clearly marked. Many times even with the owners name of the era. Using Google Earth "in the field" you can overlay the maps. Its literally a treasure map. When I started doing this 20 years ago we didn't have Google Earth and had to use the Rand McNally atlases for overlaying. What is amazing is that the roads are almost exactly the same as they were 150 years ago. So, when you find a house site along the road side in a farm field all you need is permission from the farmer. Then walk the field looking for bits of brick, shell and pottery. Ideally you'll find the site on a hill, near a creek or river. When you find this debris evidence and depending on the age of it (you'll soon figure out what salt glaze is), you'll find yourself in a mad scramble for the metal detectors "on" switch. Remember that any home that was around in the 1860s or 1870s could have easily been more than 100 years old at the time the atlases were made.

    In our area the old roads were once Indian trails. Many of these old trails were created by deer or other wildlife. Meaning these main roads could be thousands of years old.

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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Quote Originally Posted by hurricane dale
    what i recommend before hunting schools,parks,and so on is to check with the city and county laws...alot of parks forbid hunting with metal detctors..but, people think they are too cute and go anyway..i know here in miami,florida a dude got his minelab confiscated by the police and arrested for a misd. of the 2nd degree for hunting a park...so, do it the right way..get permission first..
    It would be interesting to know the full story behind this, because in 30 years of hunting I have been
    places I should not have been, but was only told politely to leave.
    Seems theres more to this than the police showed up and arrested him and took his machine...
    Did he cuss them out for asking him to leave ?
    what is the story behind this... ?
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Friends, family, acquaintances - anyone with whom you're on good terms and who might own old homes, farms, etc. I've been metal detecting seriously for a little over a year and have only been turned down once - and even that was not a solid "no." I still might get the ok there. If you own property, start there. I found my first wheat penny in my front yard.
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    Nov 2007
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Quote Originally Posted by TORRERO
    Quote Originally Posted by hurricane dale
    what i recommend before hunting schools,parks,and so on is to check with the city and county laws...alot of parks forbid hunting with metal detctors..but, people think they are too cute and go anyway..i know here in miami,florida a dude got his minelab confiscated by the police and arrested for a misd. of the 2nd degree for hunting a park...so, do it the right way..get permission first..
    It would be interesting to know the full story behind this, because in 30 years of hunting I have been
    places I should not have been, but was only told politely to leave.
    Seems theres more to this than the police showed up and arrested him and took his machine...
    Did he cuss them out for asking him to leave ?
    what is the story behind this... ?
    Its not at all out of the realm of possibility.Dont think so,bust out a detector at a State park,or any public utility ground(water Dist. etc)
    M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon





  10. #10
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    Oct 2010
    OH
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Getting going can be tough, I know. I would say your first order of business is to do your own property and then ask everyone you know, especially if they own older homes. This will also lead to more leads. I have hunted a ton of places this year just because someone asked a buddy for me and they said sure. It pays to let people know what your hobby is.

    As stated above, it also pays to do the right thing, every time. No shortcuts. Treat people's property with the utmost respect and you will get more leads. Also stated above, know the laws and abide by them.

    Also, check out historicmapworks.com and historicaerials.com Both are awesome sources of information, especially the aerial one if it shows stuff in your area. It has a "Compare" drop down at the top that allows you slide between years. This is super helpful in pinpointing locations.

    Trust me, in time, you will have more places to hunt than you can get to.

  11. #11
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    Oct 2007
    Davenport, IA
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Do an internet search of unincorporated towns in your county. You'll get towns that don't have people anymore which could be good hunting grounds. I don't bother with parks because so many people hunt them.

    Also, try http://www.defunctparks.com//parks/parks.htm

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  12. #12
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    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Parks. My best finds come from pounded parks, 50+ silvers every year from the local parks. Large cents, seated silver, 2-centers, the list goes on and on. Don't listen when they say there's nothing left. Good luck!

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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    How to get your detector snagged: Have in in your hand within 100 yrds of an "old" foundation in Pawnee National Grasslands. Draws Rangers from 40 miles around. They will take your detector, your dog, your car, and maybe your wife. Guaranteed.

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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    A combination of research and blind luck. The research can lead you to an old area but not every site, especially early ones, are recorded. Sometimes it's best to take the time to explore some good looking spots in old areas.

  15. #15
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    Apr 2011
    Indiana
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    Re: How do you find your locations to hunt?

    Here is one of the best sites that I have found out there for me. I hope it has your area too. Look at your state, then county. Then go to the township of choice. http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/North_America/

 

 
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