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  1. #1

    Dec 2007
    New Bern, NC
    White's XLT



    I'm new to this forum. I live in New Bern. retired Marine. I have been hunting by myself since I started a few years ago. I was looking for other hunters around the New Bern area. Are there any good spots left in this area? Does everyone have as tough of a time getting permission as I seem to have? It seems like I say "metal detecting" and land owners turn hostile. Is there a secret to getting permission? I don't know a lot of people in the area so I have been going up knocking on doors.

  2. #2

    Dec 2006
    1 times


    a lot of civil war action in that area,

  3. #3

    Sep 2007
    Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
    Fisher F75 LTD, Deteknix Scuba Tector
    161 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (1)


    I work at the FD at Seymour Johnson AFB. We go to Onslow Beach at Lejeune every now and then and stay in the lodges, great place. I have done some detecting at that beach too. I have also been to New Bern detecting a couple times. My feeling is that since the area is so old and rich in history, that landowners are tired of metal detectors, kind of protective of stuff there. When I detected there, I discovered a lot that had been cleared off of Pollock St downtown. They had scraped about 1 1/2 feet out for a parking lot. I found an old hammered coin, 1802 Large Cent (my first ever at that time), a Hackensack, NJ WW-1 commemorative fob of some sort, some CW bullets and a five-cent piece, I think 1839. Just watch for the construction sites. Anywhere in that area could produce as so much stuff happened there over the years. Some trivia--did you know that Carlos Hathcock, the marine sniper, lived in New Bern at one time?? Congrats on retirement! Take care, Bryan

  4. #4

    Nov 2007
    bounty hunter 505, whites prizm lll


    same here,its hard to get permission to hunt the more than obvious places,my advice hunt around for old school sites or fields in the country area. you would not believe what you will find at old home sites. also public parks that are not posted work good for clad money (battery money) im new to this site also but have been detecting for a few years. merry christmas all

  5. #5
    Jan 2005
    Choctaw Beach Florida
    Etrac, Equinox 600, Cibola with whites and minelab pinpointers Equinox 800 on order..
    1136 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Banner Finds (1)
    Honorable Mentions (3)


    That whole area is loaded with history! Black Beard was all over the place around the sound and lived in Bath for a while. We used to drive down and stay at the marina there for the week end .Neat place.
    God and country.

  6. #6

    Jan 2008
    1 times


    For years my dad was involved in a hunting club called "Crow Hill Farms" This place was the higest eleavation in the county and was used for mustering in the local militia. They even have a field called "the muster field". This place was used all the way thru the CW as a center for gathering the local troops. This place is near a place called Harker's Island, this place is seeped in history . Legend has it all the original faimlies are direct decendants of Edward Teach (Blackbeard) there are legends of buried pirate treasure and much colional and civil war activity. Many relics can be found in this area from many era's,Not to mention that New Bern itself had many, many different activities going on thru out history, rev. war and the civil war played a large part in the development of the whole area you live in. Try going to the local county historian to find locations to search. when you do, be sure to show an intrest in all the info. he or she may have, even if you are only interested in one fact or location you know what I mean? You might not want mention you are a digger, Just be interested in the history, you may get more info. that way. Keep digging, and never say never!

  7. #7
    Sep 2006
    New Bern, NC
    Ace 250
    3 times


    Hi. I am pretty new to metal detecting and have only been in New Bern for about 1.5yrs. Just moved from Phoenix, AZ. As for places to hunt I have only been to a few. Went to Cherry Point a few times before they tore down the old housing, found some silver, etc. there. Went somewhere in the woods and detected some civil war trenches, I didn't find anything but the guys I was with found some bullets, buckles, etc. Have went to Atlantic Beach a few times.

    I use a Ace250 and always interested in going detecting.



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