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  1. #1

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    Pitbulls And Civil War Relics

    Went door knocking today and got permission at a place Iíve wanted to hunt for years. My research shows that the site was used as camps for both the Union and Confederate troops and was also the location of some fighting.

    I had dug a couple bullets and was on my knees checking a hole when I heard a deep growl from a big animal. When I looked up, I saw one of the biggest pitbulls Iíve ever seen about 20 feet away with another pitbulls behind him. I slowly stood up and the big boy was showing teeth and the hair on his back was standing up. I know Iím in a bad spot, Iím in the middle of a field with nowhere to go. Iím weighing my options when I hear a woman yelling, donít you shoot my dog! I yell back that I donít want to hurt her dog, but I donít want to get bit either. She runs up and gets control of the dogs and I let the dogs sniff me and big boy let me pet him. Whew, I had visions of going to the hospital to have dog bites stitched up!

    The woman tells me that everyone who come to the field to metal detect leave because of the dogs, and I tell her Iím not going anywhere. The dogs go about their business and I go about mine.

    I found a nice mix of relics including a pulled confederate Gardner, a big 69 caliber and a 58 miniball. Also found two pistol bullets and Spencer and Sharps bullets. I also found what I think is a section of a sword blade and a key. At first I thought the key was a later skeleton key, but a closer look makes me think itís earlier. Iím looking forward to going back soon.
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  2. #2
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    Wow! I'm glad the encounter with the dogs worked out. Fortunately the owner showed up. Nice digs and stay safe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigginNorthernVa View Post
    Wow! I'm glad the encounter with the dogs worked out. Fortunately the owner showed up. Nice digs and stay safe!
    Yes, it was a little dicey for a while, but fortunately it turned out ok.

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    Nice story, thank you for sharing!

    Glad to here the dogs were OK!
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    I would have had to have a change of clothes...after you got me down from the nearest tree!
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  6. #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    I would have had to have a change of clothes...after you got me down from the nearest tree!
    There wasnít a tree for over 100 yards, believe me I looked....

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    We could have leaped tall buildings with a single bound!
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  8. #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokeythecat View Post
    We could have leaped tall buildings with a single bound!
    🤣🤣

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    Randy

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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!!!
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    Metal Detecting & Hotwheels Collecting

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    Nice hunt with some cool saves, glad you made through unscaved, could have been bad. congratulations on the saves
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    Any day of hunting, whether good or bad is better than not hunting at all

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    Silver Coin Fiend

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    Congrats on the really nice finds. Quite the haul.

    The dogs would have freaked me out. I’m glad it worked out for you.
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