How do some of you handle being frozen out this time of year?

Jamie Rullestad

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I’m relatively new to the hobby, and this is my second winter of scouring the internet for old maps, talking to people about places and event in the past, and packing and repacking my backpack with those essential items I’ll need when the thaw finally comes.

I‘m finding that the pursuit of this hobby in the upper Midwest can really test one’s soul! What does everyone else do during the big freeze?
 
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SD51

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Tumble the clad to clean it and as you've said, do some research.
 

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Funny, it's the opposite here in Texas. I do most detecting through the winter months. July through September it averages about 95F and I shut down the hunting for the most part. Occasionally I will do an early morning hunt but not big on getting up at 5am on a random Saturday in August. Rather deal with cold than heat.

Good luck in the chill!
Kevin
 

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favorite time of year to hunt. no ticks, skeeters, posion ivy, or crowds. many parks youll have all to yourself. dress warm. and have fun
 
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Jamie Rullestad

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favorite time of year to hunt. no ticks, skeeters, posion ivy, or crowds. many parks youll have all to yourself. dress warm. and have fun
I’m a farm guy, and I’ve spent untold days afield hunting pheasants and ducks. The cold isn’t bad if you dress for it.

But hard frost runs up to 38” deep here. How am I supposed to dig?
 

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come camping down in southern missouri we will take you hunting cw camps, also you can drive around and hunt value at run down thrift stores, also i used to go detect the giant piles of snow plowed up in grocery store parking lots and stuff you get jewlery pushed up when your lucky
 

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Wear layers of clothes. As it starts to warm up in the afternoon just take a layer off.
 
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Jamie Rullestad

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Wear layers of clothes. As it starts to warm up in the afternoon just take a layer off.
Just after noon here, and at 13 degrees (F), there won't be any layers coming off today.

And of course, there's still that pesky 3 feet of frozen solid topsoil.
 

Blackfoot58

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I’m relatively new to the hobby, and this is my second winter of scouring the internet for old maps, talking to people about places and event in the past, and packing and repacking my backpack with those essential items I’ll need when the thaw finally comes.

I‘m finding that the pursuit of this hobby in the upper Midwest can really test one’s soul! What does everyone else do during the big freeze?
Find public water that isn’t iced over. You can dig in gravel/pebble creek beds. Just be sure it isn’t too deep and that it is truly public. When you leave, it should look like you were never there. Good hunting!
 

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I’m relatively new to the hobby, and this is my second winter of scouring the internet for old maps, talking to people about places and event in the past, and packing and repacking my backpack with those essential items I’ll need when the thaw finally comes.

I‘m finding that the pursuit of this hobby in the upper Midwest can really test one’s soul! What does everyone else do during the big freeze?
I have dealt with upper Midwest winters most of my life. As others have said, it's a great time for research & going over your equipment preparation. If water hunts interest you, invest in some neoprene suits and get in the water. I have hunted in the Great Lakes every month of the year at some point or another depending upon the ice conditions.
 

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Blackfoot58

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I have dealt with upper Midwest winters most of my life. As others have said, it's a great time for research & going over your equipment preparation. If water hunts interest you, invest in some neoprene suits and get in the water. I have hunted in the Great Lakes every month of the year at some point or another depending upon the ice conditions.
Been in Iowa 64 years. I spend much of the winter reading and planning. I plan out my garden(s) and my post-thaw activities. I already have a field to walk, that has produced some small artifacts. I found an old farm “scrap area” on a small property I bought and I have 3 creeks to hunt. I’m getting antsy to go, but patience is a virtue: so they tell me.😆
 

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