Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Treasure Sign or Big Ugly Rock?

Is this a treasure sign or big, ugly rock? A self proclaimed professional treasure hunter may look at it and say that it's nothing more than a big, ugly rock. It would be foolish on his or her part without first asking a few questions. The first question I would ask myself, when deciding if something I find in the field is a sign or not, would be is it in context with others signs found in the area? Such as drill holes, carvings, shadow symbols, etc.

Second question would be does it have instructions? In the case of this bird head pointer it is saying go left.

Third question is does it lead to something?  If it's a sign it should lead you to something obvious. In the case of the one pictured above it pointed to another directional marker.

One stone mason who viewed the picture claimed it couldn't be a sign because it didn't have any tool or chisel marks. Several centuries of Oklahoma wind and rain tend to leave rocks weathered and it's highly doubtful and chisel marks would've remained. There's also the possibility that the rock was natural and only needed slight modification to make it look like a bird's head.

Not all signs you come across point to treasure. Some are just marking a trail or lead to a campsite or water source. They are still fun to find and photograph. Please don't remove them from the location you find them in.

Good luck and good hunting!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Treasure hunt for a book

I'm looking for a rare treasure book and decided to make a treasure hunt of it. I would trade this $5 gold coin for the book. The book is "Spanish Trail of Gold", by Robert O. Burch. It was self published in 1935. This will be a challenge for people to find.

Good luck and good hunting!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Treasure hunting community loses another great

It's with a sad heart that I write this post. Oliver Ray Pack has passed on to an eternal rest. He was a good friend and mentor and has been instrumental in my treasure hunting education. Ray preserved some of Oklahoma's most interesting treasure history. Four decades ago he was able to acquire the remnants of Joe Hunter's treasure maps and the tea kettle watch.

There was much more to Ray than treasure hunting. He was very giving of his time and knowledge and on more than one occasion helped those in need. His sense of humor was something to behold.  He also had a great knowledge of history.

 Due to health reasons we were only able to share in one adventure together over the past few years. It was a memorable trip to eastern Oklahoma. One that I will never forget. I was sure we were going to have a "deliverance" moment before the trip was over. You had to be there to really get the full experience of the trip.

There is so much more I could write about Ray, but I can't properly do him the honor he deserves on a blog posting.

His memory will live on through his family and friends, but his presence will truly be missed.

The greatest treasures are not the material things, but those people who touch our lives in a positive way.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Free Topo Maps for all 50 States

For those who are needing topo maps here is a free online source. I will add it to the links section on the left side of the blog.

Good Luck and Good Hunting!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Coin Rings

If these cold winter days have you cabin bound and you need a hobby to keep yourself entertained,  then try making a coin ring. The one pictured above is my first attempt at one. I used a copper Canadian large cent from the early 1900's. I'm not going to give a step by step process at how these are made since I still have a lot to learn myself, but to get a good idea of how to get started check out Ryan O'Shea and his blog. For those who don't want to tackle this challenging task, Ryan will custom make a ring for you. He's a fellow treasure hunter and coin enthusiast.

With practice and patience you can turn out these beautiful pieces of art yourself. There are so many choices of coins out there that it should be easy to find one to fit your taste. I highly recommend using cheap cull coins to practice with and as you advance you can move into using silver or gold coins.

Good Luck and Good Hunting!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DRS Ground Exper Pulse induction Detector for Serious Treasure Hunters

If you're serious about treasure hunting and want a detector that can give you extreme depth and high end performance then the DRS Ground Exper is the machine for you. It comes with three coils for all your detecting needs. The 40" coil should give you 30+ foot of depth. New updates are in the works to fix the few little issues I had with the unit, which includes bluetooth to eliminate the cable connecting the machine to the tablet. Besides extreme depth the ground exper offers easy ground balance and better discrimination than any other machine out there.

DRS also makes other pulse induction detectors for those who don't need extreme performance. Whether you are coinshooting, nugget hunting, or searching for an outlaw cache DRS makes a machine for you. Take the time to check out and if you mention Okie sent you you will get free shipping on the FXII and FX3000 or something useful for the Ground Exper.

Good Luck and Good Hunting!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grandma's Metal Detector

In May of this year my Grandmother Juanita passed away. Her husband Don was kind enough to give me a metal detector she had used for decades. As a small kid she would let me play with her detectors and read her Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales book. This of course planted the seed for my love of treasure hunting. Not surprisingly the old Sears metal detector, made by White's Electronics, still works. It didn't even need a new battery.

 It wasn't until 1992 that I bought my first new metal detector. It was a White's Spectrum Eagle and I must have been the only person on the island I was living on at the time, because I found so many coins that I was almost sick of digging holes.

Years later, in a moment of weakness, when I thought I needed a newer model, I sold the Spectrum to my aunt. I have regretted it ever since and she won't sell it back. I guess she knows a good thing when she gets it.

Just for kicks I took grandma's old Sears detector out and did a little coin shooting. The old machine doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles and depth was shallow, but it still pulled some change out of the ground. The dirty, old, beat up and battered detector now hangs in a place of honor among the newer and much more expensive machines. No matter how much technology advances this will always be my favorite machine. It was, and still is, part of my life. Just like my grandma has been.

Good Luck and Good Hunting!