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- Relic Hunters Survival Kit
by: Donnie & Julia Vaughn
I was asked recently by a couple of our club members
to come up with a
"survival kit" for folks that relic hunt. Here's what Julia and I do. I
carry a back pack. If I'm not going to far from the car, I'll leave it
in the trunk and of course if I'm pretty far back in the woods, I'll wear
it. This leaves my hands free to carry my equipment. After I reach a site,
I simply hang it in a tree. Don't leave it on the ground. Now, what's
in the backpack you ask? The following is a list of items that we feel
food - either some fruit and snacks or your lunch
water - soda, etc.
- batteries - a must
roll of electrical tape
extra digging tools - knife - snips (to cut small roots) etc.
roll of toilet paper - just in case
topo maps of the area you intend to hunt
aspirin - chap stick - matches - band aids, etc. (put all of these in a
small repair kit - screw driver, pliers, etc.
insect repellant - we highly recommend permanone Tick Repellant
water proof poncho
You can add to this list depending on your needs, but we feel the above
items are a must. The idea is to keep it light, but not get caught in the
field without the things you need for a successful hunt. Good luck
and be prepared.
Donnie & Julia Vaughn
Metal Detecting Tips
by: Donnie Vaughn
Most of you me know that I'm a relic hunter and
being a relic hunter often requires me to hunt some rural parts of Tennessee
and southern Kentucky. Here is a tip that I have picked up along the
way that has really helped me and I hope that it will help you too.
I receive permission to hunt on a property I will always ask the landowner
if they know of any old house sites on their land and if there are any springs. If the Civil War soldiers were in the area that you are
searching, and there was a Civil War era house or a spring there,
then there is a good chance that they either camped near the spring or
they camped around the house. Even if they didn't camp there, they probably
visited the house or the spring.
A lot of farmers that I talk to know where old house sites are or were
that you won't find on any old maps. It's always a good idea to check them.
If nothing else, you might dig some old coins and other stuff. The same
holds true when searching around springs. Always hunt on the high ground
above the spring.
So remember, once you get permission to metal detect ask if any old houses
sat on their land at one time and ask about any springs on their place. It
will save you a lot of time if you can go right to these places - and they
will pay off, I promise. Good luck and good hunting.
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