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Old 05-14-2013, 09:06   #1
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Treasure hunters

Just out of curiosity.....do we have any treasure hunters here?

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Old 05-14-2013, 09:16   #2
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Had to sell my machine but did it for many years. Supported myself doing it for a year.
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A very intriguing topic indeed. I've always thought about touring the old mines and native areas for cool stuff. Not so much treasure, but all old, possibly valuable relics interest me.

I live on the Columbia river so I've always had a fantasy about finding db coopers body/cash...lol.
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I metal detect but only on private property w/ owners permission.

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Old 05-15-2013, 13:01   #5
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My dad has an entry level detector laying around....may have to dust it off.

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I've done some fossil hunting, never found any treasure.

This is a day's haul from Venice Beach, FL.

A Mammoth spit tooth, a nearly perfect 3.5" Megalodon tooth and a hand full of other shark's teeth.

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Enjoy it very much....especially going out of town to special locations

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I have a metal detector that my wife got me about a year ago.. I have yet to get out and try it. I actually forget I have it, until threads like this pop up. I need to get my butt out there!
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Had to sell my machine but did it for many years. Supported myself doing it for a year.
No way! Did you actually earn at a self sustaining rate, or did you have some savings to dip into?


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I've done some fossil hunting, never found any treasure.

This is a day's haul from Venice Beach, FL.

A Mammoth spit tooth, a nearly perfect 3.5" Megalodon tooth and a hand full of other shark's teeth.

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Megalodon tooth.. man am I jealous!
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Seriously? That is awesome.

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Would I be able to use my dads metal detector in public places like parks? Is this an issue determined by local laws? Where is the best place for me to start detecting?

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Wow, I genuinely missed that part of your post. Please tell us more.

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Megalodon tooth.. man am I jealous!
If you're ever in Central Florida with a day to kill I can arrange a trip out to the Bone Yard.

Double tank dive, 18-20' of water 5-15' vis and I've never been on a trip where multiple divers didn't score a Meg.
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I have an interest in it - but will likely never take it up because you look like such a weiner carrying one of those down the beach. There's a husband/wife in the Ft. Myers area of FL that make a living doing it. Everyday, out there walking the beaches and wading in the water in the popular areas of the SW FL.
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If you're ever in Central Florida with a day to kill I can arrange a trip out to the Bone Yard.

Double tank dive, 18-20' of water 5-15' vis and I've never been on a trip where multiple divers didn't score a Meg.
When I lived in Puerto Rico, a block from the beach. This was way before folks discovered water hunting. The beaches were basically virgin. When I needed money for lunch I could troll the sand and pick up $5.00 in change in 15 minutes or so.

I would also hunt in the swimming areas with a primitive detector. Found around 50 diamond rings, 99% of them small diamonds. Then I found a mans ring with a 2.7 carat diamond.....that made my year.
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A few years ago a hurriance tore up a popular and heavily developed section of beach a county or so north of me. A huge wooden cask (like pirate movie style) was broken open and a serious haul of gold and silver spilled out onto the beach. That thing went missed for who knows how long...makes you wonder what else is out there.
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A few years ago a hurriance tore up a popular and heavily developed section of beach a county or so north of me. A huge wooden cask (like pirate movie style) was broken open and a serious haul of gold and silver spilled out onto the beach. That thing went missed for who knows how long...makes you wonder what else is out there.
There were finds all the way up towards Wabasso and Sebastian in regards to silver coins found on the reefs. I remember that. There was a hug buzz going on about it.
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Did bunch of it with my dad on BLM land in west Utah as a kid. Lots of abandoned mines and smelters. The funny thing about abandoned mine sites? They already took the gold. Mom and dad expected to find a stash of nuggets someone forgot. Did find a lot of railroad spikes. Some were real cool. Mini sized for narrow gage.
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Did bunch of it with my dad on BLM land in west Utah as a kid. Lots of abandoned mines and smelters. The funny thing about abandoned mine sites? They already took the gold. Mom and dad expected to find a stash of nuggets someone forgot. Did find a lot of railroad spikes. Some were real cool. Mini sized for narrow gage.
Love that sort of thing.

Love caves and exploration. Children should be issued a camera at birth.
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Love that sort of thing.

Love caves and exploration. Children should be issued a camera at birth.
Best part was we had a great book written by a local professor on Utah mining towns. Tons of history. We could find the old foundations and match it up with the old photos in the book.

I support anything that gets people outside and moving.
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Best part was we had a great book written by a local professor on Utah mining towns. Tons of history. We could find the old foundations and match it up with the old photos in the book.

I support anything that gets people outside and moving.



Good stuff for sure.

My buddy Dave tells me all about underground Astoria, Oregon. This year is my second trip. Love it
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Good stuff for sure.

My buddy Dave tells me all about underground Astoria, Oregon. This year is my second trip. Love it
Just looked it ip. Looks cool.
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Just looked it ip. Looks cool.
Dave says he has insight on the Goonies house (movie) and real time entrances to underground WS.

I shall explore.
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Utah has some fun treasure tales. I love wandering around the desert. Don't figure I'll strike it rich, but I love the history.

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Utah has some fun treasure tales. I love wandering around the desert. Don't figure I'll strike it rich, but I love the history.

http://treasurecache.net/utah.html
http://utahtreasure.blogspot.com/
Lots of history but not the best place for treasure hunting/ metal detecting.

First fairly young place compared to the east coast and in WWI and WWII most of the ghost towns and mining interests with old rail lines were torn apart to salvage the metal.

Rails, spikes, tin roofs, metal window frames, hardware, mills and head frames. All taken for the war effort.

Now if you can find the Rhodes or Dutchman, and live. You would be set.
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Now if you can find the Rhodes or Dutchman, and live. You would be set.
Montezuma's is all I need. (treasure, not revenge)

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