Saturday, February 20, 2010

Handy things to carry for your next hunt

I'm sitting around waiting on the spring thaw. Still snow on the ground, though not as much. Warmer temps then rain, snow and cold for the next week. In the meantime, I thought it would be nice to let you know some of the items I typically carry with me on a hunt.
 Besides a metal detector of course I always carry a pouch to put my goodies in. Mine is just the Kellyco pouch that came with my detector. I'll probably upgrade later to something nicer, but it works. I also carry my Cen-tec pinpointer. It's cheap  but works great for me. It makes recovery time a whole lot faster because if you are like me then you probably have a hard time spotting those coppers in a tot lot. They blend into the wood chips on me. I also carry multiple digging tools. I have the composite digger that came with my detector, a large (but not full size, more garden spade size) shovel, and my new favorite digger, the Dirt Digger II, which I sometimes carry in the sheath that came with my composite digger. It works great for getting into the hard ground around here. These are all the typical items that most of us would carry.
I also carry a pen and paper to make notes, a paper finders log to keep track of my finds until I get back to my computer, a cell phone for the obvious reasons, still camera, digital video camera and bottled water. The water comes in handy for a couple of reasons. First you always have something to drink, secondly you can rinse your finds if you want to check them out closer before you get home. It's also handy to rinse your hands too, but I also carry hand cleaner or some hand sanitizer for that.
If you are planning a day long hunt, make sure to pack some lunch.
A hunting buddy is also nice to keep you company. Even if they don't have a metal detector they can always help dig of fill holes. :)
Last but not least, if you are going to an area in the middle of nowhere, let someone know where you are going. That way if you don't show back up they know where to start looking for you.

Until next time...
Keep your Coil to the Soil

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