These stones are not the silver and gold most seek hunting relic and treasure. They are as of yet, not date stamped. Even if there was a date carved into them I would question it. But they are well carved and elaborately laid out with a method Continue reading
What are you detecting out on the hunt? Finally my hunt season has begun here and I am doing more landscaping than detecting! It seems I am slowly getting my hunt legs here. The site is overgrown and it is a challenge even to get into it as the thorns are tearing even the thickest of carhart pants. So I am removing the brush and doing a little detecting in interest areas as they are cleared.
How is your Detecting going?
Man, there is a ton of raw material here, and I know that Native American’s moved through this area as it was a major trail between two food sources. They camped in this area and there are trail trees and stone carvings by the thousands but not an arrowhead Continue reading
This old brass cow tag came bellowing in on the Minelab etrac. This old cow pasture I am hunting is now overgrown with thorns that cut at denim and flesh but lay lines must be detected and it is a special bonus when relics like this pop up in Continue reading
First day that I was able to get out and start this 2013 Hunt Season. I was excited that my interest area is high and dry although there is still snow and ice. The weather is still cold but bearable. Daisy, Onslo, the land owner and myself Continue reading
In this great video Dakota Elder Joe Williams makes the connection between, although it is a subtle hint, that petroglyphs found in Minnesota depict land features found through aerial and satellite images to this day.
This confirms my observation that stones found on hunt site reflect topographical features found on that site and in areas to be traveled too from the site in which they are found.
This is why I encourage you to develop your observation skills to assist you out on the hunt site. Wisdom and Knowledge is still more valuable than even gold and silver. Since that Wisdom and Knowledge will bring the relic and treasure you seek.
In this post I thought I would put together 3 essential tool suggestions for those of you that are just wanting to join us hunting relic and treasure. There are a number of great places to purchase your gear, but I am going to suggest a really great shop that has won me over as a customer for life: New England Detectors
Essentials for those just wanting to join us on the hunt:
- Metal Detector- There are so many to choose from but if your just getting started I am going to suggest a really good low cost metal detector the Garrett Ace. I started with a Bounty Hunter Quick Draw II and I still miss that metal detector. But I think a good solid metal detector to begin with is the Garrett Ace.
- Digger- Now you can start with any digger you can find but the best that is out there is the Lesche Digger. If it is in your budget, get it, it will never let you down!
- Pin Pointer- Why a Pin Pointer you ask? The pin pointer is a necessity as it saves you a great deal of time retrieving your target. The more time saved means you can dig more targets in a day and find more great finds. I really like the Garret Pin Pointer but there are some great alternatives now that just came on the scene.
These 3 essential tools will give you a more enjoyable hunt and you can add all the fun tools to your grizzly arsenal from there! Let me know how you make out and join us in our Facebook Group and share your finds!
Life is short, don’t wait too long to hunt relic and treasure my friend. Most come to this hobby in their retirement years. By then they have the resources and the leisure time to enjoy the hobby. Yet after a lifetime of working for someone else, their bodies are worn out. The heart and mind is still young at heart but the knees and body just don’t have the same stamina that they had working for that paycheck.
Still, others utilize that same drive that raised a family on that paycheck to go on and become very successful in relic and treasure hunting.
Photographed here is one of my favorite photos from my childhood. I can still remember this day as if it was yesterday. Grandpa Edwin Everson and Grandma Sylvia Everson had come to the Winter Show I believe and I was busy riding my horse I had just received that consisted of a wooden dowel and a fabric horse head equipped with reigns. Grandpa Edwin brought horses into my life and I was riding before I could walk. Ralph Everson my dad worked hard to raise us and keep horses of our own Red and I can’t remember the other horses name right now. But Danny was foaled and even though my father never officially gave me the horse, I always considered it my own.
My inheritance from both my grandfather Edwin and my father Ralph was merely everything a man needs to survive in this world. A great work ethic that never quits until the task at hand is complete, a smile that opens closed doors and the ability to make the task at hand enjoyable even if it really isn’t.
I remember my father grabbing me and hoisting me on my grandfather’s shoulders for this photo. I don’t think my grandfather was amused when I rode him like he taught me ride, but luckily enough my mother was there to snap this picture that I love to this day.
My grandfather was a beloved farmer and father of 14 children that homesteaded in Walum, North Dakota. He was the son of E.W. Everson my great grandfather who defeated socialism in his day by recalling the very first governor in USA history with his IVA that he united Conservative Republicans, Democrats and Independents to get the job done. E.W. Everson’s friend and political right hand man was Theodore Nelson who was the secretary of the IVA. Together E.W. and Theodore took on the most powerful political machine of their day and brought it to it’s knees. My father and I share Theodore as our middle name in honor of E.W.’s and Theodore Nelson’s friendship and battle scars.
Edwin never ventured into the state political ring as he witnessed one of the worst smear campaigns against his father E.W. known in North Dakota politics. My family never even shared with me my great grandfather’s great American story as they suffered generation after generation its consequences as E.W.’s opponents and stupidity out living my great grandfather. I had to dig up this great American hero story through my research often finding missing pieces of the puzzle in the vain oppositions archives.
Edwin with my lovely grandmother Sylvia would raise their 14 children, their extended church family and a few counties of friends and family on their meager income they mustered from their farm. Edwin had a touch for veterinarian work and people came from miles around to purchase Edwin’s horses that my uncles and aunts would break, train and race at local fairs. Edwin had a special salve recipe that died with him that would damn near cure any livestock ills. His rough hand was tempered with his children’s soft touch and the family was known to produce good working and racing horses often selling them right out from under the uncles and aunts riding in the pasture and fields. I still giggle thinking of all the stories I have heard around the bon fire of that special pony that dad (grandpa Edwin) sold right out from under them.
Edwin and Sylvia farmed to raise a generation of the hardest workers and citizens this nation has known. They served in every war from the second world war and are still serving today. They never had much in today’s economic standards but they always had food on the table, music filled their home and no one ever left hungry. They always enjoyed a hard work day and pursued their interests with vigor and mastery. At the end of Edwin’s life he was still sneaking out of the house and hoping in his pickup or on the tractor much to my grandma, uncles and aunts discontent.
My father chose a different life yet always yearned for the life my grandfather had. He always had one foot in both worlds. Ralph worked for a great company and worked his way up to kind of being the last man standing as he represented his company working solo in our town. When he started there was a whole crew of people working with him and at the end of his career he was the only service man standing as he took on more and more responsibility. Always on call and tied to the paycheck my father worked for his retirement.
He raised 3 boys with the assistance of my working mother that left myself and my brothers as latch key kids to raise ourselves. When I was young we did not have much and after I was off to college we had plenty. Yet the strong family bond was broken. My father never made it to his coveted retirement. He did retire early but after being sick for many years his fully stocked wood shop was never really utilized, the horses we worked so hard to have were sold and his dreams were never fully realized. He always put his dreams off to a retirement he would never realize. His once strong and boundless energy was extinguished when his workplace ills caught up to him way too young. I miss him to this day but his experience taught me once again how to live my own life.
Shortly before my father’s death I vowed that I would not put off my dreams for this life until my retirement and work for a paycheck that I could never cash knowing I would succumb to a similar fate. I started my own business and struggled through many failures and learning experiences. I turned my interests and passions into my every day work like I watched my grandfather attain. I chose to work each day up to my own death in modesty and frugality so that I could enjoy the freedoms of chasing a dream and suffering and enjoying the failures of it along the way.
I can see how a paycheck is so alluring to most, but for me, even if I have to scrap and existence together always being a day late and hundreds of dollars short I would not change it for the world. My decision has taken me to places I would of never been afforded to realize if I was still managing retail stores. This year I signed an exclusivity agreement with a production company to bring my relic and treasure hunting to the masses. It still means nothing until it is fully realized but the point I am trying to make here is that we assume all the risk in our own lives. If you want it, don’t wait for it, make it happen. Work towards your goals and assume the risks with a smile even though you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Life is short, tomorrow may never come and if relic and treasure hunting interests you, today is the day to dive into it head first.
Relic and treasure hunting is a craft you must do in order to learn. It is hands on and never ending in acquiring skills and strategy to obtain the treasure you seek. Now if your retired or still a young pup, today is the day to begin because you will regret if you don’t. We are only gifted so many days of hunting each year and 21 lifetimes is still not enough time to fine tune this craft.
Start today and whether it is as a weekend warrior or a full time venture like my own, you can’t simply put it off any longer.
It has been a while since I last created a video, I was hoping to be out on the hunt this week but it is now a blizzard with lightening and thunder here today. It shouldn’t last long, but it pushes back the hunt season until this next week. Continue reading
There is nothing like the eternal optimism of a new hunt season upon its start. You research and await it’s coming each Spring after many Winter days. Then it slowly comes and you find all your best laid plans will be thrown out the window once the hunt season begins. If your lucky, things will almost go as planned and while you may not find the treasure you seek, you will find relic and treasure that is better than even your best research season dream woven in a winters afternoon.
- I pray for you and I to have a grizzly hunt season that we will remember and tell its tale again and again.
- May the finds come by the bushel basket and may they take us deep into the stories that need to be told from them.
- May there always be someone to assist us in our finds identification and let us rejoice in the battle that will ensue when jealousy or a failed agenda brings to our work.
- May the labor of our hands bring God’s blessings and friendships that outlast the season.
- May you find the treasure for which you seek and then some.
- May you add knowledge and wisdom daily to your grizzly arsenal of tools to recover the story each relic and treasure recovered has to tell.
- May we bring a smile to the faces of our property owners that entrust us to connect them with the properties previous residents.
- May your batteries last throughout the hunt day and that you never forget your pin pointer, digging tool or other essential tool that will make your hunt day unproductive.
- May you venture out of your comfort zone and never fall pray to the one trick pony hunting strategy.
- May you see each day with new eyes and have the patience to wait for that next great insight.
- May the value of your hunt be not that of silver and gold but that of the story and wisdom you have to share.
- All these things I pray for you and I as our 2013 grizzly hunt season begins.
A lovely British student utilizes her Temerity to become the leading expert in the world on WW2 Tree Carvings.
“Chantel Summerfield, an arbolglyph reader from Malvern , Worcestershire, 24, said: “You can walk down the streets and see the carvings on the trees and not think anything much of it but when you actually look into it it tells you an awful lot.
“I’ve followed many of the First World War soldiers’ carvings from trees that once stood a few miles behind the front line on the Western Front, through to finding their graves in Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries.”
This is the one sign that I really have to scratch my head and wonder just what the hell they were thinking when they invented this one. It looks nothing like a bird and they are everywhere. If there is one sign that kicks my butt, it is this one.
I understand the need for this sign, but the actual representation of this sign just makes no damn sense to me. ”M’s” and “3′s” are even follow me birds. Damn I hate them. Did I tell you how much I hate these damn signs? But we have to live with them and understand them. God help us all.
Time Team is a BBC channel 4 program that is coming to an end here wrapping a very successful run. I am a late comer to this program as I heard about it from some of my UK friends and found a few episodes on YouTube to watch. Big budget 3 day digs with all the splendor of ancient Egyptian raiding and pilfering archaeology expeditions await you if you can find access to the episodes in archives. Actually, this program was fantastic. They did more for Archaeology than anyone in recent times. They did this as they fought archaeologists tooth and nail each season as they tried to shut this program down. My hat is off to them and I wish them the best and look forward to the new generation of programs that will spring forth in the wake they created in this niche.
With this juggernaut off the air, what new programs will spring up in the wake left behind to fill the void that many are now being faced with that their Time Team fix is calling out for?
Here are my thoughts on why 20 years was enough for Time Team:
- COST- While Time Team was really doing a huge amount of splendid work for their country, their budget was way too big, the scale they were taking on was much too large and they tried to do it all in only 3 days instead of working on multiple sites and letting the sites dictate the time frame in which their secrets could be revealed.
- AGE- 20 years is a long time to be on air and at some point you just have to put the horses out to pasture. Most of the great actors in this series had day jobs and this was not meant to be a 20 year year run, but fortunately it was. I imagine the cast is spent and although they never want it to end, like all good things, one day it must end and leave room for others to pick it up and see what they can do with it.
- SCALE- Time Team with each episode seemed to get bigger, more extravagant and try to take on more than humanly possible to ascertain. Instead of sticking to one manageable segment of the whole story, they attempted to retrieve it lock stock and barrel with each episode. I applaud them for that, because they know if they don’t do it, who will? But, what an undertaking!
- Archaeology- Time Team actually began to make archaeology relevant while those in power in Archaeology ivory towers fought them tooth and nail. I doubt that archaeology will be lifted up in future TV show concepts. I think one and all can see that Archaeology as an institution is hell bent on be irrelevant, so let us all just pass them by and create something that will serve citizens to reclaim their own history without having these desk jockeys utilize our own tax dollars to lobby against us probing history.
- Experience- Now that they have been doing this for 20 years, they have learned a great deal and the new shows that will come to fill the void will take advantage of this knowledge and for better or worse, will fill that void and do so in many different ways.
What I envision of the shows coming to fill the void:
- Small budgets- times are tough, and the big budget TV productions will be much harder to get off the ground than the lean mean small budget, small scale show concepts.
- Character driven-While the finds and the hunt itself should always take precedent, tv viewers want to connect with the characters taking them on the journey. With smaller budgets the need for entertaining and engaging characters to solidify loyal viewing will be key.
- Local- Small budgets lead to local sets where dig sites will not be done all across the world, but instead right in your grizzly backyard. Thus leading to our next point~
- Micro Niche- Relic and Treasure the giant umbrella that reaches yard sales to ancient cache sites will not be the Vogue of the next generation of shows. Instead they will be micro niches of niches. These will be shows that will define a micro niche that will fall somewhere under that relic and treasure umbrella. We have already seen this in the works here in America with American Pickers focusing on the picking and reselling micro niche. American Restoration focuses on the restoration of relics.
- Downfall of this strategy is they are short lived without engaging cast of characters. Pawn Stars is a great example of a format that works because the characters are so engaging and not afraid to be the butt of the joke as they are laughing all the way to the bank.
- YouTube to TV- This has been in the works for a long time now. Storage Wars came right off YouTube, recast and aired for the most part. Yet today, it is even getting more intense as the quality found on Youtube in the relic and treasure niche’s is really taking leaps forward. Although I almost want to vomit when I think of some of the trends that are taking place on YouTube right now. But, it is all apart of a growing marketplace that see’s itself as providing solutions to the thirst the viewing public has. It will be interesting here in future as on demand programming silences TV networks altogether. I know my viewing right now is 100% on demand online viewing. I have not turned on a TV in a few years. Watch this Tsunami to hit and change everything sooner than later.
- REALITY- soon the viewing public will grow dissatisfied with the convenience of only being shown the good stuff. They will demand to be taken behind the scenes into the thrill and the let down of a hunt day. They will want to struggle with you in the heat and poison soil to recover square nail after square nail until that moment when you find something that makes you lift your tired bones up off the soil and do your jig! This day is coming sooner than you may already know.
- Same old, Same old- Let us not fool ourselves. Ideas are pretty bankrupt right now on TV programming as the decision makers today were the same decision makers yesterday and will be tomorrow. Mavericks that don’t have anything to loose and the world to gain will make their fortunes today blazing new trails and improving on old ones. But let’s not get too excited until they come blazing forth. Time Team was a Trail Blazer. They will be missed greatly.
Well, I could go on and on here, but since your not paying me for consultation fees you will have to peak my interest in the comments for me to divulge even more insights. To do that please fill me in on what you see coming!