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Old 01-18-2019, 10:26 AM
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When I hunt tot lots usually no one around but sometimes there are people. I usually use my Ace 250 there and I NEVER use headphones on it.

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Old 01-22-2019, 12:12 AM
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If you want to hear those really deep whisper targets which are usually the good old stuff then a good set of headphones are a must. I would just buy some snake chaps and find the real deep stuff if it was me. HH
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by kscatman76 View post
should i just buy the garrett had phones or is there something else i should look for? i don't wanna break the bank if possible. i already went from a $65 bounty hunter to a $500 AT PRO after 2 weeks of starting the hobbie and now have a garett pin pointer2 on the way so i've dropped about $600 on my new found love in a very short amount of time.
And there is more, $95 for a predator or Lesche shovel, $100 for a good sand scoop if you hunt beaches, a 5x8 coil, you will love it on the AT Pro. then maybe a sniper coil and in the other direction a 15" coil. Before you know it you will have $1,500 in your new hobby.

HH and always dig the clad at least you are getting some gas money that also adds up.

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Old 02-01-2019, 10:24 AM
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Snake chaps or boots. Maybe someone with good ears to tag along?

I'm deaf in one ear anyway. I probably need only one side to begin with!
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Old 02-01-2019, 11:54 AM
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I'm deaf in one ear anyway. I probably need only one side to begin with!
Definitely helpful in noisy places and using metal detectors with a lot of modulation. I'm using atx sound peets ear buds?? I only put one in so I can use pinpointer and hear any dangers around me- thugs, dogs, cars, beautiful woman turned on by metal detectorist.

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Old 05-26-2019, 09:34 AM
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I kill on average 2 to 3 Rattlers on my property each year. they have run anywhere from 6" to 6'. The last one just lay there daring me to mess with him. It's true that not many people die from rattler bites each year but are you really going to chance it or are you going to go spend thousands in antivenom. Where I live Timber and Diamond Backs are no joke.

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Old 05-27-2019, 10:25 AM
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How important is wearing underwear? Headphones save on battery life which means more time to hunt.

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Old 05-27-2019, 01:31 PM
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Without headphones or earbuds you will not hear the weaker tones of deep targets. I wear them any time I am swinging a coil.

I have hunted game in the woods for close to 70 years and in all that time I have seen two or three poison snakes. And you better believe they were there but I don't step over logs where they may be laying. I one day had my hand within a foot of a copper head before I saw it. It just laid there watching me.
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Old 06-01-2019, 08:15 AM
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Rattlesnakes don't always rattle before they strike and bite. How do I know this? Growing up in middle Georgia (not much to do) we hunted snakes for fun. Not to kill them but to bring them home and put in cages for a week or two and would let them go. Of course we only captured non-poisonous snakes. How ever when hunting non-poisonous snakes you often found their poisonous cousins.

So here are the rules to keep you safe. Wear good thick leather shoes or boots and jeans or long pants that are not tight below the knees. Often they will bite just the fabric if you are lucky.

Do not step, sit or lay down anywhere you don't look o disturb with a stick or metal detector coil. Above all do not climb rocks and put your hands above your head on rock ledges where you cannot see the copperheads favorite lounging spot.

Do not put your hands in a hole or anywhere you cannot see. Lots of things can be in that hole. Snakes, spiders, scopions, poision ivy or oak, etc.

Snakes and most wildlife are afraid of things that are bigger than themselves. They bite when cornered or stepped on or have a stupid human come accidentally too close for their comfort zone.

Keep in mind snakes don't hear, so don't yell at them to get away. They are good at sensing vibrations in the ground and pit-vipers like rattlesnakes can sense heat and strike a prey in 100% darkness.

If you live in Mud-puppy country, then you have an additional worry. Their rattlesnakes have been known to have Snake Fungal Disease so getting bit by one of Mud's rattlesnakes could lead to a serious fungal infection if it bit you on your big toe.

In lake waters and creeks if you come near a snake in the water (and yes all snakes can swim) just step aside. Rare for a swimming snake to take time out of his/her journey to bite someone they are trying their best to avoid.

another tall tale is that snakes chase people. not true, they just might be going in the same direction as you are but they do not chase people.

What do you do when you stumble on a snake?

well if the snake has not bitten you, you just back off and hunt elsewhere. Copperheads tend to stay in groups at certain times of the year so if it is a copperhead, then relocate a good 300 or 400 yards elsewhere.

If the snake has bitten you and you see a row of teeth marks (more than two) then don't worry, it is non-poisonous bite and it will just bleed a little.

If you see one or two fang puncture marks, calmly walk to your car and go to a hospital or fire station. Of if not out in the boonies, call 911.

But the above common sense will protect you from getting bit at all.

If you live near the Florida Everglades, all bets are off. they have 30 foot Annaconda snakes that can can just simply bite you, drag you down and squeeze the life out of you and swallow you if you are not a big guy. Of course that is true only if you escape the massive alligators they also have in Florida. But hey, who would be detecting in a swamp?

Here in Georgia we have other worries. on any given day 4 people die in a car accidents, a similar number are shot and killed especially in the ghetto areas of our larger towns especially parts of Atlanta and Albany, 113 people drowned, 27 men were shot by their wives or the wives boyfriends, 23 killed by lightening, two people killed by mosquito bites with the West Nile virus.

So in Georgia, snakes are the least of my worries. Hunting in west Atlanta at some civil war sites near the ghettos would be my biggest fear. Getting killed by a drug addict who wished to pawn my metal detector is a real fear and that is why I don't hunt in that area. I would rather hunt around a pack of upset rattlesnakes.

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Old 06-13-2019, 08:26 PM
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Headphones are important for several reasons. I choose to use them so no one can hear my equipment and I am cognizant of my suroundings. I use hearing protection gear which take a line in and pass through outside noise. search for this:

Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Earmuff

this one is an inexpensive solution and you can hear the snakes, maybe even better then your natural ear.

there are several similar options out there, the greatest benefit is that you can hear the outside world, even amplified if you choose to turn it up that far. For my case it also blocks out loud noise too.

the one drawback with this product is that the sound amplification works only simultaneously between outside noise and line input. so when you turn up the MD input (from no outside noise) to hear it louder, the outside noise also increases. adjustable to a slight degree (i.e you can get MD sound only).

now, I would only want a set of headphones that somehow permit outside noise through. as nice as it would be to entrance myself with ID tones in my own little acoustic orb, I've had experiences that warranted the hearing of my surroundings.

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