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Old 11-18-2018, 11:16 PM
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Default Civil war battlefield hunt - the stuff of nightmares

Perfect weather today for a nice civil war hunt. Worked an area of a battlefield and ran into the worst dump site I've ever seen. The surface was littered with pulltab can tops.

There were HUNDREDS. And spread across a good quarter acre.

The pic doesn't do it justice. All I needed was evil laughter echoing thru the woods as I stared at the can lids. Needless to say, I left the area quickly.


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Old 11-18-2018, 11:18 PM
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But you gotta think, thats what other relic hunters probably did also. So that where the good stuff is!

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Old 11-18-2018, 11:21 PM
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People always say stuff like dig everything or use a sniper coil. I think that you find more stuff actually by walking away from places like that and going someone better.

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Old 11-18-2018, 11:22 PM
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But you gotta think, thats what other relic hunters probably did also. So that where the good stuff is!
Could be true!

I did poke around a bit first. Found a Wheatie amongst the lids.
Luckily I can go back anytime and pick thru the mess again.

Hitting the spots that have actually produced tomorrow!
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Old 11-18-2018, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Bank Fisher View post
People always say stuff like dig everything or use a sniper coil. I think that you find more stuff actually by walking away from places like that and going someone better.
Agree.
I will give any spot that I have researched a chance but I also know when to walk away and hit another spot.
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Old 11-19-2018, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by abroome View post
Could be true!

I did poke around a bit first. Found a Wheatie amongst the lids.
Luckily I can go back anytime and pick thru the mess again.

Hitting the spots that have actually produced tomorrow!

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Old 11-19-2018, 02:48 PM
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Wow. I'd probably throw in the towel on that spot. If it's a battle field then patience might pay off. I dug a breast plate last year that was in modern bullets. I know it's the only reason it was there. Good luck & HH.

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If the spot is good enough I'd be tempted to bring a rake and clear out a small area as a test location.

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If the spot is good enough I'd be tempted to bring a rake and clear out a small area as a test location.
My thoughts exactly!

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Old 11-21-2018, 08:59 AM
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Default "Pulltops"

You stumbled onto a bunch of "pulltops". They were the forerunner of "pulltabs" and started to show up pre 1950 but only lasted less than 30 days or so when Thurmon Goodson, a park employee picking up trash was heard mumbling....

How come they pull the whole dang top off?? caint they just pull off a little piece? I mean you can cut your lips off tryin to drank outa them things. A new upstart park high school graduate employee overheard Thurmons comment and within 2 weeks invented the "pull-tab" in his mothers kitchen and SHAZAMM!!! the rest is history..

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Originally Posted by normx2 View post
You stumbled onto a bunch of "pulltops". They were the forerunner of "pulltabs" and started to show up pre 1950 but only lasted less than 30 days or so when Thurmon Goodson, a park employee picking up trash was heard mumbling....

How come they pull the whole dang top off?? caint they just pull off a little piece? I mean you can cut your lips off tryin to drank outa them things. A new upstart park high school graduate employee overheard Thurmons comment and within 2 weeks invented the "pull-tab" in his mothers kitchen and SHAZAMM!!! the rest is history..
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Old 11-24-2018, 12:47 PM
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I hate sites like that. I have an old hom site I'd love to hunt, but it was rented by a guy who loved to drink bud light and he throw his smashed cans everywhere. Pretty much impossible to hunt
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Not just limited to Civil war sites, my "best find" in Germany has been a 1972 Puch Maxi moped in the bottom of a German WW2 trench! I was not amused.

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SCARY. lol

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Old 12-02-2018, 08:53 PM
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Surely the lids didn't cover the whole battlefield. I'd hunt around that area and save it for very last. If enough goodies come out of the sight I'd for sure take a rake to it and hunt it all.
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Old 12-03-2018, 11:53 AM
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Surely the lids didn't cover the whole battlefield. I'd hunt around that area and save it for very last. If enough goodies come out of the sight I'd for sure take a rake to it and hunt it all.
Fortunately it was not a very large area
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:51 PM
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I understand, I myself have come upon sites like that . And you can't help but wonder what may be in the ground that has never been discovered.
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