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Old 09-13-2021, 09:11 AM
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I started hunting a park about 50 miles from where I live last Monday, I took out 15 wheats and a junk ring. This park is loaded with trash and iron, 4-5 hits per swing and it's everywhere. The park isn't that old(1925), but, heavily used apparently. I hunted for roughly 6 hours and only dug 6 clad coins. I was certain there was silver to be found with that many wheats being found.

Most of the signals were iffy and between 6-8" deep. I went back yesterday and focused on the same general area that I hunted the week before. Again, most of the signal were funky and deep, this time between 7-9". I managed to pull 6 more wheats and 2 mercs from a relatively small area, again only 5 pieces of clad.

The strangest signal was one of the mercs, I was only getting a hit on it every other swing , short tight passes, one way and just a chirp. The VDI never went above 22 or dropped below a 20, normally if the numbers dip into the negatives on this kind hit, it's a piece of iron, so I dug it. just to see what it was.

I was very surprised when I saw silver in the dirt , this was deeper hit, maybe 8" I cut the hunt short because I hit a deer on the way over and really jacked up the grill on my car, my second animal hit in 2 years driving to a hunt lol.

I did meet a guy swinging a machine and came to the conclusion that he's cleaning all the shallower clad out because he swings with his coil 3-4" off the ground and moves very quickly.

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Nox 800
Park 1
Recovery 6
Iron Bias 3
Sens 24
Tone break set to 20, cherry picking setting
2 Tones
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Old 09-13-2021, 10:30 AM
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Nice Silvers and Wheats! Way to stick to it and get those better deeper targets!

Oh... and deer are a big problem here in Montana. I see cars all the time with smashed in front quarter panels, and dead animals along the highways. I don't even drive at nite here.
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Old 09-13-2021, 03:23 PM
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Nice mercs, I get weird vdi on silver at times too.

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Old 09-14-2021, 12:08 AM
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Congrats on the pair of mercs & wheaties!

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Old 09-14-2021, 08:55 AM
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Dan congrats on the shiny and wheats. Sorry to hear about your car, damn deer. Alot of that here in Pa. I love it when those iffy signals produce silver. Thats probably why I dig a ton of iron. Just curious, why 2 tone. Good luck, Mark

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Old 09-14-2021, 12:05 PM
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Thanks so much for the detail in describing your hunt. Iím really a rookie so knowing what you did, how you did it and more importantly why helped a few things click in my brain.
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Old 09-14-2021, 03:06 PM
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Dan congrats on the shiny and wheats. Sorry to hear about your car, damn deer. Alot of that here in Pa. I love it when those iffy signals produce silver. Thats probably why I dig a ton of iron. Just curious, why 2 tone. Good luck, Mark
When I cherry pick a site, I set my tones at 2 and my tone break at the point that I'm willing to dig any target above my tone break. When I water hunt, I go with 2 tones as well and set my tone break at 0 and dig everything above that point. I don't care to listen to multiple tones because I'm going to dig regardless.
When I cherry pick in the dirt, depending on the age of the site, I will only go after coppers and silver unless it's old enough to produce Indians and V-nickles.

I know I leave some stuff behind, but, that's the price I'm willing to pay
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Old 09-14-2021, 08:02 PM
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Beautiful Merc duo! Congrats

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Congrats on the pair of Mercs!

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Old 09-15-2021, 08:29 PM
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WTG on the silver. You've got the right machine for the deep stuff, keep hitting that park.

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Old 09-15-2021, 10:34 PM
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Good play by play. And you get extra points since they were " super deep and iffy" I like the merc still-in-the-clod fresh-reveal pix .
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