Well, It’s one week through February and so far the cold and snow has been minimal (at least in this part of the country). As I said in the January newsletter, I’ve detected in December and the 1st and 3rd of January. Well you can add February to that list. I went on February 2nd and the 6th. Yesterday (Feb. 6th) I went to the Bark River School playground and stayed about 1 1/2 hours. The ground and the wood chips are both pretty frozen but I did manage to find 2 quarters – 3 dimes – 1 nickel and 3 pennies.
I did have a young fellow (a senior at the school) ask me several questions about metal detecting and he said he’d gotten an old detector from his grandfather but couldn’t get it to work. I told him to run home (across the road) and get it and when he returned we tried but no dice. I marked the name and model down and when I got home on my computer I pulled up the manual and copied it for him. He’s in the same school as my grandson so I’ll have him give him the paper work for his Micronta 4003 detector and he may be able to get it going. I remember running into the same fellow about a year ago and he was asking me a lot about detecting then. So, I guess he’s really interested in the hobby and I hope he follows up with it.
I have to be honest and say that I’m starting to enjoy this winter metal detecting………as long as the temperature is no colder than 18 or 20 degrees and there less than a foot of snow. The ground now is frozen from top to bottom except some places in the woods where there are leaves or a bed of pine needles. It take a lot of chipping and chiseling to get down even 3 inches but maybe with practice and a few tips from other detectorists I can master the art of winter detecting……………………….. cya in the woods and remember to cover your holes.