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Story: Detectorist Beware

Location Type Old Site
Detecting Time 3.5 hours
Detector Minelab Explorer SE

I met up with some of the guys over on the west end of Memorial Park. It was good to get out and hunt with some friends after taking time off from the hobby. Once everyone arrived we headed off into the woods and started swinging. Memorial does not have much vegetation on the ground, but there is a lot of low hanging brush and trees. It can be a work-out.

We had been hunting for about 45 minutes and I was off on my own when I looked in front of my coil and saw this snake slithering away from me. I must have almost stepped on it. I was not sure whether it was a Coral Snake or a King Snake. I couldn't remember the little rhyme that is supposed to help you remember. Anyway, since I was not sure I stayed at a safe distance and got some pics. According to Wikipedia, the Coral Snake is poisonous, but has a weak bite and usually does not kill anyone. It was still an adrenalin rush...always nice to feel close to nature. He was moving pretty fast so it was hard to get a good picture.

Coral Snake
Coral Snake
Coral Snake

On the way back to the fellows to tell them about the snake, I got a good signal about 8 inches deep. It was my first Indian Head penny (1905). I was running the SE on All Metal/Ferrous Tones/Deep Recovery. It turns out that Steve ran into a Coral Snake too. As Steve reminded me, "Red and yellow, kill a fellow, red and black, venom lack". This only applies to North American Coral Snakes.

Anthony (Klopek), Steve (ssehunter) and Tim (Bazooka)

After talking for a while we set off again and headed for the Camp Logan bath house foundations. I found a couple of deep bullet casings, but that was all. We hunted for 3.5 hours or so and the rain was coming so we hit the road. Twas a good time.

Logan bath house foundations
Couple of casings from Memorial
1905 Indian Head
1905 Indian Head

Happy Hunting!
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