Detect in Cornfields

Discussion in 'Where to go detecting' started by Carol K, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Carol K

    Carol K I'll be back!!!

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    Not just cornfields, any fields! We have fields around out house that have been there for a very long time. One field used to be a baseball field years ago, and I found several wheaties where they had some bleachers there.

    You never know what you will find in a field. One field in Connecticut produced several old coppers.

    In one of the fields Vlad found a cowbell. In a field we detected in New Hampshire, I found a 1800's iron toy train engine. It is my favorite relic. After doing some research it looks like it is an 1863 model cast iron toy train.

    Some people search fields looking for arrowheads. I haven't ever found one, but have met some people that have great collections.

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    Wow didn't know they would produce anything thanks for the tip/info.
  3. Carol K

    Carol K I'll be back!!!

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    Once you start finding some items, you suddenly realize there is an old foundation there!

    So, if you see a field and there is a plot of uncut grass in it, be sure to check it out and find out why. :yes:
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    If you find the right ones, they can be great!
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    That train is a cool find Carol.
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    I have a few acres of corn fields rights across the street from me, just haven't worked up the courage to go ask the farmer to hunt on his land.
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    Get the courage and ask I'd love to see what you find! :spin:
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    Hey Carol, that's a cool train! Silver Sniper, one advantage of plowed fields is that the farmers usually don't care, as long as it doesn't interfere with their crops. If it's too late now due to planting, see if any farmers practice crop rotation, where they leave a field or two in fallow. I hunted for arrow heads for years (yeah, and had about the same success rate as metal detecting) (oh, and fishing) (oh, and deer hunting), (etc, etc.) and have never had any problems getting permission when there's no crops planted. Don't neglect pastures, either. We have a pasture in the back that I've found a few old buttons in. There was no ryhme or reason to the finds till we found out that there was an old tractor trail going down to a ford in the creek. Now I'm trying to find the ford. (Don't want a chevy. Ha-Ha!!) Good luck! Curt

    Also (sorry this is long!), it can be a good ice breaker for meeting farmers that live in older homes. Although they may not want you detecting on their front lawn, they probably have out buildng that you might be able to hunt around.
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    Carol,
    I really like that old train...would rather find something like that than an old coin!
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    I love old fields a lot of the fields in my area once had homes, churches, school houses and even whole cities that aren't there anymore.

    Most of the silver, Indian heads and wheaties I've posted have been found in a buddy's hay field I just happened to find out that it was once used as a reunion/camp ground from the 1800's thru the 60's it's out there just gotta do a little research!
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    I have a field down from my house that I have checked out a little, have not found much yet. It is a big field so I will hit it again and again I'm sure.
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    Great train, Carol. Most of the time hunting the fields here. As I always say: "Every field has it's coin."

    The oldest finds here are from ~1850.

    And here is a lot of farmland...:yes:

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    You make me so jealous!
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    We have tons and tons of old fields and I've spent hours in many of them

    haven't found a darn thing lol
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    You have to research the fields. If there hasn't been a battle, army camp, home site, or town site, then you will be spending a LOT of time looking for what may be the only coin randomly dropped by a farmer in the entire field.
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    oh, I have =)

    my guess is either they have been super hunted (my personal guess) or farmed so much the goodies have sunk beyond my range

    probably a combination of them both
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    Carol K I'll be back!!!

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    This is why farmfields are never hunted out! Every year when the tractors go through they stir everything up again.

    Research of what used to be there is a good idea, and after a rain is a good time to find arrowheads.

    You just never know. I don't think there is an inch of land in the US that hasn't been walked on by somebody at one time.
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    in the fields around here it is pretty easy to find the old foundations,stumps, or rocks/boulders...the farmers mark all the spots with orange flags or ballons so the tractor pulling the disc tiller doesnt hit them. the fields I am allowed to hunt right by my house have no old foundations, and old maps show no structures but I have found old coins in the wooded area surrounding the fields. perhaps a shady spot to sit and eat lunch?

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