I once again stepped up to purchase a top of the line metal detector to keep getting grizzly hunting relic and treasure. It was an agonizing decision because I enjoyed my Minelab etrac. I always felt that when I walked into a property, I was able to find whatever was there and recover it. Yet, today I need depth that the Minelab etrac just does not give me and I have limited resources.
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I hope to once again own an etrac, but for now I had to go with the Garrett GTI 2500 Pro with Eagle Eye Treasure Hound metal detector. This gives me a great Garrett metal detector with the ability to reach deep. I ordered it late last night and I hope to receive it this week.
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I am almost excited about learning the new machine, yet still hoping someone will return my lost etrac. Wouldn’t it be great to have both machines for any hunt location?
With this new metal detector, I should be able to find lost graves as well. So I will be able to accomplish another goal I set for myself this year. I tend to think everything happens for a reason. I am excited to have a good Garrett metal detector and learn it like I have learned the etrac. I just pray it does not take as long. The Garrett is also suppose to work in highly mineralized soil and where I live, this sugar sand is highly mineralized. I can walk out my back door and put a magnet into the soil and come up with it covered in black sand. So it will be interesting to say the least.
Since I don’t have any relationship with any metal detecting shops in my area I just ordered the machine through KellyCo Metal Detectors. I have bought all my machines through them and have had good luck. It is hilarious how much money a local detecting shop could of made off me, and those that read this blog and Temerity Magazine if they would of only bought a small advertisement with my online effort. Well, that is the way it goes. I am committed to continue this dream and putting my hard earned capital behind it.
The etrac I lost was $1600 new and I had not even had it a year, then this GTI 2500 was $1200. So my business has shelled out $2800 this year on those two items alone not to mention the customizations and extra’s I added to them and will add to them. Relic and Treasure is not a cheap hobby, but it really is rewarding finding that penny or dime that gives you a date and evidence of those that have trod the property before us.
I love this hobby, and those I am blessed to meet in it. It is exciting all the new contacts my lost etrac has also blessed me with. I have a few new hunting partners that I am excited to get out and hunt with. So all in all, even when a little rain must fall, life is good.
I have been corresponding with an elderly yet passionate treasure hunter that has had some unimaginable success in this industry and hobby. He has righted the history books, and inspired many like myself to live with temerity. I cherish his friendship and words of wisdom. He is now unable to continue his hunting days and I pray he can live vicariously through my effort. He has inspired me and taught me to see things that I have never noticed before and it is paying off. I have yet to find anything of significance, but it is only a matter of time. I am putting myself in the right locations and blessed with the ability to have the right technology for the job. I can’t help but think of him and all the other great relic and treasure friends that reached out during this set back and encouraged me onward.
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Sometimes, you don’t realize how blessed you are until you get humbled and find out who among your friends are really truly friends and peers. I have a ton of work left to do this hunt season and pray I find my payday. I have invested quite a bit of capital and time into assuring my success for myself and for those great land owners who put their faith in me. It is truly an honor to do what we do as relic and treasure hunters.
Well, look for some new videos this week of the new machine and my learning curve and comparisons to the old faithful Minelab etrac that I lost in a moment of stupidity. But that is how life goes. You get a setback and if you choose to let it defeat you, then you will never truly know how truly blessed you are. I am blessed, and I am blessed that I can share this with you.
Chad T. Everson