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June 29, 2022 10:41AM avatar
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kac
Trouble is in many parks when it is really dry the plugs can get sucked up in the mowers. I used to just not hunt in dry weather but probe seems to solve that, at least for coin shooting. Screwdriver didn't appeal to me, seemed bit odd walking around with one.

Anyways changed up the metal I used and tested one out tonight and it handled like a champ. Put my weight into it to pop up some stones and didn't bend or even flex and I'm 180+.

kac makes some good points -

1 - during really dry conditions, when the dirt/ground beneath the grass is 'dry', even a properly dug plug is very likely to die.

2 - A plug should have 4"-6" of dirt on the grass roots to keep the grass alive. If this dirt is removed from the roots in search of a shallow target in the plug itself, the plug will discolor and die. If there isn't enough dirt on the bottom of the plug, let's call it a flap of grass, that flap of grass has nothing to keep it anchored in the lawn and a lawn mower has enough vacuuming action to lift the flap and shred it to pieces again leaving a big sign you were there.

3 - Digging a plug where the edges are angled into the center cuts the roots along the edge of the border and the edges of the plug will discolor, leaving a brown ring around the perimeter of the plug, another tell tale sign you were there.

Having spent decades hunting privates yards and returning to hunt them again and doing the same for parks, schools, parking strips and such, I've had ample experience seeing the after effects of my own hunting as well as the results of others.

For hunting lawns, I use a 12" long "coin popper" for recovering targets from surface to about 4". It is like a long screwdriver with a lazy S shaped shaft. If the target is deeper than that, I will cut a hinged plug about 5" in diameter with a lesche digger. When hunting lawns I ALWAYS USE A DROP CLOTH for placing any excavated dirt so as not to leave a dirty area behind.

Being expert in pinpointing is key to hunting lawns so you don't have to widen your recovery area. If you're wondering if your technique of cutting plugs is good or not, try your own lawn and see what works and what disappoints before going out in public areas.

I had a favorite old hunting area closed due to some detectorists with shovels recovering targets and leaving their excavation sitting next to the hole. I was approached by one of the grounds keepers a couple hours into my hunt and he explained i had to leave. We talked about the incident and I mentioned that i had already "dug" 25-30 targets, all 8-10" deep and we walked over the area looking for ANY sign that i had been there. He couldn't find a signal spot where he thought I dug. He commented on what a great job I did, but, the policy had been changed and despite my efforts, it was off limits. Disappointing for me. I had hunted this area since the mid-80's and it was one of my test areas to try new detectors.

Anyway - if you think you're doing a great job with grass plugs, go back in a weeks time and check your work. Then you'll know for sure.

Rich

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2022 10:44AM by UtahRich.
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kac 317 June 27, 2022 09:14AM

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dixiedigger57 154 June 30, 2022 01:52PM

A 'tool' that works is what we should use.

Monte 190 June 27, 2022 09:50AM

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kac 178 June 27, 2022 10:01AM

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Sodbuster 158 June 30, 2022 04:29PM

I agree with this and your post above:

Monte 91 June 30, 2022 07:59PM

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Harold,ILL. 163 June 28, 2022 07:55AM

The hand-digger tool looks fine for a park.

Monte 108 June 28, 2022 01:53PM

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Re: shovels

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ScoTTT2 162 July 25, 2022 06:12PM

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UtahRich 184 June 29, 2022 10:41AM

Couldn't agree more UtahRichthumbs upthumbs up

Utmike 198 June 30, 2022 12:08AM

Read and heed UtahRich's post. thumbs up N/T

Monte 112 June 29, 2022 01:28PM

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Harold,ILL. 114 June 29, 2022 08:31AM

You're welcome to post that video here on AHRPS.

Monte 106 June 29, 2022 01:26PM

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kac 98 July 26, 2022 09:12AM

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Harold,ILL. 148 July 28, 2022 11:53AM

Blind - Deaf - and uhhhh . . . . well, you know the rest . .

UtahRich 119 July 28, 2022 08:13PM

Very well said Richthumbs up N/T

Timbertodd 109 July 28, 2022 08:20PM

Very well said Rich

UtahRich 129 July 28, 2022 08:30PM

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