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  • I have access to a perennial spring. Need tips and advice.

    I have access to a clear running spring in a 40 acre area of a hardwood forest. The spring comes out of a small hillside. The spring is about ten to fifteen feet wide at the source and travels about ten yards before forming a shallow clear stream about three feet wide. The stream bed is stones, pebbles and sand. The stream travels for about fifty yards before running into a swampy area. I’ve only done a quick recon of the area and I need some advice. The surrounding ground is as hard as concrete and leaf litter is everywhere. The last time I was there was mid spring the the new growth was already getting going so not the best time to look for artifacts. Should I bring a leaf rake for surface hunting? Digging in pretty much a no go. Any tips or advice would be of a great help. Sorry if I rambled on to long.
    Uncle Trav- Southwest Michigan

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    Let your stick do the work!
    N.E Colorado, Nebraska panhandle

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    • #3
      Grab the rubber boots and have at er.. swamp as well
      good luck trav... now is the best time for standing corn.
      all that summer rain, there just waiting to be picked up ... go get um....✌️
      Southeastern Minnesota’s driftless area

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      • #4
        yes, rake, maybe blower! Get in that spring run.
        Professor Shellman
        Tampa Bay

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        • #5
          Take a leaf blower..when we worked the rivers, we had an electric trolling motor, battery, long cables, waterproofed em , silt went downriver,1972, can’t do it now. my diving buddy didn’t figure that setup out till the end of my diving days ( due to spending more time with family to avoid a divorce, thank heaven I was jerked back into reality)...Hey Trav, I have no doubts, if there’s stuff there, you the man to rescue ..
          Floridaboy.

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          • #6
            Without a doubt, leaf rake and leaf blower, maybe something to scratch the surface too like a rock rake. Done this myself many times with good success. I would check the high ground next to spring first. Good luck and keep us posted.
            Near the PA/Ohio state line

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            • #7
              Thanks guys. I need to get back to the spring but deer season has put a damper on the site for now. Luckily the cornfield is still on the list for finds. Just need the weather and my work schedule to both line up.
              Uncle Trav- Southwest Michigan

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              • #8
                Hi Trev, I agree. Leaf rake. Kim
                Snyder County Pennsylvania

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                • #9
                  Sounds like quartz creek but minus the swamp. Should be a good campsite right above the spring. Down from the spring where it meets the creek I found a nice celt in the creek so I know the main camp is close to the area. Good luck I hope to see you posting some finds soon.
                  NW Georgia

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                  • #10
                    All the above is great advice Trav, sounds like a great area.
                    🐜 🎤 Columbus, Georgia

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                    • #11
                      I’m heading to the spring site on Saturday. We need to clear some sight lines around a deer blind so no one will be hunting in the morning. Muck boots and a rake are on the tool list for the day.
                      👍😁
                      Uncle Trav- Southwest Michigan

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