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Dalton!
This nice gravel bar Dalton was found by one of my readers yesterday.

This is a really nice point, it's just a hair over four inches long, and in excellent condition for a gravel bar find.

The river was half frozen, stretches of ice with stretches of water in between. Arrowhead hunters don't let a little thing like ice slow them down!!

If you're new to arrowhead hunting, check out my website, I've got a basic guide to finding arrowheads there. I'll be posting these pictures on my site tonight, but you saw them here first!

The clovis was found Saturday in Cedar County, Missouri. Got a video of the clovis find I'll be posting later.

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1/22/18
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Massive Adena Blade found yesterday!!!

This enormous rock was found by my buddy near St. Louis. You're looking at the results of a creek hunt not far from the Mississippi River. It's an amazing piece, and that grooved ax isn't bad, either. #arrowheadhunting #adena
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Heavy rains and flooding have kept the lake full and the spillway open to maximum for about 30 days straight. Last night at midnight they shut the gates, so I loaded up my kayak and geared up, opportunities like this only come around once or twice a year. I know from experience it will take 6 hours for the water level to go all the way down, but I also know every hunter in the area will be out tomorrow....

I left at 2 am, which put me in the water at 3:30. It was dark, but not really that dark...the full moon shimmered off the water. I felt like I was being followed by a spotlight. No headlamp was necessary to navigate the river.

The water wasn't all the way down, but it was close enough an hour later when I pulled up on the first camp.

I hunted with a powerful light, but it wasn't long before I could see in twilight about 5:30. I was followed by an angry beaver for a couple of hours, he kept his distance but made sure I knew he wasn't happy with my presence by slapping his tail on the water. Lots of fish and water snakes, one moccasin about 5 feet long crossed the river in front of me!

The big pointy drill/awl was the find of the day, only 30 minutes before the end of my float. It's 4 inches long and very thin. I spotted it in shallow water, from the kayak as I passed a steep bank, and snatched it out of the water without getting up!

The two points held between thumb and finger are my buddies finds from last week, and the huge Mehlville point in the last picture was found on the Big Piney River in southern Missouri in a field where 8 inches of topsoil was removed.
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Some real nice rocks have been found since the flood...

Read the comments on each photo for details. #missouriarrowheadhunting #arrowheadadventures #dalton #pitkinchert #groovedax #sloandalton #minnesotacatlinite
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5/16/17
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Spring Flood is ON!

Lots of competition at the local topsoil mine, especially when it floods...

The field is a first terrace site right next to a creek with 30 miles of drainage, and this spot is near the mouth, so there's LOTS of water. Showed about 18 feet on the gauge, which is 14 feet higher than normal. Water went over the field and the road.

The amount of hunting pressure this place gets is pretty good. Getting arrowheads here requires a little extra effort.

I made a trip to the river just after dark last night, and although flood waters were receding, I saw that the water would have to come down another 2 or 3 feet to be hunt-able.

I went back home, and using the USGS real time water data, calculated the descent of floodwaters at 6 inches per hour. This meant I would have to return around 3 am if I wanted to be first on the field.

I prepared my gear, set an alarm, and slept for 3 hours.

Hit the dirt at 3:30 am and there was nobody around, just me and a completely gutted field, full of pointy rocks!!!

I've been hunting this field for 2 1/2 years, and this is the 3rd flood that's overtopped this camp in that time period.

Around 5:30 another hunter showed up. At 6:30 yet ANOTHER hunter showed up.

I hunted 3:30 to 7:30 this morning, found three complete points and 16 brokes. Excellent results for a 4 hour hunt!

See captions on each picture for more detailed information.

This flood has raised several local rivers 3 to 5 feet higher than I've ever seen them...STAY TUNED FOR MORE! #missouriarrowheadhunting #arrowheadhunting
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5/1/17
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Rice Lobed
Reeds Spring Chert

Pictured here are the results of my last couple hunts, including this lovely 9,000 year old Rice Lobed made from green Reed's Spring Chert. Super serrations and a steep opposite bevel on this fine example of the type. Measures 3 1/8 inches by 2 1/8 inches, and dates back to 9,000 years before present. I put in a full day hunting, and although I was finding brokes here and there, it wasn't until just before dark that I pulled this out of the mud!
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Reed's Spring Chert and some Heartbreakers

The first picture is a group of points made from Reed's Spring chert, which comes in many varieties, and was a favorite of local tribes. The term 'heartbreaker' gets thrown around a lot, but I promise you, the points in the second picture here are truly hearbreakers. Any one of these whole would be a year maker!~
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2017-01-19
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A KEEPER and the one that GOT AWAY....

First up is an oldie but a goodie, a 4 5/8 inch paddle drill from downtown Springfield, Missouri.

This is a city limits point, maybe THE city limits point...

This unusually long and extremely fine paddle drill shows an orange patina from many years in mineral laden spring water. Based on other finds from the same site, this stone is probably white burlington chert stained orange. Look close and you'll see polished areas on the high spots.

I'm not sure what this was used for, but I'll guarantee it wasn't used to drill anything, and probably not for making holes, either... It has been suggested that these were used as hairpins or as clasps for bags or clothing.

Either way, it's one of the finest rocks in my collection.

The broken blade in the last 2 pictures is most of a Dalton, with the base broken off. It's very finely made, and the material is agate. If this point were whole it would be the find of a lifetime. I've found a couple Daltons here and there, but nothing as nice or classic as this would have been. One guy I know has been hunting 30 years and he still doesn't have a good Dalton!

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2017-01-16
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Agate Basin Drill

This might be the oldest point in my collection, it dates back 10,000 years before present. I plucked this off an innocuous bank (see photo) after a 2 inch rain. There were four wheeler tracks right across this bank, probably from the night before. It's a miracle this fine piece wasn't broken!

This artifact is perfect in every way, and doubly rare to be a drill. Material is high grade Burlington chert, and it's from St. Claire County, Missouri. Base edges are heavily ground and you can see the remnants of transverse oblique flaking on the base (see close up photo).

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2017-01-14
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December 23rd Hunting Mud Flats in the River

Got a cold call about 7 am, one of the boys, half asleep "man, are you seeing that yellow band of rain that just went over Willy's island?"

Already awake and on the computer, I had the National Weather Service Mosaic Radar map of North America up in seconds.....

HMMMM...click on the favorites list, head to the NOAA Precipitation Map for my section of Missouri...

It was only showing 1/10 of an inch, but we both agreed that measurement wasn't based on hard data, it was just an estimate made by a computer program. This spot is in the middle of the woods, and there are no rain gauges for the area. Might just be enough rain to knock a few pointy rocks out of the loamy soil!

An hour and a half later, we unexpectedly pulled up on a freshly plowed field, and the farmer was burning brush near the road. That's a good break, because we were easily able to get permission to walk the fresh turned dirt, and it was still raining!

Pocket full of flakes and 2 broken points later, we proceeded to our original destination. Geared up with chest waders and rain jackets, we hiked 1 1/2 miles upriver, through mud flats, to get to Willy's Island, which is below the waterline under normal conditions.

Immediately I noticed there weren't any fresh footprints, and the river was so low it was just a trickle.

Barely containing my excitement, I moved to the downstream end, and we started hunting up the muddy bank, along part of the river channel that's usually underwater...

I found four in a row, then my buddy found 5 in a matter of 5 minutes!!! We hit one more spot, where I found the large spiky Dalton with dual ear nicks.

Find of the day is the big wide one, it's a Hidden Valley, very old and very rare type, and it's got a needle tip. The ear's not broken, it's chalky rock right there, you can feel the texture change. Most likely this piece was resharpened this way, and it's intact and as-made. Dates back 9,000 years before present. This is a rare find with a needle tip and it's finely made considering the rock is grainy quartzite.

The pink point with the needle tip (bottom left) is an Adena. It's thin, well made, and the material is heat treated Burlington chert.

SUPER DAY!!!! Love hunting in the winter. Clear water, no bugs, no competition, and sometimes artifacts, too...

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