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Using the Correct Digging Tool

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM

I have seen a lot of posts and videos about digging techniques, but there hasn't been much discussion about using the proper digging tools. Round point garden shovels are fine for some situations but when detecting maintained parks & schools they are a no-no. I've watched experienced hunters try to dig a target and replace the plug, but it just becomes a big mess. The best tools are those that are designed specifically for digging a clean plug, such as Predator Tools, made by George Lesche. I use the Relic Pro (T) Model 80 and find it to be the best for these types of sites. I can dig with it and fill in the hole, and no one would ever know the site was detected. My second choice is the classic model 85 hand "knife" trowel. It does not make as clean a plug, but at sites where there are a lot of onlookers the Relic Pro looks a bit threatening and can raise a few eyebrows. It's important to the future of the hobby that we use the proper equipment and techniques so that sites look as good when we leave, as they did when we arrived.

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