Use the Stealth Approach
I decided to write this post after receiving a question from a reader that I thought was very appropriate to this issue. What issue am I speaking about here? Staying under the treasure hunting "radar."
If it hasn't come along already, there'll be a time or two (or three) in your treasure hunting career when you're gonna have to mask your efforts and use a stealth approach (just like a ninja) to gain additional info and search for that particular trove or cache. On a more basic level, you'll find that sometimes you'll need to use the stealth approach just to coin or relic hunt.
Here are some tips for staying under the radar and not giving yourself away:
Put on a good act. Although not all of us are Academy Award acting material, the ability to act out various roles is fundamental in escaping detection and preventing others from getting a line on what you're REALLY after. At one time or another you may end up acting out roles as a surveyor, nature-loving hiker, bird watcher, history buff, or a tourist or sightseer...anything and everything that may fit the bill for a particular circumstance. Putting on a believable act is one of the best ways to get the job done and not flag your true intent to others.
(A word of caution: Never, ever take the role of a law enforcement or other type of public safety officer. Remember, flashing fake badges and representing yourself this way is not only morally wrong, but it'll get your rear end jammed up in a hurry. Besides, you won't find any treasure sitting in a jail cell waiting to get arraigned.)
Say or do one thing, but mean another: Only a novice treasure hunter is going to blurt out questions to a local like, "Hey... I heard that Jesse James treasure might be buried around here. Know anything about that?" Game over brothers and sisters. Another way to approach this might be to say, "Hi. I'm studying the history of this county for a book I'm writing (or a class I'm taking, etc.) and was wondering if you know anyone who might be able to fill in some gaps for me?" Whatever you say or do, make your intentions seem innocent and NEVER reveal your true intent to anyone in the area you're researching or searching.
There's more to come on this topic in my next post. Until then, be safe and good hunting to you.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Basic Treasure Trove Laws"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012
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