Diggin’ Texas 2017
Sign-ups are now complete. If you plan to show up on the day of the hunt to watch, please be advised of the following cost.
Plenty of Fun for All Ages!
Basic Hunt Package:
Optional Silver Hunt and Relic Hunt also available.
Michael “Nugget Noggin” Bennett, Tim “Ringy” Saylor, and George “KG” Wyant will be on hand at the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt to greet fans and take part in the fun. Don’t miss out!
Sign-ups for the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt 2017 have now closed.
Due to the response and size of the hunt grounds, no further entry forms will be accepted that are not postmarked with a date of 2/14/17 or earlier. We look forward to seeing everyone who signed up. See you in the field!
Weekend of April 1-2, 2017(rain or shine)
Diamond Don’s RV Park
1602 Highway 49 East
Jefferson, TX 75657
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HUNT RULES AND OTHER FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Free Range Hunt:
Open hunting in the wild, limited to areas within Diamond Don’s RV Park that are not roped off as seeded hunt areas. See map in your hunt package for any areas that are off-limits. Special historic areas on the property will be made available for relic hunting and bottle hunting, including an early town dump site. For diggers or sifters, it is mandatory that all holes be filled back in.
Best Finds Hunt:
Turn in your best or favorite find that you make while free range hunting in the park. There will be several categories announced and displayed at the park pavilion/Hunt Headquarters. (See “How will the Best Finds be Judged?” section for more info.) Registered diggers may submit up to one find per “Best Find” category. Submissions must be turned in by 6:00pm on Saturday, April 1, at the pavilion headquarters.
Lights Out Hunt:
Held after dark on Saturday evening, using only detectors. No flashlights and no pinpointers allowed. Find surface targets in the dark, including coins and tokens redeemable for detectors and pinpointers. Only hand diggers are allowed and headphones are required. No pulse machines. Prize redemption for tokens found during this hunt will take place immediately following the hunt.
Limited to children ages 12 and under. Two hunt fields will be created, one for ages 1 to 6 and the other for ages 7 to 12. Fields will be planted with coins, jewelry, relics, and prize tokens. Headphones required. No pulse machines. A parent can accompany smaller children to help with recoveries. If some tokens remain unfound, a drawing will be held from the names of all participating children. Must be present to win.
Paid participants only. Large hunt field, including lightly forested areas, will be planted with Civil War relics (minie balls, buttons, etc.) and includes prize tokens. All fees collected for this hunt will be used to buy relics to put in the ground and for special relic prizes. Prizes and number of relics planted will increase depending on number of entries. Following the hunt, all prizes will be distributed. If some tokens remain unfound, a drawing will be held from the names of all paid entrants. Must be present to win. Only hand diggers or small shovels are allowed and headphones are required. No pulse machines. For any relic tokens found after the prize distribution, please see Garrett Hunt Master.
Paid participants only. Large hunt field, including lightly forested areas, will be planted with silver coins, silver rings, and prize tokens (redeemable for metal detectors, pinpointers, special coins, and more). All fees collected for this hunt will be used to buy silver to put in the ground. Prizes and number of coins planted will increase depending on number of entries. Following the hunt, all prizes will be distributed. If some tokens remain unfound, a drawing will be held from the names of all paid entrants. Must be present to win. Only hand diggers or small shovels are allowed and headphones are required. No pulse machines. For any prize tokens found after the prize distribution, please see Garrett Hunt Master.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How do I register and who do I pay?
Registration is now closed for this hunt.
Can I show up the day of the hunt and pay to enter?
No. Due to property size, the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt will have a limited number of hunters. As of February 14, all remaining hunt slots had been filled. Please visit the web page www.garrett.com/garrett_hunt for any further status updates.
How can I get an extra Diggin’ Texas hunt T-shirt?
One free hunt T-shirt will be given to each Basic Hunt Package participant who is paid on or before March 1, 2017. T-shirts will be distributed with your hunt pack that is picked up at registration at the hunt site. Additional T-shirts can be purchased prior to March 1 using the Entry Form, with payments submitted to TAMDC. After March 1, a limited number of hunt T-shirts will be available for sale only at the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt.
How many prizes will be given away?
Garrett will be awarding multiple metal detectors (such as the AT Pro, AT Gold, ACE 400, and ACE 200) and
Pro-Pointers for five of the main hunts: Free Range Hunt, Kids Hunt, Silver Hunt, Relic Hunt, and the Lights
Out Hunt. For the sixth hunt, the Best Finds Hunt, Garrett will award a metal detector to the winner of each
named category (categories will be revealed at the hunt).
What if some prize tokens are not found?
All prizes will be awarded. For any prize tokens not discovered and/or not turned in, a drawing will be held to
award the prizes. For the Relic Hunt, Kids Hunt, Lights Out Hunt, and Silver Hunt, only the eligible participants
of each particular hunt will be eligible for the drawing. (For example, the drawing for any unclaimed Kids Hunt
prizes will be held using only the names of the participating children.)
What if I find a prize token after awards have been distributed?
Please see the Garrett Hunt Master at the headquarters pavilion to redeem your token for a consolation gift.
How will the Best Finds hunt categories be judged?
A small panel of VIP judges will be announced at the hunt. Each person participating in the Best Finds hunt can submit one (1) entry per category. For each category, the judge panel will select their favorite find and announce a winner. The decision of the judge panel is final. Their selection is not based solely on age or value of any particular find: it is merely the “favorite” of the judges.
Can I search in a hunt field after that event has ended?
Only once that area has been declared open for hunting. For example: the Kids Hunt fields and Lights Out Hunt field will be open to search AFTER the prizes for that hunt have all been awarded. For the Relic Hunt and Silver Hunt area(s), this territory is strictly off-limits for hunting until the Garrett Hunt Master declares the area to be open for hunting.
What are the park rules for camping at Diamond Don’s?
Tent camping is covered by your Basic Hunt Package fee. Interested RV owners should check in advance with Diamond Don’s for nightly rates and availability of spaces. Portable toilets will be on site for the use of all guests. For more info on the campground, including info on pets, fishing, boating, evening noise curfew, and things to do in the Jefferson area, please visit Diamond Don’s website: www.diamonddonrvpark.com
What should I bring to the hunt?
Everything you need to make yourself comfortable and enjoy some fun hunts. Suggested items include: lawn chairs, metal detectors, pinpointers, hand digger, small shovel, food, snacks, water, sunscreen, camera, camping gear (for those staying on site), trash bags, bug spray, rain gear and extra money (souvenirs, local museum fees, evening meals, etc.). Dump diggers can bring sifting screens, leather gloves, kneepads, and other accessories, if desired.
Can I bring my 4-wheeler?
Diamond Don’s will allow utility ATVs for use in moving from one end of the property to the other, as long as reasonable discretion is used. The safety of other hunters in the field and on the trails is foremost. Any ATV driver must be licensed, and speed should not exceed 10mph. Anyone seen driving with excessive speed or recklessly will be asked to return their ATV to its trailer.