Garrett Metal Detectors

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Diggin’ Texas

 
Come out for a great weekend of metal detecting honoring the late Charles Garrett. There will be six different hunts, including “free range” hunting in the historic park itself. (See entry form for details on hunt packages and prices.)

Prize tokens will be hidden in each hunt area. Find one and you could win Garrett detectors, Pro-Pointers, and more! Each hunt package includes free tent camping in the park. (A limited number of RV sites are available. Contact Diamond Don’s for rate.)

Plenty of Fun for All Ages!
  • Meet other treasure hunters and find some treasure! Or explore Jefferson’s historic district, including local museums or the Jefferson Railway.
  • Free Kids Hunt for ages 12 and under (split into 1-6 years and
    7-12 years).
  • Civil War re-enactors, ironclad boat replica, and cannon firing demonstrations on Saturday (weather permitting)
  • All prizes will be awarded! A random drawing will be conducted for unclaimed prizes.
  • Saturday, April 1, is “Haunted History” day in Jefferson.
    Ghost walks are available in town that night.
  • Special guests, more details to be announced!
  • Picnic and coolers allowed. Alcohol restricted from designated hunt areas.

Basic Hunt Package:
  • Participation in prize hunts: Best Finds Hunt, Lights Out Hunt, Free Range Hunt, and Kids Hunt (for those 12 and  under).
  • One Charles Garrett Memorial/Diggin’ Texas Hunt T-shirt
  • Saturday lunch (hot dog, chips, drink)
  • Free park admission and camping (RV camping requires additional fee)

Optional Silver Hunt and Relic Hunt also available.
See entry form for full details.

Meet the Diggers!
Ringmaster and King George

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!

 

Weekend of April 1-2, 2017(rain or shine)

Limited entries available—Don’t miss out!


Diamond Don’s RV Park
1602 Highway 49 East
Jefferson, TX 75657

website: www.diamonddonrvpark.com
 
 
Information

Email hunt@garrett.com for information not covered below

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Flyer   Entry Form
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Schedule
Updated 12-13-16
  Hunt Rules/FAQs
Updated 12-13-16
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Hotel Information    
  The Flyer, Entry Form, Schedule, Hunt Rules/FAQs, and Hotel Information are in Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). You will need to install the free Adobe Reader software to view and print these files.

HUNT RULES AND OTHER FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Updated 12-13-16
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.

In addition to historic relics or coins that might be found during this “wild” hunt, Garrett will also seed some prize tokens throughout the park. Hand diggers or small shovels can be used in free range hunt. Headphones are required on paid hunt fields.

YOUR HUNT TAG (provided in your hunt pack) MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.

Free Range hunting times are as follows: Friday, March 31, from Noon to 7:30pm; Saturday, April 1, from 7:30am to 7:30pm; and Sunday, April 2, from 7:30am until 2:00pm. Any tokens found in the Free Range areas must be redeemed at 6:00pm on Saturday, April 1.

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.

Coins or relics dug in the Saturday Relic Hunt will not be considered for Best Finds categories. Metal detector prizes will be awarded for each “Best Find” category.

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.

Kids Hunts:

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.

 
Relic Hunt:

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.

Silver Hunt:

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?

Select the Entry Form on this web page. Print the form and complete it, selecting the hunts you desire. Write in the total cost of your combined selections and then make your check or money order payable to TAMDC. See entry form for TAMDC mailing address. TAMDC does not accept credit cards or PayPal. Please do not send any payments to Garrett.

Can I show up the day of the hunt and pay to enter?

Only if there are openings remaining. Due to property size, the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt will have a limited number of hunters. Please visit the web page www.garrett.com/garrett_hunt for status. If the hunt has been sold out prior to April 1, it will be posted on this web page.

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 on Saturday, April 1, 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).

Additional prize tokens will be planted during the various hunts that can be redeemed for various Garrett accessories and other prizes (to be announced 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.)

Drawings for unclaimed prizes will take place immediately following each particular hunt. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO CLAIM A PRIZE. Should you need to leave the hunt for any reason, please leave your prize token with someone you will allow to claim your prize in your place.

 
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.