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Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt 2019 in partnership with Texas Association of Metal Detecting Clubs. Fun. Diggin' Texas 3. Prizes. Charles Garrett 1932-2015.

Diggin’ Texas 2019

 

SIGN-UPS FOR THE HUNT HAVE NOW STARTED!

We will return to historic Jefferson, Texas, for another fun weekend of detecting to honor our company's founder.

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 (if hunt fee is paid before February 1, 2019)
  • Free park admission and camping (RV camping requires additional fee)
  • Hunters are free to search throughout the park grounds for native coins and relics that can be entered in the Best Finds contest. In addition, special prize tokens and caches will be seeded throughout the park grounds.
  • We also plan to excavate fresh areas of the historic town dump site, from which diggers unearthed many old bottles and relics at past hunts.

Optional Silver Hunt and Relic Hunt also available.

See Entry Form for prices and more info

Plenty of Fun for All Ages!
  • Meet other treasure hunters and find some treasure! Or explore Jefferson’s historic district and local museums.
  • Ride the Jefferson Railway!
    For rates visit www.JeffersonRailway.com or call
    (903) 742-2041
    to make a reservation.

    Jefferson Railway
  • Free Kids Hunt for ages 12 and under
  • 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.
  • Special guests, more details to be announced!
  • Picnic and coolers allowed. Alcohol restricted from designated hunt areas.
 

Weekend of March 29-31, 2019 (rain or shine)

Diamond Don Empire
1602 Highway 49 East
Jefferson, TX 75657


website: www.diamonddonempire.com

Diamond Don's RV reservations: melissa@jeffersonrailway.com

 
 
Information

Email hunt@garrett.com for information not covered below

 
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Flyer   Entry Form
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Hotel Information   Hunt Rules and
Other FAQs
  These forms 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)

Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt III: Info and Rules

    Print Version Updated 08/08/18
Free Range Hunt:

Open hunting in the wild is 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 prize tokens and coin caches throughout the park. Hand diggers or small shovels can be used in free range hunt. Headphones are required on paid hunt fields. Don't give up on hunting the property after Friday. (Free Range areas will be re-seeded throughout the weekend.)

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

Free Range hunting times are as follows: Friday, March 29, from Noon to 7:30pm; Saturday, March 30, from 7:30am to 7:30pm; and Sunday, March 31, from 7:30am until 3:00pm. Free Range "best finds" (see "Best Finds Hunt") may be turned in beginning at 3:00pm on Saturday. Submissions will not be accepted before this time.

FREE RANGE PRIZE TOKENS: Prize tokens found in the Free Range areas can be redeemed between 11:30am and 6:00pm on Saturday, March 30, and on Sunday, March 31, from 7:30am to Noon. Any unclaimed Free Range token prizes will be distributed Sunday after the Silver Hunt prizes have been awarded. A random drawing from all paid Basic Hunt names will be used to distribute any unclaimed Free Range token prizes.

Best Finds Hunt:

Each registered hunter can submit up to two (2) of their favorite/best finds. The item(s) must be something that was found and recovered within the Free Range hunt property. Relics dug in the Saturday Relic Hunt will not be considered for "Best Find" submissions. Best Find submissions will be accepted only on Saturday between 3pm and 6pm at the Pavilion/Hunt Headquarters. Judging of the Best Find submissions will begin at 6pm on Saturday, March 30. (See "How will the Best Finds be Judged?" section for more info.)

 
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 Hunt:

Limited to children ages 12 and under. Children 6 and younger will have their own hunt area separate from the older children. 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 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 Relic Hunt 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 Silver Hunt 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 can I get an extra Charles Garrett Memorial/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 February 1, 2019. T-shirts will be distributed with your hunt pack that is picked up at registration at the hunt site. If any extra shirts remain at the time of the hunt, they will be made available for sale at the Hunt Pavilion.

How many prizes will be given away?

Garrett will be awarding multiple metal detectors (such as the AT Max, AT Pro, AT Gold, ACE 400, and ACE 200) and Pro-Pointers for at least five hunts: Best Finds Hunt, Kids Hunt, Silver Hunt, Relic Hunt, and the Lights Out Hunt. The Free Range hunt areas will also be planted with prize tokens that can be redeemed on Saturday and Sunday at the Pavilion/ Hunt Headquarters. The premium Silver Hunt and Relic Hunt will each have special prize tokens corresponding to the total number of paid entrants per hunt (i.e., more hunters = more planted prize tokens).

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, 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.

How will the Best Finds hunt categories be judged?

A small panel of judges will be announced at the hunt. Each person participating in the Best Finds hunt can submit up to two (2) finds on Saturday afternoon. (See "Best Finds Hunt" for times.) The judge panel will select several winners, and their decisions are 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. Most of the special hunt fields (Relic Hunt, Silver Hunt, Lights Out Hunt, Kids Hunt) will be off-limits until Sunday afternoon (once all prizes have been distributed and 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: https://diamonddonempire.com/about-the-rv-park/

 
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.

Will food and beverages be available on site?

Yes. Diamond Don's RV Park is coordinating with Jefferson-area food vendors once again to have various meals and beverages available for purchase at the main hunt headquarters pavilion. Please visit that area to see prices, food availability, and times of operation.

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.

Can I metal detect on Diamond Don's property before or after the hunt?

No. This RV park is private property. The owners have granted special permission for Garrett to use the property for the Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt. The only times metal detectors are allowed on this property are listed on the hunt schedule. Upon the close of hunting on Sunday, campers do not have permission to metal detect on the property without obtaining permission directly from the property owners.

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