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Evan Granger


Evan has been detecting since he was 12. Accompanied by his father and mentor, his first major find was a Mason jar cache of Morgan Dollars and other coins left in a post-hole bank. After that, he was hooked and has been metal detecting for over 28 years.

Evan has experience with several types of metal detectors and enjoys using new technology. His ability to quickly pick up a metal detector and understand it has been a key factor to his success. He loves the aspect of recovering and saving lost history.

You may recognise Evan from his website and YouTube Channel called 'Gonehunting for History'. His love of history has prompted him to build that website and YouTube channel for his discoveries.

Evan has given several of his Oklahoma finds to local museums, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, and to other treasure hunters who might not have a chance to see these finds.

Along with several other detectors, Evan has a great deal of experience with the X-TERRA 70, E-TRAC, Excalibur II, and CTX 3030.


Rally hunting with the CTX 3030... honesty paid off

June 19, 2013 11:10am

I was recently invited to participate in WWATS (World Wide Association of Treasure Seekers) Rally held in Antlers, Oklahoma. More info at I’m not a rally hunter, but welcomed the idea of meeting other hunters and having a chance to have some fun. So I packed up the CTX 3030 and headed out.

Posted by Evan Granger on June 19, 2013 11:10am | 3 Comments

Gaining permission - Part 2

May 06, 2013 12:45pm

Ok, I have covered several points in my last blog post, and there are more, but those are my main ones. In this blog post I will use a couple more.

When asking permission to hunt a property this is how my introduction goes 90% of the time:

'Hello my name is Evan. I hate to bother you, but I just noticed how old your house is. Could you tell me what you know about it?' Then I say, 'I did some research on this house and what I found is...' and I let them know what I found out. I then say 'the reason for my interest is I have a website and YouTube channel called Gonehunting for History. I go around to different places metal detecting for things from the past, whether it be tokens, charms, etc. My favorite things to find are things that are connected to the town.' I then talk about past finds and relate them to the town I am in.

Posted by Evan Granger on May 06, 2013 12:45pm | 0 Comments

Gaining permission - Part 1

April 19, 2013 10:45am

First and foremost, you have to have a game plan. Don’t ever go up to the door and not know what you are going to say. You may laugh, but I practice what I will say. I try to have at least a little of the history on the area or house before I start. You might possibly have more info than the landowner, and a way to start the conversation. If not, that is fine, do not let that keep you from going. Whether or not you have good intel on the property isn’t a game killer, but it can show the owner that you are serious about your work and that you are not just a “treasure hunter”. Having what you are going to say polished before you go up there can make or break the decision.

Posted by Evan Granger on April 19, 2013 10:45am | 1 Comment

Maximizing your area - Part 2

March 05, 2013 10:09am

Even if you are not the talking type, there are so many other ways to get to the goodies. One is slower, but can really be helpful, and that is the library. Looking at old newspapers can tell of stories forgotten only a few weeks after they were written. Most small town papers kept all of the local stories worthy to research on the front page, with the rest of the paper open to National news or advertisements.

Posted by Evan Granger on March 05, 2013 10:09am | 2 Comments

Maximizing your area - Part 1

February 15, 2013 03:47pm

Being successful at metal detecting can be a direct result of the area that you hunt, but it doesn't have to dictate how successful you can be. Whether you live in area known for Civil War relics, a highly occupied area where numerous coins are found, or rivers where gold is commonly found, the ability to maximize that area is what makes some hunters successful while others are not.

Posted by Evan Granger on February 15, 2013 03:47pm | 1 Comment
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