How and where to hunt for arrowheads

Arrowhead hunting is a little more difficult than finding items for a different type of collection. Here's a few tips.

Finding arrowheads is more a matter of luck than skill. You can improve your luck by searching in areas where Native Americans were known to live and hunt but even then the exact hunting grounds must be, basically, stumbled upon. Of course there are historical locations which have been mapped and hunting in those particular locations could prove profitable. It's likely though, that such locations have been combed so extensively by fellow arrowhead hunters that these locations could prove fruitless. Archaeologists and other artifact hunters have also had their hand in hunting for antiques in the mapped areas lessening your chances even more.

General areas that were formerly inhabited by Native Americans are just as likely to provide a treasure or two. States that are known to have had many Indian predecessors doesn't exactly narrow the field but gives an arrowhead hunter a place to begin. Native Americans hunted wherever wild animals roamed. Dense woods and flat, open fields can narrow the search somewhat. And these places can actually and literally be right in your own back yard. Take walks in areas of woods that are close to home looking especially near large, old trees. Huge trees with much age were probably there at the time the Indians hunted.

Don't expect the arrowheads to be laying on top of the ground waiting on you to gather them. Some digging may be required and many hours of digging can simply be in vain. Some signs point to the fact that Indians have been in the area such as broken clay pottery or flint. If you uncover such items while walking or digging spend more time in the surrounding areas. Pottery suggests a spot where Native Americans camped and it's not likely that many arrowheads will be found in the exact area where the people camped but the surrounding areas would be places that were hunted.



Rivers and streams are excellent hunting grounds for arrowheads. Walk along the banks or use a sieve to search through pebbles and sand at the bottom. You can also cut a hole in a bucket, silicone in a piece of plexiglass then use it to help you hunt arrowheads. The bucket can be pushed under the water and the plexiglass makes a great view finder. Nearby thickets are treacherous but good arrowhead hunting grounds.

Recently plowed fields, particularly ones where other Native American remnants have been spotted, are a great place to hunt. Woods that have been plowed down for housing is another likely spot.

Canyons are good hunting grounds, along with rock overhangs or other places that a hunter could have taken refuge or hidden.

Metal detectors can help somewhat in the search for arrowheads. Although arrowheads aren't metal many Indians were shot during the era and metal remnants main remain from those incidents.

Of course if you simply want to own some arrowheads but don't necessarily want to hunt for years to find one you can look online for persons selling the artifacts or put an ad in your local paper. You can also purchase arrowheads at tourist attractions that feature Native American history.

Be sure that you're aware of any city or state laws that require you to notify officials when finding arrowheads and similar pieces. It's also against the law in most areas to remove such treasures from a National or State Park. Never hunt on other people's property without strict permission. Look into joining a club with other enthusiasts to team up and cover more ground. Clubs can be found online or through your local paper.

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