Ultimate Guide to Indian Artifact Hunting by William Bauer

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Found October 6th 2014.

Coral Mushroom harvested October 12th, 2014 near West Plains, Missouri.

ABOVE:  Found Oct. 4th

Rain yesterday =  points today!

It was a blustery day today-
right at the acceptable wind limit for kayaking.

The water temperature was warmer than the air temperature, which gave me the strange sensation of being in a warm bath every time I reached into the water.

First day since spring that I used chest waders.

Winter is coming!


Stone Corner Notch point.  One of my favorite personal finds, the best of 10 river hunts on the same 4 mile section.
Almost looks like it's smiling....

Photos and content on this site original work product of William Bauer unless otherwise credited.
 copyright 2014



If an arrowhead hunter doesn't come along and collect out of context artifacts eroded from banks, they will be washed downstream and broken up by the rocks.   Rescue an Indian artifact today!


For returning visitors:

NEW PAGE Oct. 4th -  Texas Arrowheads

Oct. 12th update -  HUNTING GEAR


For New Visitors: Keep scrolling down,
there's a link to the next page
at the bottom of each page!!




Rare first stage Afton I found poking out of a mud bank this summer. This point is cracker thin, and hasn't had it's initial pentagonal resharpening on the blade.




When you find Indian artifacts you collect what money can't buy. Arrowhead hunters collect experiences, memories of adventure, excitement, and triumph.

They say arrowheads are where you find them, and it's true, Indian artifacts might turn up just about anywhere. However, looking EVERYWHERE is not practical. A plan is necessary if you want to find arrowheads consistently. You need to look where Indian artifacts are concentrated. This means locating Indian camps.

For a beginner, it's difficult to know where to find Indian camps.  It takes years of experience to understand the placement of campsites. Most beginners learn camp locations from other people, or find Indian camps accidentally. There are short arrowhead hunting guides on the internet, but they do not offer many specifics. Experienced arrowhead hunters do not part with their secrets easily.


Between paying the light bill and raising a family most people find it impossible to reach the level of expert artifact hunter, simply because they do not have the time to develop the initial knowledge base.  Without this knowledge base you will fail more than you succeed.  Few people have the wherewithal to get past these difficult first years.

Within my book lies the salvation of every aspiring expert.  I have developed a modern school of Indian artifact hunting and condensed this knowledge on these pages. Arrowhead hunting theory and technique found here will allow you to bypass these most difficult first years, and operate with the knowledge base of an expert arrowhead hunter, within the time it takes you to read and understand this work.


Stopped the kayak for a lunch break at one of my favorite hunting spots. 
I put my seat right in the river and eat lunch with my feet in the cool water. 

Look at the bottom carefully, and take your time.

You never know what you might see down there..........

Pictured below is my first Dalton, found last year on the same gravel bar.



G-10 Agate Basin Drill

I found this drill on a mud bank after a heavy rain.

This was only the third time I hunted this spot,
which I originally located using the techniques in my book.

This point  was fully exposed-just laying there in the mud.

Pictured below in it's original position (insitu).

This point exhibits basal edge grinding, as well as transverse oblique flaking on it's base consistent with other examples of Agate Basin points.

This is the oldest point I've ever found, and dates to 10,000 years before present. 

 This Agate Basin was my best find of 2013.


I make no assumptions of your arrowhead hunting knowledge, and have included the basics as well as advanced technique and theory.  Each chapter helps explain the next. There are 15 surface hunting and 5 digging techniques included.  This book presents a SYSTEM for Indian artifact hunting that involves many disciplines. There are individual parts of this book you can apply immediately to improve your arrowhead hunting results, but if you follow the SYSTEM you will get the best results. This book will give you the tools, but the leg-work is still up to you.


Beginner to Expert level arrowhead hunting guide.

258 pages---73 color photos---50,000 words

14 Surface Hunting Methods

Salvage Archaeology-Ethical Digging Techniques

14 Chapters, Including:

  • Locating Indian Camps
  • How to Schedule Arrowhead Hunting
  • Successful Mindset and Winning Strategy
  • Arrowheads as a Commodity
  • Arrowheads and the Law
  • In-situ Photographs
  • Kayaks, Canoes, and Powerboats
  • Archaeology and Ethics
  • When There is No Rain
  • Indian Artifact Hunting Safety Considerations



and learn how to find Indian camps.









COPYRIGHT2013, 2014 William Bauer

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