Above: Scallorn arrow point with nice serrations! This is the size of true arrowheads. Anything larger than this is a dart point or a spear point.
Above: Calf Creek arrowhead that shows an impact fracture from use as a spear point!!!
December 9th, 2017
Hunting Report by Willy B.
It's tough out there for arrowhead hunters right now.
There's been no rain here in Missouri, followed by no rain, followed by even less rain. California is on fire, because they didn't get any rain either. My friend in San Antonio called me a couple days ago and said there was snow in her front yard, and it was sticking, a rarity in south Texas. Strange days, indeed. On the bright side, one of my crew, the Springfield 4th Infantry Artifact Hunters Club, got out on the river for a hunt yesterday (pictures below).
If you want to find some points right now, find the nearest hydro-electric dam. They generate electricity in winter to meet higher demand. This means the water goes up and down a lot, and this creates a lot of erosion, knocking out some pointy rocks from ancient Native American camps on the banks above...
Dcember 9th 2017 UPDATE FIRST SLIDESHOW below:
This is a piece of red pipestone from Minnesota found near the Missouri/Arkansas border after recent floods. This cylinder is a drill core produced while drilling pipe stems. A hollow river cane is rotated in quartz sand and water slurry to drill the hole. A cylindrical column is produced from drilling, and then snapped off when complete, leaving the draw hole in place. This piece of red pipestone is proof that raw material was traded over long distances, and that pipes were then carved by local artists. AWESOME FIND!!!!
Above: Pitkin Chert Dalton Classic point found in Polk County Missouri in May 2017.
Slideshows below are from previous hunts.
BELOW: photos from previous hunts in 2017.
BELOW: previous updates
Above: White River Side Notch, what a SMOKER!
ABOVE: This isn't my find, but I sure am jealous!!! What a hog sticker. It's a Mehlville, and it's got wicked barbs and a needle tip. This point was found after heavy rains on the Big Piney River in southern Missouri. The landowner had recently removed 8 inches of topsoil.
Above: Results of a single river hunt, after the water receded.
Below: It's a Snyders point, carefully flaked into a scraper, and undoubtedly meant to be mounted on a short handle. Material is high quality Burlington Chert.
Above: Mehlville point with one ear sharpened off. Interesting hole above the notch is a fossil that has dissolved from years of being underwater!