When doing anything in the fields there are a few things you'll want to have, and some things you should know. All will vary to suit personal needs and region, but nonetheless basic information, and equiptment exists that we should all know, and have on hand in the field to supply various situations. For instance, I live in an area populated with Timber Rattlers and Copperheads so I keep a machete handy just in case I find myself in striking distance. But of course most snakes will not attempt a strike unless provoked. In a lot of states it is illegal to kill certain varieties of snakes or animals that are protected by law. So think responsably in situations like that, the ecosystem is more valuable than arrowheads.
I have discovered over the past five years that the most important thing to have in the field is permission to be there. Nothing is more uncomfortable than having to constantly look over your shoulder while at the same time trying to look for points. Just imagine your driving along and you see the perfect field, freshly plowed and just overlooking a meandering water supply. "there have to be points here", you say to yourself as you pull over and park at the gate. Looking around you think " I don't see any no trespasing signs posted, so I guess It 'll be ok". With that thought passing like a projectile to it's target, you begin to find debitage, and eventually a few points. Well thats all fine and dandy, but what if the field that you just illegally entered was a field that generations of a family members have collected from, built a collection from, and are planning to keep building and passing down from in the future. What if the owner and kids were planning a hunt for the next day. They probably wouldn't find anything because little did they know while they were eating dinner or out shopping, a thief was scavenging through their belongings keeping for himself what was not rightfully his. Follow the links on this page to learn more about how to keep yourself safe in the fields and legally obtain artifacts for your personal collection.
Below are subjects disected from one topic; how, when, why, where, to collect ARROWHEADS. This information originates from my own personal experiences, what I have learned from others, what professional archaeologist have to date concluded, and so forth.