• Hunting Arrowheads In South Texas

    I love great arrowhead collections, but I’ve never been one to take the time necessary to find and build my own collection. You know how it is: I don’t have the time…how many times do I use that one?

    Larry Harbour lives in Burleson, Texas, and he has a fabulous collection that  has taken years of untold hours to build. This past week, Larry traveled to his lease near Barksdale, Texas, polulation 706. Did you know that the real arrowhead hunters pay for leases just as do the deer hunters? Well, Larry made the trip to the lease and spent the weekend shaking dirt.

    He didn’t have the killer luck that he seems to have more often than not. However, to someone like me, his finds look pretty darn good. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of his arrowheads and hearing about his weekend as well.


    First of all, if you are going to be a “real” south Texas arrowhead hunter, you can’t think of your hunts as a vacation, and you sure can’t exect the Ritz, or even the Motel 6, out in these remote areas.

    In Larry’s case, the motel he chose in Barksdale (Oh, wait. It’s the only one in Barksdale!) is the Nueces River Motel.

    The Nueces River Motel, Barksdale, Texas

    Now, the motel doesn’t offer much in the way of conveniences. In fact, Roger Miller was only partially right when he said, “No phone, no pool, no pets” because at the Nueces River Motel you also will find no television, no pillowtop mattress, and certainly no Internet service. Oh, and you’ll need to bring your own shampoo.

    What you will find at the Nueces is a petite Octogenarian named Gerry. She owns the place, and she’s run it well for the past forty-four years. You also need not be surprised if you suddenly find yourself feeling like you’ve dropped into Grandma’s house.

    Gerry shows off a quilt with the signatures of her guests on it.

    With her flower garden and pot plants gracing the long porch where there are plenty of places to sit and rest, you might just find yourself walking down memory lane more than once, and should you happen to go for a walk about 4:00 a.m. you will find three beautiful cats on watch, maybe even all in a row.

    And…if you are one of the lucky ones who happen to be offered a piece of chocolate cake…well, it’s good is all I will say!

    Now, as to the hunt, you will need to get an early start so that at least part of your day begins without the blazing Texas sun.  Unfortunately, whether you can find breakfast very early in Barksdale is iffy, to say the least. However, if you make the five-mile drive to Camp Wood, you should find Mary’s ready with some bacon and eggs.

    And then, it’s off to the hunt! Larry is a serious hunter, and the following photos will offer you a glimpse into just how he does it.

    Larry has his own Bobcat, and he uses it to move a lot of dirt.

    The dirt is moved to motorized screens he built himself. Sometimes he turns on the motor, sometimes not.

    On this particular hunt, he invited friends and family to join him. It is hot, dirty work!

    This is early in the day. If you zoom in on Randal’s face and multiply by about 100, you will get an idea of how the rest of the group looked at the end of the day!

    At the end of the day there is a huge hole that will have to be filled in for the landowner.

    Then, equipment must be loaded and the place cleaned, no matter how tired you are from the hunt.

    So, I suppose the question is whether or not this much work is worth it or not, right? It must be to Larry Harbour who has been hunting arrowheads like this over and over for a lot of years.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    3 Responses to Hunting Arrowheads In South Texas

    1. missy jones says:

      Fredda: when you called me to see if I wanted to go to “South Texas” on an arrowhead hunt, i didn’t have to think twice. My middle name is GO. I appreciate so much you and Rickey taking me along, and to Larry and Billie Harbour and Randal for letting me have the greatest weekend in a long while. No, I didn’t find great arrowheads, but several very interesting things, and just finding the smallest piece of flint meant that one day, an Indian was sitting in this spot making arrowheads and knapped off that very piece of flint that I had just picked up. Thanks, Missy Jones

    2. rose turner says:

      Hello, if ever you are going on an arrowhead hunt, I would love to be invited to tag along. I live in Abilene, but I am also a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a couple foster kiddo’s in the Gustine/Brownwood area, so I go to visit them at least once a month. I have tried to get my foster kids interested in hunting arrowheads with me, but unfortunately, they show no interest, and that makes me sad :( Anyway, if you would be kind enough to invite me, I would be thrilled to go. I have only found 1 arrowhead in my life, and oddly enough it was on the fence line of my 6 acre yard, so most of my collection consists of pretty rocks, and interesting books. Have a happy day! Rose 325-370-5729.

    3. Juan Flores says:

      I enjoy finding artifacts. I’m not a collector when I find an artifact I examine it. When I cannot determine what purpose it served I take a photo of it from different angles and place it back where I found it. The mystery of its purpose is what drives my interest. Maybe. 1000 years from now another hunter will find it and do the same.I know many hunters are foremost obsessed with the monetary value of their find, I on the other hand hold a sincere respect for the Native American who crafted this relic and deep respect for its historical value.

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