Welcome to The Hoot Owl Tree. This blog is for everyone who likes the outdoors and adventure.
Our plan is to write about the KGC and other types of treasure hunting and mining. We will post as often as we can, but not on a regular schedule. Your comments are welcome, but Bob and I will moderate all submissions.
The images above are real Treasure Signs from across the USA. Some were man made and others were modified from what nature provided to point to clues or, perhaps treasure. There will be changes in the slide show, as we are able to import more pictures of different treasure layouts.
As we go along, there will be research notes presented for sale as eBooks, also in the works are some DVD's that will pertain to specific treasure or hunt areas, that will also be for sale through this blog/website.
Please keep in mind that all text, pictures and posts are copyrighted and are the property of this site and it's owners. If you have questions or requests, please drop us a line. Keep your eyes peeled and your mind open as well, for you may be walking by a Hootowl Tree and not even know it!
Hopefully you will see something that will help you with your adventure!
No doubt some of you are wondering why this website is titled THE HOOTOWL TREE. John and I thought long and hard before naming the domain as we did but we had our reasons.
After years of talking with hundreds of treasure hunters we knew many cache hunters had little knowledge of how to use hootowl trees in their work. In fact most cache hunters don't include sculptured mountains, carved rocks or grafted cactus.
The term "Hootowl Tree" is relatively new in treasure talk. Still these bent, deformed and grafted trees were very common when I was a boy growing up in the Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas. Every mountaineer knew about these trees. Various reasons were given for the strange trees being made, but usually the old timers called them markers or line trees. One line of trees, which stretched for several miles in a straight line, marked an old trail between two distant community schools. Around 1987 Linda and I learned this line of "hootowls" marked a line within a treasure area we were working. Further work on the site proved other lines crossed this master line. At the junction of this and another line we found a buried wood stove leg. The stove leg proved to be a cunningly designed topographic map of the area where it was found. These maps lead us to our first cache of buried treasure.
About 21 years ago a friend introduced me to a seemingly ridiculous book titled "Jesse James was one of his names." As I read the book for the first time I found myself almost laughing at some of the claims it made. Reading on I reached the page where Hoot Owl Trail and Hoot Owl trees were mentioned. Then I remembered an old trail through our neck of the woods the old pioneers called the Owl Hoot trail. I once asked why that name was used for the old horse trail. The answer makes a lot of sense if you knew that trail was often used by rustlers and bad men who used a variety of hoot owl and bird calls for signaling one another while on the lam.
Even we mountaineers used owl calls and bird whistles to communicate and alert each other to strangers in the area or warn of approaching game while hunting. My Uncle, his family and neighbors used the code in the days when moonshine liqueur provided most of the family's income. So you see the title "Hoot Owl" is a natural for the trees and objects made to mark lines and places along lines in a treasure area.
We have done more research on the 8 pointed star found by Hutton Pulitzer. He is correct in stating that the Mik Macq Indians have used the symbol for centuries ! I does seem odd to us that the symbol can be made on our Template, but we realize that it could be just a […]
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