Prior to Max Valentines sudden death in 2009, he gave us many details outside of the book regarding the Owl’s final location.
Golden Owl Hunt-Extra Clues
The Owl’s Final Location:
- The cache is more than 62.14 miles from the French coast.
- The cache is at a lower altitude than mountain snow.
- The owl is not on an island.
- Valentine also ruled out a few places: the Elysée, Matignon, the Bourbon Palace, the Senate, the Palais Brogniart, and Ginette’s bar in Mourmelon.
- On public land, not private grounds.
- Accessible at all times (except in extreme weather conditions.)
- The immediate vicinity of the cache is on a less steep terrain than 20%.
- The cache is more than 50 m from a human construction ( covered buildings, tarmac roads etc. but excluded molded or carved objects such as statues or standing stones.)
- The cache is more than 150 m from private land.
- The cache is more than 25 m from water.
- The cache has no remarkable features, it is innocuous, Valentine left nothing on the site to mark that it was there.
- The cache is in the open air not covered ( not in a cave or similar.)
- The owl is neither on a path, at the edge of a path (2 to 3 meters), nor is it in a ditch or at the centre of a crossroads of 2 paths that intersect.
- The owl is not in a graveyard.
- The owl is not buried at the foot of something and it is not backed by anything, you can go around the hole without encountering any obstacles, there is nothing within 2 meters of the cache.
- The cache can not be pointed at the precise map because it is too small, but by checking things on the precise map it is clear where the cache is on the ground.
- The cache is easily and quickly found. There are no “tricks” once you reach the location, there is no reasoning to be done on the site.
- If you dig at night to be safe from witnesses, it is better to find the cache in the day.
- To unearth the owl, Max Valentin thinks it will take 30 to 45 minutes.
- You can not find roots by digging up the owl.
- We do not see the site in any of the clue pictures.