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Metal Detecting: Tips for Hunting Success

Metal Detecting: Tips for Hunting Success

Many people think finding metal detecting riches is simply a matter of spending enough time in the field. But for many hobbyists this simply isn’t the case. Finding success takes a surprising amount of accumulated knowledge and skill.

Be thorough in your searches.
When prospecting, always keep in mind that the majority of your hits will be junk. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore every questionable target, however. Experienced hunters will often check the vast majority of hits, even if they rarely find something worthwhile. They feel that finding a few valuable targets they otherwise would have missed is worth the extra time and energy.

Sadly, many new prospectors will zigzag aimlessly around their target area, missing well over half the ground targets. Instead, use a grid pattern to thoroughly walk the ground. In this way, you will encounter as many hits as possible, which will increase you chances digging a valuable find. And, as you become more experienced, you will become better at differentiating between worthless and potentially valuable targets.

Research your hunting grounds.
Although prospectors do find success detecting on a whim, your chances of finding valuables will be higher if you first do some research. For example, detecting on sites with historical or geological significance will likely lead to better finds than detecting on a popular beach. Most experienced hobbyists use local knowledge, detailed maps, and online histories to determine which sites are worth their time.

When researching a site, there are few things you should keep in mind. First, look for areas with a long history of success. Since most hobbyists aren’t thorough in their technique, there may still be valuable finds.

Also, pay special attention to the type of hits you are likely to find in a given area. For instance, if you are looking for meteorites buried deeply you will need to bring a detector that is powerful enough to actually locate them.

Be diligent.
Understanding the nuances of your detector and finding profitable hunting grounds are vital for consistent detecting success. Unfortunately, this knowledge only comes after putting in ample dirt time. The amount of time and energy it takes varies from person to person, but the key is putting forth the effort to learn and grow as a detector. Of course, the amount of expertise you desire depends largely on what your overall goals are for your hobby.

Consider purchasing your own detector.
Many small-time hobbyists are perfectly content renting equipment every time they go in the field. But renting can be quite expensive, and many serious detectors can’t afford the financial cost. Instead, many buy. Although the upfront costs can be anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, many detectors will pay for themselves over time if used diligently.

Buy the right detector.
When purchasing a detector, consider it in terms of your individual needs. If you are primarily looking for lightly buried targets, you don’t need to spend the extra money on a powerful model. Making a list of all your desired features before contacting a seller can be quite helpful, especially if you are new to the hobby.

Since there are a wide arrange of features to consider, as well greatly differing prices, always buy from a trusted source. Unfortunately, many sellers will attempt to sell more expensive equipment than you actually need. Asking other hobbyists is a great way to find dealers eager to meet your needs without upselling.

Metal detecting can lead to unique and valuable finds. Yet many hobbyists don’t put in the time and dedication needed for success. Can you afford to do the same?

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