03 May

Metal Detecting Tips

forks and spoons are often metal detecting finds

I have compiled this list and it is by no means a complete list. This was put together by me reading lots of different forums and other sources. I think that there is some great info here for the newer detectorists and there might be something for the seasoned pro. So here it goes.

  1. Read and adhere to the code of ethics, especially the part about filling your holes back in.
  2. Always re-check your hole after digging the initial target
  3. Keep your coil close to the ground and level throughout the swing.
  4. Research-location is key to finding quality finds, and is key to being in the right place to find those targets.
  5. Know your detector, knowing your lower-end detector in and out can out perform a better equipped hunting buddie.
  6. Don’t get impatient and disappointed, you are not going to get rich quick, quality finds are generally proportional to time spent in the field and the number of holes dug.
  7. Use the right coil, when in trashy areas use a small “sniper” coil, when depth is needed use the larger search coils. If the area is to trashy then focus on a small area and dig it all.
  8. Always carry extra batteries.
  9. If you have an extra detector bring it, never know when you main unit might go down.
  10. Headphones, always use headphones to hear those faint and deep targets.
  11. Pin-pointer, can save you a lot of time and reduce the size of the holes you dig.
  12. Discriminate as little as possible, gold rings and chains show up as pull tabs and foil.
  13. Balance your detector often, or when you change your settings.
  14. Wear gloves to protect your hands from sharp objects.
  15. Watch people when at places you detect to see where they are and what they are doing. Not to be confused with stalking.
  16. Have a backup plan in case your site falls through.
  17. Water, keep water handy and drink a lot in hot weather
  18. Use a probe to recover shallow targets.
  19. Carry a digital camera to document your finds.
  20. Never show anyone your finds, tell them “just pennies and junk” but always show them when on private land.
  21. Keep it safe, hunt with friends when in a not so safe place, tell family when you should be back give or take a couple of hours.
  22. Test targets can provide you with an advantage when hunting a new area.
  23. Cover your coil and control box just in case of potential down pour, and or to keep the dust out.
  24. Garden, having a test garden at home will give you the advantage you have been looking for, it will help you to learn your machine in ways you never thought possible.
  25. Search grid, when at a new or even old hunting area, search it in a tight grid pattern, then reverse the pattern at a different angle.
  26. Learn to pinpoint, when you master your pinpointing skills you will spend less time searching for your target.

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