Pro Tips for Metal Detecting

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Tips for Metal Detecting

Metal detecting it is certain to offer a fantastic activity for the treasure hunting enthusiast searching for relics or old gold coins.

A first place to start metal detecting is likely to include the back yard. But after a few attempts of coming up empty, a move to a beach, field or a vacant lot is likely to be a more desirable destination for pursuing this hobby.


A significant aspect of being able to locate the most desirable hidden treasure is by investing the time into the researching the local area. A visit to a local library or using the online tools should present a wide range of opportunities to know where to go metal detecting in the area. Civil war sites, celebrations, parks, churches, schools, and the houses will have the potential to offer a quality search destination for the metal detecting enthusiast.

Getting access to archived or old maps is certain to help with pinpointing the location of potential search areas. If you are able to detect any long-time forgotten sites in the local area that are overgrown with weeds and briars, you might well find a very likely site to explore.

Get assistance the first time

When first starting out with metal detecting it benefits to rely on qualified assistance to ensure the searching process is conducted in a safe and efficient manner. Even if it is only reading the manual thoroughly, it is critical to learn the basics of operating the tools and accessories.

Facts about digging

In the process of metal detecting it is highly important to have a full appreciation of the rules, regulations, and etiquette related to this pastime. US Property and National Park Land are restricted and off limits to metal detector enthusiasts. Illegal hunting of a National battlefield site is likely to result in heavy fines or penalties.

And when it comes to private property you can’t just start treasure hunting in any area you like. Without getting the land owner’s permission you will be trespassing, and could end up getting arrested. If looking to metal detect on land that is private, you ideally want to get permission in writing prior to starting.

Search in a pattern

Metal detecting is most efficient when working in an orderly pattern. Pick or mark out a specific area and started using the detector in a methodical manner. Whether it is working left to right or top to bottom, make sure to use a system that makes it possible to carefully search the entire area in detail. Plus, if planning to search a large area, the methodical approach will make it that much easier to keep track of the areas already searched.

Avoid leaving holes!

A poor standard of metal detecting is likely to be those that dig the holes, but rarely bother to cover them after searching for the potential metal objects. Ideally, the ground surface should be left in a similar condition to how it was originally found with any plugs in the soil replaced.