Metal Detecting 101 Basic Rules. This is not a cartoon, this is real life and here there are rules to follow and logic lines to trace. Metal detection is not just about waving a detector device about and when you hear the beep, bloop, there rests a nice fancy coin in the dirt, oh wait it’s a gold nugget, how lucky are you. Get your head out of the clouds and in the game. Then and only then will you become an ace metal detector.
In a way, you are a detective who understands that this hobby or calling has expanded in recent years and people are actually finding coins and nuggets.
- While you can find metal detectors in stores like K-Mart and Wal-Mart, they are practically useless if haven’t a clue how to use them.
- The core ethic, one of the most crucial in fact, is to metal detect, find the spot, dig a hole to find the item, and then re-fill that hole.
- Imagine if ten people left ten holes open after metal detecting. Imagine, a hundred, thousand, ten thousand. The land will be barren in no time. Re-fill holes, and take any trash back with you.
- Sometimes if you are working in park environments or similar public places, you will need to rely on screwdrivers or plugs when digging the topsoil to help you pinpoint a coin’s location.
- If an authority asks you what you are doing, show them the trash you collected thus far in your satchel and politely let them know about your hobby and how it is helping clean the park too.
You should not damage the park in any way; an ethical digging technique helps. See how rules are useful?
Research & Locations
This is the number one way to find the right places to metal detect. Otherwise, the world is your hunting ground and you will need to be immortal with several lifetimes ready to spend on random metal detecting.
- The local library will have a wealth of data via books that deal with your town/county/state’s history. Old homes and places where people used to congregate are good choices in this regard.
- The 1800s for instance saw people taking horse drawn carriages into the woods for picnics. Forests are therefore excellent spots to look in. Do research beforehand to narrow down your search options.
- Schoolyards and parks/state parks are other splendid choices, including old houses.
- Permissions are indispensable so be transparent, polite, and savvy when you speak to the right authorities and/or owners to gain permits for metal detecting. It is all verbal, nothing paper-based, so make it count and be honest in your dealings.
- Beaches are great places to check out as well. If the beach is private, get permission.
- Ploughed fields are quite a glaring option. They are open tracts of land that have been ploughed. Historically and contemporarily, metal detecting is highly feasible in such locations.
You can learn so much on where to search for goodies when you research. One person alone was allowed to own a farm per acre back in the day. When bigger farms conglomerated, smaller houses and such that were bought up were razed or burned to make room. Imagine the metal detection possibilities on such lands.
Wherever you detect, learn your machine, follow the rules, and play nice.