Metal Detecting, or as some like to call it, treasure hunting, is not an exact science, nor is it a subject you need to have a degree to excel at. It’s a healthy outdoor activity that frequently turns into an addictive pastime, but if you want to make sure that happens you need four things….a goal, decent equipment, a plan and a basic knowledge of how to research. Capisce?
First off you bought a metal detector to find ‘something’. Whether it’s coins, relics, gold nuggets, jewelry at the beach or uncle Buddy’s stash, you had a reason for getting involved and as such you already have a goal. Of course you may be an Indiana Jones wannabe, out to find the holy grail. If so forget it. I’ve already found it!
Next, I am assuming you studied the various manufacturer catalogs, compared apples and oranges, and bought the best detector you could afford. Whether or not you will bother to take the time to learn it’s features and capabilities is another story. If that’s too much trouble for you don’t piss and moan about all the trash you are finding.
Next comes a plan. How are you going to go about achieving your goal? Head down to the schoolyard, the beach, the gold fields or good ole uncle Buddy’s farm? My guess is that you will do all four without any prethought whatsoever. From what I’ve experienced over the years it’s usually open the box, turn that sucker on and out the door! And don’t tell me I’m wrong. I’ve not only seen it….I’ve done it myself!
Research should probably be the first on your list and not the last because to me it’s the most important. You can have all three of the above but if you don’t take the time to research you will be pissing in the wind and your detector will quickly wind up in the closet. Understand too that the odds of finding a hoard, the Middleham jewel or uncle Buddy’s stash, are slim to none, so do yourself a favor and spend more time finding a place to take your detector than you do actually using it. Depressing I know, but as Joe Friday would say, “just the facts, ma’am”….
You’all stay tuned…you hear!
Now having said all this I confess that as of late I have not practiced what I just preached. I find it more convenient to sit on my ass with a glass of wine and tell YOU all what to do. Not so much because I want to but because it’s all I can do right now. I am however sitting here with the holy grail, looking at houses in the South of France and planning my next move. You’all stay tuned ya hear?