This is a topic I’ve discussed in the past and it’s even clearer to me today as I try and find a place to detect….
“The law of diminishing returns…
…is an economic principle stating that as investment in a particular area increases, the rate of profit from that investment, after a certain point, cannot continue to increase if other variables remain at a constant. As investment continues past that point, the return diminishes progressively”….
What does this have to do with metal detecting?
Very simply the more people entering the pastime, the greater the competition, the fewer the finds, the fewer the places to hunt. And you’re saying “nah that will never happen”. Well you’re wrong and it’s happening now.
Think about it…
…is it becoming more and more difficult for you to find a place to swing your coil? Are your finds increasing or decreasing from year to year? Are all those old detecting sites still available? I think I already know your answer.
Thanks to the early arrival of Texas heat I’ve been reading, taking notes and driving a few back roads to see if what I digested might provide some excitement and so far I’m 0 for 3. That’s a hefty .000 batting average and it’s taken a little out of me for sure. You see that intersection where the old Baptist church used to sit is now home to a hundred or more houses and that area near the bridge that used to a popular gathering spot is also part of urban sprawl thanks to an obnoxious gas station and convenience store. Add in a gigantic power station and you get my drift. Yup, you better hurry if you’re going to save history because it’s going, going and gone.
I can remember talking to old timers back in the 70’s and 80’s, picking their brains about places they had frequented and how many of those places paid dividends. It’s now fifty years later and the finds (if we can find them) are newer and harder to come by. I have to assume as well that’s why rural hunting is now the norm and Mercury dimes are more prized and bragged on today.
Apparently spending more and finding less is now the norm…
I also see this problem on social media where what used to be thrown in the junk box is now cleaned, shared, analyzed and praised. Here again I suspect the reason is that the daily haul or take is not what it used to be and everyone is grasping at straws. The ole “it is what it is” comes to mind.
So what’s the answer? I really don’t know. For the time being I will stay with the research effort and do a little more driving. I might even stop a time or two at the local Dairy Queen to see if I can tap into an old brain or two. I’m also aware that I’m not the only one facing this dilemma but that doesn’t make it any easier. Having started out when I did a great deal of what excites today just doesn’t cut it for me and that’s not bragging nor is it meant to insult. It’s just the way it is and ‘was’….
I have more reading planned for today and my local library reopens tomorrow (moved to a new location) so we shall see what develops. If nothing else I’m at least a smarter person than I was yesterday and that’s a good thing.