Whether you’re new to the game or an experienced detector sometimes we can go over and ignore the basics to metal detecting. Below I’m going to cover some tips on how to get the most from your hunts, if you’re experienced you can use this as a tune-up.
Perhaps you’ve got so used to going out on your own and it’s all natural, perhaps you’ve picked up some bad habits.
What should you take with you on every hunt:
- Metal detector – OK well that was a little bit obvious!
- Backpack / Something to carry your finds in
- Small shovel – It doesn’t need to be too big as anything that requires considerable digging should usually be avoided anyway
- Headphones – Depending on your surrounding’s it might be difficult to hear otherwise
- Supplies – Well this depends on how long you intend to go for, are you well stocked?
- Ideal clothing – Is it going to rain?
- Underwater – Do you need a waterproof detector?
To me and probably most of you they all seem like must haves and how could you forget it? These things get forgotten more often than you’d think. I’ve personally forgotten to check the weather beforehand and been caught out in the rain, it happens more so now that I’m staying in the UK. I can’t wait to go home in a couple of months!
Where should you go?
The best places to go are areas of public interest, for example, beaches and parks are great especially for beginners. It’s unlikely you’re going to discover an ancient relic but you will find change, jewelry, watches (although usually worse for wear) and any other object that people carry with them a lot. I did actually find some car keys once, although I’m sure they had been there a long time as they were buried and covered in rust.
Top places to go:
- Walking paths
These are my favorite places to go, anywhere where the footfall is high is always going to bring in good finds at a good rate. Sometimes you get some odd looks from people unsure what you’re doing but it can be a nice way to start up a conversation. I actually helped a woman look for her engagement ring once, she was very thankful as I’m sure her soon to be husband wouldn’t have appreciated that!
I don’t really have a name for it, so I’m just going to call it the low and slow method, it’s rather self-explanatory in that you need to scan as close to the ground as you can and slowly sweep side to side.
This the best way to get the most out of your searches, I’ve tried other approaches but I always feel like I’m potentially missing so much by accidentally not scanning the whole area.
This has to be the most common way of scanning, 90% of the people I come across are already adopting this method, the only problem for me if most of them scan too far away from the ground.
This all depends on you personally, your height, the length of the detector and your physical abilities. If perhaps you’re older with a bad back it’s going to be hard to crouch down with a smaller detector. I have a personal recommendation for the best detector to start with.
If physically possible, the best way to get the most detection is to keep the coil as close to the group as possible. Think about it if your detector has a limit of 12” wouldn’t you want that to be on the ground? You’re essentially wasting any depth that is above ground.
Hopefully, you found this useful, this is more catered to the beginners in the detecting world, you can refer to this as a check sheet every time you go out looking for objects.