If you are new to metal detecting, let me welcome you to this amazing activity that you could indulge in as a hobby or even as an economic activity. Metal detecting is quite enjoyable and sometimes very lucrative depending on the treasure you get.
16 Metal Detecting Tips
In truth, this activity is a learn-as-you-go activity, but lucky for you I have a few tips for you to make it much less difficult for you. Here are some of the tips for metal detecting beginners.
1. Finding more trash than treasure is inevitable
During metal detecting, you are very likely to come across a lot of junk such as bottle caps, pennies and trash. That, however, should not deter you from your objective.
2. Your effort directly reflects on your yield
Persistence is paramount during metal detection. The more time you dedicate on metal detection, the more likely you are to come across something valuable.
3. Get the best equipment you can afford.
A good metal detector is the beginning of success in metal detection. Whether you are working on a small budget or not, get the best metal detector your budget allows. Quality metal detectors help make metal detection easier.
4. To increase success, find local hot spots in your area
Set aside some time for research. Visit your local library, historians and even the city hall to get information regarding historic places in your area. Have these areas as your starting points in your search
5. Avoid times when foot traffic is high
If your areas of search are public areas, avoid times when there are so many people in these areas. Otherwise, you’ll draw their attention and end up answering so many questions about what you are doing.
6 Dig everything
Considering you are new to this, it is going to be hard to differentiate the signal for trash and treasure. You are therefore advised to dig out everything to eliminate the chances of missing something good.
7. Hunt after rains
Wet ground increases conductivity. This makes it easier for the metal detector to detect metals buried deep under the ground. It also makes the digging process easier.
8. Rotate your search areas
If your search in an area was not lucrative today, it probably wouldn’t be tomorrow. However, you may find something there if you come back after a few months. Rotation of search areas increases the chances of finding something new.
9. Respect nature
Once you are done digging, cover up your holes as they could cause accidents. Do not leave your trash behind. Respect the people in the areas of your search because denting your relationship with them could be disadvantageous just in case you need to go back there.
10. Carry a sack to the search
Always bring with you a sack or a bag to carry your finds. It doesn’t matter if you dig up trash, just carry it. That’s how you’ll learn to differentiate the signals.
11. Be nice to interested strangers
Not everyone will understand what you are doing. Some will even look at you with funny faces when they see you digging up your finds. Just smile to them and go on with your business. If avoiding the crowd is possible, it’s the best option. But sometimes your find could be precious. When that is the case just keep your head down and go on with your business
12. Early in the morning and the evenings are the best time for your search
During these times, not so many people are usually out. Setting your search at this times saves you encounters with crowds or people who try to shut your efforts. For this reason, some people prefer to go for metal searching at night.
13. Overlap your sweep
The metal detector should be moved in a sweeping motion. Always overlap the sweeps to ensure no potential targets are missed.
14. The detector coils should be parallel to the ground.
Most beginners accidentally lift the coil from the ground at the end of their sweeps. This should be avoided because it could make you miss potential treasure targets.
15. Do not dismiss faint signals.
Most beginners disregard faint signals and only dig in areas where the signal is strong. This is a bad habit that should be avoided because the faint signals could be detecting treasures lying deep into the ground
16. Keep records
After every search, it is a good practice to record what and where you find. This will help you keep track of your search areas and what you are likely to find there after rotating them.
I hope you find this metal detecting tips helpful for your next metal search experience.