Dig Those Iffy Signals!

We’ve all been there before, whether it’s a lack of good detecting sites, spots that are producing fewer & fewer finds, locations with a lot of junk/iron, and on, and on, and on.

So, it is vitally important to make the most of EVERY spot you have. Milk them for every drop they’re worth. This means…

Once all of the ‘easy’ good finds have been pulled (older coins, jewelry, relics), there probably aren’t a whole lot of diggable signals left. Or are there???

Now comes the work. Cherry picking time is through. This is what separates the men from the boys. For, you will now re-work the same spots from different angles, using different detector settings, and most importantly, you will really listen for (and learn to love) those iffy signals. You know, the kind we all pass up when a site is new & producing well 😉

One way signal? Dig it! Chances are, it’ll be crap most times – MOST times – but not all the time 😉 You’ll be pleasantly surprised here & there what pops out of the ground. And don’t forget about those scratchy, broken, mutilated signals. Again, dig it! These are the only signals left, lol. These signals too will produce a great find every so often.

Also, don’t forget about weather patterns to help your game. You’ll always see more depth after a good rain. New finds will rise a few inches after the thaw of a cold winter. Storms can help strip sand off beaches exposing goodies very old. I can go on forever. Point is, as much as we think so sometimes, it is virtually impossible to TRULY hunt a site out. So…

Don’t neglect those old sites you may have crossed off your list! Just come up with a new strategy 😉



2 Responses

  1. deathray
    deathray June 15, 2013 at 12:21 am | | Reply

    Yep, good info, especially for those newer too detecting. And I may add by digging those crappy signals you’ll learn more about your detector. Lots of targets just give crappy signals in the first place….indian heads will read in same areas as a lot of wino caps, the only half dime I dug sounded like crap, hell a Morgan I dug didn’t sound ‘right’ because of the iron in a demo site. Ray

  2. NjNyDigger
    NjNyDigger June 15, 2013 at 6:25 am | | Reply

    Ray, some of the best items I’ve pulled were after digging crappy signals. As you know, the presence of iron, junk co-located in the hole and various other things, can give off a signal which isn’t the best….especially if the target is deep. Too many variables to ever pick a site truly clean; using different detectors at different operating frequencies, ground conditions, hitting a target from a different angle, utilizing a new program/set-up on one’s machine, etc., etc., etc, all can lead to pulling up something that was missed prior. I can’t begin to even tell you how many times I crossed a site off my list, only to go back for whatever reason, and still find stuff. Sometimes – as Tom D. even says – a hunters mental attitude can make a difference. Always go back. The finds might be fewer, or not as easy to locate, but they’re there, just waiting to be unearthed 🙂

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