When you’re getting started with metal detecting it can be sure to raise some questions. Many beginners need some key knowledge to get them on the right path to a great treasure hunting experience. Here are some questions answered that you may have if you’re new to metal detecting.
Which Metal Detector Should I Use?
With the many varieties of metal detectors on the market today it can be hard to choose which is the right one to suit your needs. Doing your research is key and having a budget in mind. Choosing a cheap metal detector in the $50 range can make your beginning treasure hunting days a hassle. Reading product reviews online and watching informational videos can steer you in the right direction. In addition, some detectors find certain items better than others, so understanding and knowing about your detector really pays off.
Where and How Do I dig?
The best place to start is your yard, but there are many options on where to dig. You can use maps, online research, and metal detecting gathering places as digging resources. Some of the best places to dig are the ones you need to get written permission from like parks and private properties. Stay away from cemeteries and federal parks because digging in these areas lead to a bigger hole in your pocket from fines, then the hole you made in the ground.
Now get digging! Knowing exactly where your find is can minimize the digging and extra mess. Dig a clean plug that is about a 4” deep half circle folding the soil back which saves the grass from dying because the roots stay intact. Once you receive your find fill the hole up and insert the plug back in.
How Do I Clean Finds?
Congratulations you found something now don’t ruin it. Finding an object like a coin can be tricky because you don’t want to scratch the coin by removing the dirt. When you are in the treasure hunting field, best advice would be not to clean it until you get home. Once you’re home usually all that’s needed is warm water and soap to clean your find.
What Tools Are Needed To Get Started?
We all know that a metal detector is a must, but there are other tools needed to get started. A pinpointer is also a great tool that finds the location of your find / treasure located inside the targeted hole. In addition, a digger is a tool used to cut into a plug that helps you get to the find that has been detected. Some minor needs are a flashlight, apron with pockets, gloves, and the daily essentials needed to stay hydrated and withstand the weather.
What Can Be Found?
Anything and everything from coins, gold, relics, and jewelry to junk that you will have to throw out. That is the beauty of this sport. It’s a treasure hunt and the more effort and research you put in, the better your chances are to find some cool stuff that can really tell stories from the past.