Wednesday, July 31, 2013

10 Basics for Beginners

1. Patience is number one. Instinct helps, but patience is key.  Finding stuff, getting permission, learning your machine... all take time. You can't expect to take your machine out of the box, swing your coil, and find a chest of gold. It just doesn't happen that way. 

2.  Do your research.  Research is important.  If it's not there, you can't find it.


3.  Practice makes perfect.  Practice digging plugs in your yard, practice finding different metals with your machine. 
4.  It's not realistic to expect to find great stuff everyday. You'll have lucky streaks and dry spells. A successful hunt depends on a number of variables, like weather, ground conditions, and a little bit of juju - all lining up the right way at the right time.  So, don't feel bad if you go on a dig and come up with little more than pull tabs.  It happens to the best of us.

5.  Take time to learn your machine - learning your machine is key.  Read the manual, go online and talk to others who use the same machine, and watch youtube videos for tutorials.  But the best way to learn your machine is to use your machine.  Practice until you feel comfortable and connected. 

6.  Think about your motivation for detecting to help you decide which direction you want to go... for example, if you're into history, you'll want to seek permission from farmhouses, old property, etc. While, if you're doing it to find money, you'll probably be into detecting at the beach, under bleachers, at parks, and well traveled places like the fairgrounds right after the fair.

7.  Don't be afraid to ask questions, and go hunting with experienced detectorists.  When you're just starting out, no question is a dumb question.  Just ask it. 

8.  Act like a professional (be kind, courteous and respectful) in order to be treated like a professional. This applies to all aspects of the hobby, not just for obtaining permission.

9. Be prepared. Keep back up batteries & digging tools on hand. Check the weather forecast. Pack food & drink if you're going to get lost in the woods. Pack layers if it's cold outside. And be sure your cell phone with GPS is charged - use common sense.

10.  Always follow rules of metal detecting etiquette including digging clean plugs and obtaining permission for each site.  Be sure you familiarize yourself with the rules of etiquette as well as common metal detecting terms if you haven't done so already.

Before you know it, you'll get the itch  and then become obsessed - seeking places to detect all the time!

I'll go into detail about more of these basic tips in part 2.  

Have something to share or a question to ask?  Please use the comment box below!

Thanks for reading and keep on diggin'.

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