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Tips on Metal Detecting for Beginners

By Edited Oct 20, 2016 3 6

Tips on Metal Detecting

Everyone can use tips on metal detecting, especially beginners. Metal detecting is a fun hobby that can take you to various locations and where you will learn a lot about the history of a place or the people who once inhabited the area. You can find hidden, buried treasures in the forms of lost jewelry or abandoned artifacts from many years before. Having inside knowledge is useful in hunting for items will help you to bring in more than you might be bargaining for.

Bring Along Necessities

With metal detecting, you're going to spend a lot of time outdoors. You need to make sure you have the proper clothing and shoes to make your treasure hunting enjoyable and comfortable. Don't forget to bring enough water to last you your entire trip. You might also want to bring along a few items to snack on if you aren't near any food vendors or restaurants. You will be walking for long periods of time, so make sure you are in good enough physical condition to handle this type and duration of exercise.

Do Your Research

Research is the key to finding items of value when you're out metal detecting. You will want to know a bit about the history of the place you're searching so that you know what kind of items you might find. You don't want to run the risk of passing up or tossing an item, only later to find that this was something of value that you should have kept.

Keep Your Area Clean

One habit you'll want to pick up is to clean after yourself. When you're new to metal detecting, you may have to dig up a few more spots than someone who is more experienced. Be sure to cover the holes you dig up. You don't want anyone getting hurt by falling in a hole you made. You'll also want to dispose of any trash. Many times people will find more trash than treasure. It's common courtesy to throw your trash while you collect your valuables.

Join a Metal Detecting Club

It's going to take some time to learn what all the signals mean that you're hearing from your detector. Take the time to learn how your equipment works. If you aren't sure or if need help, you may want to consider joining a metal detecting club where experienced detectorists can offer some advice or show you how to work your gear properly.

Get Permission

Make sure you have the proper permission to explore an area. You'll probably search on a beach which is usually public, but there might be areas that are private or that are off-limits. If you'd like to hunt a historical site, you'll definitely want to get permission so that you are not violating any trespassing laws.

Metal detecting is fun and most anyone can pick it up with ease. Take your time to learn and improve your skills. With these tips on metal detecting, you’ll bring in treasures in no time.



May 4, 2011 7:42pm
This looks like so much fun! I bet my grandsons would love a metal detector when they are visiting this summer!
May 4, 2011 9:09pm
It's great fun and great exercise!
May 10, 2011 9:23am
Thanks for a great idea to add to my bucket list. Cool idea!
Jul 1, 2011 1:33am
We've always wanted to try metal-detecting but it's still in the 'someday' basket at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
Sep 16, 2011 6:31am
Good ideas on using metal detectors. Another great way to use them is on beaches. You would be surprised how many things people lose in the sandy shores on the beaches. Like watches, rings, jewelery of all sorts. Good fun too.
Feb 8, 2012 7:58pm
Whether I will bring in treasures or not, metal detecting looks to be a cool and fun idea.
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