It’s easy to believe this falsehood that no good metal detecting spots remain, especially when you‘ve just spent four hours hunting an area, and found
only a handful of junk. All I can say is look somewhere else. But this time spend a little time thinking about
where you’re going to hunt, and why and how you’re going to hunt there.
First, let’s approach the problem of the hunted out area. It can’t be denied that, in most cities, the parks and playgrounds have been cleared of all their easily found goodies-emphasis on “easily found.‘ In any such area, there will always be valuables lying beneath the surface that have previously been passed over due to the masking effect of a piece of junk metal. By way of explanation, if you are using a detector in a discrimination mode and you pass the search coil over an item that falls into the ‘accept’ region of your discrimination setting, a coin for example, your detector will beep or buzz, and you will joyfully dig the coin.
If an added measure of physical labor is more than you can stand, you always have the option of doing a little more book work, otherwise known as research. Research is the most important tool of the professional treasure hunter and without question your best way of finding that big payoff, the untouched area, or the find of a lifetime. Reading is perhaps your best source of information, so read everything you can find pertaining to the history of a possible hunting area. Many times, by researching one area, you’ll find leads to other possible hunting sites. In addition, don’t discount the amazing amount of information you can gather from the old-timers living in the areas you plan on hunting. Often the long-time inhabitants enjoy talking about “the way things used to be,‘ and will gladly answer any questions you might have about potential detecting sites. In most instances, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to gain this type of information from a library. Regardless of where and how you do your research, however, you must do it if you intend to be successful. The next time someone tells you that metal detecting is a waste of time because all the good spots are ‘worked out’ ask the person how much time he or she spends researching new potential hunting areas. The odds are the person will tell you research is as much a waste of time as metal detecting.