Treasure hunting has always been an exciting game for many people. Doing it as a hobby adds excitement and thrill to your weekend getaway. In order to find something bigger than the usual pennies and junkies, knowing the right tips on metal detecting will give you the needed edge. Indeed, rare treasures are hard to find, but won’t be long before you find them.
Metal detecting is a game of chance and luck. Some days you feel you’re fortunate, the rest of the days you are miserable. Be prepared to come home with nothing but junkies. It’s just the way it is and there’s not much you can do about it but to accept it. A typical metal detecting activity will result to 80% trash and 20% usable objects.
But don’t take my word for it because it all depends on where you are heading to and how much knowledge you have about metal hunting.
Aged relics can be found anywhere but there are places where they had accumulated the most. Your job is to identify these spots and it’s almost guaranteed that you will go home with a pretty big smile. Look for historical sites, meeting places, churches, old train stops, condemned bridges, and so forth. In here are tons of old coins, buttons, knives, and even children’s toys.
Start your research in your local library archives and supplement it with any information you can find online. And as metal detecting being a growing hobby, many sites are popping up that give you details on which places to metal hunt and things to expect. A nifty little way is to search the history of a particular place and see what comes up. The more you understand its history, the bigger the chances of gathering century-old items. Without a historian’s eye, you will be tossing one item after another. Also, dating your newly discovered artifacts is next to impossible if you don’t know anything about its history.
Not everyone is keen on research or spending countless of hours at the library reading historical books. The solution – join a metal detecting club. As a member, you will have access to otherwise unavailable information, tips, research, property ownership, and local laws. In other words, you will be spoon fed with pretty much everything to kick start your hobby.
Tired of hunting the overhunted areas? Don’t lose hope just yet. Wait for the big rain or a hard winter. Rain seeps into the soil, intensifying its conductivity, which eventually allows much deeper treasure detection. Also, the ground shifts all the time, which could possibly reveal some hidden treasures not available five or ten years ago.
Metal detecting is not all about chasing that elusive beeping sound. It’s all about knowing what you are looking for, socializing with fellow detectorists, and digging the right spots for a great find.