Dear Metal Detector Owners,
Let me start by saying that I am new to this hobby and by no means am I an expert in the field.
What follows is my opinion and some may share this opinion and others may disagree, feel free to comment either way.
I love going detecting! Its the thrill of the chase and the excitement when your detector gives off a good clear signal in the target range and you decide to break the ground to see what’s actually there.
Even though a lot of the time I am actually digging a piece of trash out of the earth I get that feeling of “Just maybe this reading on the x-terra is a gold ring and not a pull tab” every single time.
BUT There is one thing about the hobby that is Pissing me off, I had my first experience with this just a short time ago and in doing some research this is a major drama within our community.
Although with the best intentions, many detectorists are using the wrong Recovery techniques and causing some major hassles.
YOUR STUFFING IT UP FOR EVERYONE!
Look I am no different to anyone else, YES I have done some damage in a local park when excitement overcame common sense. BUT I realised my mistake fast and corrected my actions because as a detectorist I am playing the LONG GAME.
What I realised fast was that the local parks could be like little ATM machines if treated correctly.
Sure I can go down there tomorrow with my brother in laws “dingo” and I will do very well. but i will only do well ONCE!
On the other hand I could refine my recovery technique, practice pinpointing and popping techniques and I can do well many times in the future.
Recently I was popping coins at a local field when I was basically told to piss off by some committee member. No discussion, No pleasantries, Just a rude prick in my face early in the morning.
The reason this guy was so pissed off was that other people has been to this area in the past and dug the crap of it!
What this did was to not only eliminate any further opportunities for them to find coins, but stuffed it up for me as well!
Now in this area I had done about 5% of the ground and had banked over $70 a Swiss army watch and a ring. These are good pickings and there is a lot more there to be had.
BUT Due to Poor choices by some freaking moron, those coins, watches, rings etc are now locked behind a FBF. (F’in big Fence)
When I got my metal detector i was very keen to get going and find some stuff. The afternoon that I got my Xterra 705 I hit my backyard as we had some concrete going down and I wanted to make sure there was nothing “cool” getting lost forever under there.
Like most Australian males, I skimmed the instruction manual put the 705 together, whacked in some batteries and started swinging.
Within 2 minutes I had a 10 cent piece and this set off a digging frenzy where I reduced the ground I was searching into a battlefield.
Sure I got 3 coins, 1 a 1945 halfpenny, BUT the way I got them was not pretty.
I basically used a pick and a garden spade so you can imagine what the place looked like.
To be honest it was hilarious, swinging my new 705 as the light disappeared, desperately looking for that piece of metal that the 705 had sounded off to.
This was no big deal as a few days later a small excavator finished what I had started. (For the record I did detect again after the earth works including the dirt that was removed and yes I found a few more coins and plenty of crap.)
So after my initial foray in the backyard I did a little more study of the manual in regards to pinpointing and finding the target without having to dig a cubic meter of dirt out of the way.
If I am honest I wanted to get better at this not to protect the ground, but to dig less dirt.
I headed over to YouTube and started watching a few videos of detectorists in action and seeing HOW they recovered their targets and what they where using to dig with.
I don’t have the luxury of soft ground in winter here, it’s like concrete, so plugs and flaps are OUT.
Over the last 2 months as a detectorist I have now refined my technique and when looking for spendables i can leave an area with no indication I was there. I am working on my DEEP TARGET recovery in my backyard and to be honest I’ll wait for the wet season before I go below an Inch or 2.
People Please, practice your recovery techniques, if the soil doesn’t suit deep digging than LEAVE and come back another day. If the area is private then for god sake seek permission to dig there!
Trust me it’s a lot more fun to hunt an area you are welcome in than an area where you need to wear runners in case yo u need to cheese it at the first sign of humans.
Treat the ground right, treat the property owners right and treat the other people that are enjoying this hobby right.
Fair Dinkum, for the sake of the LONG GAME do the right freakin thing. I need something to do when I retire in 20 years and its to windy to go fishing.
Thanks for reading.