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Top Three Factors For Successful Metal Detecting

Top Three Factors For Successful Metal Detecting

For those who are new to the sport of metal detecting, there are a lot of unknowns.  Some people are super skeptical about the hobby.  They don't think there are really treasures to be found underground.  They may detect for a short period, not find anything and get discouraged.  Take it from someone who has sold THOUSANDS of metal detectors and talks to thousands of detectorists across the country, there is buried treasure out there to be found.  It happens every day.

If you are a seasoned metal detectorist, you already know what I am about to say.  If you are new at the sport, listen closely as I am about to share with you three pieces of advice that will make you a successful metal detectorist.  In my opinion, they are the three most important factors in finding treasure...other than going out frequently.

Initially you may be thinking that I am going to tell you that you have to gear up with the best, most expensive gear available.  But, the amount you spend on a metal detector or other gear is not the most important factor at all.  In fact, I don't believe it is in the top five.  Below are the most important things to know about successful metal detecting....

How to Dig a Proper Plug Metal Detecting

How to Dig a Proper Plug Metal Detecting

You might think, “How hard is it to dig something out of the ground?” Well for some it seems to be an issue. Sometimes I see previous peoples attempt at cutting a plug in parks or other public spots. Most of the time they were circles of dead grass and dried dirt all around it. That is a problem for a lot of reasons  it's disrespectful for one, but mainly it gives a bad image to the hobby. There are a few ways to mitigate bad digging etiquette....
Just-a-Swingin’ – Metal Detector Swing Speed

Just-a-Swingin’ – Metal Detector Swing Speed

I watch a lot of metal detecting and treasure hunting videos and see a few comments from random viewers criticizing other detectorist’s detecting techniques. One post said, “Why you swingin so fast? You’d find a lot more treasure if you slowed down.” That struck me as kind of odd…I sorta disagree (he was hunting on the beach BTW).

Metal detecting is about running your detector over the right piece of ground at the right time. How do you cover more ground going slow? Okay, okay, let me appease all of the naysayers that are reading this. There is a time and a place for swinging your metal detector slow. There is also a time and a place to keep moving. It is not the viewer’s (who only sees but a fraction of the actual hunt) position to decide. Here are some examples and reasons why you may want to swing your metal detector fast or slow.