Metal detecting as a hobby can be a great way to pass time and enjoy while at it. One of the most important things to always keep in mind however is the hunting location. In this article, we are going to look at the best places that can be used as hunting spots.
If you have just picked up treasure hunting as a hobby, then you know finding the right spots to hunt can be a difficult task. Having passed the first step which is buying a detector, the next step is looking for a good hunting area. A good hunting area is said to be a place where many relics and valuables has been found before. It also includes areas used by people in the past as hunting grounds, and areas that may people visit regularly. For the first description, these are for people who are looking for actual relics and historical treasures. In such areas natural events and human activities have played a huge role in making the places hotspots. They are likely considered historical sites that you may have to ask for permission and in some cases pay for research.
Factors to remember as you look for a hunting spot
There are two main factors to remember as you look for a hunting spot. They are: research and permission.
Research: Before going out to hunt, it is important that you do some research on the best places to search. Sources for this information can be found online, in journals and books. Visit the library for the latter. Look for mine reports, town plans and historical areas. You can also ask old people as they have information on what was there before new structures were built. This will help you single out the best spots and increase your chances of finding something of value.
Permission: Once you get a nice spot, it will either be public or private land. As long as the area has restrictions, ensure that you have permission from the proper owners and authorities to conduct your search. Without permission, you risk the chance of being sued or paying a hefty fine or both.
Best location hotspots for hunting
Now that you have a metal detector, the next step is to find a good location to hunt. The following section highlights some of the best hunting locations.
Start with your backyard
This is an easy thing to forget once you get a metal detector. If you have a backyard, learn the ropes and the working of your detector by scouring that backyard first. Most homes are built on land that had occupants before you. There is a high chance that they may have lost something of value in the backyard such as jewelry, coins or any other precious objects. You should be the one to find these with your detector. If you have a newly built house, it does not mean there is nothing of value. The land was likely a human settlement area in the past meaning there might be something.
Even if you do not have a backyard to learn on, use a deserted spot in your neighborhood. It will give you time to learn and play with your new gadget before starting the real thing.
Someone else’s backyard
After you have done a proper sweep of your yard, the next logical place should be someone else’s yard. This could be a neighbor, friend or family. It is a great place to begin as your hone your searching skills. But remember to always have permission when you do this.
Beaches are one of the best places to hunt in. This is because very many people visit the beach in just a day, let alone a year. When people visit the beach, they leave their belongings outside the water meaning they can easily lose things. You are likely to find dropped rings, coins and chains.
It is important to know when to visit the beach, though. Beaches are almost always occupied with people. This can heavily hinder you from doing a good search. Avoid hours when traffic is high. When there are a lot of people, it is difficult to move about with your detector searching for treasure. You could also end up pulling a crowd which is something you probably don’t want. Also, search the beach just after a storm to increase your chances of finding something valuable. You see, the water might have carried valuables such as rings and coins which were buried in the underwater sand.
Another key factor to remember is that beaches can either be public or private. For public beaches, always make sure you have permission from the local authorities, preferably in written form. These permits are always for searching offshore meaning that you cannot search inside the water. For private beaches, such as beach hotels, always ask for permission from the hotel management, also in written form.
If you are successful and find something, keep searching the area because there is a high chance that waves swept the valuables around the same spot. Many metal detectorists found valuables such as phones and chains as a result of wave action. As you observe, the beach is a gold mine when it comes to metal detection.
There is a popular saying that says: where there are people, there are valuables. And this is true. Most of the locations on this list are areas visited by a lot of people. The park is one of the most common places to hunt. If you have been to a park, you have probably seen someone with a metal detector hunting there. For many parks, you need permission to hunt on the grounds. The permit is issued by local authorities. You will also need a permit to dig the grounds in case you find something.
Parks are a great hunting zone because many people congregate for all sorts of events there such as concerts, sports and birthdays. Items are constantly replenished by people having picnics, playing games or just walking their dog. Many people means a higher chance of finding valuables. Even when in the park, try and zero in on areas where human activities and events might have taken place. This includes under a tree, near benches and in playgrounds. Be ready for the awkward stares however.
What we mean by fields is the farmers’ fields. Farming fields have seen a lot of human activities over the years because of the fertile soil. Look for fields where historical activities have taken place by doing a bit of research. Deserted farm houses and old meeting points are a great place to start. You can find this information on old maps and journals.
During crop rotation, deeper objects that were buried underneath are brought closer to the ground where they can be found using a detector. The only downside is that it may be a farm tool or farm machinery. Like all other locations (except your backyard of course), you will need permission to search and dig private fields in written form.
Almost all fields have history. Always research before on the history of the land before searching it.
Churches are great for treasure hunting because they have been there for a long time. A lot of buildings come and go but churches, especially very old classic churches, have been around for years. Churches are some of the oldest buildings in our community and this means that over time, a lot of people have visited the church, and where there’s people, there’s treasure.
As always, get permission from the church’s management before you search the area.
The most important thing to remember about churches is to never check burial grounds and cemeteries even if you have a permit from the church. It is considered disrespectful and honestly, it’s a little creepy. Instead, focus on areas where people visit the most around the church such as pathways and under huge trees.
Deserted town are a gold mine when it comes to relic hunting. They were once a blossoming place where people lived their whole lives. This means that there is a lot to be found in these towns. The perfect deserted towns are mining towns where a mining site collapsed. Such sites have lost of valuables minerals, you may even find gold if you’re lucky.
Unfortunately, even ghost towns are owned by someone and you have to get a permit to search the premise. Whether owned by the state or town, ensure that you get a permit to avoid unnecessary hefty fines. With ghost towns, you never know what you may find.