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  1. #1
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    More Gold your Majesty!

    Jun 2012
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    Best places to hunt?

    I know that beaches, swimming holes, and road/sidewalk tear ups are good places to MD, anyone else have any tips on good places to go?
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    US Coins: 60: Face Value = $5.12
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  2. #2
    us
    Jun 2012
    Evensville, Tennessee
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    Old homes are among my favorite. Either an existing structure or where one has been. Just ask and you will be surprised how many will let you. I give a business card to add a little accountability when I introduce myself. Just assure them you will leave no damage (and don't) and you will get to hunt several. Often times the neighbors will see you and come up talking. When they see how it is done they will often let you hunt their property. You will get a few who say no but eventually you will get a yes or two. Good luck.

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    Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!

    Jun 2008
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    Talk up metal detecting to EVERYONE. Tell them of the rings you found and returned. Generate leads as a salesman does. Keep a notebook of leads, just like the better salesmen do. And RETURN a call if you said you would. And look WHEREVER PEOPLE GATHER! TTC
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    Dennis

    Jan 2012
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    You might consider contacting your local (and other) insurance agents and leave your card or name and number. And relate to them that you would offer your services if any one that may have any jewelry that is insured and may be lost, that you would offer your services to search for free. But if you found it there would be a 20% finders fee. Example: If a $20,000.00 ring is lost and you found it you would recieve $2,000.00 fee and if was not found the insurance company would have to pay the $20,000.00. I am sure the insurance company would rather pay $2,000.00 instead of $20,000.00.

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    us
    Jun 2012
    Evensville, Tennessee
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    I have owned an Insurance Agency for nealy 20 yrs and I really believe that when people like and trust you they are glad to help you. Many of my best sites have come from people who I approached about hunting and then struck up a friendship. The elderly are a wealth of information and often really enjoy sharing their memories and knowledge of local history. Sharing a few of your finds will often go a long way if you are so inclined. I agree with TerryC 100%. Ask for leads and people are often very happy to send you in the direction of land owners who have old schools, homes, etc. on their property.

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    Pepperlizard?? I'm not EVEN gonna ask how you got stuck with that name! TTC
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  7. #7
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    I had a bearded dragon some years ago named pepper, I have been using that name ever since . And thanks to those of you that have offered tips so far. Going off of what I have heard so far, what is the best wat to approach homes/companies (what to say, time of day, anything relevent)?

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperlizard View Post
    I had a bearded dragon some years ago named pepper, I have been using that name ever since . And thanks to those of you that have offered tips so far. Going off of what I have heard so far, what is the best wat to approach homes/companies (what to say, time of day, anything relevent)?
    My suggested approach would be a SOFT SELL conversation. Get your haircut at different barbers just to BE at different places. Converse with people but don't force them to the wall (soft sell). Find reasons to do press releases. I found a ring that was made during the Civil War. A reporter came down and took my pic with the ring. I left a phone number with the paper and FOUR people were interested in my help to find things for them or people they knew. I have been detecting for 40+ years. I can TALK that long again about detecting, if you let me. I LOVE this activity! Let me stop, I gotta take a breath! Take care. TTC
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    TerrySoloman.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperlizard View Post
    I know that beaches, swimming holes, and road/sidewalk tear ups are good places to MD, anyone else have any tips on good places to go?
    Welcome from White Plains, New York! Try to research places people gathered in the PAST (1870 - 1950).

    A Few Land Sites to Get You Started:

    1) Old Schools
    2) City/Town Parks
    3) Circus/Fair Sites
    4) Old Churches
    5) Old Homestead Sites
    6) Swimming Holes and Areas
    7) Picnic Groves
    8) Athletic Fields
    9) Scout Camps
    10) Rodeo Arenas
    11) Campgrounds
    12) Ghost Towns
    13) Beaches
    14) Old Taverns
    15) Roadside Rest Stops
    16) Sidewalk Grassy Strips
    17) Amusement Parks
    18) Rural Mailboxes
    19) Reunion Areas
    20) Revival sites
    21) Fort Sites
    22) Winter Sledding Areas
    23) Lookout/Overlook Sites
    24) Church Supper Groves
    25) Fishing Spots
    26) Fishing Camps
    27) Resorts
    28) Old Barns and Outbuildings
    29) Battle Sites
    30) Band Shells
    31) Racetracks
    32) Rural Boundary Walls
    33) Roadside Fruit and Vegetable Stands
    34) Under Seaside Boardwalks
    35) Flea Market Areas
    36) Ski Slopes
    37) Drive Ins
    38) Canal Paths
    39) Vacant Lots
    40) Motels
    41) College Campuses
    42) Farmer Market Areas
    43) Town Squares
    44) Urban Yards and Backyards
    45) Disaster Sites
    46) Areas Around Skating Ponds
    47) Hunting Lodges and Camps
    48) Mining Camps
    49) Railroad Grades, Stations and Junctions
    50) Hiking Trails
    51) Waterfalls
    52) Rural Dance Sites
    53) Lover's Lanes
    54) Areas Adjacent to Historical Markers
    55) Old Gas Stations and General Stores
    56) Fence Posts
    57) Chicken Houses
    58) Bridges and Fords
    59) Flower Beds
    60) Playgrounds
    61) Old Garbage Dumps
    62) Cloth Lines
    63) Military Camp and Cantonment Sites
    64) Wells and Outhouses
    65) Abandoned Houses and Structures
    66) Areas where Old Trails Cross County or State Boundaries
    67) Piles of Scraped Soil at Construction Sites
    68) Old Stone Quarries
    69) Areas Around Old Abandoned Cemeteries in the Forest
    70) Junctions of Abandoned Roads (crossroads)


    Good Luck!
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    Anita

    Apr 2012
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    All good suggestions with the exception of #49 - railroad grades, stations and junctions. From what I have read, it is ILLEGAL to MD (or even be on) on any railroad property, unless you have actual business with the railroad (passenger, authorized construction worker, etc.). Property includes tracks (within 25 feet of right of way on either side) that are active or not, stations, junctions, crossings, buildings, etc. Doesn't matter if stations/buildings are not in use or abandoned. Railroads will prosecute! You will lose your equipment (and not get it back), pay hefty fines and possibly do jail time. Only exception to this is when railroads have sold or given the right of way to make recreational "rail trails" (hiking, biking, horse trails) to towns or states. THEY may have their own rules, however, about MD on the rail trails. Since there are so many other great places to hunt, leave RR property alone. Remember, the railroad NEVER loses!

    Enjoy the hobby and HH!

  11. #11
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    More Gold your Majesty!

    Jun 2012
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    Add creeks to that long list of sites. I found a good part of either a necklace or a bracelet that's gold plated while looking in the mud on the side of the water. It will be in today's finds forum on Sunday when I get home from this trip.

  12. #12

    Jun 2012
    Greenville, NC
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    very nice list, i'm just starting out and this is handy

  13. #13
    us
    Apr 2012
    Rantoul, IL
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    Don't forget golf courses ( if u can get permission). Little to no dirt movement so older is closer to surface.

    Look at the trees. Big trees with the roots showing indicate little landscaping around them.

    Curbside in older parts of town.

    Old crossroads.

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  14. #14
    us
    Mar 2012
    Montana
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    abandoned railroad beds are common everywhere in the US, I'm sure you have noticed driving a highway or interstate pieces of abandoned tracks some entire lines where abandoned but all existing rail lines have been straitened and improved since their initial installation, check old maps for their routes prior to expensive tunnels, trestles and cuts and old switches also that are likely on private land now but I agree stay away from present and active railroads

 

 

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