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    Women, Girls and Metal Detecting - Do they Mix?

    I get a few calls each week from folks that have questions about gold prospecting, and metal detecting.
    I just got off the phone with “Wendy,” from Greenwich, Connecticut. I’m writing this post because her
    call is so typical of the women that call for information.

    Wendy bought a Bounty Hunter Quicksilver a few years ago, went out to the beach with her daughter but,
    “..felt strange, almost like we shouldn’t be there.” She was put off by the looks they were getting and
    comments people made. Later, she felt confused on where she could actually “detect legally,” and her metal
    detector became a closet queen.

    She saw a listing for our club and wanted to know if I could help her learn her machine and figure out where
    to go hunting with her daughter. I will direct her here to TreasureNet, when she emails me later, and of
    course, drive up or invite her down for lessons and a hunt.

    Wendy was disappointed to learn women make up less than 12% of the metal detecting community, and I
    discussed with her the possibility of beginning a “Women’s” Metal Detecting Club, there in Greenwich. As a
    Community, we need more outreach to women and girls by clubs, and individuals in the hobby.

    I encourage local dealers and clubs to sponsor Girl Scout, as well as Boy Scout troops, local Little League and
    Youth groups, by hosting seeded & unseeded hunts and demonstrations. Let’s all try and bring a niece,
    granddaughter, or a “Wendy” into our world, and show them why we love it so much.

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    Totally agree. As a father of three daughters, and four granddaughters, I believe there shouldn't be any exclusionary activities. If they want to, then they should.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Soloman View Post
    I get a few calls each week from folks that have questions about gold prospecting, and metal detecting.
    I just got off the phone with “Wendy,” from Greenwich, Connecticut. I’m writing this post because her
    call is so typical of the women that call for information.

    Wendy bought a Bounty Hunter Quicksilver a few years ago, went out to the beach with her daughter but,
    “..felt strange, almost like we shouldn’t be there.” She was put off by the looks they were getting and
    comments people made. Later, she felt confused on where she could actually “detect legally,” and her metal
    detector became a closet queen.

    She saw a listing for our club and wanted to know if I could help her learn her machine and figure out where
    to go hunting with her daughter. I will direct her here to TreasureNet, when she emails me later, and of
    course, drive up or invite her down for lessons and a hunt.

    Wendy was disappointed to learn women make up less than 12% of the metal detecting community, and I
    discussed with her the possibility of beginning a “Women’s” Metal Detecting Club, there in Greenwich. As a
    Community, we need more outreach to women and girls by clubs, and individuals in the hobby.

    I encourage local dealers and clubs to sponsor Girl Scout, as well as Boy Scout troops, local Little League and
    Youth groups, by hosting seeded & unseeded hunts and demonstrations. Let’s all try and bring a niece,
    granddaughter, or a “Wendy” into our world, and show them why we love it so much.
    Wendy sounds like she wants to succeed and that is great. Maybe it is a simple lack of exposure for a lot of women.
    As far as treasure hunting in general I see more women in flea markets and at garage sales than men. Maybe if they knew they might take a try at metal detecting.
    In this area there are a lot of women who camp, fish,and hunt. They are not afraid of getting dirty.
    Really nice if you to ebcourage her.
    You may forget but let me tell you this: someone in some future time will think of us-Sappho

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    My son is career Navy, just been transferred back to Pensacola for his last 31/2 years. His oldest girl found a pack rivet in my yard and is hooked on treasure hunting. She will soon teach me how to water hunt. Looking forward to it. I'm gonna give her one of my machines when they get settled in. Can't wait.
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    I have the opposite Problem I Cant Keep red Away From The Dirt Dirty red Head!!! lol we detect every weekend
    "It cant Always Be Silver Or Gold But It Is A Hell Of an Experience Pulling It Out Of the Dirt"

    Metal detecting is Like A Marathon, Your Running fast then start Slowing A Bit The You Find Something Interesting And You Pick Up the Pace!!! The Only Difference is If You Are Addicted to this Hobby there Is NO FINISH LINE HH Chug And Red

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    My experience is that fewer women have an interest in detecting then males. Few males have interest in sewing and knitting. If I sewed or knitted I would expect to be a minority at the fabric and yarn shop. Males and females are different even if the politically correct try to tell you otherwise.
    If all your finding is pull tabs, bottle caps and beer cans, I've already been there.

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    Yes they are hard-wired differently. There are exceptions of course.
    You can try but if someone is not interested you are wasting your time. If a woman is interested that is a different story.
    Has anyone ever seen women, who are pursuing a hobby dominated by women, wonder how they can attract more men to their hobby? I haven't.
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    Guess it helps to have Clooney’s face on Arnold’s body

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-gordon View Post
    Guess it helps to have Clooney’s face on Arnold’s body
    Either your a really lucky guy or you've been out detecting in them weed patches ! Find anything good ?
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    If all your finding is pull tabs, bottle caps and beer cans, I've already been there.

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    Let me chime in if you don't mind.....since I am a woman. I love it, but again as a woman I don't know any others that like to do this or would want to do it. Since I am a woman I can say it - some just don't like to get dirty plan and simple. Others, and myself is included in this....feel odd about the looks and for some reason I notice that people seem to stare more at women doing this than men.

    And I totally get the feeling of yes, you shouldn't be here doing this, which kind of takes away from the feeling of just enjoying the walk and outdoor air.

    I do hope more women would get into this, it is so much fun. But living in Southern California I know that won't happen.

    I can't wait for my HUGE upgrade to a Minelab Equinox and get to diggin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliCondor View Post
    Let me chime in if you don't mind.....since I am a woman. I love it, but again as a woman I don't know any others that like to do this or would want to do it. Since I am a woman I can say it - some just don't like to get dirty plan and simple. Others, and myself is included in this....feel odd about the looks and for some reason I notice that people seem to stare more at women doing this than men.

    And I totally get the feeling of yes, you shouldn't be here doing this, which kind of takes away from the feeling of just enjoying the walk and outdoor air.

    I do hope more women would get into this, it is so much fun. But living in Southern California I know that won't happen.

    I can't wait for my HUGE upgrade to a Minelab Equinox and get to diggin.
    Finally an opinion from a woman
    There are a few guys who don't want to get dirty as well.
    I think most people do not feel it is a good idea to stare at a man too much because it might invite an unpleasant response. You never really know how a man might react.
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    Guess it helps to have Clooney’s face on Arnold’s body
    Rosemary Clooney and Tom Arnold? Not a pretty sight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliCondor View Post
    Let me chime in if you don't mind.....since I am a woman. I love it, but again as a woman I don't know any others that like to do this or would want to do it. Since I am a woman I can say it - some just don't like to get dirty plan and simple. Others, and myself is included in this....feel odd about the looks and for some reason I notice that people seem to stare more at women doing this than men.

    And I totally get the feeling of yes, you shouldn't be here doing this, which kind of takes away from the feeling of just enjoying the walk and outdoor air.

    I do hope more women would get into this, it is so much fun. But living in Southern California I know that won't happen.

    I can't wait for my HUGE upgrade to a Minelab Equinox and get to diggin.
    I couldn’t see a all women hunt because most women hate each other.

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    Not all, not all, but most I’m happy don’t like this hobby. Nothing wrong with a hobby mostly obsessed by men. To be honest I can’t stand watching videos with girly girls detecting it irks the hell out of me. If my wife wanted to start metal detecting I’d kill myself and I love that women more then life itself. But that’s just me. Good luck out there guys!!!
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