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  1. #1

    May 2018
    Gainesville, FL
    15 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Just got my first metal detector!

    Well... I guess this will be how it officially started. My girlfriend surprised me over the weekend with an early Christmas gift - a Bounty Hunter Tracker 4. It wasn't very expensive, but it's certainly the most valuable one I'll ever own now. I guess I've just been holding out until I could afford a professional level detector, so it was a perfect opportunity for her. And of course she knew I wanted one, because our beach trips usually include lectures on the local history and several "isn't it just crazy that we could be walking on top of that right now?"

    Any advice on when/where/how to use this detector? I live in Gainesville now and frequent St. Augustine. Do I need a digging tool of some sort? Any rules I'm probably not aware of?

  2. #2
    Charter Member
    Oct 2014
    Garrett: AT Pro, AT Gold & Infinium; Minelab: Explorer SE, II, Quattro & X-terra 705; Tesoro: Tejon & Outlaw; White's: V3i & DFX
    16364 times
    Relic Hunting
    Banner Finds (2)

    Welcome to the best hobby in the world!

    IHMO: You need to read the manual several times, then with machine in hand, go through menus and settings to gain familiarity. Watch some YouTube videos of the machine in action and of course get out and practice. I would go to somewhere "easy" to hunt like a playground or semi-clean park to learn how the machine operates in the field. Dig everything for a while to learn what objects sound like and end up being.

    You must learn proper target retrieval techniques...again YouTube may have some good videos or a local club or friend can show you the way. Become a master at pinpointing with your machine...makes recovery much easier.

    You will need a small hand digger for places that people can watch you, sensitive areas and groomed lawns (NO shovels). You can use shovels in the woods, farm fields or areas that are not groomed.

    I suggest a pin pointer to aid you in target recovery.

    The keys are; Find the target, Recover the target and LEAVE no trace of you being there.

    If you should have any specific questions, please feel free to PM me.

    Good Luck and Happy hunting


  3. #3
    Jan 2018
    North Atlanta
    Equinox 800, 6" coil, ProFind-35 pinpointer, sold: AT Pro with stock coil, Nel Thunder, Garrett 5" x 8" coil, Garrett Carrot.
    482 times
    Relic Hunting
    Welcome. This is a great hobby and can be addictive. Good way to start. My son started with an Ace 250 and on many occasions out hunted me with me using a detector that cost 3x that his cost. It is the operator not the detector.
    stick around this forum and you will learn plus learning from some youtube videos. There are some very smart guys on this forum and they really know their stuff and always are inclined to share and answer questions. Being from Gainsville you can visit the 1715 fleet treasure coast from time to time on the east coast. 10 or 11 wrecks not far off shore and from time to time gold and silver washes up or is uncovered on the beach were beach combers have actually recovered some nice stuff. Best time to go is after a pretty good tropical storm that makes some nice cuts on the beach. But get there early there is quite a bit of competition during those times.


  4. #4
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    AT MAX
    13929 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
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    You will love this hobby and be hooked before you know it hide those gold rings
    Approved TreasureNet Stickers
    .:: $4.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::.
    .:: $2.50 for 1" x 4" Detector Sticker ::.
    (Free Shipping)

    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers

  5. #5
    Charter Member

    Dec 2015
    Ann Arbor
    AT MAX
    13929 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (2)
    Also welcome from Mi Tommy
    Approved TreasureNet Stickers
    .:: $4.00 for 11" X 3" Bumper Sticker ::.
    .:: $2.50 for 1" x 4" Detector Sticker ::.
    (Free Shipping)

    SEE: TreasureNet Bumper Stickers

  6. #6
    Mar 2013
    Fisher Gold Bug Pro Tesoro Cibola Nokta Pointer; Phillips SHS5200 phones
    2731 times
    Metal Detecting
    Salt in the sand can mess with the metal detector...so dig almost everything - of course, after guessing what the target is....
    Learn the all the tricks it can do, and its limits
    I assume the machine has pre-set ground balance, so do the best you can......yet notice that Time just flies by,
    and all your cares in the world are somehow, not there - while metal detecting...!
    WARNING! Metal Detecting is ADDICTIVE!
    Stick With It - It's not *IF* you'll find the good stuff , but WHEN!

  7. #7

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
    Explorer II, Compass 77b, Tesoro shadow X2
    8720 times
    Banner Finds (4)
    Quote Originally Posted by QuartermasterD View Post
    .... Any rules I'm probably not aware of?
    Well ... yes... I'm glad you asked. The rule is quite simple: You send me 30% of all your finds (I accept paypal). Any other questions ?
    Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!

  8. #8
    Charter Member

    Jul 2015
    Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania
    E-trac, Excalibur, XP Deus, & CTX 3030.
    18262 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    You should also know that,,
    "Tom in CA" is not well.

  9. #9

    Apr 2018
    Bounty Tracker IV
    178 times
    Relic Hunting
    Welcome! That's a really good detector to start with, I only recently got an at pro but I still prefer the bounty tracker iv sometimes lol. Compared to the at pro, the bounty hunter discriminates so much junk out, but still finds good stuff. You should get some headphones for the beach!

    Another tip for the beach is dig everything, all metal, and lower the sensitivity if it's making false signals because of the salt. Might just be where I go but it's hard for me to find any signals. Also while your sweeping the coil, if you accidentally hit the sand at the end of the sweep it might false signal.
    Last edited by Renaebri; Yesterday at 10:21 PM.



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