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  1. #1

    Aug 2013
    Western Pennsylvania
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    Staying cordial with detecting brotherhood without giving spots away

    You no how many time I talk to a fellow detectorist and feel like telling all. You no I知 not selfish, I知 not going to live forever,but I must be hesitant to be completely open. It痴 not about trusting people, but we love sharing finds, but locations we worked so very hard to find, sorry off limits except to us3 we trust. To all my friends here, is that a common felling or just honesty. I致e love nothing more than to share especially with younger generations when possible,heck even give a coin or relic to. But am I so different or do you agree, thankyou
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    Charter Member
    Feb 2005
    MI USA
    Ace 400, AT Pro, equinox 800, Simplex,Vanquish 540
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    I've shared some hot, unique beach areas with a couple close friends, told them in advance to keep their mouths shut about it.
    Shared a site that was giving up civil war relics including hat badges, buttons, bullets and a coin from 1835 - But it was a time sensitive street tearout, after I combed it up and down for a week I shared that, before it was lost for generations to come under cement.

    Oldest coin to date 1835

    Other than that, mums the word, generally do not want to give away any productive areas.

  3. #3
    Apr 2009
    Cumberland Va
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    I don't worry much about giving anything away . heck I even posted a treasure map of the area where I found a civil war sword a little over a year ago.
    I've also given advice on here to people hunting my home town of Fredericksburg Va where I hunted for 30+ years ,I'll never be hunting there again so why not?
    given the chance some people will dig your spot so if it disturbs you keep it to your self..
    I think it's funny when people join this site and ask where do I hunt .

  4. #4

    Dec 2012
    196 times
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    I take a different approach because I think everybody should have the opportunity to search for lost history.

    So if you want to do some detecting at my site, just drive North a few miles until you see a piece of sagebrush on the left side of the road. Turn there and go several miles. Then, keep going for awhile until you see a rock on the left. Turn there. Keep going for an hour or so and look for the jackrabbit on the left. Turn there and go 2 miles.

    Have fun!

    Oh.........and take lots of water just in case you get lost. LOL

  5. #5
    Charter Member
    Feb 2005
    MI USA
    Ace 400, AT Pro, equinox 800, Simplex,Vanquish 540
    3180 times
    Metal Detecting
    There may be guys here who remember this but there was a site called, its obvious focus and most of the forum members were from the Detroit area.
    Small site but thats not a bad thing, guys got to know eachother better and there were't floods of posts every day. Well this one guy who I won't name because he at least used to post here, maybe still does, but he posted about a water site in the Detroit area where he was hauling out loads of old silver and rings ,,, Within the next few days there were literally dozens of guys out there swinging, and there was a huge blowup between that guy and the mod and a couple other guys who knew about the spot and didn't want it advertised.

    Site ended up folding a few years back, but that to me was a good illustration of why you should not broadcast hotspots and honeyholes ,,, I think this guy, who is a pretty cool guy that I personally detected with a few times after the blowup [if you are still out there SD, hope all is well], just couldn't resist bragging and showing everyone who wanted to see what he has found. I think it was part vanity, and part his general nature not to be secretive, he even gave the layout for a super honeyhole that he was hot on the tracks of, not sure if he ever found it.

  6. #6
    Charter Member
    Nov 2012
    XP Deus, Tesoro Cibola, Full sized shovel and a backhoe
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    I take some folks to my best spot. If they don't reciprocate, they don't get invited back and its private property and posted...they can't just sneak in.

    BTW I don't take people to hunted out places. It wastes my and their time.
    Last edited by smokeythecat; Jan 12, 2021 at 09:11 PM.

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    steve andermatt

    Apr 2013
    AT GOLD/Garrett /C.Scope cs4PI/Garrett(carrot) pro pointer/ 5x8 double d coil and sniper coil/Lesche digger
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    If it was or is a permission I detect, I wouldn't let someone else detect it because they may go in without me and not have the same respect I would have and therefore I could lose my permission because of someone I let detect it with me. But if it is a public place I would tell them about it.(Permissions/NO, public areas/YES)
    back of the boat

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    Bill B

    Sep 2010
    Upstate NY
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    It really up to the individual to share or not,for me I always wish to someday be invited to hunt in a area of historical value because it’s like water for drinking there used to be plenty but slowly it’s starting to disappear

  9. #9
    Jan 2016
    Garrett At max Pro-Pointer
    181 times
    Metal Detecting
    I have a nice place where I pulled 4 pieces of jewlery so far. Dont really plan on telling everyone on the internet where it is.

    I have a friend that's semi interested in detecting. If he invest in a machine I may show him. But for now it's just me and my 7yo.
    Last edited by Pull tab mcfoilson; Jan 12, 2021 at 10:45 PM.

  10. #10
    Charter Member
    Feb 2008
    Great Lakes State
    3983 times
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    Most of the sites here are so pounded it doesn’t matter either way.
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  11. #11
    Feb 2009
    Deus, Minelab 3030, E-Trac,
    38766 times
    Relic Hunting
    Joined a detecting club back 13yrs or so ago just because of a few folks that I got to know were members. I'd go to the monthly meetings after a day of hunting in and around the area. I would put the days finds on the finds table and won a few prizes for best. I was always asked "Where did you find that?" I'd be open about it as I wasn't from the area and it didn't matter really as most were out of parks anyways. (private permissions were never revealed)
    So my buddy would email me the next day and tell me how many cars and guys were hunting at the said site(s)

    Lazy arses all of them basically-can't gather up enough energy to do their own research/door knocking-just riding on the coat tails of others.

    Nope I keep the cards close, even had to tell others to edit their post ups of a hunt on one of my permissions. If I want the world to know, it's my business to let them know.
    "If it was easy-It would have already been done-Life 101."
    的 treat the outside world as one raw very warm wet chicken that has sitting out too long. wash and sterilize everything me touches. pepperj

  12. #12
    Feb 2015
    Yacolt WA
    EQ 800
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    Though I have yet to hit a "Honey hole" detecting, I once had a salmon fishing spot, a small area where the fish would hang. I took a "friend" there once for his birthday. Well, he told a friend, who told a friend -------

    I'll confirm if a park is ok to detect, but if I ever find a great spot - it's mine until I clean it out.
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  13. #13
    Silver Fiend

    Oct 2009
    9241 times
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    I never reveal a producing site until I have done my best to clean it out over some amount of years, or its changed condition and no longer can be hunted (parking lot, construction, etc). I've had too many sites poached and raided over the years.
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  14. #14
    Sep 2013
    Scituate, RI
    Garrett AT Pro
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    I've had dozens of people comment on my YouTube channel asking to hunt with me or asking me where I hunt. Unfortunately, I've never had anyone offer to take me to their honey holes. I will gladly tell them the towns I detect in, but that's about as specific as I get.

    Too bad no one asks me where NOT to metal detect! I've got a list of at least 50 spots that were stinkers and never gave up jack squat. I could save them a lot of time by giving them that list, but no one thinks outside of the box in that regard. They just want a list of all the good spots! Sorry, not gonna happen!
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    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
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    I've never hesitated to take a buddy to a new or old site. Yes, I have been disappointed by a few that went back on their own with other people, but, for the most part karma has been good. I like to detect with folks I know or I am introducing to the hobby. These days I get just as excited when a partner makes a great find.
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