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  1. #1
    No sidewalks? No problem!

    Feb 2007
    South Elgin IL
    MineLab
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    Metal Detecting

    Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    Have you ever hunted really trashy areas on purpose?
    Last week I thought I would try that, on the assumption that most other casual detectorists wouldn't stay and hunt in that spot because of the amount of trashy signals, and there might be some goodies mixed in with the junk.

    So I checked out an old park and went right to a couple of trees that had a picnic bench within 10 feet of them. It was a goldmine of trash. I was getting machine gun rapid fire signals all in the range of screw caps, pull tabs, foil, can slaw etc. Every inch there were targets in all directions.

    Instead of letting it annoy the hell out of me like it usually does, I decided to ignore the quantity of junk signals assaulting my ears and to just listen for the good tones. I had to move the coil fairly slow to get it to catch the good sounds in between all the junk and nulls. There were too many signals to rely on the display so I didn't bother looking at it until I could lock on to a good sound. Once I found what I thought was a repeatable good signal, I'd glance at the display. Pinpointing was a crap shoot in this area so I just did the best I could at keeping the good tone at the center of the coil from two directions.

    This exercise helped me train my ears and my brain to just pay attention to the better signals.
    I still wound up digging some pull tabs and pop tops when I was trying for nickels, and a few assorted screw caps but I managed to get 10 clad dimes, 2 clad quarters, 1 Jefferson nickel, and one 1913 wheat at 7 inches down near the base of one of the trees. Dirty clad not pictured because we've all seen it before.

    The wheat was encapsulated in dirt, and my usual dish soap routine wasn't cutting it.
    I have some new concentrated citrus oil cleaner that I tried on it and after sitting for about 4 days in it, I was able to clean off most of the crud with a toothpick.
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  2. #2
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
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    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    Yes!

  3. #3
    us
    Apr 2008
    Moronica, northwest of Chicago.
    E-trac & Bounty Hunter Land Star
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    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    WTG, Mayo!!!

    In those areas, small coil - lots of discrimination. There's probably more in there, and those two things will help you find 'em!

    Next time I'm out there with you, let me know if you want to try our my baby coil....
    God bless our veterans! Thank you for your sacrifices!

  4. #4
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
    Fishers 1235X-8" CZ-20/21-8" F-70-11"DD GC1023
    6,578
    58 times

    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimsdad
    WTG, Mayo!!!

    In those areas, small coil - lots of discrimination. There's probably more in there, and those two things will help you find 'em!

    Next time I'm out there with you, let me know if you want to try our my baby coil....
    Might have been a slip, might have been, eh?

    You guys been probing new ground?

    Supposed to be nice out today, let's get some goodies!

  5. #5
    us
    Apr 2008
    Moronica, northwest of Chicago.
    E-trac & Bounty Hunter Land Star
    4,693
    23 times

    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimsdad
    Next time I'm out there with you, let me know if you want to try our my baby coil....
    Yeah, she's my baby, not our baby, but I'll share her with just about anyone - as long as she comes home with me.
    God bless our veterans! Thank you for your sacrifices!

  6. #6

    Jun 2008
    Chicago
    Etrac
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    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    Way to hit those trashy areas Mayo! That is where the Etrac can really shine. I always like those types of locations because there is a good chance that there are still some goodies to find!

  7. #7
    us
    Dec 2007
    Whiskey Junction, IL
    Fisher F75 LTD2, Tesoro Tiger Shark, DetectorPro Uniprobe, DetectorPro Pistol Probe
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    47 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    Pretty much every area I hunt is trashy. Slow and methodical is the way to go. Believe it or not, I hunt those areas with zero disc and 4 tones. I like to hear everything and once you find the nails you know you're in the right area. Good luck!!!
    HH
    John

  8. #8
    us
    Let's go diggin!!!

    Dec 2009
    G P, Illinois
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    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    WTG Mayo going after the tougher goodies to haul in.

  9. #9

    Feb 2007
    Arlington Heights, IL
    Whites V3 and XLT
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    Re: Hunting the trashy areas on purpose

    When you hunt those trashy areas and find the goodies, you KNOW you've been on a hunt

 

 

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