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    For a beginner detector, what would be the top three mistakes?

    I've been doing a bunch of research and have learned a bunch in the past couple of weeks...but starving for more!!
    To help out a new hunter, what would be you top three list of "don't do this"?
    I'm speaking of hunting the usual areas like beaches, playgrounds, etc.
    Thanks!
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    us
    Jun 2011
    Richmond, VA
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    Re: For a beginner detector, what would be the top three mistakes?

    Dig very carefully, I see alot of people in videos going crazy with the spades and shovels scraping at the entire hole. Keep in mind if it is a very valuable artifact, you can ruin it by not digging it properly. You never know whats down there.
    (sorry, just 1 "what not to do")
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    us
    Jul 2010
    New Hampshire USA
    Fisher F70
    1,127
    65 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: For a beginner detector, what would be the top three mistakes?

    I'll give you a few more than 3 lol

    Do read your manual
    Do read your manual again
    Do read your manual once again.
    Do go in your back yard with your detector and read your manual again.
    Do cut plugs. Don't dig "holes"
    Do sweep all the dirt you can back into your plug hole.
    Do replace your plug.
    Do your best to leave the area looking as if you were never there.
    Do fill in your holes if you do dig one. Holes are ok to dig on the beach or in the woods where you don't have to worry about digging a hole, but ALWAYS fill in your holes.
    Do swing parallel to the ground.
    Do swing slow.
    Do dig every target because I've had rings come up as pulltabs, nickles, quarters and even pennies. I've also had deeper signals change when you get some dirt out of the plug hole.
    Do take your findings even if they are trash. Just throw the trash away.
    Do look at old maps of the areas you want to hunt.
    Do show land owners what you find if you get permission to hunt on their land. It's not worth it to hide the "good" stuff. You may lose out on a hunting spot if you do.
    Do offer said land owner their pick of the findings and don't be upset if they take the "good" stuff.
    Do be happy that you could find it in the first place.
    Do try to return any items that you can if possible. You'll find that returning a ring will make you feel a LOT better than keeping or selling it.
    Do get a sturdy digging tool. I use a small 30" shovel with a 6" head and I love it. I paid $7 for it at home depot.
    And the most important Do there is.... DO POST YOUR FINDINGS ON TNET!

    Don't wear steel toe boots. You'll be chasing signals all day.
    Don't arch your swing.
    Don't get frustrated. You will most likely get frustrated at times. Swing through it and remember that you can't find "good" stuff every time you hunt.
    Don't just wander onto people's land withought asking permission.
    Don't let idiots get to you. You will have kids reaching in your holes, they are just either curious excited kids. You will have people harassing you about digging in the parks or taunting you about beeing poor. They are just idiots that don't have a clue. Ignore it and keep on swinging.
    Don't forget that it's a hoby and not a job. Have fun with it.

    HH

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    DFCA

    Dec 2006
    Kansas
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    Re: For a beginner detector, what would be the top three mistakes?

    I think that covers it
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    NJ

    Nov 2006
    Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Whites DFX w/ Sunray DX-1 probe and Minelab Excalibur 1000, Whites TRX Pinpointer
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    221 times
    Metal Detecting
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    Re: For a beginner detector, what would be the top three mistakes?

    What Sean in NH said...Although I will add one...Do keep a journal of finds. If you are in this hobby for many years it starts getting hard remembering where and when everything was found.

    NJ

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    Jimmy

    Feb 2013
    West Michigan, Holland
    Tesoro Vaquero Garrett AT Pro 1 Garrett Pro Pointer 1 Lesche Trowel
    69
    33 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Nor just for a beginner detectorist, but good advise for all
    You don't know What you don't know till you dig it all

  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2007
    Southeast Texas
    Garrett AT Pro Whites V3i
    170
    56 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    I would say:
    1. Too much discrimination or not digging enough targets.
    2. Lack of persistence when getting disappointed.
    3. Poor pinpointing.
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  8. #8
    us
    Jan 2013
    Full Time In An RV
    Garrett GTI 1500
    555
    380 times
    Metal Detecting
    My three tips?

    1) Practice
    2) Practice some more
    3) Paractice on good and bad targets until you understand every sound your machine makes.
    Ten years ago the USA had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now the USA has no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

  9. #9
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    Make America Great Again!

    May 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaninNH View Post
    I'll give you a few more than 3 lol

    Do read your manual
    Do read your manual again
    Do read your manual once again.
    Do go in your back yard with your detector and read your manual again.
    Do cut plugs. Don't dig "holes"
    Do sweep all the dirt you can back into your plug hole.
    Do replace your plug.
    Do your best to leave the area looking as if you were never there.
    Do fill in your holes if you do dig one. Holes are ok to dig on the beach or in the woods where you don't have to worry about digging a hole, but ALWAYS fill in your holes.
    Do swing parallel to the ground.
    Do swing slow.
    Do dig every target because I've had rings come up as pulltabs, nickles, quarters and even pennies. I've also had deeper signals change when you get some dirt out of the plug hole.
    Do take your findings even if they are trash. Just throw the trash away.
    Do look at old maps of the areas you want to hunt.
    Do show land owners what you find if you get permission to hunt on their land. It's not worth it to hide the "good" stuff. You may lose out on a hunting spot if you do.
    Do offer said land owner their pick of the findings and don't be upset if they take the "good" stuff.
    Do be happy that you could find it in the first place.
    Do try to return any items that you can if possible. You'll find that returning a ring will make you feel a LOT better than keeping or selling it.
    Do get a sturdy digging tool. I use a small 30" shovel with a 6" head and I love it. I paid $7 for it at home depot.
    And the most important Do there is.... DO POST YOUR FINDINGS ON TNET!

    Don't wear steel toe boots. You'll be chasing signals all day.
    Don't arch your swing.
    Don't get frustrated. You will most likely get frustrated at times. Swing through it and remember that you can't find "good" stuff every time you hunt.
    Don't just wander onto people's land withought asking permission.
    Don't let idiots get to you. You will have kids reaching in your holes, they are just either curious excited kids. You will have people harassing you about digging in the parks or taunting you about beeing poor. They are just idiots that don't have a clue. Ignore it and keep on swinging.
    Don't forget that it's a hoby and not a job. Have fun with it.

    HH
    I just want to say this was a GREAT post Sean!

  10. #10
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    us
    I can dig it! "WP"

    Mar 2007
    Indiana
    Bounty Hunter's, Whites TM 808, Whites GMT, Suction Dredges, Hand Dredges, Trommels, Gold Vacs, High Bankers, Fluid bed Gold Traps, Gold Pans, Sluices, Dry Washers, Miller Tables, Rp4 Shaker table etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirtgold View Post
    I've been doing a bunch of research and have learned a bunch in the past couple of weeks...but starving for more!!
    To help out a new hunter, what would be you top three list of "don't do this"?
    I'm speaking of hunting the usual areas like beaches, playgrounds, etc.
    Thanks!
    Dont go when the site is busy. More people around just creates more problems.

    Dont show your valuable finds to onlookers or holler BOOM BABY! when you find something good. Folks will claim they lost it or else rob you.
    Don't tell them how much your detector cost either. "It's borrowed from a friend"

    Dont think the hole is empty after the first target is found. Always check the hole again with your detector for other targets.

    Dont trust the display on the detector. More rings are found that show up as pulltabs than you can imagine. Plus a valuable target can be masked if it's sitting next to junk.

    Dont throw your junk finds back in the hole. Keep all your junk finds in a separate pouch until you dispose of them properly.
    No use digging them back up next week. Plus if someone wants to see what you've found show them the junk.

    GG~
    Last edited by Goodyguy; Feb 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM.

  11. #11
    us
    Jul 2010
    590
    228 times
    I forget where I found stuff last week :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by N.J.THer View Post
    What Sean in NH said...Although I will add one...Do keep a journal of finds. If you are in this hobby for many years it starts getting hard remembering where and when everything was found.

    NJ

  12. #12
    us
    Awesome.

    Jan 2013
    Yucaipa, CA
    Fisher F2
    55
    21 times
    Metal Detecting
    i love this thread! some really, really great advice, here.

  13. #13
    us
    THIS WE'LL DEFEND !

    Nov 2012
    southeast pa.
    bounty hunter qd 2, garret pro pointer !
    139
    78 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    i use a small ground cloth made from old jeans , keeps clean up easy , pick ,dump and replug done !

  14. #14
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    us
    Jul 2012
    Blackfoot, Idaho
    White's GMT, DFX, Coinmaster, TDI-SL, old Garrett Masterhunter BFO 'Way Too Cool' dual 18 Watt UV light
    2,283
    2363 times
    Prospecting
    Quote Originally Posted by SeaninNH View Post
    I'll give you a few more than 3 lol

    Do read your manual
    Do read your manual again
    Do read your manual once again.
    Do go in your back yard with your detector and read your manual again.
    Do cut plugs. Don't dig "holes"
    Do sweep all the dirt you can back into your plug hole.
    Do replace your plug.
    Do your best to leave the area looking as if you were never there.
    Do fill in your holes if you do dig one. Holes are ok to dig on the beach or in the woods where you don't have to worry about digging a hole, but ALWAYS fill in your holes.
    Do swing parallel to the ground.
    Do swing slow.
    Do dig every target because I've had rings come up as pulltabs, nickles, quarters and even pennies. I've also had deeper signals change when you get some dirt out of the plug hole.
    Do take your findings even if they are trash. Just throw the trash away.
    Do look at old maps of the areas you want to hunt.
    Do show land owners what you find if you get permission to hunt on their land. It's not worth it to hide the "good" stuff. You may lose out on a hunting spot if you do.
    Do offer said land owner their pick of the findings and don't be upset if they take the "good" stuff.
    Do be happy that you could find it in the first place.
    Do try to return any items that you can if possible. You'll find that returning a ring will make you feel a LOT better than keeping or selling it.
    Do get a sturdy digging tool. I use a small 30" shovel with a 6" head and I love it. I paid $7 for it at home depot.
    And the most important Do there is.... DO POST YOUR FINDINGS ON TNET!

    Don't wear steel toe boots. You'll be chasing signals all day.
    Don't arch your swing.
    Don't get frustrated. You will most likely get frustrated at times. Swing through it and remember that you can't find "good" stuff every time you hunt.
    Don't just wander onto people's land withought asking permission.
    Don't let idiots get to you. You will have kids reaching in your holes, they are just either curious excited kids. You will have people harassing you about digging in the parks or taunting you about beeing poor. They are just idiots that don't have a clue. Ignore it and keep on swinging.
    Don't forget that it's a hoby and not a job. Have fun with it.

    HH
    Great post Sean, but I would add a DON"T......don't buy a more advanced detector than you can use. Far too many newbies buy an expensive, complicated etector, and then end up selling it, at a big loss, because they don't know how to use it, or even what the terms in the instructions mean.
    Jim
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  15. #15
    us
    Feb 2013
    Central Florida
    AT Pro/Pro Pointer
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    59 times
    Metal Detecting
    Great informative thread for a newbie...thanks!
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