Feb 27, 2013, 11:49 AM
Originally Posted by Darth Walker
I hunt in a big local park that does not allow digging of any kind. Their reason for this is the fact that they have a major irrigation system in the big grassy areas used for festivals and concerts (The same area where I find tons of money and a good amount of jewelry). As far as I can tell, this irrigation system is buried pretty deep, but I still respect these rules and never dig.
Probably 95% of everything I have found in this park was less than 3" deep (The park is only 20 years old at the most). I use a Garret brand brass probe (Garrett Brass Treasure Probe | eBay), and a Phillips screw driver to pop most targets out of the ground. Using an AT Pro and my Propointer, I rarely dig plugs or holes anywhere unless it is a very deep target.
The brass probe doesn't seem to damage anything, but the Phillips screwdriver could. I need to find a brass tipped probe, with a steel shank to pop objects out.
Feb 27, 2013 11:49 AM
Feb 28, 2013, 08:49 AM
The most important thing you can learn or do when metal detecting is replace everything exactly the was it was. I mean leave no trace of you being there. I was chased out of a park by a park supt because some other idiot dug and left a mess and what plugs he did put back the grass died. I apologized to the guy and told him I had already dug over 200 holes in that park and left no trace and he said i know but i have to stop you because the city just passed an ordinance against metal detecting in our parks. He said I watched you for a cpl of days wasn't going to say anything but we had a citizens complaint so you will have to leave.
I have even seen videos on u-tube where so called expert metal detector guys actually leave a mess.
A screwdriver or some other type of probe works well with shallow coins but any more than say an inch you have to cut a plug and i mean neatly cut a 3 sided plug and roll it back find your coin and then fill and tamp the soil and roll your plug back and tamp it well too
I say play by the rules as best you can and someone stops you apologize and be polite about it.