Post By Lakemonster
Apr 24, 2012, 01:27 PM
Any helpful tips on Metal Detecting?
Newbie here. Just got a Garrett Ace 350 detector. I live in Portland, Oregon. Does anyone know any good public areas that could have a lot of untouched treasures? Any tips for a newbie would be very appreciated
Apr 24, 2012 01:27 PM
Apr 24, 2012, 03:13 PM
Start in your own back yard, get to know your detector and then go from there.
Apr 24, 2012, 03:57 PM
Come out from under your bed today...... DO SOMETHING!
Untouched treasure? Ha ha! Good luck! (I'm pulling your leg, you know) Really, it's everywhere. That's why it's called treasure. Parks, old trees, water ways, old homes (inside and outside), gardens, Front lawns (especially under the tree). LOTS of places. Maybe a 12/15 dollar book on the subject of where to hunt is in your future. Troll around this Tnet for the BEST info on what you need. Welcome to the best net. TTC
Goodnight, Jesty Puller, wherever you are!
Apr 24, 2012, 04:22 PM
I would recommend trying to find parks, ball fields or old school yards in the more rural areas. Typically the urban areas have been spanked, in my experience.
If you ever hit the big one detecting....follow the 3S rule. Shoot. Shovel and Shut up.
Apr 27, 2012, 12:19 AM
I picked up a ace 350 about a month ago and took me well over a week to learn the machine ....i dug plenty of garbage untill i understood what the thing was telling me now i can skip most of the trash ....as for parks i agree they have been raped for years its tough finding a good place to hunt i drive tons of miles everyday searching for new locations and so far havent come up with much acouple silver finds here and there but its pretty picked over
Apr 27, 2012, 09:53 AM
If I'm not mistaken, there's a metal detecting club somewhere around Portland.
Metal detecting is my one worldy vice!
Apr 28, 2012, 12:31 AM
ive been trying to think of spots were people haven't been, that's pretty unlikely tho, try some wooded areas or maybe around rivers cuz back in the day, thats were people spent there time and a little change here and there.
Apr 30, 2012, 11:34 AM
I am pretty new myself. My first newbie advice would be to practice in your yard, digging any signal you get, maybe even bury a few coins and learn how your detector reacts for each item. It will save you a lot of time from digging pull tabs and nails in the future. I have been on two all day detecting trips with my Ace 250. On my first time I was flat worn out from digging garbage! I spend countless hours practicing around my house, and on the second time I spent all day detecting I was digging mostly coins and cool relics. Learn the settings and tones.
Also work on your digging skills. If you go to a park and dig a big nasty hole and kill the grass, you probably won't be allowed back and may get metal detecting banned all together. You can perfect your digging skills at home and learn to better pinpoint your target and be able to dig a much smaller hole to find it. When I first started, I was digging huge plugs, now its down to just a few inches and I am getting very good at finding the target each time, and when I fill the hole I try to make it look as if there never was a hole in the first place. I just had a discussion with the groundskeeper of the local fairgorunds about this over the weekend. Some guys went metal detecting there a while back and dug big holes, didn't fill them, and left garbage laying around. Luckily he let me detect there, but had discussed with other shareholders over the grounds about having MD banned all together over what the last jerks did. Hopefully after the pristine condition I left the place in, they will consider letting people detect there a little while longer.
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