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  • Old farmsteads

    6 14.29%
  • Parks

    5 11.90%
  • Schools and/or churches

    10 23.81%
  • Residential property

    8 19.05%
  • Construction sites

    0 0%
  • Cemeteries

    1 2.38%
  • Along residential sidewalks

    0 0%
  • Creeks

    1 2.38%
  • Athletic fields

    5 11.90%
  • Other, I'll explain in a post

    6 14.29%
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  1. #1
    Vingamel

    Best land sites to metal detect

    For landlubbers. What sites have given you best success in finds?

  2. #2
    Charter Member
    us
    MINELAB XS-2 Pro ....... XTERRA 305 ....... EXPLORER SE PRO

    Dec 2003
    S.W. Schuylkill County
    47,811
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    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    A drained Lake.

  3. #3
    Research Guru

    Jan 2005
    Tampa, Florida
    1,322

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    My best finds were at a grassy picnic area near a spring that's popular with swimmers! 8)
    "Wisdom comes not from knowing everything, but  knowing from whom to ask!"

  4. #4
    us
    Jan 2005
    Central Indiana
    white's
    1,798

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    My favorite for quantity is gravel parking areas.

    My favorite for older coins is my local fairgrounds which dates back to the late 1800's.Even though it gets hunted regularly we still find the occassional silver or IH.

    bigrig
    whites mxt,dd1400 coil

  5. #5
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
    Fishers 1235X-8" CZ-20/21-8" F-70-11"DD GC1023
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    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    Demo/construction sites, park playgrounds, carnie sites and of course those rare old sites than went unknown until I stumbled onto them or found them using research.

  6. #6
    Vingamel

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    Ah shucks, I forgot to add gravel parking lots as an option. ?Yeah, I've yet to do this, but there's a school where I've been given permission, and its gravel lot's been there for 90 years. ?That's a long time for Kansas City.

  7. #7
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    monty

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
    ACE 250, Garrett
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    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    I voted for Athletic fields mainly because there are 4 near my house and I always find quite a bit of clad. I am new and haven't much experience. I noticed I always get hits around my car when I park in the gravel parking lots at the athletic fields, but how in the world do you dig them? After about the first inch they're like concrete....at least here in OK where all the gravel is limestone.
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  8. #8

    Oct 2004
    East Tennessee
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    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    Depends on what you are looking for. Relics usually old farms they are where most of the civil war stuff is found. Jewelry around sporting events, ball fields, schools, and pools. Old coins nothing for me beats old residential areas.

  9. #9
    czman

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    A old church built in 1869 and used until 1981, now it has burnt down...This place was loaded with silver and Indian heads...Don

  10. #10

    Feb 2005
    SE Indiana
    187
    4 times

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    I love those virgin homesteads. You start finding old farm machinery and old coins and relics. Keep everything you find until you clean it up and have a chance to actually see what you have. Almost tossed several keepers including a meteorite.

  11. #11
    mchamby

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    Hi from VT,
    my best finds have been from an old swimming hole in a river. I have only been MDing a year so I still have a lot of fun ahead of me, I hope

  12. #12
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    monty

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
    ACE 250, Garrett
    10,747
    75 times
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    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    Fairgrouinds are usually owned and maintained one step above City government such as a county. At any rate, ownership cn be ascertained by the county tax assessors office.
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  13. #13
    Darod

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    Middle schools and High schools seem to produce the most for me.

    Rod

  14. #14
    us
    Jul 2003
    Elgin
    Fishers 1235X-8" CZ-20/21-8" F-70-11"DD GC1023
    6,578
    38 times

    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    DigginD, if you meant "old fairgrounds" then you might be speaking of former fairgrounds, not current fairgrounds. Who owns the land now?
    Check Jimmileo's note for current fairgrounds. The county fairgrounds where I'm at is run by a separate entity from any county government org. Like many county fairgrounds, it's basically a private organization which benefits from it's ties to local gov. A lot of the benefits or proceeds go to local charities to keep it a legal entity. You will need to get to know someone who is in leadership at your local Fairgrounds to get permission more likely than not.

  15. #15
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    monty

    Jan 2005
    Sand Springs, OK
    ACE 250, Garrett
    10,747
    75 times
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    Re: Best land sites to metal detect

    I have noted a lot of people who khunt schoolyards. The in thing here in the last 20 years or so is to asphalt over the old playgrounds. The gradeschool I attended is not far away and it is mostly asphalt with one small section of playground equipment that is surrounded by coarse pea gravel. Pea gravel is difficult to hunt as the surface is so uneven from kids walking on it and if you get any ofthat gravel inside your knee pads, wow that smarts! That only leaves the area outside the playground area between the fence and the street. I do plan to give that area a swing after school is out.
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

 

 
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