Average Time Per Hunt: Whats Yours Typically?
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  • Less than an hour because I carry my MD with me everywhere

    1 1.89%
  • 1-2 hours

    15 28.30%
  • 2-4 hours

    27 50.94%
  • usually over 5 hours

    13 24.53%
  • All day because it takes that long to find anything cool.

    1 1.89%
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  1. #1
    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
    Minelab Equinox 600/ Garrett Pro Pointer
    691 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Average Time Per Hunt: What's Yours Typically?

    I'm new at this and I noticed that the last couple of times (which really are my first times going) I intend to spend only about 2 hours per hunt, but notice that it takes up quite a bit of time walking a site, trying to remember the ground I've already been over, measuring detections and deciding if I should dig or not and then filling in the holes after I've picked up the junk I've found.

    When I look at the clock, I'm like "Holy Cow, I haven't really scratched the surface!" But I have to skeedaddle because I have something else going on.
    I will probably try to go out earlier and lengthen the time I spend to 4-5 hours at a crack to really give a good go of it.

    Please vote in the poll and add your own comments if I miss something that you'd like to comment on.
    Happy Hunting!

  2. #2
    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
    Minelab Equinox 600/ Garrett Pro Pointer
    691 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Additionally, this question has been asked a few times before that I'm aware of (did a quick search) but the question wasn't asked in terms of a POLL.
    I'm sort of analytic and like to see stats so I figured it might be fun to see the answers like this.
    Here are the other times I've seen the question asked:
    2018 Average Time Detecting- How Long Do You Detect
    2014 How Long Are Your Average MDing Hunts?
    2009 How often and how long do you metal detect?

  3. #3
    Feb 2013
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Tesoro Sidewinder Umax, Minelab Equinox 800
    1171 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I used to be able to hunt all dang day, 35 years ago. And I did. These days though, my knees & back will only let me go for a few hours...3 hours is about right, unless I'm on a killer spot that is producing a lot of finds. Then I will dig till I drop!
    ROIGuy, RustyGold and AARC like this.

  4. #4
    Charter Member
    Coin Rescue Tech

    Jun 2014
    Northern O-H-I-O
    F75 LTD, 1280X Aquanaut, & an F2 (loaner)
    17167 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (1)
    It depends, when I drive east or south to hunt with friends it's from sun up until miller time. If I have a local permission that is only for the day I hunt till I get a grid done. For a normal weekend when I am out hunting public sites I average about 4 hours which could consist of numerous sites and travel time. When I started back in 2014 I started when the sun came up, came home for supper with the wife, and then back out until the sun began to set.
    RustyGold, ROIGuy, AARC and 1 others like this.
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  5. #5
    Nov 2017
    DBP2010, eeTH, M4, GCM
    142 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    After more than 5 hours my wife starts beeping continuously, a permanent find, i guess.
    LawrencetheMDer, ROIGuy and Bodkin like this.

  6. #6
    Jun 2019
    Palos Park, IL
    Minelab Equinox 600/ Garrett Pro Pointer
    691 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    It never fails... I go out to do something fun or even THINK about it and the wife is texting/calling me.

    She needs more lady friends to pass the time with.
    RTH and Bodkin like this.

  7. #7
    Charter Member
    Classic car lover

    Jul 2017
    East TX
    Teknectics eurotek pro bounty hunter time ranger bounty hunter quick draw 2 used a teroso compadre.
    20224 times
    baseball cards,hunting,bottle digging,coin roll hunting,shooting,Metal Detecting, swimming,
    Banner Finds (1)
    depends how hot it is i usually hunt about 3 hours
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  8. #8
    Jul 2017
    Northwest PA
    AT Pro Makro/Nokta pinpointers
    112 times
    Metal Detecting
    About 2-4 hours when I get time to get out.
    RustyGold and Loco-Digger like this.

  9. #9

    Apr 2016
    South Western PA
    ACE 250 with DD coil Equinox 600
    10009 times
    Metal Detecting
    Banner Finds (2)
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    45 min
    RustyGold likes this.

  10. #10

    Aug 2017
    5 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I hunt until the wife calls lol.
    Loco-Digger and RustyGold like this.

  11. #11
    Charter Member
    Aug 2013
    Some where out there
    Equinox 800 / XP Deus / ORX / Simplex+
    8308 times
    1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on any beach. After that it’s like I’m pounding sand in the desert.
    Loco-Digger likes this.

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  12. #12

    Jul 2018
    Eastern Connecticut
    Garrett AT Max/ Garrett AT Pro/ Garrett Ace 400/ Garrett Pro Pointer 2 / Garrett Z-Lynk AT Propointer
    2940 times
    Metal Detecting
    Nowadays at age 73, 3 hours is about it unless the temps are down in the 50's which means I can go 4 hours but that's the limit. I started this hobby when I was only 37 and could go all day no matter what. If the temps are over 85 I don't go at all.

  13. #13
    Upper Fort Garry

    Jul 2012
    In da bush
    Fisher's 1266X, 1270X & 1280X
    1836 times
    Living for the hunt!
    Would have checked off all day but don't like the way you worded it.
    I go all day (8 to 12 hours) because I like LOTS of cool items and can't stop swinging, as I'm a major detecting addict.
    Sometimes you find a great find right off the bat but I'll still go all day regardless.
    I actually train in the winter so that I can keep my endurance level up for the relic hunting season!
    Can't do my usual bush-crashing right now due to the heat.
    A metal detector can only do so much..........
    It's up to you to do the rest!

  14. #14
    OBN is offline
    Dec 2008
    Mid-Atlantic Waters
    5896 times
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    3 to 4 hours, if I find gold before I just may leave. It will be waiting next trip there, I hope.

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  15. #15
    Sep 2018
    Garrett AT Max
    3846 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    I am the guy that will take whatever time he can get. I can think of a million reasons to extend the length of the hunt! Even if I have all day it's never enough time!
    Bodkin and Joe-Dirt like this.


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