Metal Detecting Digging Techniques for Sensitive Areas


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Feb 2, 2013
West Michigan, Holland
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Tesoro Vaquero
Garrett AT Pro
1 Garrett Pro Pointer
1 Lesche Trowel
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All Treasure Hunting
The Fossicker explains digging techniques to minimize damage to green sod in sensitive areas.

Looks like a good way to me



Gold Member
Jun 24, 2012
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M-6, pro pointer, pistol probe
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All Treasure Hunting
Thanks for posting that! I already use the screw driver method but I will also start using the slit one, looks good to me!


Sr. Member
Dec 23, 2013
Central Penna
Detector(s) used
copper dowsing rod and a smaller 1 for a pinpointer.
Primary Interest:
Metal Detecting
Been doing it this way for years. Thanks for posting.


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Apr 7, 2012
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All Treasure Hunting
90s+kids+have+commonsense.+found+it+on+the+internet+and_22f093_4265458.jpg ......People, all anyone needs to do is....... 2011-07-29-use-common-sense.jpg one needs to be taught how to probe or dig.

Joe hunter

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Mar 2, 2013
Up state NY
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Xp Deus ,
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All Treasure Hunting
Instead of a towel I highly recommend a piece of inner tube the dirt doesn't stick and it self forms into to a crease for ease of poring dirt back in the hole.I think I learned this from a TN post but it's great

Alan Applegate

Sr. Member
Aug 20, 2013
Roswell, NM
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Ace 250, GTI-2500
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All Treasure Hunting
I am careful about putting my divots back, and tamping them down. That is why, I believe, that I have only been confronted a couple of times. One of those was about two years ago.

A lady accosted me almost to the point of violence because I was digging in the park. She promptly went to the park office and complained. The assistant manager of parks & recreation came out, and over to me. No big deal lady! He can dig to China as long as he puts his divot back. In the mean time, the lady allows her dog to do his business, and doesn't pick it up even when asked to do so. She got a $10 for her lack of efforts.

This brings up an off-topic issue: What is more damaging—detecting and picking up trash objects, and throwing them away? Or all of the dog droppings that give left to step in?


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Nov 1, 2011
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garrett,minelab,fisher,,,atp current weapon of choice
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Metal Detecting
the issue of folks getting upset when they see us mding may come down to a couple simple things
1)missunderstanding...they have no idea what we are up to and percieve our actions as self serving and damaging to the grounds
2)these are the same people who cant make it through the day without some kind of drama...even if they must create it themselves

I have found that #1 is easy to overcome most of the time with a smile and the patience to explain the benefits(show them your trash etc.)#2 types...there is no way to communicate with these sorry souls...I try to make encountering them fun for me.I ignore anything they say untill they approach..then I smile and speak complete jibberish,my own made up dialect,even offer my handshake.Puts them off their game and makes for some great entertainment.
hope this helps...cheers

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