Tips to Get Started Metal Detecting
Getting started with metal detecting is a great way to not only get outdoors and into the sun shine, but to also meet new people and potentially discover a piece of history!
Probably the best thing that I like about treasure hunting, is that I end up going to places and seeing scenery that I just wouldn’t get a chance to see or be a part of if I didn’t get involved with this hobby.
I have also been fortunate enough to meet some incredible people along the way, and that is one of the hallmarks of the treasure hunting community – everyone is just so damn friendly and willing to help newcomers learn and be a part of the excitement.
Obviously the first thing that you are going to need when you go treasure hunting is a metal detector. Now i’m not going to get into what the best metal detector is, as everyone has their own preference, but I will say that when you are starting out, you will want to go for a cheapy, just in case you don’t like detecting. I personally tell all beginners to try the Garrett ACE 250. It’s about as user friendly as a metal detector will get, it’s cheap and it works like a charm.
Finding the Right Location
So you have your metal detector. The next thing you need to do is find the right location to go treasure hunting. Being brand new to the hobby there is a good chance that you won’t find a great spot first time, but sometimes beginners do have all the luck.
Anyway, I have put together a list of great metal detecting locations for first timers, so please do make use of that resource.
You then need to make sure that you are allowed to go detecting in your selected location. The best way to check this is to phone your local council, or if it is private land, then be sure to check with the owner that you are allowed to go digging on their property.
The last thing that you want is to end up getting a fine because you either didn’t have the correct permit to go treasure hunting, or because you never checked the rules in the first place.
The last thing that I would recommend to any beginner, is to see if there are any local metal detecting clubs nearby. Normally there is at least one, and some of the people will help you to not only find great new locations to find treasure, but many will likely teach you a thing or two about how to make better use of your metal detector.