Metal Detecting is a great hobby with one little problem. It seems that at times you can’t find anything. If you are like most people you detect areas close to your home whenever you can but the finds are usually only some pocket change. Here are some tips to take advantage of natural changes and manmade changes to the environment that may open up some new locations for metal detecting near you.
One of the best times to treasure hunt with or without a metal detector is during a drought. As the water in lakes, rivers, and streams go down they expose areas to search that were previously covered. Old fishing lures are commonly found snagged into rocks or submerged braches and vegetation. Often lures can be found without a metal detector. Often these lures just need the hooks sharpened or replaced and they will be as good as new. Spinners and other heavy lures are found with the assistance of a metal detector. I have found a surprising number of watches in riverbanks. I’m not sure why so many people are losing their watches in the water, but it seems to happen a lot. Coins, keys, tools and jewelry also turn up to the metal detector’s beep in stream beds and lakes. Pay special attention to areas around boat ramps and swimming and diving areas.
Conversely, after times of high water are also great for metal detecting. The powerful flood waters and the resulting erosion uncover new areas to metal detect and treasure hunt. Remember to detect under eroded banks along streams. While metal detecting in these areas keep an eye out for fossils and Indian arrowheads and other artifacts as well that may be unearthed by the churning of the soil.
After large wind storms is another time that is great to metal detect if trees have been blown down. The root bulbs under the tree can be detected as well as the soil from under them. I have found a few old coins and other objects under fallen trees. I surmised that at some point in the past someone sat down there to rest and the coins fell out of their pocket. To me that is part of the fun of metal detecting, to find an object and ponder how it ended up there. Whether it is gold, silver, or junk it is always interesting to find stuff with a metal detector.
Don’t forget the manmade changes to the landscape that might open up new metal detecting opportunities. New cuts through hillsides for roads (as well as old ones newly abandoned), foundation work at construction sites, and places where construction crews dump dirt are all good places to metal detect.
Good luck with your metal detecting treasure hunt!