One major issue facing the metal detecting community is banning of metal detector use on our public beaches and in some states ALL state owned land. Add in the negative looks you get from people who really don't understand the sport and we have a recipe for disaster.
I have compiled a list of MUST DO's if you are going to get into detecting. If you think hunters are ugly when you infringe on their territories and mess things up due to negligence, wait til you tick off a treasure hunter
1. DO get permission FIRST, there is no such thing as public land to detect on....if you don't have verbal or written permission STAY OUT. We work hard to get permission to all parks, schools, churches etc.. in our area. If you come in and ruin that, it won't be pretty
2. DO practice your plug digging in your OWN yard for weeks before you ever think of going out and digging on someone else' property. Nothing will get you booted quicker than turning someone's lawn into a mine field. Until you can dig a plug, replace it and within 2 days not be able to even find that same plug.....you need to keep practicing. When initially replacing plugs, fluff the grass on top of them to stand it back up. Remember, grass is a living thing so in drought times, DO NOT DIG.
3. DO make sure you dig below the roots of the grass to ensure you don't damage them, even if your target is only 1 inch deep. The deeper the initial plug, the better chance of no one ever being able to tell you dug that hole.
4. DO wear headphones when in public....not only to ward off the curious, but more so to not annoy those that find no relaxation or satisfaction in hearing BEEP BEEP BEEP!
5. DO set the ground rules right from the start when dealing with someone's private property. Some landowners EXPECT you to give them ALL the items you find....better to know this right away and not waste your time, rather than fill someone else' pockets for them. I always offer 50% of what I find......if they accept, I get to work. If they want more, I thank them for their time and leave.....let them buy their own equipment. 99% of the time, they don't want any of it anyway, but things with inscriptions, family ties ALWAYS go back to the homeowner, no exceptions.
6. DO realize that once you have a detector and people find out, they will call you to help when they lose an item. This is the most rewarding part of detecting.....helping someone find something they know they lost. Their look when you find it is worth more than any money will ever be.
7. DO use the smallest shovel you can possibly use. Walking into a yard/park with a trench shovel or spade shovel will surely get you booted and is beyond overkill.
8. DO have fun. Expect to find nothing, that way every target is a small gift in itself
Feel free to add as I know there are a lot more that could be listed. In the coming months, I am going to go back in time and let all of you relive some of my better finds and also post some videos/pics of technique, equipment etc...
Thanks for reading