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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NORTHERN NEW YORK STATE
Re: No place is ever hunted out...
Richbat, I couldnt agree with you more about no place being hunted out.
When I started detecting in the early '90s a friend suggested that I join the metal Detecting club that he belonged to. It turned out to be a pretty good idea. There were monthly meetings, club picnics, and club hunts. We had about seventy five members, so our meetings were held in the conference room at the village library.
Being new to the hobby I asked a ton of questions and learned a lot, and just like all new members did, I asked "What about the little park across the street, can I hunt there?" I was told that being that it was public ground I could hunt it legally, but also that it wasnt worth bothering with because just about every club member had cut his teeth hunting there.
I dont discourage very easily, and that little park was only three blocks from my home. Being an early riser, and not having to open my store until 10am made it pretty easy for me to get in some detecting just about every morning.
I'd get there at first light, set up my gear, and after determining where I'd left off the day before I'd make my first pass. When I got to the far side I'd look back at my trail where I'd disturbed the morning dew, move a couple of feet to one side, and then head back in the other direction.
I wear a carpenter's apron when I detect, one of the cheap ones that the lumberyards give away with their name stamped on it. It has three pockets, and being that I dug everything the first pocket was always loaded with pull tabs, gum wrappers, and other assorted junk. The middle pocket was for artifacts, and the third pocket was for valuables.
By the end of that summer I'd hunted that village park in a grid pattern, first crosswise and then lengthwise.
The Colonial Militia camped in that little park the night before they went on to be massacreed in the Battle of Oriskany. One soldied left behind a button from his uniform. Another dropped a musketball.
Kids played in that park. One dropped a pocketknife with ivory sideplates. Another dropped a pocketknife so old it had wooden sideplates.
Rings, pins, earrings, and necklaces, they were all there. One of my favorite finds is a hollow locket made of woven strands of copper. My jeweler told me that at around the year 1900 copper was considered high class.
I also found a number of silver coins, but I prefer the indian head pennies and some of the handful I found are in really nice condition.
That little village park is shaped like a narrow triangle. A block long, a half a block wide at the base, and coming to a point at the far end. Not very big at all.
A metal detector is a transceiver, and like all transceivers it can be affected by atmospheric conditions. It can also be affected by soil conditions such as mineral content and moisture levels. There are days when conditions seem to come together to help the enthusiast use his detector to 'see' things that everyone else has missed, but there are also days when conditions come together to affect a detector negatively and than can mean that there are things that have been missed by others.