Where to Metal Detect

Image for Where to Metal DetectLearning where to metal detect can be as simple as looking to see where the people are. Sometimes we can find ourselves in the middle of them. If your not a treasure hunter or coin hunter, the last thing your thinking about on Saturday night, at an outdoor concert, is looking around thinking this is where to metal detect.

“Oh.. can you find jewelry with that thing?”

Getting to know people is also a wonderful way to find where to metal detect. It’s called networking today. I’ve had many an afternoon turn into a treasure hunt when people find out I own a metal detector that I kept in the trunk of my car. “Oh.. can you find jewelry with that thing?”. Sure, I can. “My neighbor Suzy lost her wedding ring gardening the other day”. The hunt for Suzy’s wedding ring gets you on the property and can turn into a good day of hunting. Which when learning where to metal detect is half the battle.

Like I wrote earlier, private yards are a good place to search. In the process of locating the ring, you can with a little finesse, work your way around the yard to new spots. Most people will have no problem allowing you to continue searching for a little while, after finding their five thousand dollar wedding ring for free.

Under clotheslines has always been a good place to metal detect. When I was growing up, not many people still used clotheslines. However you could still see where they were. I found a lot of coins working that area. I even started a collection of metal cloths pins. Not many people know that they even made metal clothespins. They are unique and kinda rare. I had a nice collection at one time.

Other places where to metal detect is anywhere that looks cozy, under shade tress, near picnic tables and benches. Kids sand boxes. One never knows what kids will drag out to the sand box until you look there. When your family knows you own a metal detector, they can keep you busy also. Remember your crazy Aunt that lived in that big old Victorian home?

They will also allow you on their property easier than complete strangers. So use your connections. I had a friend who would post ads in the penny shopper for finding lost jewelry. I also used to look in the local paper in the lost and found section for lost jewelry adds, they usually include the area where the article was lost.

Here’s a little tip a lot of people don’t know about. Your local Police stations will sometimes need the assistance of local citizens with metal detectors. They know where to metal detect, they just need more people. If there’s a crime scene spread out over a large area, Police will use local metal detector clubs or people to help them look for clues, like shell casings and knives. I’m not sure if they still do that today, however my Father was called on a couple times to aid in the investigation. So were members of the club I used to belong to. Again, where to metal detect can depend on who you know and what information you can glean.

Every small town and big city have carnival grounds and fair grounds. Finding where to metal detect can be easy here. Thousands of people will attend these events. Think of all the food vendors and games. A lot of money is passing hands. I even knew of a game that involved throwing dimes into glasses and plates. If you got it in the glass or on the plate, you won a prize. I remember the coins bouncing off the the glass ware and falling into the grass. I can’t imagine they found every one of those coins.

Attend the carnival on the weekend, scope the layout, have a little fun. Then go back the next weekend and get your money back. Now that’s knowing where to metal detect. Don’t forget the parking lot. Most of the time they have you parking on the grass somewhere. People lose things getting in and out of their cars. Even finding a set of car keys might get you a reward, when returned to the rightful owner.

My local Fire Hall has a big Flea market once a year on its carnival grounds. The tables are set up in long rows, hundreds of them. I always went back that first Monday night to pick up the dropped coins. That was easy pickings because it was usually right on top of the ground.

In an earlier article I spoke about where to metal detect on Elementary School grounds. Lets now look where to metal detect on Junior High School grounds or Middle Schools now days. Recess and playgrounds are no longer an option in Junior High. However think back when you where that age. Ahh..That smirk on your face should give you some clues where to metal detect.

It might be behind the school where you would kiss your girlfriend, or under the apple trees where you would smoke cigarettes with the rough crowd. We all had places where we would congregate. That’s where we would lose stuff. I still had Gym class, however we dressed out for class. So money was not lost as easy. Jewelry is another story.

Soccer fields have always been a good spot where to metal detect. Our running track consisted of running on the back field, a lot of time was spent out there on that field. I would consistently find stuff if I stayed on the track. My school had a large field out front of the school, right along a busy road. It was the place to play ruff and tumble, tackle football on Saturday or Sunday.

A lot of people would stop by and play when they saw us out there. There was also a lot of ripped shirts and torn jeans and lost necklaces, and money. I soon learned that was where to metal detect the next week. I would even return some of the guys stuff to them, when I knew they had lost it. So use your memory to think back to those days, and the treasure you’ll remember will probably be better than the treasure you’ll find. Go ahead and look anyway.

Let us look again at historical research when wondering where to metal detect. I lived in Kansas growing up. I soon discovered the Oregon trail was not far from my house. A short day trip away. Most small towns and cities have the local historical society. That’s a great place to look up information on where to metal detect. They will be more than happy and quite proud to share this information with you.

The location of stagecoach stops and local dry good stores are a great place to start. Again the physical buildings might be gone, however the ground is still there. I remember going to see the Oregon trail as a child with school. The wagon wheel ruts where still there on the praire grass after all these years. With a little local research, then speaking with the local people. One can find out where to metal detect.

The Oregon trail passes over a lot of farmers land. My Father hunted the Oregon trail. It was one of his favorite stories. He went with two other guys. They were searching a section when he detected a strong signal. Upon probing the ground for the target, it was too rocky. So he had to dig it with a small spade. He checked the hole again with his metal detector, the signal was stronger, he knew he was on the right track. About 8 inches down he found a leather wallet/pouch, you could see the outlines of coins from the outside of the leather. When he opened it, there were 3 Spanish pieces of eight dated 1825. They were as shiny as the day they where lost.

So, remember, where to metal detect depends a lot on some local research and the people we know and see.

Good Digging!

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