Ok, the ground has only been frozen for less than a month and I'm starting to go shack-wacky... Over a nice 15yr old rum last night, contemplating the finds of last season, a cold thought crossed my mind; are we going to run out of good stuff to 'tect? I know we'll always be pulling modern stuff, but with technology improving all the time, will we reach a point where there just won't be any amount of good, old finds left without trekking for days to remote sites? Will a 1990 Twoonie be a woo-hoo moment? Just saying, that at some point we'll either have to dig deeper or walk farther in order to get that same thrill. Or maybe like rocks in my garden, the finds will just keep popping up.
Hey there Deepseeker, I've had the same feeling over the last two years. I moved from Ontario to here about two years ago. Thirty-three years ago I bought my first metal detector in Mississauga, Ontario. In the first thirty-one years I met a total of four (THAT'S 4!) other people with metal detectors. Since moving here, I've met more than FIFTY!!! The history of Nova Scotia gravitates people towards a culture of pursuing "pirate" treasure and other lost artifacts. Every child here knows what a metal detector is. In Ontario, I often had to explain to adults, even the Police, that I was not looking for bombs, that I was metal detecting, and what that was. Few had even heard of it. It was not uncommon for me to dig more than a hundred silver coins from one park. I was always the first person to be there. easy. Things are different here. I don't mean to discourage you. Only to say that you will need to be creative. Think differently. Research (!). Yes, you will need to walk a bit further, look for artifacts that are not the norm, modify your interests. It is still worth the hunt. Twenty years from now? Who knows. Personally, I think that metal detectors will get a lot better in the next ten years, and that we will be able to pull out good targets from previously combed areas. Two months ago I pulled a 1913 Canadian dime from the Dartmouth Commons that was right in the middle of an open area. There is no way that it was never scanned before. Technology has advanced to the point that 'new' targets are now available. I believe that it will only get better. The way I see it; My metal detecting hobby costs me about $200 per year (i'm lying to myself it's probably double that). I go out four time a week from March to November. That works out to less than $1/ hour!!! for entertainment I can't buy in this city! Two hours in the park, finding toonies from 1990 is sure better that sitting watching re-runs of Friends! Even when I find crap, I come home tiered, dirty and happy for having gotten out.
Anytime you want to waste a couple hours, drop me a line and we'll hit some field somewhere.
Post by Leslie Sarkany on Jan 5, 2014 7:32:14 GMT -5
Interesting thoughts and reads fellow. There is still older stuff out there and in places that have been searched before. Navy Davy and I have done places a dozen times and found stuff each time. In forty years detectors have improved.....a bit but the techology now is at its apex least we hav to start taking back hoes with us.
Have hunted th Dartmouth Commons many times over the years with success. Sad part is when i went to do the filed at the Dartmouth High...holes.
Should be a good year for us coming up and hopefully some group digs.
Shack happy here and in the middle of writing another article for W&E.
From the land of the Bluenose.....life is a beach at least till the tide comes in and the Bud is all gone!
That's very interesting Coinguy. Scanning Kijiji from Toronto last week looking for deals (you still were the best deal Rick), it's littered with people selling MDs and I thought that that province must be the most picked over place on earth. Would never have guessed the opposite. Starting out with an old machine, having limited time time and hunting places that have been hunted to death have made me used to the hard scramble. Coming home with a pocket full of rusty pennies after 3 hours of hunting in the rain certainly isn't anything new. Can't imagine taking a hundred silvers from a single park! Having said that, I can't believe you found a silver dime in the Dartmouth commons. I've spent more time in that park than I care to admit, It has yielded a few good finds, but they're fewer and further between ever every time I go. Just goes to show, like Leslie said, no place is ever truly hunted out. And like you said, at the end of the day it's darn cheap entertainment, fresh air and exercise. I'll take the hundred pennies over a rerun of Friends anytime!
PS: Will take you up on that offer to hunt sometimes. Check out that link to Cole Harbour pix I put in 'Plotting a Course'
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I did follow that link to the pictures. Awesome! Thank you. I love that old stuff. You can reach me direct, anytime, at; email@example.com . I'll show you a few local places that time seems to have forgotten.
I did follow that link to the pictures. Awesome! Thank you. I lke
Will do Jordan. I was trying to gather enough intell last fall to try and arrange a dig out in Lawrencetown but I ran out of time. I think I have a few interesting spots though, might try and get a few guys together in the spring before the grass comes up and the bugs come out if anyone is interested.
That's because you dig everything! Even with my old Deepseeker, I can tell targets that aren't worth the time to bend over. Of course you probably always take the chance of missing something good, but that's why we all put our blind faith in technology and the good folks at Garrett...
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There is probably a lot of spot in new-brunswick were the ground have not been moved , (coinguy) for the people in ontario , dont worry some people in new-brunswick know nothing about metal detecting , i made a guy believe last year that i was hired by the town to pick bottle cap and pulltabs at the beach. One thing down here , at least 5 different person lost it after me because i was using a metal detector at the beach. i cover my holes all the times , always take the trash away , what damages can you do at the beach.
I have spend a day in cavendish last summer ,not much find on the beach. This summer im going to old orchar beach. Im gonna have to check the law for that states for metal detecting . might need a permit
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