Well Shiver me Timbers laddy ! Great to find a group of Treasure Hunters right in my own back yard here in Lunenburg. I'm in the process of buying my first Detector and looking forward to making some finds in this historic rich area of Lunenburg county !
I'm hoping some of you seasoned hunters can guide in in the finer points of detecting as well as imparting your wisdom and proper etiquette in the sport of treasure hunting.
Hey sosbuster welcome to the forum, you have a bunch of good informative guys here who are willing to help out where they can. Looking forward to reading your digging tales from Lunenburg county. The biggest thing is to get to know your detector, on average it can take well over 100 hours before you become fully comfortable, hell I'm still learning my machines and I have two full complete seasons under my belt. Don't get discouraged, at first dig everything, you will learn what your machine is saying. Let us know what model you're buying, there may be some members who have experience with that machine and may be able to pass on a few pointers.
A few tips on etiquette would be:
1. ALWAYS ask for permission when digging on private land. 2. Natioal parks/historic sites are off limits 3. Always fill in your holes and try to avoid digging plugs. When you leave an area after a dig, it should be very difficult to tell that anyone was digging. Landowners appreciate that extra care/effort. 4. And the most important rule, if you ever find an amazing nectar sector, you mus PM me and tell me where it is;-)
OK, number 4 is not real, but it should be :-) I'm sure some of the more seasoned members will drop you a pointer or two, they certainly helped me out.
Enjoy the hobby, don't get discouraged, do your research and drop us a line to let us know how you're doing, you never know you may find one of us down your way every now and then.
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2014 6:51:03 GMT -5 by tony2163
Thanks for the warm welcome Tony ! I've been looking at a Garrett AT Pro ... from what little research I've done they seem to be a popular model. Maybe a little advanced for a beginner ... but hey , I like a challenge ! I've managed to score a deal for one ( used but new) with all the digging gear at a good price so if everything goes according to plan I'll have it in my dirty little paws Monday.
Appreciate the info and ediquette ! Shouldn't be a problem for me ...I'm a leave things as you found them kinda guy ! And as far as asking permission ... well that's just the way I roll . Just like bowhunting, only no field dressing required. Jury is out on the Nectar Sector ... PM part ...Lol ! I'm looking forward to any guidance or pearls of wisdom the more senior hunters may wish offer. I guess with wisdom comes less digging eh ?
There will definitely be a learning curve for me ... just hope its slow pitch ! I'm not worried about getting discouraged ... I'm to stubborn ... I mean patient to quit easily.
Post by deepseeker on Nov 15, 2014 15:44:37 GMT -5
Nice to see a new face around here, welcome!
Did you score the ATP you were looking at? It's a pretty popular unit, I've had one for about a year now and I've got nothing but good things to say. It's been dead-nuts reliable and once you get over the 'this thing must be broken, it's doing all kinds of weird things, what the heck is going on with this thing, it's freaking out' it's a pretty good machine. I like the waterproof aspect not because I go in the water with it, but it does seal out all of the dust and dirt which plays havoc with these machines over the years. Few things I did with mine is install the 5x9 coil (highly recommended), purchased a cover for the head unit (eBay from the Ukraine for $20), added the Garrett 1/4" phono adapter cord so I could run a set of Sun Ray Pro Gold headphone (also highly recommended!) Rick (AKA slick pick rick)at Sweet Dreams Detectors packaged it all up for me. A pointer in my opinion is also an invaluable tool. Since I started using one, I think I tripled my takes and halved the size of the hole I have to dig to get 'em out. They are pricy and if you have a tendency to lose stuff easily, it might get costly.
Run it on Pro Zero, wide open with the 5x9 and it'll pick up the good stuff. The VDI on them is a great help but you'll still have to spend some time with it in order to learn the sounds it produces. It can be a bit overwhelming first going off, you'll swear it's either broken or possessed!
Anyways, good luck with it, hope you get a few digs in before the ground freezes up!
Too Funny Deepseeker ! Actually I was talking to Rick at Sweet Dreams , but managed to find a 6 month old unit with 2 heads , 2 sets of head phones, cover , a pointer , scoop and a few more odds and ends ... everything I'll need ... so I'm going Monday evening to make the buy. Going to be a long winter but least it gives me time to maybe research a few areas to hit in the Spring. I know there is a long history here in my area going back to the 1600 -1700 so there is potential for some great finds. also looking at some areas long since reclaimed by the forests. Wouldn't expect to find much of any value in that type of area ...more of just curiosities I would think.
What are some of the areas you folks look for ?
I would assume great care must be taken when cleaning found items ... just curious as to any taboos , and how to properly clean any items without causing damage . Not being a coin collector this is all new to me .
Just wondering what Y'all call Home Port . Any Lunenburgers in my area ?
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2014 5:25:31 GMT -5 by sodbuster
I think I saw that unit for sale, glad you picked it up as it was a great deal. Wish I'd seen it when I was looking to buy last year.
I'm out of Grand Lake area near the airport. My focus this year was to look at old areas, coach roads, homesteads etc. True, a lot of stuff you find is roached but nevertheless it's pretty cool to find old relics. I'd have liked to find a really old silver coin this year but it has eluded me so far. After digging for a season, you'll find your niche; the stuff that keeps you up at night thinking and getting up at 4 am to dig before you go to work! It's an addictive hobby. It uses a lot if skill sets, not just walking and digging. I'd spend time digging ball fields and play grounds first until you have a really good feel for the machine and then work the historic sites. Sometimes you may only have one shot at them, you don't want to miss stuff due to not knowing how to run your machine.
Good luck and don't hesitate to ask questions, lots of ATP owners here.
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2014 8:56:40 GMT -5 by deepseeker
Yep that's the one ! With all the gear to boot ! Thanks for the advice on the field trials DS ... good idea . Lunenburg area has such a great history , there's no telling what a fella might stumble upon ! Not a Burger originally Les ...a transplant from the valley about 15 years ago.
I know now that I won't look at a field or abandon property around here the same way. I think the Dirt Demons have already invaded my psyche ! Iv'e got a great place to practice ... the property we rent used to have a barn next to it ....mooovarlous ! I also know some folks with properties right in town so I may be able to do a little scratchin' around . I better shut up , I'm getting myself all pumped up already.
Got a big learning curve comin' on so I better rest up I guess ! Back yard is going to end up looking like a gogher colony , I just know it ! Thanks for all the support guys ... sure I'll have a lot of questions for ya . Who knows ...even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while .
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2014 13:33:32 GMT -5 by sodbuster